Climate change Deniers & Conspiracy Theories STILL Abound
Some “Conspiracy theorists agree the data purported to show our planet is warming has been fabricated - but can't agree on whether to blame the East, the West, the Left or the Right…”
Plots (conspiracies) of various sorts have been mooted. Most recently it seems they have blamed the popular scientific journal, Nature, and the published methods & findings of reputable scientists. The problems lies in the popular press looking for & seeking controversy to sell!
A recent controversy is provided by one Nils-Axel Morner,
claiming that SEA LEVELS
are NOT rising! Wot Bunkum!
Here is one good response ………A Levelling
....... while sea levels Sea Level continue to rise!
(December 8, 2011)
(A rebuttal of Nils-Axel Morner’s rubbish about sea levels.)“99% of INQUA scientists don’t subscribe to (Morners) view, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the only one who believes this.” The evidence from satellites and tide gauges shows that mean global sea levels are now rising by 3mm a year…."
(spokeman for reserchers at International Union for Quaternary Reseach (INQUA) said)
"If people are committed to an unscientific position, no evidence or argument will shake them out of it. Whether they subscribe to AIDS denial, excessive fear of radiation, vaccine scaremongering, homeopathy or creationism, they tend to demand impossible standards of proof from their opponents but to accept any old rubbish that supports their beliefs.
So if you are among those who reject the vast weight of scientific evidence for manmade climate change, I don’t expect this article to persuade you. Ask yourself what it would take to change your mind. If tens of thousands of peer-reviewed papers, against a tiny handful supporting your position; basic physics, demonstrable in a lab; instrumental temperature records spanning 150 years and much else on these lines can’t sway you, what could?
Conversely, which claims will you not accept? Do you believe that volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than human beings? That the hockeystick graph of global temperatures is a fake? That global warming is a conspiracy cooked up between governments and scientists? If none of the science persuades you, but you accept these groundless claims, your belief is likely to be a religious one, by which I mean unamenable to refutation..."
PS: A little more about Morner's views & silly claims .........
Morner has made groundless claims in other fields."He says he (Morner) possesses paranormal powers to find metal and water with his dowsing rods (but has consistently refused James Randi’s invitations to test them) and that he has discovered “the Hong Kong of the (ancient) Greeks” in Sweden. The archaeologist and chair of the Swedish Skeptics Society, Martin Rundkvist, comments that if Nils-Axel Mörner is associated with a project, it’s “a solid guarantee for high-grade woo.” (ref above)
..... On the one hand you have a massive body of evidence showing that global sea levels are rising
, assessed by scientists and widely published in the scientific literature.
On the other hand you have one debunked paper by a serial promoter of mumbo-jumbo, followed by evident falsehoods in publications with no scientific standing."
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE??
"It’s your choice, but if you accept Morner’s claims about sea levels, just don’t pretend that you got there by assessing the evidence."