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June 17, 2008

Guest Weblog By Dr. Kiminori Itoh Of Yokohama National University

Filed under: Guest Weblogs — Roger Pielke Sr. @ 7:00 am

Introduction of Dr. Kiminori Itoh

I would like to briefly introduce myself. I  finished my PhD course (Industrial Chemistry) at The University of Tokyo in 1978. From 1978 to 1989, I  worked for Professors Honda and Fujishima at The Unversity of Tokyo as Assistant Professor and also Lecturer. They are famous in the field of photoelectrochemistry, with which most climate scientists sare not familiar with. In this field, my greatest contribution is the development of optical waveguide spectroscopy for solid surfaces, for which I received awarded from relevant academic societies. From 1989 to now I have been working at Yokohama National University, mostly in the field of environmental metrology including optical biochemical sensing and theoretical as well as experimental biodiversity measurements. For instance, we have recently developed extremely highly sensitive gas sensing systems and two-dimensional DNA electrophoresis methods.

My interest in the global warming issue  started when I had a lecture on environmental metrology in 1995 or so. I was rather surprised at that time to know how this issue was ambiguous unlike stories that conventional news or opinions tell us. For instance, I wondered why the effect of solar changes had been neglected by most climatologists, when I saw in Science a Letter article from the Danish Meteorological Institute in 1997. I also felt it was dangerous that the Japanese society was going to increase nuclear power plants to decrease carbon dioxide, and thought that I had to do something for this situation.

Since then, I have written (or participated in) four books (in Japanese, unfortunately) on this issue including the present one. I also took a patent on sunspot number anticipation, and did some contribution to the IPCC AR4 as an expert reviewer. This is no doubt surprising for an environmental physical chemist like me. I am now even feeling that my original expertise, metrology, was all along close to meteorology; that is, “meteorology” is formed by putting “eo” inside “metrology.”

Guest Weblog by Dr. Kiminori Itoh

Dear Readers of Climate Science,

It is an exceptionally great pleasure for me that I can introduce to you my recent book “Lies and Traps in the Global Warming Affairs” (in Japanese unfortunately),” in this weblog, Climate Science, which I believe to be the most prominent in this field.

According to several comments on this book on Amazon Japan, the book should be rated as of the highest scientific quality and the best book on this subject despite the impression from its sensational title (due to the publisher). I can say this praise is not very exaggerated because I myself have been trained a lot in climate science. In fact, one of the comments on another internet site introduced me as a meteorologist. I have enjoyed this misunderstanding.

Tadashi and I are basically physical chemists familiar with environmental sciences, and not particularly specialized in climate science. But, we have been worrying about the situation of Japan in relation to environmental issues, and have been cautioning the danger of the narrow view on “the global warming” in Japan by writing several books so far.

I proposed in the book to acquire “climate literacy.” I think this is what policy makers must have when they consider the climate change issue.

Now, the content of the book is as follows (the titles of the chapters are sensational too):

  • Preface: The worst scientific scandal in the history.
  • Introduction: The global warming issue as an environmental terrorism.
  • Chapter 1: Is the earth really warming?
  • Chapter 2: What drives the temperature change?
  • Chapter 3: Are abnormal weathers really abnormal?
  • Chapter 4: Adhockery of “An Inconvenient Truth.”
  • Chapter 5: Future perspective from the reflection of Kyoto Protocol

We have described many topics in this book, including inaccurate temperature measurements (e.g., A. Watt’s work), “observations” of climate sensitivity, many climate forcings such as colored-aerosol and vegetation (based on 2005 NRC report as Roger has so many times pointed out), and the effect of solar magnetic activity (including my own work). To discuss these topics I largely depended upon information provided on Climate Science. I really appreciate Roger for his continuous effort to keep the weblog at a high academic level.

As a conclusion of this book, I have listed six points for the policy makers as follows:

  1. The global temperature will not increase rapidly if any. There is sufficient time to think about future energy and social systems.
  2. The climate system is more robust than conventionally claimed. For instance, the Gulf Stream will not stop by fresh water inflow.
  3. There are many factors to cause the climate changes particularly in regional and local scales. Considering only greenhouse gases is nonsense and harmful.
  4. A comprehensive climate convention is necessary. The framework-protocol formulism is too old to apply to modern international issues.
  5. Reconsider countermeasures for the climate changes. For instance, to reduce Asian Brown Cloud through financial and technical aid of developed countries is beneficial from many aspects, and can become a Win-Win policy.
  6. The policy makers should be “Four-ball juggler.” Multiple viewpoints are inevitable to realize sustainable societies.

I also cited the opinions of Dr. Akasofu (Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska) at the last part of the book. He sincerely advises us “When people become to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists,” and says “IPCC should make appropriate comments before G8.” I sincerely think he is correct.

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