Gluckman versus science [update 2]
Professor Peter Gluckman, a world-ranked paediatrics researcher, has hit out at scientists in another field, calling them the equivalent of AIDS-deniers.
As a non-active non-climate researcher himself, and on the back of just one month of being schooled up by warmist zealots on the science of “climate change,” he told an audience over the weekend that “there are some scientists, although few of these are active climate researchers, who dispute the generally held [warmist] conclusions" – suggesting that if they’re not active climate researchers they should shut themselves up or be tarred with the brush of AIDS-denial.
I suggest that as a non-climate researcher himself he should either listen to his own advice, lest he be tarred as someone who’s been captured by zealots in the cause of warmistry.
Or perhaps he could complete his short semester of climate change education by giving active New Zealand climate scientists like Professor Bob Carter and Chris de Freitas a call to hear the science he obviously hasn’t about. I’m sure they’d take his call, even if he didn’t apologise for the insult.
UPDATE 1: If the warming of the late 20th Century had not come to an end, what kind of catastrophe were we headed for? asks the Objectivist Individualist. Answer, says “Australia's best-known academic geologist” Ian Plimer in his best-selling book Heaven and Earth, is apparently one similar to the Medieval and Roman Warmings. And exactly how “catastrophic” was that?
The Medieval Warming period from 900 to 1300 was a period of great human advances in Europe, China, and Angkor Wat in southeast Asia. Humans generally prospered and were able to more easily feed and cloth themselves. As a result, they had enough time and resources to be able to undertake the building of cities, great cathedrals, and the start of universities throughout Europe. Europe started importing goods from China and the East Indies via the Orient. The Orient itself prospered with renewed agriculture, trade, and the establishment of institutions of learning. This period was warmer than the late 20th Century period. . .
There was a great expansion in trade. People could produce more than was needed for subsistence and were able to trade the excess. The warm period was accompanied by fewer storms and intense winds were less common than during the Dark Ages. Note that this is contrary to the claims of many Global Warming Alarmists today. . .
UPDATE 2: New observations of Jupiter’s moon Titan (similar to Earth but with a methane cycle instead of a water cycle) find that the weather on the planet isn’t acting anywhere like the way computer models say it should be. From the Egoist Blog:
"The models predicted that the equatorial region should be very dry and should not support cloud formation," said astronomer Henry Roe of Lowell Observatory in Arizona. "But this episode created clouds over both the equator and the south pole. We don't know what set off that sequence, but something gave a pretty good kick to the atmosphere."Reality does not slavishly obey the computer "models"?? Who'd a thunk?
Here's some words of wisdom more scientists need to grasp:"We really need to keep observing Titan in detail for many more years in order to get a true understanding of how its seasons change," Roe said.On earth as it is in heaven, forever and ever, amen.
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