3 March 2013 Last updated at 00:03 By Rahul Tandon BBC News, Calcutta
‘Dressing for the cold has become a major talking point in Calcutta, where the temperatures are the lowest for a century. One piece of cold-weather gear appears to be de rigueur in this city – the monkey hat.’
Climate advocate Mike Hulme from the CRU, in 1997, edited a book, ‘Climates of the British Isles’ along with Elaine Barrow, also of the CRU…with contributions from many scientists including Phil Jones.
It was dedicated to…
Professor H.H. Lamb, Founder and Director of the Climate Research Unit, 1972-1978.
‘A new ice age is creeping over the Northern hemisphere, and the rest of this century will grow colder, a British expert on climate has claimed.
Prof. Hubert Lamb, director of climate research at the University of East Anglia, had a few comforting thoughts in an interview Sunday:
“The full impact of the new Ice Age will not be upon us for another 10,000 years and even then it will not be as severe as the last great glacial period.
“We are past the best of the interglacial period which happened between 7,000 and 3,000 years ago,” he continued. “Ever since then we have been on a downhill float regarding temperature. There maybe a few upward fluctuations from time to time but these are more than offset by the general downward trend..”
Lamb said temperatures had been slowly dipping for the last 20 years.
“We are on a definite downhill course for the next two centuries,” he declared. “The last 20 years of this century will be progressively colder. After that the climate may warm up again but only for a short period of decades.”
Lamb said climate changes come in cycles determined by astronomical and physical factors. He said one main cause is the amount of radiation received from the sun.
“We know that the behaviour of the sun changes at intervals and these changes have their effect,” he said. “The distance between the earth and the sun also varies through the ages as the earth’s orbit increases or decreases its elliptical path. The tilting of the earth as it rotates round its own axis also makes the polar ice cap grow, and this effects the air masses around it.”
The last great ice age took place about 60,000 years ago and was the sixth over a period of a bout a million years. The great ice sheets covered most of the British isles and in America covered what are now new York City, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Kansas City. The ice was at least 5,000 feet thick.
“I don’t think it will be quite as serious this time,” Lamb said. “But there will be a lot of glaciers on high ground which do not exist at present.”’
In 1997 MIke Hulme said this in ‘Climates of the British Isles’:
‘There is a danger that this recent political concern about climate change and its impacts bestows on climate an unwarranted importance as an agent that shapes our lives.
Many studies of the possible impact of future climate change seem, implicitly, to elevate climate to being the major factor that will influence future human activity and welfare. Little attention is paid to whether or not climate is the main driving factor behind observed changes in such [activities]. Even if recognised explicitly that other factors are involved these are so unpredictable that climate often retains the appearance of being the main controlling factor. [Factors such as Europe's Common Agricultural Policy for instance]
It only takes a simple thought experiment to realise that other considerations, too, will swamp the effects of climate change on future human and animal welfare…..war, technology, demographics, disease.
To assess the true significance of climate change it must be evaluated against changes that will occur due to other environmental constraints and social constructs.’
I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions as to the significance of either statement….but both bring into question the BBC’s attitude towards climate change…and whether or not any dissenting voices are to be allowed to question the ‘consensus’ on what the BBC has decided is its own private media platform.