Sometimes if you are wrong, even if you have the very best intentions, the results might be considered harmful. I and other sceptics of the CAGW delusion think that the worlds poor need direct help now, not ‘potential help’ later.
Sir John Houghton (June 2010 – slide 45) – Co Chair 2001 IPCC Ar3 – ‘Hockey Stick’ report
“Haven’t we first to tackle World
Poverty, then Climate Change?
we tackle Climate Change now,
the plight of many of the poorest
will be enormously worse”
Sir John Houghton, no doubt sincerely believes that tackling future ‘climate change’ (man-made) is more important than the issues and hardships facing the worlds poor now.
“God is Creator
Science is God’s science”
“Pharoah & Joseph had
So have we
I heard him speak at my local church and asked a few questions in the Q and A session and afterwards. Links to the audio of his presentation entitled - God, Science and Global Warming – and his slides where this quote come from, and the audio of the Q/A session are here:
On Thursday 17th June 2010
Professor Sir John Houghton FRS CBE
spoke to a full church at St. Mary’s, Wargrave
If he is wrong and climate sensitivity and feedbacks to CO2 are low or negative, then we are uneccesarily withholding from the worlds poorest, who are actually suffering now, all the benefits the West has.
This belief in the CAGW delusion, was formed over 20 years ago when their was very little evidence, which was then followed by a warming period. The explantion of by the climate scientist, still depends on the thought, ‘we can’t explain it, it must be us (CO2), which as a scientist should recognise, given the large uncertainties in the young science that is ‘climate science’ (clouds being just one factor), is just an argument from ignorance. This should be the start of trying to prove this theory, not as evidence of it by elimination, where the science is unceratin and unknown.
This attitude would probably explain and produce a culture that would prevent anyone getting the funding to look for other non AGW explanations.
BBC Interview – Roger Harrabin – Phil Jones CCRU – UEA
H – If you agree that there were similar periods of warming since 1850 to the current period, and that the MWP is under debate, what factors convince you that recent warming has been largely man-made?
J “The fact that we can’t explain the warming from the 1950s by solar and volcanic forcing – see my answer to your question D.”
This apparent refusal to even contemplate that ‘climate science’ may be wrong, (ie might sensivity low/negative no harm done) and the apparent belief that it is just big oil/coal denying things, is harmful to the worlds poor if he is wrong and some would consider this as having an ‘evil result’. The ‘precautionary principle’ so often used to justify away the ‘climate uncertainties’ and take urgent action, surely equally applies to the consequences of reducing the worlds Co2 emmisions, if it is uneccesary?
Sir John Houghton also said to me that he had not read any of the climategate email, thus this is a position of ignorance of the problems in ‘climate science’ (through belief) or chooses to ignore them as it is all down to the big oil/coal denail pr machine. (Bob Watson – IPCC is on the record as not haven read the climategate emails either)
Would the IPCC listen to this paper reported here. (BBC Paul Hudson) – or is it ‘proof’ of ‘global climate disruption’ to the believers.
BBC – Record December cold – should we get used to it? - 20th December 2010
BBC: Are Severe Winters Here to Stay - (I wonder why the changed the link name to a different heading)
“In my blog ‘could the sun cast a shadow on global temperatures’ I wrote about how Australian scientist David Archibald was convinced that prolonged weak solar activity could mean much colder winters in future. He wrote his paper in February 2009.
Perhaps we all need to get used to colder winters across the UK in the next few years. “
Or this research, reported here by Paul Hudson – BBC – Science and Technology -main BBC website
This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.But it is true.
For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.
So what on Earth is going on?
this BBC article may have even prompted the climategate leaker/whistleblower as Paul Hudson received some of the emails concerning himself, over a month, before the rest were leaked.
As the ‘team’ complained about the BBC and his article amongst themselves and Michael Mann was going to have a word with Richard Black (BBC) to see what was going on (seem to consider the BBC a cheerleader for AGW), possibly motivating the whistleblower?
Denying the developing world cheap energy is more harmful to the poor now. Extreme weather events are often cited as being ‘more likely’ to occur due to ‘climate change’ (man made presumably?) or the new name for it ’global climate disruption’. Yet, research shows that the consequences of natural extreme weather events have always disproportionately effect the world’s poorest, because they lack the material benefits, of technology, health, cheap energy and infrastructure of the developed world.
For the sake of argument, should CAGW be real, and shown to increase extreme weather events by say 5%, 10 %?, reducing CO2 emmission alone will have no benefit to the world’s poor from deaths caused by the other 90% ‘natural’ extreme weather events.
(1)World Health Organisation: Climate and Health – 2005 factsheet
Measurement of health effects from climate change can only be very approximate. Nevertheless, a WHO quantitative assessment, taking into account only a subset of the possible health impacts, concluded that the effects of the climate change that has occurred since the mid-1970s may have caused over 150,000 deaths in 2000. It also concluded that these impacts are likely to increase in the future.
The WHO factsheet also says 600,000 deaths annually due to natural extreme weather related events – of which 95% in poor countries. Thus the biggest killer is being poor, not ‘climate change’, yet the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change have even defined ‘climate change’ to only mean man made, excluding ALL natural climate forcings…
Such is the belief in man made global warming , even to consider the possibilty of a cooling period, over the next 20 years or the possibility or another ‘little ice age’ is to be shouted down as a ‘climate change denier’. Thus stiffling any possibility of a scientific debate of a possible potentialy very hazardous period of ‘climate cooling’ (even a short term 20 years cooling) which history has shown can be the most devasting to the poorest in the world.
So the answer Sir John Houghton’s question:
“Haven’t we first to tackle World
Poverty, then Climate Change?
My answer would be Yes
or at the very least do both, as the benefits to the worlds poor now would also mitigate against any future possible AGW or naturally derived ‘extreme weather’ events.