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Climate Change

The great debate

Without doubt one of the most significant challenges for humanity is how it faces the confines of a finite planet. From rising population, depletion of natural resources and the pollution of land, sea and air, for the first time man is confronting limits. Climate Change, whether man-made or not, is perhaps the area of greatest controversy. This is not surprising given the prominence that it has gained in the allocation of financial resources across the globe.

Passionate advocates exhort views ranging over the full spectrum of climate change options, from total denial of any change in global temperature to prophesies of global catastrophe once the world passes an 'imminent' "tipping point".

It is a fascinating debate.

This page collects some of my own posts on the subject as well as a number of links to sites and perspectives covering BOTH sides of the debate.


External Links presenting both sides of the Climate Change debate

"The rural and urban blend indicates a long-term warming of 0.89 °C/century since 1850, while the rural-only indicates 0.55 °C/century. This contradicts a common assumption that current thermometer-based global temperature indices are relatively unaffected by urban warming biases."

"It was found that altering the temperature estimate and/or the choice of solar forcing dataset resulted in very different conclusions as to the primary drivers of the observed warming. "

 "the scientific community is not yet in a position to confidently establish whether the warming since 1850 is mostly human-caused, mostly natural, or some combination."

  • The Myth of the Climate Change '97%' We have all heard it "Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: climate change is real, man-made and dangerous." This single sentence has become a regular argument in support of Climate Change widely used by laymen in support of their beliefs. Yet , as Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer argue in this article, it is a myth. A myth created by poor research and a widespread need by CC advocates for a winning argument against increasing scepticism. Well worth a read, if you can get through the paywall at the Wall Street Journal)
  • Thoughts on the Public Discourse over Climate Change This is a detailed article by Richard Lindzen critically reviews the core arguments by climate change advocates. Well worth a read whether you are a sceptic or an advocate.
  • Thoughts on the Public Discourse over Climate Change This is a detailed article by Richard Lindzen critically reviews the core arguments by climate change advocates. Well worth a read whether you are a sceptic or an advocate.
  • How Trump Can influence Climate Change During the election campaign Trump foreshadowed a winding down of Obama's commitments to mitigate the US's emissions. Thi s NY Times article explores the potential impact.
  • Climate Scientist Roy Spencer - The UAH MSU Dataset. Climate Scientist Roy Spencer details how the UAH MSU data-set is obtained. Recorded at the 10th ICCC on the 12th June, 2015.

  • Climate Change Realist Marc Marano debates Bill Nye the Science Guy on Global Warming

  • Climate Change 101 with Bil Nye. In this video Bill Nye, the Science Guy, explains what causes climate change, how it affects our planet, why we need to act promptly to mitigate its effects, and how each of us can contribute to a solution."

  • Climate Change: What's so alarming?  Bjorn Lomborg, Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, breaks down the facts about the environment and shows why the reality of climate change may be very different from what you hear in the media.

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