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Climate change sceptics

On the “World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4“, Sunday 31st January 2010, there was a news article about the recent IPCC report on the melting Himalayan glaciers. A spokes person for climatologists said that 30 – 40 scientists collect all the data. Then there are many more scientists, suggested in their thousands, that model the collected data and produce reports.

There have been many inaccuracies and misinformation of late reported on East Anglia University’s withholding information through to the IPCC not performing proper checks on information released.

The new research comes at a difficult time for climate scientists, who have been forced to defend their predictions in the face of an embarrassing mistake in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which included false claims that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035. There has also been heavy criticism over the way climate scientists at the University of East Anglia apparently tried to prevent the release of data requested under Freedom of Information laws.

While inaccurate information released does not help the cause of ‘climate science’, it does not detract that temperature is rising globally. Edward Miliband, Secretary of State, suggests that the recent issues of inaccurate information does not undermine the ‘evidence of CO2 on temperature’ rises. However publishing data that is inaccurate or misleading is foolhardy in a political world where a blame culture exists. Continue reading

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Forest oil foraging

Climate scientists and certain quarters of the media have good political reasons to keep debates alive on climate change. There is strong scientific evidence that the use of fossil fuels contributes towards rising CO² emissions. This on the whole is not necessarily a bad thing, if additional CO² gets soaked-up. However if extra CO² remains in the atmosphere, its presence acts like a reflective thermal blanket, trapping in additional heat that would normally seep into space; mostly as infrared radiation.

On July 12, 2008, the Guardian reported the latest action motivated by profit within the province of Alberta in Canada. The article entitled “Canadians ponder cost of rush for dirty oil“, focuses on the shocking news of destroying ancient wood-land forests, in order to extract tar from its soil for the production of oil at a great ecological cost to the environment. A consequence of felling ancient forests is that oxygen production is reduced. Continue reading

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