Yet another warning about Global Warming comes along with calls from environmental activists to cut down on emissions, ban cars and all airplanes. In fact turn off all your electricity and live in a hut, forever. But that is what it is like in parts of central Africa to this day and it is no cooler there than it is here, I can assure you. But I was looking out of my window when I heard the latest report and it was about minus three degrees outside and I could do with a bit of Global Warming myself around here. It is fair to say that with any belief system, extremist elements will emerge. So how long will it be then before the Extreme Green emerges, a modern day version of General Ned Ludd’s Army of Redressers who attempted to prevent the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800’s by using force and terrorism against all new technology? The Luddite Movement ended in 1817 with twenty-three executions and thirteen men being transported to Australia for life, but just you try suggesting that sort of end to the Green Movement today. Global Warming, we are told, will result in the polar ice cap breaking up, sea levels rising and, as a result, millions of people drowning in 50 years time. But I won’t drown. I won’t be standing on the coastline waiting for the water to reach the top of my Wellington Boots; I will simply walk up the road, uphill, for a few yards. And so too, I imagine, will everybody else.
So I wondered if I could dispel this myth and found out, like anybody else can for himself or herself, that our climate warms and cools all the time, quite naturally. Whilst there are occasions of global warming, we also have global cooling from time to time. True, our human activities can add what are known as ‘greenhouse gases’ to our atmosphere and that can produce a warming effect. But it is important to put this into some sort of context. The Great Ice Age began a million years ago and reached its zenith 20,000 years ago. As recently as 6,000 years ago Canada was still covered in ice and parts of it still are but it has taken 20,000 years for the sun to melt the ice age and, although both polar ice caps are all that remain from that period to this day, they too are slowly but surely melting away, resulting in more ice bergs. But to blame this on air travel and a few big cars with heavy carbon dioxide emissions seems a little ridiculous to me. American satellite monitoring has not shown any warming of the atmosphere since study’s began in 1979 and whilst most scientists ‘guess’ human activity may have some effect on our atmosphere it will be tiny in comparison with the natural fluctuations of our climate. Even if any change at all is noticed some scientists are quoted as saying that while it may have ‘some interesting scientific curiosity, it will have no practical importance at all.’ There has also been no ozone layer depletion since 1992.
Apparently the climate did heat up a little between 1880 and 1940 and that warming is responsible for the current so called break up of the polar ice cap, which in fact means just a few more icebergs appearing as they split from the main body of the Antarctic. But fear not, as the period between 1940 and 1975 was, once again, a cooling period. The effects of that are likely to be felt during the later part of this century. So it seems that despite all the efforts of the scaremongers and activists, none of us are going to be drowned by Global Warming as this process has been going on for around a million years and may still have 10,000 years to go. I can think of many more ways we will ruin the planet than the cars we drive or the aerosols we use. Many even believe that the increase in carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will be a good thing, especially for agriculture that thrives in such conditions and crops will grow stronger and more reliably. And finally, the earths own climate creates natural filters. For example, if we heat the sea it will produce more water vapour and more evaporation, which will produce more clouds, which will prevent the sun’s rays from reaching the earth’s surface. And that, in turn will cool it down again.
In 1997 a global warming agreement was written in Kyoto, Japan proposing limits on greenhouse gases that would ‘harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology and damage the health & welfare of mankind.’ But over 20,000 qualified scientists signed the following petition in response;
‘We urge the United States Government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997 and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology and damage the health & welfare of mankind.
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
The United States Government never did sign the Kyoto Agreement. But none the less, ruin the planet we probably will although not in our lifetime and not through Global Warming, which is a shame because it is still freezing out there.
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