At the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai on Sunday, Al Gore presented his new and improved global warming alarmist message, which includes warnings about some rather creatively-named weather developments that he believes we should all be very concerned about.
The "climate crisis," Gore told delegates, has gotten so bad that it is creating "flying rivers" that eventually result in "rain bombs" dropping on unsuspecting populations.
While that might sound like so much bad science fiction, Gore — the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, who's on his way to becoming "the world's first carbon billionaire" — assures us such "extreme" developments are our new "reality." The reason, of course, is that people are using the atmosphere like an "open sewer," where we pour our dirty fossil fuels, supposedly ramping up extreme weather and driving up humidity by 5% over the last 30 years.
Dubai's Gulf News provides the following summary of the rather wild, ominous predictions of the failed presidential candidate:
He described flying or atmospheric rivers as long streams of rain-bearing clouds that carry huge amounts of water vapour over long distances, ending as heavy rain bombs over a small, concentrated area. Gore said a city in California was recently hit by such weather, with the "river" in the air having flown thousands of kilometres from an area in the Pacific Ocean.
Among the other developments: the rising temperatures (which aren't rising nearly as much as models predicted) are going to create "climate refugees," something another failed presidential candidate also recently warned about. Then there's the issue of the increase in forest fires, which recent studies have tamped down (we're actually in a long-term "fire deficit" in comparison to previous millennia).
So should we be worried about a plague of "rain bombs" and "flying rivers"? Probably about as much as we should have feared Gore's repeated warnings that arctic sea ice would likely melt away by 2014.