The Global Holes
Perhaps it’s time to pour a little cold water on global warming...
Before I begin, I would like to state that I am not a scientist nor an expert on climate or climate change for that matter. I am a writer and, more importantly, a reader. I am fortunate to have the luxury of time, which means I am able to devour the written word across a myriad of mediums from scientific journals to banal and hysterical posts on the likes of Facebook and other like-minded sites.
I, just like millions of others, am drawn to articles that tell us that, “2015 was the Hottest Year on Record!” and “The Polar Ice Caps are Melting” and “Sea Levels are Rising” and so on. Over the past few months while editing a novel I veered away from the boredom of correcting my own grammar and punctuation to delve into the mystery of climate change and how it’s affecting our day to day lives... And what I discovered was startling!
I have to ask the question as to why are we buying into the propaganda of the concept of global warming? I recently gave Al Gore’s PowerPoint presentation titled ‘”An Inconvenient Truth” another viewing and found his theories to be full of some pretty mighty holes.
Let’s start with the CO2 emissions. After reading a plethora of information I have come to the conclusion that cutting CO2 emissions won’t change the climate one iota. Here’s why; CO2 levels rise as a result of heat. Thus, when the planet warms, CO2 is released into the atmosphere but it takes 800 to 1000 years to show up as raised CO2 levels! Let’s also not forget that plants adore CO2 and in return give us back our life-giving oxygen. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see a reduction of cars on the roads and less factories spewing out noxious gasses into the atmosphere. But that’s not what is changing the climate.
Let’s look at a bit of history. Between the years 800 and 1280, the planet began to warm after a protracted period of glacial cold, which produced some astonishing results. Greenland became a utopia of fertile valleys and lush meadows, and evidence has been found that the Vikings farmed livestock as far as north Upernavik, which today is permanently covered in ice.
During this period of balmy weather Europe flourished, producing record crop outputs. Even the UK was producing wine at a greater rate that of France. In short, this period of climate change created a glorious period of prosperity until it came crashing down when the climate changed yet again and glacial cold reemerged.
So, what caused this rapid cooling? In short, the sun.
During that particular period, the earth suffered one of the five solar minimums of the last thousand years. A solar minimum is when the sun enters a low ebb when sunspot activity declines and consequently it puts out less energy, which is when the planets get colder.
From 1280 to 1350, places like Greenland suddenly became covered in ice, forcing the Vikings to abandon their settlements. In Scotland, the population had to move south to survive, while famine raged across Europe and northern Asia.
From 1850 to 2016, sunspot activity has been at its highest recorded levels, meaning the earth’s climate has been warming, but now, once again the sun is entering a solar minimum. This might explain why in the U.S.A. winters are getting colder with temperatures dropping two degrees in average each year. The last two years have seen some of the biggest snowstorms since records began. Ice cover on the Great Lakes reached 80 percent with many cargo vessels becoming ice bound. Britain recorded its coldest winter in 15 years, while Sweden topped that with its coldest winter in over one hundred years.
Glaciers around the world are beginning to grow again, while the Antarctic ice levels have in the last few years expanded to unprecedented levels. Snowfalls in South Korea, South Africa, Jordan, Turkey and Libya were pegged at record levels.
But aren’t we being told that the earth is getting warmer?
Since 1990, due to budget cuts, only 20 percent of the world’s surface is monitored by weather stations and most of the ones that remain are centered on large cities where urban heat is at its most fierce. We are told that the Arctic ice cap is melting and the polar bear population is dying as a result, even though their numbers have increased by 5,000 in the last 15 years! Hurricanes are getting a lot bigger although not as big as in the 1940’s. Coral atolls are sinking, but could it be that this is due to the weight of the population living on them?
A vast amount of money is being pumped into climate change by way of green taxes, carbon credits and something called “clean nuclear energy”. One of the big players is G.E., whose vast holdings now include an array of alternative energy companies. Is it any surprise then when a few years ago they purchased the Weather Channel? What better way to tell the world about climate related disasters as they now spew out a plethora of skewed data?
As I mentioned at the beginning of this piece, I am neither a scientist nor even remotely qualified to voice an opinion on such a complex issue as what is or isn’t causing the climate to change, but I felt today the need to have a bit of a rant. So, I shall retire now to read the diaries of that wonderful 17th century astronomer named Hershelle who predicted that by the end of the 21st century we will have entered yet another full-blown ice age.
So I think we’d better go and get a warm coat before they sell out... I’m just saying!
Contributor : Paul V. Walters
Magazine issue > Pondering Point