World Wildlife Fund Study

November 10, 1999

A recent study released by the World Wildlife Fund alleges that rising sea levels caused by man-made global warming may flood low-lying coastal cities like New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Miami. It was not coincidental that the study was released during the Fifth Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bonn, Germany.

More than a decade ago, NASA scientist James Hanson predicted the coming of global warming. His computer models suggested that we would begin to see a significant warming of the earth by the end of the 1990s. Now we have an opportunity to test those predictions, and the evidence does not seem to be there.

First, the best data that we have for the earth's temperature does not show global warming. If anything, it seems to show a slight global cooling. Second, many scientists believe that even if there were global warming, that might be as much of a blessing as a curse and that the apocalytic scenario of flooding coastal cities is unwarranted.

For years, Vice President Gore has been touting that 2500 scientists endorsed the UN report on climate change which forecasts a catastrophic global warming. Fred Singer, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, however, points out that the number of scientists listed by Al Gore is too high and includes many signers who have no expertise in climatology or related fields. Instead, he points to the "Global Warming Petition" that denies the crisis scenario and has collected over 18,000 signatures.

The press coverage of the World Wildlife Fund study obscures the growing evidence that global warming may not be a problem at all, and certainly won't lead to the flooding of coastal cities.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.