Scientists who serve on a panel that's sort of the antithesis to the U.N.-tied International Panel on Climate Change — the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change — said the scare-mongering that's been making media rounds about dwindling food supplies due to atmospheric fluctuations is just that, nothing but bunk.
"All across the planet, the historical increase in the atmosphere's CO2 concentration has stimulated vegetative productivity," said the report, "Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts," Fox News said. "This observed stimulation, or greening of the Earth, has occurred in spite of many real and imagined assaults on Earth's vegetation, including fires, disease, pest outbreaks, deforestation and climatic change."
The Heartland Institute, the nonprofit that's posted the report, said it included the input of more than 30 scientists and information from more than 1,000 peer-reviewed studies that all draw the conclusion that climate change is hardly the dent to the environment that the IPCC would have the world believe.
The scientists also say climate changes over the years have little to do with human activity — and that any temperature fluctuations that have been recorded are not harmful for food production. And Heartland officials aren't pulling any punches; they say those on board with IPCC climate change science have been corrupted by special interest.
"Ethical standards have been lowered, peer review has been corrupted, and we can't trust peers in our most prestigious journals anymore," Joe Bast, Heartland president and CEO, told Fox News.
The NIPCC findings come on the heels of the IPCC's much-ballyhooed warnings to farmers and other food producers that were contained in a report that U.N. agency released last week.
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