I see any definition of ‘dangerous climate change’ as a political act not a scientific fact.
Who said that? Dr Joe Smith in a moment of weakness…he being Roger Harrabin’s sidekick at the climate propaganda unit CMEP.
James Lovelock was the Green’s hero….when he claimed the earth was in peril from man’s exploitation.
Not so much now.
Lovelock has become the hate figure, the apostate, of the green alarmist campaign….he must be put to death….in a ‘credibility’ sense.
Having recently been airing his new caution about climate change the guns are being turned upon him.
I wonder if the BBC will be making room in the schedules for him to defend his position as they do for others like Miliband and the green ‘goddess’ Julia Slingo who far from being a mere scientist at the Met Office relaying back to her bosses the weather she has become a campaigner for the climate change lobby.
When she was torn to shreds for her false claim that extreme weather is a result of climate change the BBC set up a nice little show for her to allow her to ‘explain herself’ and the ‘science’ on ‘The Life Scientific’:
- First broadcast:
- Tuesday 08 April 2014
Jim Al-Khalili’s guest this week is Dame Julia Slingo, the chief scientist at the Met Office. The conversation ranges from her childhood wonder of clouds to climate change’s part in this winter’s floods.
Slingo, and that other favourite of the BBC, Sir Brian Hoskins have now written to the Sunday Times to denounce Lovelock as ‘flying in the face of science’….this from Hoskins who claims the Deep Oceans are absorbing the heat and hence we have the Great Pause (or slowdown as Harrabin prefers to trickily label it)…despite the IPCC explicitly denying they had any research or data that showed the heat being absorbed by the oceans….
The IPCC’s Thomas Stock told us (09:58) that the current warming hiatus could not be predicted because:
‘There are not sufficient observations of the uptake of heat, particularly into the deep ocean that could explain this hiatus.’
‘Likewise, we have insufficient data to establish a relationship between the causes of the warming….There is not enough published literature to allow us to study this.’
So no data.
But plenty of er, less than convincing facts from the BBC.
“It’s impossible to say that these storms are more intense because of climate change.”
Paul Davis, chief meteorologist for the Met Office said that very strong winds much of the UK experienced which was caused by jet stream.
“December has been the windiest spell since 1969, but unprecedented perhaps not. It probably feels unusual because the last few winters have been fairly settled and cold and we haven’t had the story conditions that just experienced.”
Direct from the Met. Office: There’s currently no evidence to suggest that the UK is increasing in storminess.
Slingo and Hoskins write that ‘The latest IPCC report makes clear the calamitous impacts of such a future. It is for society to judge whether the risks of climate change are large enough to take action to reduce them. Lovelock’s current position implies that these risks have now reduced; climate science suggests not.’
Science eh? Not as if science seems to feature very strongly in any of their considerations…it is now more a matter of faith and believing…..and if you don’t believe the Inquisition will set out to burn you out.
Here they admit that:
‘It is impossible to assert categorically that the sort of climate changes envisaged in The Revenge of Gaia either will or will not occur. Rather, climate scientists attempt to estimate the risks of different levels of climate change.’
However that’s not true…..this ‘risk assessment’ is merely the latest tactic to get around the inconvenient fact that the science doesn’t prove anything…there is absolutley no proof that CO2 is the main, or any, driver of climate change.
‘There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.’ Dr Patrick Moore…co-founder of Greenpeace
And to the likes of Slingo there is no debate to be had…as you can see…..she has declared that the risk is so high that we must act….and any critics can just STFU.
So ‘society must decide’ becomes ‘we select few’ must decide….and with the BBC closing down genuine debate that is made all the easier.
Note…when Lovelock wrote his book in 2006…and as seen above Slingo refers to it as if it still represents the green view……so Lovelock obviously was, and still is, considered qualified to talk about the subject….when he sides with the ‘consensus’.
Now however, when he ‘cools’ on the subject he is ‘out of date’….‘Lovelock’s opinions on this subject sit uncomfortably with modern scientific understanding of the climate system.’
Note that ‘modern’…..so his old theory is believed to be still ‘current’ and credible whilst his later ‘modern’ theory is not in fact ‘modern’ but unscientific and not in line with ‘modern’ science.
How times change eh?
“Lovelock will go down in history as the scientist who changed our view of the Earth…. The Revenge of Gaia is the most important book ever to be published on the environmental crisis.” — John Gray in 2007
Or as Paxman described him just last week:
‘One of the world’s top public intellectuals, a titan of post-war science working outside mainstream scientific institutions coming up with some of the most original ideas of our time.‘
Confused? Don’t expect the BBC to explain it….Jim Al Khalili certainly didn’t tackle Slingo on it.
And I’ll finish off as I began with Dr Joe Smith…just so you know where he is coming from:
Public service media have a responsibility to equip society for a long and difficult conversation about how we reduce the likelihood of climate change, and how we prepare for the environmental changes that past emissions have locked us into. Anything less and the public are being swindled.
But not a long and difficult conversation about the science….that’s settled.