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Scumbag Climate Scientist Blames Drownings On Climate Change

September 5, 2016

By Paul Homewood   



Can these scumbags get any worse?

From Sky News:


The UK’s coastlines will become even more dangerous because of climate change, an expert has told Sky News.

Two more people died today on Britain’s shores – a man scuba diving in Cornwall and a 17-year-old boy in the waters near Sunderland.

Last week, five young men were drowned at Camber Sands. The weekend before, seven people died in different parts of waters around the UK.

Rip currents – fast moving, narrow channels of water that can drag swimmers out to sea – are not becoming more frequent or more vicious.

But our changing climate is making them more unpredictable, according to Dr Simon Boxall, an oceanographer at the University of Southampton.

Dr Boxall told Sky News: "Climate change means not just more winter storms, but more summer storms as well, so you have an ever moving topography.

"Rip currents need an escape and so they work on the topography of the sea floor.

"Now if you get big storms, the storms can change the topography completely, they can move a sand bar a kilometre overnight. That’s how powerful they are.

"And so because you get these moving sandbars every time you get a big storm, it means predicting where the rip currents are likely to take place becomes very difficult."

The RNLI have added Camber Sands to its "community life-saving plan", recognising that a previously unremarkable stretch of beach has become more dangerous. It has also introduced a temporary RNLI lifeguard service.


Camber Sands

Speaking on the beach, Darren Lewis, senior lifeguard manager at the RNLI, told Sky News: "Generally, storms happen in the winter so as we approach the summer season, we will see whether things have shifted around and new hazards have presented themselves.

"So it should be always an ongoing process and then you should look to build in the control measures, whether they be lifeguards, whether they be public rescue equipment, signage, that interaction with the public to let them know what’s happening."

Camber Sands is notable for its strong rip currents.

Breaking waves push water towards land; rip currents form when this water finds a channel to flow quickly back out to sea, between sandbars, for example.

These currents can travel up to two-and-a-half metres per second – faster than any human swimmer.

But they are narrow so can be escaped by swimming parallel to the shore.

Tom Packman, a deckhand on a scuba diving boat operating in the waters around Camber Sands, told Sky News that riptides "could move from side to side, and the sand bars can shift which then might change the rip to a different place".

He said: "You may come down here three or four times and be absolutely fine, and then on the fifth time it can all change and you can be caught out by it."


In fact the factsabout the accident have not even been identified yet. But according to the BBC:

Guy Addington, from the RNLI, said: "It’s very difficult to know at the moment, we don’t have the full information, but it’s possible that they were cut off by the series of sand-bars."

He said rip currents could occur at Camber but the sea was so calm on Wednesday that this was unlikely, and it was more likely sand-bars were involved.

"It’s entirely possible and it does happen at Camber that people become cut off on the series of sand bars that are extensive on that part of the coast," he added.

He said there could be a 3ft (1m) difference between the the top of a sand-bar and the trough and added: "An increase of depth of 3ft to a non-proficient or non-swimmer can be really significant."

Mr Addington also said because Camber was a "shallow, shelving beach", the tide could go out and race in extremely fast – faster than someone could walk quickly.

"Add to that the complication of the undulating sand-bars, that can catch people out quite easily," he said.


One of the things sure to be investigated is whether warnings about the potential hazards were properly signposted. The BBC go on:


Rother council previously said that beach patrols were on duty to advise beachgoers of potential dangers. 


But Mr Ravi’s sister Mayura, 17, said the family was angry the stretch of beach where the men died had not been blocked off following Mr Da Cruz’s death [who had also drowned at Camber in July]

Mr Ravi’s brother Ajirthan, 19, said: "There weren’t any lifeguards cruising around. Because they would have quickly noticed these boys drowning, and could have at least save their lives."


There is no evidence that the sand barriers at Camber have recently shifted, or that the swimmers were aware of them or where they were supposed to be.



Meanwhile, there is no evidence that climate change is leading to increased storminess, as the UK Climate Change Projections 2009 admitted:




The Met Office came to similar conclusions in their State of the Climate 2014 Report:




As for the future, the UK Climate Projections find no evidence that storms will get worse.





