"We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on earth." The Rodale Institute makes this claim in a report on April 17, 2014. Rodale claims our greenhouse gas emissions come from manmade sources, and we are creating a "climate chaos" which is changing our planet. Rodale further claims that we must battle "...Carbon pumps everywhere - industrial, agricultural, the transportation sector - and from every direction on the globe."
The Executive Summary says, "People are left to pray for a yet undiscovered 'technological messiah' to undo the damage, for our political will is paralyzed."
This all sounds serious and apocalyptic until I read in the May 5, 2014, issue of Wall Street Journal a column by a professor at American University in Washington, D.C. who claims he has spent his entire life on the political left, and claims he has started to suspect there are problems with the climate change data.
The professor, quoted in Wall Street Journal, says, "... the climate-change data were dubious a decade ago..." He determined this, he claims, when teaching statistics and studying computer models which claim that six-tenths of one degree Fahrenheit rise in global temperature could not statistically separate fossil-fuel and natural trends.
In his column he says the computer models used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change built computer models which included the assumption that fossil fuels are the culprit for warming "...even though a similar warming took place from 1900-1940 before fossil fuels could have caused it." He also claims the IPCC "...acknowledges that the average global temperature today remains unchanged since 2000, and did not rise one degree as the models predicted."
Rodale obviously disagrees and appears to claim that agriculture, as practiced today, is part of the climate change problem, because "It [agriculture] is a net producer of greenhouse gas emissions both directly through conventional farming practices that deplete soil carbon stocks while emitting nitrous oxide, and indirectly through land use change."
Agriculture, as you see, is a big problem causing climate change!
Rodale's solution to solving climate change is to use "regenerative organic agriculture." Rodale believes we must move agriculture "...from a source of carbon pollution to a potential carbon sink..." Rodale claims that if agriculture sequesters its carbon our planetary water crisis, extreme poverty, food insecurity, and the environment will be protected and enhanced for generations to come.
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