Sunday, January 29, 2012

Global warming ended but would have helped?

Do you still run into people who tell you that they still run into people who still refuse to believe in global warming? So do I.

Back in March of 2007, I noted the Inconvenient Detail, overlooked by Al Gore, suggested by the National Geographic News report that the melting of polar ice caps on Mars suggested a solar, not human, cause of global warming.

Now scientists are suggesting that global warming is probably part of a climatological cycle and that the warming may have ended some 15 years ago -- AND that global warming within any reasonably predictable range could actually be beneficial by promoting the greening of planet earth (something reported some time ago also by this First Things article, and this).

But here's the latest:
  • Paper: global warming ended 15 years ago (MailOnline, January 29, 2012): "Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again).

  • "Opinion: The Global Warming Hoax" (Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2012): Princeton physics professor William Happer on why a large number of scientists don't believe that carbon dioxide is causing global warming.


jimspice said...

The Mail, surprise surprise, mis-characterizes the referenced material, so much so, the Met responds:

“However, what is absolutely clear is that we have continued to see a trend of warming, with the decade of 2000-2009 being clearly the warmest in the instrumental record going back to 1850."

Scott W. said...

The global warming roulette wheel. Much like the Sola Scriptura roulette wheel. 'Round and 'round she goes, where she stops nobody knows.

Anonymous said...


Well, then, I suppose we should count our blessings, as the misfortune of the Mail's misstep is our benefit of a less frigid climate. Hot tub, as opposed to ice fishing.

Anonymous said...

Anthropogenic Global Warming is the greatest hoax the world has ever seen. It's probably the most expensive hoax too.

The earth heats and cools in cycles. It always has and it always will.

I think if the whole world froze over tomorrow, these scientists who make a living out of this scam would call it a temporary cooling in a warming trend.