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A busy couple of weeks for the world’s alarmists, sorry, I meant “scientists”

It seems that nowadays, the world’s “scientists” are much more interested in getting newspaper headlines than they are in producing serious and useful scientific research. And to get headline, you need a really horrific scare story – a “we’re all about to die” story.

First we had the Warmists. As Australia experienced an “unusual” heatwave (the same heatwave the country has at this time every year), the Warmists were out in force claiming that this was even more proof of Global Warming. However, just across the Equator, East Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand) was having the coldest winter in living memory. There was even snow in Vietnam. One of the idiotic Warmists’ wildest predictions was “our children will not know what snow is“. But it seems that because of Global Cooling, many children, who didn’t know what snow was, are now finding out. Meanwhile the US skiing season started 10 days earlier than usual due to early heavy snowfall and then there was the infamous Polar Vortex which sent freezing brass-monkey weather across much of North America. But the Warmists have never let a few inconvenient facts get in the way of their ludicrous theories (click to see more clearly)

Then there was another bunch predicting that Britain’s run of rain-drenched summers could be ended by a slow-down in major Atlantic currents which bring warm, wet air to Europe. The currents were known to have weakened since 2004 but the new work suggests the trend began in the 1990s and shows no sign of ending.

Professor Rowan Sutton, at the University of Reading and part of the research team, said: “Those of us that spend our summer holidays in Britain would welcome a move away from a recent succession of soggy summers. But this research certainly isn’t a forecast for summer 2014, or any other year.” He said the changes to UK climate would be in addition to the longer-term global warming trend driven by carbon emissions, which is most likely to bring an increase in heatwaves and extreme storms. But hold on professor, 2013 was a wonderful sunny summer. It wasn’t wet and soggy at all. And the Earth hasn’t warmed at all for the last 16 years. Are you talking utter balderdash?

Then, perhaps more reliably, other “scientists” have been observing solar activity. They think the next low point in solar activity could be low enough to rival the Maunder Minimum, which often leads to the question of whether we could see a return to freezing conditions. Back in the 17th century, the sun went through a period of prolonged low activity, called the Maunder Minimum. This coincided with the beginning of what’s become known as the Little Ice Age when parts of the northern hemisphere cooled by as much as two degrees Celsius.

So, is it going to get hotter? Or cooler? Or stay the same? It seems that nobody has a clue.

Oh, and in case you ever wondered about the origins of the phrase “freeze the balls off a brass monkey”, here’s the answer, sort of:

1 comment to A busy couple of weeks for the world’s alarmists, sorry, I meant “scientists”

  • Mike

    “Hide the decline” Mann the hockey stick inventor is still hiding from science. He has failed to respond to Judith Curry’s challenge.

    Curry: ‘I see a scientist (Michael Mann) making an accusation against another scientist (me) that I am ‘anti-science,’ with respect to my EPW testimony. This is a serious accusation, particularly since my testimony is part of the Congressional record’

    Curry Challenges Mann: ‘Since you have publicly accused my Congressional testimony of being ‘anti-science,’ I expect you to (publicly) document and rebut any statement in my testimony that is factually inaccurate or where my conclusions are not supported by the evidence that I provide.’

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