Monday, 14 September 2009

Global warming ? Enjoy it while it lasts... 1975, Newsweek predicted the beginning of a new ice age, and suggested warming the planet by coating the polar ice caps with soot. More recently of course, polar melting and global warming have excited the green left, although to their dismay their climatastrophe scenario hasn't disturbed most of us, who now tend to believe that the green hysterics and the media are exaggerating the issue. And of course many of us appreciate the idea of a more tropical climate. However, over the last decade warming appears to have stopped, although CO2 emissions have still risen. Professor of Meteorology Henrik Svensmark of Denmark observes...The star that keeps us alive has, over the last few years, been almost free of sunspots, which are the usual signs of the Sun’s magnetic activity. Last week the scientific team behind the satellite SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) reported, “It is likely that the current year’s number of blank days will be the longest in about 100 years.” Everything indicates that the Sun is going into some kind of hibernation, and the obvious question is what significance that has for us on warming has stopped and a cooling is beginning. Mojib Latif from the University of Kiel argued at the recent UN World Climate Conference in Geneva that the cooling may continue through the next 10 to 20 years. His explanation was a natural change in the North Atlantic circulation, not in solar activity. But no matter how you interpret them, natural variations in climate are making a comeback.
The outcome may be that the Sun itself will demonstrate its importance for climate and so challenge the theories of global warming. No climate model has predicted a cooling of the Earth – quite the contrary. And this means that the projections of future climate are unreliable. A forecast saying it may be either warmer or colder for 50 years is not very useful, and science is not yet able to predict solar activity.
So in many ways we stand at a crossroads. The near future will be extremely interesting. I think it is important to accept that Nature pays no heed to what we humans think about it. Will the greenhouse theory survive a significant cooling of the Earth? Not in its current dominant form. Unfortunately, tomorrow’s climate challenges will be quite different from the greenhouse theory’s predictions. Perhaps it will become fashionable again to investigate the Sun’s impact on our climate...more from WuWT here...

FOOTNOTE: Professor Norman Ernest Borlaug has died. He may well have saved more lives than anyone who has ever lived..a tribute from Iowahawk, Reason Online here...and more here...
"Some of the environmental lobbyists of the Western nations are the salt of the earth, but many of them are elitists. They've never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. They do their lobbying from comfortable office suites in Washington or Brussels. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for fifty years, they'd be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things." Norman Borlaug March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009... H/T The Salted Slug


Tarun Kumar said...

A thousand little people were seen melting away in the sweltering heat at Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt Square - and there was no saving them, because these little guys were sculptures made out of ice by Brazilian artist, Nele Azevedo.

The Melting Men exhibit is part of the Minimum Monument movement, started by the artist in 2005. However, her first few exhibits, which comprised only of single ice sculptures, was to protest against big monuments, which honor only heroes.

While she still does it to highlight her stance against large monuments, global warming activists have found them to be the ideal icons to highlight our Earth’s plight!

The two have found a perfect way to blend their agendas by holding their exhibitions in large city squares with monuments. The artist has come a long way since her first solitary ice sculpture - her latest exhibits comprise of hundreds of little ice sculptures all gradually ‘dying’ in the sun.

Anonymous said...

A thousand crocodiles were seen to be weeping copiously as they considered the melting of the little German ice men. Elsewhere a thousand obese global warming activists committed suicide to apologise for their excessive and self indulgent lives.

Boo hoo !