To use the climate change card so soon after a tragedy like this is unpardonable. Dr Boxall should be ashamed of himself.





As readers will be aware, Neil Catto has been keeping daily meteorological data for a number of stations in Britain since 1999.

He has plotted the wind and pressure data for summer months at Gatwick, which is just a few miles inland from Camber Sands:


SE England Summer Max Wind Speed[1781492]

SE England Summer Min Pressure[1781493]


There is no evidence of storms becoming stronger there during this period, nor have winds this summer been in any way unusual.

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    September 5, 2016 2:58 pm

    Not ashamed, sacked would be better.
    He is bringing SOTON Uni in to disrepute.

  2. September 5, 2016 3:23 pm

    “Can these scumbags get any worse?” I am sure that there are lots of them working on it. Universities and certain NGOs are full of them.

  3. Jackington permalink
    September 5, 2016 3:34 pm

    These far fetched notions will get Climate Change and its faux scientists a bad name such that it might become a laughing stock – hopefully.

    • ralfellis permalink
      September 5, 2016 5:59 pm

      ‘might’ ? Long past ‘might’, I think.

  4. September 5, 2016 3:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    ‘Climate ambulance chasers’ – appalling.

    Though nothing new from the alarmist camp, capitalising on any and every weather event to push their pseudoscientific climate agenda.

    Superb research and post Paul, outing and shaming climate ‘scientist’ Simon Boxall (remember that name.)

  5. CheshireRed permalink
    September 5, 2016 4:29 pm

    Let’s face it, alarmists have a clear policy of shouting the equivalent of ‘FIRE’! when any weather event occurs, and every single time they deliberately misdirect the public by invoking ‘climate change’ to some extent or another. Frankly, it’s bullsh1t, and they know it.

  6. September 5, 2016 4:36 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Quite disgraceful.

  7. ralfellis permalink
    September 5, 2016 5:57 pm

    More likely caused by councils closing down swimming pools. In my day (60s) everyone in the school had to complete one length of the pool (25m) as an absolute minimum. While the school team was of county standards. And our school was not unusual – as we came out of the pool, another school was comming in. How many schools have this requirement today?

  8. September 5, 2016 6:33 pm

    On the right side of the picture is another of Jennifer Aniston. If she were the lifeguard, there would be morr people on the beach and less in the water.

    The simplest way to reduce seaside tragedies is to employ good looking celebrities to hang around on elevated chairs. And cheaper than deconstructing our global social and economic order.

    Swift would approve.

  9. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 5, 2016 7:15 pm

    I’ll be non-politically correct here and say global warming lowers people’s IQ and/or common sense. Being active can be hazardous to one’s health and life. Things happen and the more people out being active, the more accidents – unless everyone is more aware and better prepared. This seems to not be the case.

    Whether an injury or death, these sad events disrupt many things, including the lives of the family, and/or anyone about.
    Example: Yesterday (Sept. 4) I was with a group of volunteers working on a hiking trail at ~7,000 feet. About 15 minutes up-trail from us a lady fell and broke her ankle. Our crew leader and 2 others of our group went to help, and called in the accident with a Park supplied radio (Mt. Rainier, WA); next Park volunteer ‘rovers’ came and then a rescue team. Eventually, the lady was carried out and about 4 hours after she tripped she started her ride in a Park ambulance, to be later transferred to another at a staging area near the Park entrance. The nearest hospital was another 45 minutes away. At least 8 people made the 1.5 mile trip in on the ground (6,400 ft to 7,000 ft) during this event. Another dozen folks (radio operators, drivers, EMTs, hospital staff) would be involved.

    High mountain trails can be dangerous. Coastal areas are known danger zones.
    These and many other places can be unpredictable. No news here.
    My father would say, “Dr. Boxall runs at the mouth like a duck with diarrhea.”

