My name is Len Marks, a retired lawyer who worked as a farmer, student, and gold miner before I became a solicitor in Australia. I am very concerned about how the Climate Change debate has been progressing, that is, Man, by emissions of carbon dioxide has caused the later period of the 20th century warming.
This is my story. My father who died in 1970 had a habit of reading the bible, “Revelations” in particular, and I, as a boy, was hearing about the “Ark of the Covenant” long before it was made popular in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. My father also had an interest in astronomy with a biblical twist. I was forever being told that the earth’s astronomical history was circular in nature, governed by forces to numerous to mention.
I am old enough to remember the warnings that an ice age cometh when the Thames River was freezing up in the 1950’s only to hear that approximately twenty years later that global warming – caused by man’s pollution of the atmosphere will create a runaway greenhouse effect, largely by the same people. I ask myself, how can that be so? This made me a “global warming” sceptic, even before I read any books on global warming.
The earth’s peoples are living an unsustainable lifestyle at present, the population explosion, the depletion of the world’s oil reserves and almost total dependence of coal, that is the sorry state of the world’s resources. “Scientific Analyse” has come up with ‘global warming caused by man’s pollution of the atmosphere by CO2’.
(Since I posted this on 3 December 2009, there has been a great expansion in Gas from Coal fracking particularly in the USA. The USA has many times more oil and gas than it had at the oil boom in the 20 th Century. Therefore the oil reserves of the 20th century is no longer a problem with the huge increase in oil and gas reserves of the 21 st century.)
I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind. We keep hearing about the “pollutant CO2,” or about “poisoning the atmosphere” with CO2, or about minimizing our “carbon footprint.” CO2 is not a pollutant and it is not a poison and we should not corrupt the English language by depriving “pollutant” and “poison” of their original meaning. Our exhaled breath contains about 4% CO2. That is 40,000 parts per million, or about 100 times the current atmospheric concentration. CO2 is absolutely essential for life on earth. Commercial greenhouse operators often use CO2 as a fertilizer to improve the health and growth rate of their plants. Plants, and our own primate ancestors evolved when the levels of atmospheric CO2 were about 1000 ppm, a level that we will probably not reach by burning fossil fuels, and far above our current level of about 380 ppm.
The Western World’s is convinced that the recurrent assertion that there is a consensus behind the idea that there is an imminent catastrophe from climate change, and that it may already be too late to avoid this disaster, even if we stop burning fossil fuels now. We are told that only a few ‘flat-earthers’ still have any doubt about the dreadful effects of continued CO2 emissions.
A most valuable book for research is “heaven+earth” Global Warming: The Missing Science by Ian Plimer Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd 2009.
I would challenge all world leaders to read the final chapter “Et moi”, in this book and if they not convinced read the entire book. This is an ultimately researched book on the reasons for climate change. Not an easy read! You can obtain a copy at this web site.
We should be still taking steps to reduce our “carbon footprint” but we should not force the pace of change. The trouble with that is governments are already making plans for reducing our “carbon footprint” by a tax on carbon. It is a very popular topic now that masses of people believe the opposite of what I am stating on this blog.
When can we be certain that global warming is not occurring? That is, how many years will come to pass to say categorical that global warming is not a problem?
Quoting from Ian Plimer’s book mentioned above p.25
“ Why are slight temperature changes in our lifetime related to humans adding CO2 to the atmosphere whereas past and large climate changes cannot possibly related to industrialization?
There is no problem with global warming. It stopped in 1998. The last two years of global cooling have erased nearly thirty years of temperature increase. The year 2008 was an exceptionally cold year. By the end of January 2008, blizzards and cold temperatures in China had killed 60 people, millions lost electricity service, nearly a million buildings were damaged, airports were closed and in Hong Kong had the second longest cold spell since 1885. In February 2008, cold weather in Vietnam destroyed 40% of the rice crop and killed 33,000 head of livestock. In Mumbai (India), the lowest temperature for 40 years was recorded. In the USA, International Falls (Minnesota) set a new record (-40deg.C) breaking the old record (-37deg.C) set in 1967. In Reading (Pennsylvania) the temperature stayed below -40degC for six consecutive days for the first time since the 18 century. Alaskan glaciers grew. On October 29 2008, the USA beat or tied 115 low-temperature records for that date. Alaska, which was unusually warm in 2007, recorded –37deg.C for that night beating the previous record by 2deg.C.
In the first week of December 2008, blizzards closed roads and schools across northern England and Scotland. Large parts of the UK were blanketed with snow for the third time in the 2008-09 winter. At the same time the UK government’s Committee on Climate change issued its first report on how Britain is to handle the terrifying threat of runaway global warming. Nature certainly has a sense of humour.”
When will the hysteria finally subside?