Monday, April 10, 2006

Global Warming Stopped in 1998

Did you see the article There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998 by Professor Bob Carter, a geologist at James Cook University, Queensland, who is engaged in paleoclimate research? It includes:

■ “for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero)”
■ There was a “28-year-long period of warming which occurred between 1970 and 1998”
■ “cooling occurred between 1940 and 1965”
■ “short-term climate fluctuations are chiefly of natural origin”
■ “now infamous hockey-stick diagram that shows accelerating warming during the 20th century … is now known to be deeply flawed”
■ “During the last three such warm (interglacial) periods, temperatures at high latitudes were as much as 5 degrees warmer than today's.”
■ “for more than 90 per cent of the last two million years, the climate has been colder, and generally much colder, than today"
■ “The reality of the climate record is that a sudden natural cooling is far more to be feared, and will do infinitely more social and economic damage, than the late 20th century phase of gentle warming”


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