The idea that the science is settled on anthropogenic global warming seems ever further from the truth after a report this weekend in the UK’s Daily Mail gave us global warming sceptics more reason to doubt the climate change industry’s “consensus.”
In past months, serious doubt has been cast on the veracity of reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and articles in the Financial Post by Lawrence Soloman have suggested a CERN experiment overturns global-warming orthodoxy.
Now, according to the piece in the Daily Mail, new temperature data shows the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years, and, in fact, we could even be heading for a mini ice age like the one in the 17th Century. These data were reportedly based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations and were released last week by the Met Office—the UK’s National Weather Service—and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit.
Scientific evidence is accumulating that suggests climate change models attach too much significance to CO2 and not enough to water cycles and the sun’s activities. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, for example, has used its high-energy physics accelerator to study atmospheric and climate science, and the results of its experiment seem likely to validate the hypothesis that cosmic rays and the sun hold the key to understanding global warming.
Pål Brekke, senior adviser at the Norwegian Space Centre and former NASA scientist, has said that some scientists found the importance of water cycles difficult to accept, because doing so means admitting that the oceans, not CO2, caused much of the global warming between 1970 and 1997.
The Earth’s climate has been fluctuating since its creation, and there is no reason to expect that will stop any time soon. It is high time we began to rethink our response to global-warming and resist the push for government regulations and, of course, the billion-dollar wealth transfers to poorer nations to pay for the whole thing.