0.01% Of Atmosphere And 0.01% Of Earth’s Biomass Drive Nearly 97% Of Climate? No
Climate is the most complex coupled nonlinear chaotic system known to man. Of course, there are human influences in it, nobody denies that. But what outcome will they get by fiddling with one variable (CO2) at the margins? I’m sorry, it’s scientific nonsense.
Here’s yet another in the endless stream of global warming Oops. We know as soon as we point it out there will be anonymous (isn’t that courageous?) commenters who will pooh-pooh it and attack the credentials of the persons we cite (wouldn’t it be nice to be able to compare credentials with the anonymous pooh-poohers?).
Nevertheless we bring you today’s global warming Oops, courtesy Philip Stott, UK Professor Emeritus of Biogeography, University of London:
“Why do you continue to talk glibly about current climate ‘warming’ when it is now widely acknowledged that there has been no ‘global warming’ for the last ten years, a cooling trend that many think may continue for at least another ten years? How can you talk of the climate ‘warming’ when, on the key measures, it isn’t? And now a leading Mexican scientist is even predicting that we may enter another ‘Little Ice Age’ – a ‘pequeña era de hielo’.
“So, why are newspapers, magazines, radio, and television not telling us all this? Because they have invested so much effort over the last ten years in hyping up the exact opposite. Moreover, it is especially pathetic sophistry to claim, as dedicated ‘global warmers’ are wont to do, that ‘natural forces’ are having the temerity to ‘suppress’ ‘global warming’. The fundamental point has always been this: climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically-selected factor is as misguided as it gets.
“And now a Mexican expert, Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera (National Autonomous University of Mexico), is warning that the Earth will enter a new ‘Little Ice Age’ for up to 80 years due to decreases in solar activity [see: ‘Auguran breve era del hielo en 2010’, Milenio, August 16]. He describes the predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as ‘erroneous.’ If this cooling phase really does persist, it will be illuminating to observe how long our media can maintain its befuddled state of ‘cognitive dissonance’. Mind you, I jolly well hope that we aren’t entering a cooling period – it’s the very last thing we need! Give me warming any time. Brrrr!”