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Scientists Lose The Plot

November 26, 2014

By Paul Homewood 

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/11254817/Six-radical-ways-to-tackle-global-warming.html

 

 

It’s at times like this that I am ashamed to be British.

 

The Telegraph report:

 

Radical, untested techniques to tackle global warming by reflecting the sun’s rays could have "terrifying" consequences, yet may ultimately be needed to prevent catastrophic climate change, scientists have said.

Three Government-funded research projects released on Wednesday assessed the potential of controversial processes known as “geoengineering” – deliberately interfering with the earth’s climate to reverse global warming.

The two main types involve limiting solar radiation to cool the planet, or sucking carbon dioxide – one of the biggest causes of global warming – back out of the atmosphere.

Dr Matthew Watson of the University of Bristol, one of the scientists behind the research, said that techniques that reflect solar radiation to cool the earth could have “profoundly terrifying” negative consequences by shifting extreme drought and rainfall weather patterns to different regions – for example shifting the arid Saharan desert conditions south over populated areas of Africa.

Some of the techniques could also damage the ozone layer, leaving people at risk of skin cancer, or potentially trigger conflicts amid tensions between those affected by their deployment, the scientists said.

Research by Professor Piers Forster of the University of Leeds found that six mooted techniques for managing solar radiation could all leave billions of people with worse rainfall patterns – whether rainfall or drought – than before.

Yet Dr Watson argued that if the world keeps on its current trajectory toward “catastrophic” global warming by burning fossil fuels, then the techniques may nevertheless need to be used within decades to avert even greater disaster. “There is a point at which not deploying some technologies would be unethical,” he said.

 

Ok, they say they won’t do anything yet, but to even consider messing with the climate and harming billions of people in the name of a theoretical problem that has totally failed to materialise is, in my opinion, immoral. As for the “current trajectory toward catastrophic warming”, where has this prat been for the last eighteen years?

7 Comments
  1. November 26, 2014 11:34 pm

    “…..where has this prat been for the last eighteen years?”

    Anticipating Research Grants drying up.

  2. November 27, 2014 12:22 am

    In films kids see dead people everywhere. In models climate scientists see warming everywhere. 😉

  3. November 27, 2014 12:22 am

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  4. November 27, 2014 1:04 am

    These novel techniques will result in mass murder, and all on the taxpayer’s dime. Utterly disgraceful.

  5. Brian H permalink
    November 27, 2014 7:18 am

    All the warming is in the models. Apply the the techniques to the models, and leave them there.

  6. November 27, 2014 9:37 am

    Paul
    I’m old enough to have been adult in the ’70’s. Back then the “scientific” alarmists were solidly forecasting that by 2000 AD the planet would likely be in an ice age. BBC 2 promulgated programmes on it. And they trotted out journalists of the same ilk as David B***y Attenborough.

    Suggestions from some academic research departments included sending mirrors up into space to reflect more of the sun’s rays onto the earth to help keep it warmer. No – I kid you not!

    We all know what it’s about; it’s about keeping the research funding going irrespective of how worthwhile or rational it is; irrespective of the opportunity costs; and all intended to keep researchers bums on researchers’ well paid seats. Theirs is a tricky business, there are plenty of unemployed PhDs about.

    None of that stuff will ever happen, it’s just part of the game being played, and being exploited by the multinational RE corporations.

  7. Tony Price permalink
    November 29, 2014 3:12 pm

    Geoengineering – simple – what could possibly go wrong?

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