Thirty Years of Warmer Temperatures Go Poof

Lorne GunterBy Lorne Gunter 

In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptical scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement.

Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up.

On the same day (Sept. 5) that areas of southern Brazil were recording one of their latest winter snowfalls ever and entering what turned out to be their coldest September in a century, Brazilian meteorologist Eugenio Hackbart explained that extreme cold or snowfall events in his country have always been tied to “a negative PDO” or Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Positive PDOs — El Ninos — produce above-average temperatures in South America while negative ones — La Ninas — produce below average ones.

Dr. Hackbart also pointed out that periods of solar inactivity known as “solar minimums” magnify cold spells on his continent. So, given that August was the first month since 1913 in which no sunspot activity was recorded — none — and during which solar winds were at a 50-year low, he was not surprised that Brazilians were suffering (for them) a brutal cold snap. “This is no coincidence,” he said as he scoffed at the notion that manmade carbon emissions had more impact than the sun and oceans on global climate.

Also in September, American Craig Loehle, a scientist who conducts computer modelling on global climate change, confirmed his earlier findings that the so-called Medieval Warm Period (MWP) of about 1,000 years ago did in fact exist and was even warmer than 20th-century temperatures.

Prior to the past decade of climate hysteria and Kyoto hype, the MWP was a given in the scientific community. Several hundred studies of tree rings, lake and ocean floor sediment, ice cores and early written records of weather — even harvest totals and censuses –confirmed that the period from 800 AD to 1300 AD was unusually warm, particularly in Northern Europe.

But in order to prove the climate scaremongers’ claim that 20th-century warming had been dangerous and unprecedented — a result of human, not natural factors — the MWP had to be made to disappear. So studies such as Michael Mann’s “hockey stick,” in which there is no MWP and global temperatures rise gradually until they jump up in the industrial age, have been adopted by the UN as proof that recent climate change necessitates a reordering of human economies and societies.

Dr. Loehle’s work helps end this deception.

Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, “It’s practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling,” as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an “almost exact correlation” between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost “no correlation at all with CO2.”

An analytical chemist who works in spectroscopy and atmospheric sensing, Michael J. Myers of Hilton Head, S. C., declared, “Man-made global warming is junk science,” explaining that worldwide manmade CO2 emission each year “equals about 0.0168% of the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration … This results in a 0.00064% increase in the absorption of the sun’s radiation. This is an insignificantly small number.”

Read the rest of this article at National Post.

3 Responses to Thirty Years of Warmer Temperatures Go Poof

  1. Tim Biddle October 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    “explaining that worldwide manmade CO2 emission each year “equals about 0.0168% ”

    this is a bold faced lie.

    Not to mention the Sun activity, while an immediate factor in global trends, does not about for the constant and steady rise. If it was the sun, the trend would have gotten as high as is has to begin with.

    For the cooling to even out the last 100 years, would be radical shift in temperatures, seen almost immediatly.

  2. Dan McGrath October 29, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    What is the percentage of anthropogenic Co2, then? From where do you garner this information?

    Your comments about the sun make no sense. Please clarify.

  3. Dale November 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    I’ve been predicting a 28-30 year cold spell for years based on a single phenomenon: our little White Rock Lake froze over in 1925 and then again in 1983. It didn’t exist 30 years before 1925, so it’s only frozen twice. Anyway, I’m glad to know that I was right about that and look forward to the next freeze abour 2041 or so.

    But just because there are greater climate cycles does not mean there isn’t also CO2 induced warming on top of that. There may be other evidence to disprove AGW, but the existence of climate cycles is not it.

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