Why Climategate doesn’t matter (VI)

The series explained. In the current issue of the New Yorker, the environmental journalist Fen Montaigne reports on the decline of the Adélie penguin in the northwest Antarctic Peninsula — a decline directly traceable to a catastrophic loss of sea ice in recent decades, compounded by an increase in snowfall, which interferes with the penguins’ […]

Why Climategate doesn’t matter (IV)

The series explained. Carbon dioxide is killing the world’s coral reefs in two distinctly different ways. Indirectly, the human-caused build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere has led to global warming, which pushes these fragile ecosystems outside the narrow range of temperatures in which they can thrive. In 2006, National Geographic put it this way: “Small […]

Why Climategate doesn’t matter (III)

The series explained. For some time now, global-warming skeptics have found Antarctica to be a source of comfort and joy. “Report: Antarctic Ice Growing, Not Shrinking” was the headline on a FoxNews.com story back in April. And when syndicated columnist George Will was writing a series of whoppers about global warming last winter and spring, […]

Why Climategate doesn’t matter (I)

For the past several weeks, conservative commentators have been buzzing about “Climategate” — hacked e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit in Britain that show some scientists may have been cooking the books in an attempt to bolster the case for global warming. “Assuming the e-mails are genuine, they are nothing short of scandalous,” writes Boston […]