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What's wrong with Global Warming?

Although it might sound otherwise I don't disbelieve in man made global warming. However, I don't believe in it either. On this one I'm prepared to admit my ignorance. One thing which does make me a little inclined to think that the case for it might be flawed is the fact that the noxious stench of politicians has become inextricably woven into the mix. Their odd solution to the problem seems to be something of an empty meal, with "more taxes" and crappy lightbulbs being top of the menu. Another thing which makes me doubt the scientific consensus is the fact it's a menu that seems to chiefly consist of porkie pies. The latest is detailed in The Guardian here.

The outline of the story is approximately this, The Times Atlas recently launched in a blaze of publicity claiming to show proof of the evil influence of humans on Greenland. 15% of the ice cover has been destroyed since 1999! How terrifying. Better get those carbon taxes sorted before the next election. Then, oops a daisy, pesky facts go and trip the bandwagon up a bit. Turns out glaciologists say that although the ice cover is melting it's nowhere near the 'misleading' 15% rate represented by the Times Atlas cartographers. And so there we are, yet another bandwagon thunders off course with EVEN the Guardian being forced to cover the embarrasing story.

Science is supposed to be about facts. This thing surely either is or is not happening. Not so. Welcome the the world of "post normal science". There is a branch of science where it is argued that scientists can and should go where the data does not. From wikipedia:

Detractors of post-normal science, conversely, see it as a method of trying to argue for a given set of actions despite a lack of evidence for them, and as a method of trying to stifle opposing voices calling for caution by accusing them of hidden biases. Many consider post-normal science an attempt to ignore proper scientific methods in an attempt to substitute inferior methodology in service of political goals.

An article for The Telegraph about it is here.

Makes you wonder eh?

Earlier article on Global War and Global Warming

3 comments:

Dyonn said...

The global temperature figures speak for themselves: The world is not warming.

Sooner or later, people are going to have to admit it.

Lucio Buffone said...

The world is warming, that's a fact. The consensus amongst the scientific community is that this warming is either caused or accelerated by the huge release of CO2 into the atmosphere by man since the industrial revolution.

The thing is, we actually have the technology to deal with most of the issues caused by global warming. For example most of Holland is under sea level, but they've been dealing with it pretty fine since the 1600's. Just a thought.

Lucio

Dyonn said...

I dispute your "fact" because I have analysed global temperatures and found them to not be increasing.

If the world really were be warming as much as they say, there should be panic, because we would all be dying in a few years time

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