A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Oz Prof: carbon dioxide good - 'global warming' myth bad.....

Now here's a refreshing take on climate change to chew over with your billycans around the billabong. Makes a pleasant change from all that angst-ridden nonsense pumped out in the UK on a daily basis by The Independent and The Gloomiad: 'Global warming cyclical, says climate expert' (The Age, July 13):
"[Professor] Rob Carter, from James Cook University in Townsville, said the rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in recent decades had boosted agricultural crop yields.

'Carbon dioxide is the best aerial fertiliser we know about,' he told the Victorian Farmers Federation in Morwell late last week.

He said the Kyoto Protocol would cost billions, even trillions, of dollars and would have a devastating effect on the economies of countries that signed it. 'It will deliver no significant cooling - less than 0.02 degrees Celsius by 2050,' he said.

'The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been the main scaremonger for the global warming lobby . . . Fatally, the IPCC is a political, not a scientific body.'"

Just so. Professor Carter then went on rightly to stress the cyclical nature of climate change:
"Professor Carter said that over 2.5 million years there had been 50 glacial and interglacial periods. Of the past 400,000 years, the earth had been colder for 90 per cent of the time, with briefer warmer periods of about 10,000 years.

He said the earth was now at the end of a warmer period, and reputable climate-change scientists agreed that the climate was going to get colder. The debate was whether it would take tens, hundreds or even thousands of years to occur."

He concluded:
"Climate had always changed and 'always will', he said. 'The only sensible thing to do about climate change is to prepare for it.'"

Another nail in the mythical scientific coffin of consensus. And so say I:

"Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me."

Philip, better than being led the 'global warming' fandango! Lunch. "Hey mate! No kangaroo or croc on the menu? Lancashire cheese will have to do. Ah! Crocodile Dundee cake. Thanks."

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