A detailed report put out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the earth is warming and human activity is to blame. But some aren't alarmed at the claims.
The report issued last week by the IPCC didn't lay the blame for recent hurricanes specifically on global warming but it likely didn't stop much of the finger pointing either.
The report finds the earth's atmosphere has been warming and the overwhelming evidence is that man is to blame.
Global Warming skeptic Dr. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama, Huntsville actually agrees with that statement – almost.
"It's not alarming," he tells OneNewsNow. "The amount of warming we've seen is half of what their climate models say it should have been by now. They're trying to use a lot of alarmist words to make a big deal out of something that isn't that remarkable."
The report says climate change can be seen in melting glaciers, diminishing snow cover, shrinking sea ice and rising sea levels – about seven to eight inches on average since 1900.
Spencer says some of that may be happening as well but it's not causing the widespread destruction that many of what he calls climate alarmists predicted.
Even it were, he adds, there's not much we could do about it.
"There's probably nothing we can do for another 30, 40, 50 years," he insists, "because we don't have energy sources to replace fossil fuels on the large scale that's necessary."
Dr. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Institute also acknowledges the climate is getting warmer.
"But after we controlled for solar variability, volcanic variability and ocean current variability," he observes, "there's no warming left to blame on CO2."
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