26 August 2006

Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming: Contra Consensus?

Russian scientists are refusing to acquiesce to the global warming consenus. A report from the Russian Academy of Science Astronomical Observatory discusses the natural heating and cooling cycles of earth's climate secondary to solar activity, and predicts a coming period of global cooling.

Global cooling could develop on Earth in 50 years and have serious consequences before it is replaced by a period of warming in the early 22nd century, a Russian Academy of Sciences’ astronomical observatory’s report says, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Friday.

Environmentalists and scientists warn not about the dangers of global warming provoked by man’s detrimental effect on the planet’s climate, but global cooling. Though never widely supported, it is a theory postulating an overwhelming cooling of the Earth which could involve glaciation.

“On the basis of our [solar emission] research, we developed a scenario of a global cooling of the Earth’s climate by the middle of this century and the beginning of a regular 200-year-long cycle of the climate’s global warming at the start of the 22nd century,” said the head of the space research sector.

The "consensus" on catastrophic anthropogenic global warming has always been shaky, although one can be excused for believing otherwise if his main source of climate news is the mainstream media. When the media chooses to report only one side of a debate, members of the lay public can be excused for believing that the debate is over. Fortunately for honest scientific inquiry, that is not the case here. The High Inquisition of Climatology had a good run, but the consequences of having squelched the debate for so long may not be pretty.

Wizbang picked up the story of the Russian predictions, and added news of some glaciers in the Himalayas actually growing, rather than shrinking.


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