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I have heard from two sources that there is growing panic in some academic circles regarding global warming.

A few years ago global warming research had an annual budget world wide of 170Mil. A reasonable amount given the size of the field. The next year this jumped to 2Bil, more than a factor of 10. THis brought lots of jobs and lots of people who otherwise would not be interested.

The panic now is that the earth isn't warming as expected - so jobs are threatened. What they are now saying is don't call it global warming, it's now too hard to prove. Now is has to be called "Climate Change." Have you heard that one about the traps?

Acid Comments

Of Interest.


World might be heading towards Ice Age:

According to Australian astronaut and geophysicist Phil Chapman, this might have caused the world to cool quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7C.

"This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930," said Dr Chapman.

"If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over," he added.

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh

THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity.

What is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot.

Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.

All four agencies that track Earth's temperature (the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California) report that it cooled by about 0.7C in 2007. This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.

There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold. It snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.


and what about the TASMAN Glacier

Ha Ha Ha.

CM Burns

What about it?

What about Greenland?

What about the ice fairs that were held on the river Thames not all that long ago?

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Well, is the earth warming? It depends on the period you are talking about. If we take the last 10,000 years or so, no, the temperature seems to have cooled ever so slightly. That's too far away for you? OK, if we look at the last century, then it warmed from about 1910 to 1940, then it stopped warming. It warmed again from 1975 to 1998, and then it stopped warming again. The IPCC has made an estimate of the warming over the 20th century, which it puts at 0.6 of a degree Celsius, plus or minus 0.2 of a degree. The second warming period, from 1975 to 1998, coincided with a steady increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide. It is just this coincidence that alarmed scientists in the 1980s. I should say that not everyone agrees that you can derive a meaningful average temperature for the earth's atmosphere, and I have my own doubts about the validity and reliability of the measurements themselves. But most of the Doubting Thomases will accept the IPCC's estimate, if only because it doesn't seem very large to them. It is also consistent with the retreat of most glaciers, and other observable phenomena.

Is such a level of warming unprecedented or worrying? Well here there is considerable disagreement. It will be plain to you that the IPCC is worried, and in one of its four major reports it went to some trouble to argue that the warming of the late 20th century had no counterpart in the last 1,000 years. This claim was hard to accept, because there is abundant evidence both of a mediaeval warm period, when the monasteries in England grew grapes and made wine, and of a later 'little ice age', when the Thames froze in London, and a frost fair was held for a few months in 1683 and 1684 on the frozen river. The little ice age only came to an end in the late 18th century, and when temperatures began to rise, as they did in the 19th, the glaciers started to melt and retreat. It may be that the warming that has occurred is largely a return from a cold period. In any case, the paper on which the IPCC's claim relied was subject to intense scholarly criticism, and was dropped from, and not referred to, in the IPCC's most recent report.

Professor Don Aitkin
Former Vice Chancellor
University of Canberra


"Our export sectors seem to be doing quite well, apart from pressure casued by a high $NZ."

When you talk of "exports" are you speaking about the mass exodus of people heading across the ditch. What does the word "casued" mean fugly?

Acid Comments

Also of interest:


Researcher: Basic Greenhouse Equations "Totally Wrong"

New derivation of equations governing the greenhouse effect reveals "runaway warming" impossible

Miklós Zágoni isn't just a physicist and environmental researcher. He is also a global warming activist and Hungary's most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Protocol. Or was.
That was until he learned the details of a new theory of the greenhouse effect, one that not only gave far more accurate climate predictions here on Earth, but Mars too. The theory was developed by another Hungarian scientist, Ferenc Miskolczi, an atmospheric physicist with 30 years of experience and a former researcher with NASA's Langley Research Center.

A New Record for Antarctic Total Ice Extent?


It had to happen.

With all the scaremongering and brainwashing being shoved down our throats and the garbage our children are being inflicted with in school on Climate Change.

Of interest.

Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change:

PSYCHIATRISTS have detected the first case of "climate change delusion" - and they haven't even yet got to Kevin Rudd and his global warming guru.

Writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of our Royal Children's Hospital say this delusion was a "previously unreported phenomenon".

"A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also . . . had visions of apocalyptic events."

(So have Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery, Profit of Doom Al Gore and Sir Richard Brazen, but I digress.)

"The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies."


Also of interest.

Lord Nelson and Captain Cook's shiplogs question climate change theories

The ships' logs of great maritime figures such as Lord Nelson and Captain Cook have cast new light on climate change by suggesting that global warming may not be an entirely man-made phenomenon.


Also of interest.

The world has never seen such freezing heat.

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

Global warning: We are actually heading towards a new Ice Age, claim scientists

It has plagued scientists and politicians for decades, but scientists now say global warming is not the problem.
We are actually heading for the next Ice Age, they claim.

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