The sum is a 25% increase over the previous offer of $100,000 prize announced two months ago. To win, one must scientifically prove both that anthropogenic (human-generated) greenhouse gases are causing global warming, and that the net results will be more harmful than positive through the year 2100.
So far no entries have been received, a response JunkScience.com founder Steven J. Milloy finds "surprising." However, Milloy says the offer is genuine and assures everyone that he and his financial backers are good for the money.
Milloy has more than the $125,00 at stake. "If it's a matter of money, Al Gore and the alarmists should just come out and tell us what sum it will cost the rest of us to see what proof they have," Milloy elaborated.
Contestants have until December 1, 2008 to submit their entries. Winners, if any, will be announced on February 1, 2009. All submissions require a $15 entry fee as well.
More details and offer rules are available at www.ultimateglobalwarmingchallenge.com.
quote: Let's just say that global warming is not man-made, but humans speed it up.
quote: So I don't know why Americans are so sceptic and avoid making a good name of themselves by caring and try stop their own huge amount of CO2 dumped by the US.
quote: Very well, but it's true, that all the CO2 speeds up everything and it should be slowed for as long as possible.
quote: I don't think I have much else to say (Most of it will probably just be me repeating myself and I feel no need)
quote: We think the earth is warming up
quote: Although clearly there's something different going on compared to the North pole.
quote: There's no real evidence that the South pole is growing - the study masher showed had it being very close to 0 growth, and the margin of error was much larger than that meaning it could have even been shrinking
quote: So it gets a little warmer on the northern hemisphere, it gets a little colder on the southern hemisphere.... big deal.
quote: There is a lag between the response and the forcing. Typically, one expects lags which depend on the time scale of the variations. The 11-year solar cycle gives rise to a 2-year lag in the 0.1°C observed temperature variations. Similarly, the response to the 20th century warming should be delayed by typically a decade. Climatologists know this very well (the IPCC report, for example, includes simulation results for the many decades long response to a "step function" in the forcing, and climatologists talk about "global warming commitment" that even if the CO2 would stabilize, or even decrease, we should expect to see the "committed warming", e.g., Science 307), but [Lockwood and Fröhlich] are not climatologists ...This is not unlike a very well-known effect from everyday life. Even though the maximum radiation from the Sun is received near noon time, the maximum daily temperatures are obtained a few hours later in the afternoon. If we were to correlate the falling radiation between say noon and 3 pm (or between June 21 and July-August), to the increasing temperature over the same period, we would conclude that solar radiation causes cooling! This is exactly what [Lockwood and Fröhlich] are doing
quote: Natural climate shift is not to blame, simply because natural climate change doesn't occur on this scale in neither time nor magnitude.
quote: Most of the 20th Century saw a slight but steady increase in solar output.
quote: According with the UNFCC the US has increased its CO2 emissions of 20% from 1990 to 2004...
quote: But when in February of 2007 the world's climate scientists on the IPCC say that it is beyond a reasonable doubt that there is human-induced climate change (corresponding to a likelihood of more than 90%),
quote: "...just like any other that demands "scientific proof". It's a publicity stunt for an ignorant general public.
quote: TextWhy don't they offer a million? What sort of research can you do for $125k? This peasly amount makes me think that they are pretty sure that someone will come up with proof.
quote: whatever it is that helps reflect the sun's energy
quote: They selectively choose to ignore evidence then think that if they previously ignored evidence, they can just repeat the same illogical excuses.
quote: when the child is just too ignorant and lazy to stop whining and learn for themselves.
quote: I proved I exist by typing this sentence.
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quote: All entries must represent the original work of an entrant that has been produced specifically for the UGWC.
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quote: JunkScience.com just issued a bounty of $125,000 to anyone able to demonstrate that human-induced climate-change is a threat to the planet.
quote: a look at the graphs will show that there is a sharp rise, unlike anything we've seen before.
quote: That's the problem with this whole contest. There simply isn't enough data for it to be "winnable" to anyone.
quote: All six billion of us have to count for an insane increase in temperature,
quote: Well, Human life might be insignificant, but it has done more in the last 200 years to heaten the planet than the nature in the 50000 years before. I'm not here trying to convince you that you should become nature aware.
quote: Most people are not conscious that extreme usage of resources, polution (which will lead to water becoming undrinkable) and unorganized growth will take humankind to problems that will lead to many wars and maybe human erradication (people will war for water, food and land, instead of just oil, minerals and land). But then, most people just don't care, as they'll no longer be alive by then.
quote: it has done more in the last 200 years to heaten the planet than the nature in the 50000 years before
quote: there are explanations on how scientist can determine approximate temperature using ice from the poles
quote: Yes, earth has had hot and cold times, but if heat goes up too fast, nature will give it's payback...and you can already see that: tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, massive desertification, among other issues.
quote: If you don't believe, In NY, in the middle winter - beggining of January - it was hot and people went jogging in Central Park in shorts and T-shirts (temp were around 20o C). Europe had temperatures around 25o C in the same time.
quote: Well, the situation has only worsened and will get even worse.
quote: Yes, earth has had hot and cold times, but if heat goes up too fast, nature will give it's payback...and you can already see that: tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, massive desertification, among other issues
quote: nature will give it's payback...and you can already see that: tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, massive desertification, among other issues. If you don't believe, In NY, in the middle winter - beggining of January - it was hot and people went jogging in Central Park in shorts and T-shirts (temp were around 20o C). Europe had temperatures around 25o C in the same time.
quote: Scientists have been speaking about this for the last 25 years and even then
quote: So what if its natural - a meteor could strike NYC tomorrow, but because its natural we can ignore it?
quote: eg. natural cycle predicts 10% change but 30% change is observed
quote: with the methane gas and cows, who put the cows there? Are there naturally paddocks with thousands of cows waiting around? that counts as a human cause ok?
quote: Now, we're only expected to see another 24 inches of sea rise over the next 100 years.
quote: Are you trying to tell me that Netherlands could stop 7 yards of water in 1930, but couldn't stop 14 yards of water in the year 2930?
quote: But what about the social, economic en environmental cost of moving?
quote: You want us to move an entire country rather than deal with the cause of the problem?
quote: Well hold on now. That kind of attitude is retarded as well. Our economy does depend on our environment. If the world is unlivable, it doesn't really matter what the Dow is at or how much money you have.