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What the New IPCC Global Warming Projections Should Have Looked Like

Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger –
October 4, 2013

In this post at CATO @ Liberty, the authors conclude that,

Since virtually all climate impacts are related to the change in the earth’s temperature, the smaller the future temperature increase, the smaller the resulting impacts. Another degree of so of temperature rise during the next 87 years is not going to lead to climate catastrophe.

Had the IPCC been more interested in reflecting the actual science rather than in preserving a quickly crumbling consensus (that human greenhouse gas emissions are leading to dangerous climate change that requires urgent action), its Fifth Assessment Report would have been a much kindler and gentler document—as it well should have been.