  10. Oliver K. Manuel permalink
    September 5, 2016 7:23 pm

    When government propaganda is removed, we will find that a seemingly minor error in the definition of nuclear binding energy has isolated humanity from reality for the past eighty years (1936-2016):–social-costs-from-overlooking-this-power/

    You can personally help destroy this worldwide matrix of deceit by publicly asking scientists (especially physicists) to address the obvious error represented by the slope of the line across the top of Figure 2.

    If the slope were zero (0), calculated values of nuclear “binding energies” would be calculated relative to the same zero for all atom, i.e., they would be valid.

    • Wesley H. Horton permalink
      September 6, 2016 8:00 am

      THAT is truly amazing! 😉

  11. Paul2 permalink
    September 5, 2016 9:01 pm

    Of course you do realise that contributing to climate change is now considered a sin by El Popo, head honcho of all things Catholic

    Of equal interest is a handy graph showing us the utter folly of Schinkley point:

  12. September 5, 2016 10:02 pm

    Sent this email to Dr Boxall.
    Dear Dr Boxall,
    I found your article
    both misleading and offensive.
    Check your facts before you make statements not based on climate “science”, or any other science for that matter.
    is an easily accessible educational tool for you.

    Regards and best,
    Dr D Keiller.

  13. September 5, 2016 10:15 pm

    Thanks Don.Spot on.

  14. Gerry, England permalink
    September 5, 2016 11:27 pm

    I would say that Gatwick – 8 miles from me – is more than a few miles from Camber Sands. I wouldn’t particularly want to walk to Gatwick and I certainly wouldn’t consider walking to Camber Sands.

    The lack of storms may be correct but coastal areas are generally more exposed to winds than inland areas.

    As for the ‘scientist’ – if he had any honour he wouldn’t be part of the global warming myth.

  15. tom0mason permalink
    September 6, 2016 1:51 am

    So now any weather event is caused by CO2 and will dry, wet, affect tides, affect water currents, cause drought, floods, ice free poles and more ice overall.

    It’s called grasping at straws…

  16. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    September 6, 2016 11:08 am

    I suppose the councils are going to have to pave the seabed and put hand rails up. Dunno,,,but there are on awful lot of fools within the population. Never mind, simply blame anyone near or far for the stupid situation that you got yourself into. The sea, rivers, lakes, canals etc are dangerous places irrespective of CC junk.

  17. September 6, 2016 12:19 pm

    First of all, who made Boxall an “expert”. That is one of the most overused terms at this time. Those of the media generally lack the background to assess the scope of a person’s expertise. The appellation “expert” is used to shut off discussion and disagreement.

    I see from his own words: ” I head up the science on the Cape Farewell programme ( and have a strong focus on media and public understanding of the oceans. I have worked on secondment for projects for UNESCO, The EU Research Centre, The World Bank, The British Council and the European Space Agency over the years.”

    I think our Simon has become over-enamored with his own importance and must keep his name before the public. This opinion is buttressed by the list of his “projects”. Yikes. He may have started as a scientist, but now he seeks public adulation and fame.

  18. Nigel S permalink
    September 6, 2016 4:17 pm

    Also being blamed on “Toree Cuts!” to Coastguard by BBC, quite shameless. Coastguard reorganization has probably made it more effective (at least according to Cruising Association) and has reduced helicopter response times. There are Coastguard Rescue Teams at Dungeness and Rye Bay. The Coastguard Cottages at Camber were built in 1875 but there has not been a Coastguard at Camber for many years. The beach is patrolled by Rother Council and Police. None of that stopped BBC of course. Dungeness RNLI was the first to get the latest £2.5 million beach launch boat and tractor, Rye Harbour RNLI has a smaller boat suitable for inshore work. RNLI supported by donations and mostly crewed by volunteers does not suit the BBC narrative of course.

  19. Nigel S permalink
    September 6, 2016 4:52 pm

    The main Coastguard Station at Lydd seems to have closed in 1974 (last records held at Kew). A report in 1931 started the reduction in coastwatching stations because of the use of radio. The new helicopter fleet operated by Bristow Helicopters is based at Lydd Airport so could hardly have been closer. The new RNLI boat at Dungeness is worth a visit, very impressive.


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