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'Apocalyptic climate predictions' are misleading

Posted on Wednesday, 18 February, 2009 | Comment icon 3 comments

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Experts have warned that apocalyptic predictions about the effects of global warming are not only exaggerated but could also harm legitimate efforts to tackle carbon emissions. Warnings about doomsday inducing global mass floods and soaring temperatures for instance are far more of a hindrance than a help.

"Experts at Britain's top climate research centre have launched a blistering attack on scientific colleagues and journalists who exaggerate the effects of global warming."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Lt_Ripley on 18 February, 2009, 16:10
The criticism reflects mounting concern at the Met Office that the global warming debate risks being hijacked by people on both sides who push their own agendas and interests. agreed.
Comment icon #2 Posted by keithisco on 18 February, 2009, 16:52
Cant argue with that viewpoint. At least none of the scientific institutions are now saying that it doesnt exist, or that mankind has a hand in it as well.
Comment icon #3 Posted by clubfoot on 19 February, 2009, 4:28
What this article implies to me is that our current understanding of climate change is still an inexact science in its 'birthing stage'. Satellite measurements of artic ice-melt only began in 1979 and 30 years is pretty miniscule in geologic time-scale terms. I like the author's candidness about natural variability and the fact that natural variability can swing the other way and the trends seem to reverse. In other words we are still learning.

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