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Monday, September 12, 2005

Global Warming Update: Facts damage cult standing

PHIL BECK writing in the Tasmanian, Cult of global warming hit, September 11, 2005

A PROMINENT marine scientist is angry that global warming is being presented as fact.

Prof Bob Carter, of the James Cook University in Queensland, who studies climate change over millions of years rather than decades, yesterday said there was no evidence that the small rise in temperature that occurred between 1970 and 2001 was unusual or dangerous.
"I question why global warming has become a religion and is presented as a fervent belief," Prof Carter said.

"It is relentlessly pushed by people who want to stir up alarm and who say there is consensus on the issue.

"There is no scientific consensus yet as we are not even close to achieving a general theory of climate change.
Read the full story here. Some highlights from studying seabed sediment cores:
- Planetary temperatures were several degrees warmer five million years ago than they are today.

- A gradual decline in temperature has occurred since, accompanied by increasingly large, cyclic, glacial and interglacial episodes that repeat every 40,000 or 100,000 years.

- Compared with the ancient climate record, modern temperatures are neither particularly high nor particularly fast-changing.
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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Again notice how he instantly assumes that people who disagree with him want to stir up alarm. No rational disagreement is possible; only irrational emotions or hidden agendas. By that logic, he's a corporate shill being paid to protect their interests. Never mind that I don't have any evidence of that.

Your discussion of plantery temperatures et al is totally irrelevant, except for your totally false bit about speed not being especially new (it absolutely is, having warmed 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit in a decade - totally beyond ANY variation we've seen), because the modern ecological and natural balance is NOT what global warming is doing, meaning that all sorts of ramifications will occur. Even if in the past the Earth was warmer, those changes took enough time for organisms to adapt. Now they are not, and whole zones which used to be agriculturally productive may not be. Add in the fact that we're destroying the carbon sinks and you have yourself one heck of a problem.

Mon Sep 12, 02:34:00 PM PDT  

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