30 September 2010

Royal Society gets off the climate catatrophist bandwagon

The Global Warming Policy Foundation website reports that "Britain’s leading scientific institution has been forced to rewrite its guide to climate change and admit that there is greater uncertainty about future temperature increases than it had previously suggested. The Royal Society is publishing a new document today after a rebellion by more than 40 of its fellows who questioned mankind’s contribution to rising temperatures".

Climate change: a summary of the science, states that “some uncertainties are unlikely ever to be significantly reduced”. Unlike Climate change controversies, a simple guide - the document it replaces - it avoids making predictions about the impact of climate change and refrains from advising governments about how they should respond. Some key extracts:
The size of future temperature increases and other aspects of climate change, especially at the regional scale, are still subject to uncertainty. . . . It is not possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change in the future. There remains the possibility that hitherto unknown aspects of the climate and climate change could emerge and lead to significant modifications in our understanding.
Wow. The bubble really has burst. People who should have known better are at last admitting that the emperor is bollock naked. Having watched Al Gore's bandwagon gather momentum for twenty years in defiance of - indeed with active hostility towards - all norms of proper scientific inquiry, I'm having difficulty adjusting to the fact that the tide has turned at last.

It was "Climategate" wot did it. I hope some day to know who it was that leaked those emails, so that I may place them in my sparsely populated pantheon of modern heroes.

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