Sunday, November 19, 2006

Apocalypse cancelled?

Christopher Monckton published two articles in the Sunday Telegraph on 5.11.2006 and 12.11.2006 challenging much of the science behind global warming. He claims the UN edited out the medieval warm period when temperatures were warmer than today; that they have ignored the fact that the sun has got warmer and have exaggerated the rise in temperature in the 20th century. Has the UN and the IPCC got it wrong or is this just the latest attempt to discredit good science by opponents of global warming?

Decide for yourself by reading the original articles by Christopher Monckton.

and George Monbiot's reply.

For a more scientific analysis read this article


At 6:44 am, Blogger Matt Burge said...

The Telegraph, hmmm, explains where my m-in-law has been getting her silly ideas from. Articles like this are just such a lot of hot air!

Seriously though, no-one should own climate change as an issue, not the left leaning media, the NGOs, the 'West', or anyone else. It's a global issue for all of us to grapple with, including the right-wing media. They need to understand that their taxes are going to have to be spent on mitigating the effects of climate change. They wouldn't want Chelsea flooded now would they. ;-)

At 11:09 am, Blogger Earthpal said...

Matt, spot on. No-one owns the rights to the environmental issue and nobody should be allowed to exploit it for their own separate agends (could this occur with carbon-trading?). Yes, it's global and the sooner we regard the Earth as one community, the sooner we might unitedly start tending to our one and only dwelling-place. (Sorry if that sounds preachy).

The Monbiot article totally discredits the Telegraph. (The comment that follows his article written by Rashers101 is very poignant, don't you think)?

At 11:59 am, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Thanks! Yes, Rasher's 'next generations' angle is a central plank to sustainability. It helps to have young kids of ones own to be constantly reminded of this!

At 9:27 am, Blogger Earthpal said...

Yes, it does. And I'm really impressed with the school that my children attend because it has a really good environmental ethos.

My kids often express their concern about things such as endangered species and animal rights. And they are genuinely upset when they see images of starving children and suchlike. (For me, being green isn't just about climate change, it's about caring for the planet and all life upon it...about wiping out poverty, injustice and inequality).

Sorry, getting all preachy again. Delete if you like. Lol.

At 10:43 am, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Yes, same at my kids school. And yes it's incredible the education and exposure to things environmental and multi-cultural they have. But then being in London the kids speak 70 languages btw them!

At 10:41 pm, Blogger Keith Scott said...

How much damage does Christopher Monckton's article do to introducing effective measures to combat global warming? A lot that he says can be discounted but what about his main argument that the main reason for global warming is caused by emissions from the sun heating up? Is there any truth in that?

At 12:03 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

If the sun is heating up it merely exacerbates the problem caused by CO2 emissions. One isn't replacing the other.

The Telegraph is an irrelevant newspaper read by an average aged readership of 65. Their attitudes are being swept away by a youth who have 'environment' as one of their top concerns.


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