Will Climate Alarmism Lead To A New Scientific Dark Age?

From the Global Warming Policy Foundation – Director Dr. Benny Peiser

CCNet 03/02/14

Antarctic Sea Ice Sets New Record

 Antarctic sea ice extent continues to break records. Extent at 31st January, of 4.540 million sq km, beat the previous record set in 2008. This is 26% higher than the climatological average for this date of 3.598 million sq km. –Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 2 February 2014

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

By 2014 we’re predicting it will be 0.3 degrees warmer than 2004, and just to put that into context the warming over the past century and a half has only been 0.7 degrees, globally, there have been bigger changes locally but globally the warming is 0.7 degrees. So 0.3 degrees over the next ten years is pretty significant. And half the years after 2009 are predicted to be hotter than 1998 which was the previous record. So these are very strong statements about what will happen over the next ten years, so again I think this illustrates we can already see signs of climate change but over the next ten years we are expecting to see quite significant changes occurring. –Vicky Pope, Met Office, 13 September 2007

Met Office Cartoon

With none of the fanfare that accompanied their prediction of the global temperature for the forthcoming year the Met Office has quietly released the global temperature for 2013. It will come as no surprise after the 2013 temperatures released by NASA and NOAA that it shows the global temperature standstill – now at 17 years – continues. Once again the Met Office predicted the following year would be considerably warmer than it turned out to be. There is something seriously wrong with the Met Office’s forecasts. –David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 24 January 2014

There has been no significant warming over the most recent fifteen or so years. In the light of all this, we have at least to consider the possibility that the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seriously overstating the climate problem … in its effort to promote the cause. It is a particularly nasty trap in the context of science, because it risks destroying, perhaps for centuries to come, the unique and hard-won reputation for honesty which is the basis of society’s respect for scientific endeavour. Garth Paltridge, Quadrant Online, 22 January 2014

Will the overselling of climate change lead to a new scientific dark age? That’s the question being posed by Garth Paltridge, one of the world’s most respected atmospheric scientists. Paltridge was a Chief Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).  The latter is Australia’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation. The scientific establishment has painted itself into a corner over global warming. Every year that elapses without a significant warming trend more and more erodes the credibility of not just climate science, but science in general. –Patrick Michaels, Forbes, 3 February 2014

The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Mark Walport Walport, is wrong. He joins his predecessors, such as David King and John Beddington, and past and present presidents of the Royal Society in taking a simplistic view of the climate debate. But the problem with such naked attempts to use scientific authority to influence policy is that these men soon reveal their lack of expertise and understanding. They are forced by their own ignorance to reinvent the debate, and in the process miss its substance, arguing instead with the cartoonish image of sceptics that exists only in their heads. The result is that these advisers fail to shed any light on the debate they are appointed to inform. –Ben Pile, Spiked Online, 31 January 2014

Now armed with new, Regent-style authority — taking on more of the monarch’s duties — the Prince of Wales steps up his media activities… Charles’s other public intervention — characterising those who don’t accept global warming theories as ‘headless chickens’ — was curious. If anyone’s behaving like headless chickens right now, surely it’s the environmental experts who claim every freak storm is a symptom of global warming. –Peter McKay, Daily Mail, 3 February 2014

Environmentalists’ prophecies about the climate have gone the way of their prophecies about population, resource depletion, and toxic chemicals. The IPCC – the embodiment of the consensus itself – recently reported that there is no climate change signal in extreme weather events, except a slight tendency toward warmer days and increased precipitation. Nature, it seems, abhors vacuous alarmists. –Ben Pile, Spiked Online, 31 January 2014

Paul Homewood

Antarctic sea ice extent continues to break records. Extent at 31st January, of 4.540 million sq km, beat the previous record set in 2008.

Sea Ice Extent

This is 26% higher than the climatological average for this date of 3.598 million sq km.

On average, Antarctic sea ice reaches minimum on 20th February, about a month earlier, relatively speaking, than the Arctic. It is likely then that we will see a new record high minimum set this month. The current record was set in 2008, with 3.691 million sq km.  Meanwhile, global sea ice area is normal.

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