Global Warming? “What a load of poppycock!” by Professor David Bellamy

“It was round about the end of the last ice age, some 13,000 years ago, that a global warming process did undoubtedly begin. Not because of all those Stone Age folk roasting mammoth meat on fossil fuel camp fires but because of something called the ‘Milankovitch Cycles’, an entirely natural fact of planetary life that depends on the tilt of the Earth’s axis and its orbit around the sun.

The glaciers melted, the ice cap retreated and Stone Age man could resume hunting again. But a couple of millennia later, it got very cold again and everyone headed south. Then it warmed up so much that water from melted ice filled the English Channel and we became an island.

The truth is that the climate has been yo-yo-ing up and down ever since. Whereas it was warm enough for the Romans to produce good wine in York, on the other hand. King Canute had to dig up peat to warm his people. And then it started getting warm again.

Up and down, up and down — that is how temperature and climate have always gone in the past and there is no proof that they are not still doing exactly the same now. In other words, climate change is an entirely natural phenomenon, nothing to do with the burning of fossil fuels.

In fact, a recent scientific paper, rather unenticingly titled ‘Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentrations over the Last Glacial Termination’, proved it. It showed that increases in temperature are responsible for increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, not the other way around.

But this sort of evidence is ignored, either by those who believe the Kyoto Protocol is environmental gospel, or by those who know 25 years of hard work went into securing the agreement and simply can’t admit that the science it is based on is wrong.

The real truth is that the main greenhouse gas — the one that has the most direct effect on land temperatures — is water vapour, 99 per cent of which is entirely natural. If all the water vapour was removed from the atmosphere, the temperature of the planet would fall by 33 degrees Celsius. But remove all the carbon dioxide and the temperature might fall by just 0.3 per cent; although we wouldn’t be around, because without it there would be no green plants, no herbivorous farm animals and no food for us to eat.

It has been estimated that the cost of cutting fossil fuel emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol would be £76 trillion. Little wonder, then, that world leaders are worried. So should we all be.

If we signed up to these scaremongers, we could be about to waste a gargantuan amount of money on a problem that doesn’t exist — money that could be used in umpteen other ways: fighting world hunger, providing clean drinking water, developing alternative energy sources, improving our environment, creating jobs.

The link between the burning of fossil fuels and global warming is a myth. It is time the world’s leaders, their scientific advisers and many environmental pressure groups woke up to the fact.”

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