BBC journalist Stephen Sackur exposed the Arctic ice sheet melt mistruth peddled by the environmental group Greenpeace in an interview with its executive director Gerd Leipold. Incredibly when Leipold was pressed on the claim that the entire 1.6 million square kilometer (620,000 square mile) Greenland ice sheet would melt by 2030, he admitted that it was unfounded and the organization ’emotionalized’ issues to further its cause.
Gerd Leipold, Executive Director of Greenpeace, was forced to admit that his organization put out false and misleading information about the effects of climate change. When confronted on the BBC’s ‘Hardtalk’ program, Leipold said it “may have been a mistake” but justified the claims saying “we’re not ashamed of emotionalizing issues.”
On July 15th Greenpeace issued a press release titled “Urgent action needed as Arctic ice melts.” In the release, a number of stark and fearful claims were made. Among the most astonishing, the group claimed, “As permanent ice decreases, we are looking at ice-free summers in the Arctic as early as 2030.”
That claim however goes completely counter to even the direst predictions for the Arctic ice. Hardtalk host Stephen Sackur queried Leipold accusing him of giving out “misleading information” and “exaggeration and alarmism.”
Official government measurements show that the world’s temperature has cooled a bit since reaching its most recent peak in 1998.
…The [global warming] skeptics include scientists such as Richard Lindzen, a meteorologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who thinks that climate science is too uncertain to justify drastic measures to control CO2. He calls the case for action against global warming “silly” and “grotesque.”
Others go further. For example, Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University in Bellingham, thinks the world is in a 30-year cooling phase. “The most recent global warming that began in 1977 is over, and the Earth has entered a new phase of global cooling,” Easterbrook said in a talk to the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco in December.
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