Sunday, November 05, 2006

Climate change: Facts and fantasies

Christopher Monckton exposes the (many) myths of climate change science and the supposed "consensus" in The Telegraph.

This week, I'll show how the UN undervalued the sun's effects on historical and contemporary climate, slashed the natural greenhouse effect, overstated the past century's temperature increase, repealed a fundamental law of physics and tripled the man-made greenhouse effect.

Monckton will reveal more next week.

Read it all.

Meanwhile the increasingly childish Independent, not content with Stern's fiction, comes up with some fantasies of it's own.

Tomorrow world leaders meet in Nairobi to set new targets for cutting pollution. Here, environment editor Geoffrey Lean examines why they must go further than ever before. And we print the stories you'll hope never to read again.

2050: The last drops of rain fall to earth

World hunt for food as India faces starvation after monsoon fails and harvests are doomed
A worldwide search for spare food has been mounted this weekend in the aftermath of the most complete failure of the Indian monsoon ever witnessed. Two billion people on the Indian subcontinent could soon be going hungry because there is no rain to water their crops.

It seems that The Independent is unaware that the biggest cause of greenhouse effect is water vapour - and warming means more evaporation, which will increase the amount of water vapour in the air.

And that means more rain - not less.

2060: Tsunami horror hits Britain

Methane 'bubble' blamed for catastrophic seabed slide as wave wipes east coast off map
A vast landslip beneath the North Sea last night unleashed a tsunami that submerged much of eastern Scotland and sent a tidal wave down the east coast of England. Tens of thousands are missing, presumed dead.

The death toll could be greater than the Boxing Day tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean 56 years ago.

A small earthquake triggered the wave, but geologists say global warming is ultimately to blame, unlike in 2004.

Well, it's nice to know that global warming wasn't to blame for the Boxing Day tsunami - but The Independent still expects the lies about global warming to continue.

I don't know who Geoffrey Lean is, but judging by this piece I would say that the Independent's environment editor must be a 15 year old school boy who spends a little too much time alone in his room. It's not journalism - it is science fiction.

This sort of fortune-telling fantasy is more appropriate for The Sunday Sport rather than a so-called serious newspaper. The credibility of The Independent continues to slide. In another 40 years or so, this ridiculous "story" will come back to haunt them - although I suspect that it will have long disappeared up it's own backside by then.

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