The idea that the science is now settled on manmade (anthropogenic) global warming seems further than ever from the truth, what with serious doubts cast on the veracity of reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international scientific panel charged with informing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the latest scientific evidence.
My purpose is not to re-hash the climate-change/global-warming debate here, for readers can refresh for themselves their memories regarding some of the concerns climate change “doubters” harbour by Googling the following:
- Data for vital “hockey stick graph” has gone missing
- There has been no global warming since 1995
- Warming periods have happened before, but not due to manmade changes.
And, I’ll say for the record, I do not doubt that there has been global warming during the decades I’ve lived in Canada. Why else, for example, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper so excited about the new promise of the Canadian Arctic? My concern from the start has been that the phenomenon may not be manmade and that we’ll be bulldozed, if not bamboozled, into wasting trillions of dollars to reverse the trend or even to stop or slow it. It always has made more sense to me that we develop strategies to adapt rather than to mitigate.
Now we seem to have intriguing, if not compelling, evidence that perhaps the science really is being settled, though not at all in the direction in which David Suzuki, Al Gore, the IPCC and other anthropogenic global warming advocates have been leading us. This is very complicated stuff and I do not pretend to understand it all. I do, however, find a recent article in the Financial Post, Science now settled by Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute, interesting indeed.
Firstly, the research Mr. Solomon writes about is above reproach having been conducted by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and published in the prestigious journal Nature. CERN, readers may remember, is the organization that gave us the World Wide Web, the “face” of the Internet as we know it today. More recently, CERN built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles. The LHC is expected to change our understanding of the Universe.
Apparently, CERN, for the first time ever, has used a high-energy physics accelerator (a cloud chamber) to study atmospheric and climate science. The results of this experiment—known as CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets)—seem likely to greatly modify scientists’ understanding of clouds and climate as it validates the hypothesis that cosmic rays and the sun hold the key to understanding global warming, or as Lawrence Solomon puts it, CERN has in all likelihood found the Holy Grail of climate science.
Perhaps then we should rethink our response to global-warming and resist the push for government regulations, restrictions, and, of course, the billion-dollar wealth transfers to pay for the whole thing. I ask myself, why when climate change activists list all the changes that will result from temperature increases, they focus exclusively on the negative? Why do they ignore the positive changes we, especially here in Canada, can expect.
As the globe warms, vast regions of Canada will become comfortably habitable and there will be more land available for cultivation. Resources will be easier to extract. Global warming, in fact, has the potential to create the investment opportunity of a lifetime as Canadians spread north from the narrow belt running along our southern border with the United States.
I agree with James S. Robbins who said:
“If the climate historians can tell us anything, it is that climatic conditions have been changing radically since Earth’s creation, and there is no reason to expect that they will ever stop. Forget the idea that man is causing global warming—I think it is terribly ambitious to believe that man can stop it.”
It’s the sun, folks, and the cosmic rays it emits, and there seems precious little we’ll be able to do about it. So, rather than destroying our economy and freezing in the dark when not peddling our bikes to work, let’s learn how we can adapt, as all living creatures on this planet have been doing since life here began.
Sources and further reading:
- Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995, by Jonathan Petre, Daily Mail
- Science now settled, by Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Wikipedia
- Hooray for Global Warming, by James S. Robbins