Global Warming Takes a Break

Cooling WorldBy Lorne Gunter

Imagine if Pope Benedict gave a speech saying the Catholic Church has had it wrong all these centuries; there is no reason priests shouldn’t marry. That might generate the odd headline, no?

Or if Don Cherry claimed suddenly to like European hockey players who wear visors and float around the ice never body-checking opponents.

Or Jack Layton insisted out of the blue that unions are ruining the economy by distorting wages and protecting unproductive workers.

Or Stephen Harper began arguing that it makes good economic sense for Ottawa to own a car company. (Oh, wait, that one happened.)

But at least, the Tories-buy-GM aberration made all the papers and newscasts.

When a leading proponent for one point of view suddenly starts batting for the other side, it’s usually newsworthy.

So why was a speech last week by Mojib Latif of Germany’s Leibniz Institute not give more prominence?

Prof. Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC’s last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN’s World Climate Conference — an annual gathering of the so-called “scientific consensus” on man-made climate change — Prof. Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering “one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.”

The global warming theory has been based all along on the idea that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans would absorb much of the greenhouse warming caused by a rise in man-made carbon dioxide, then they would let off that heat and warm the atmosphere and the land.

But as Prof. Latif pointed out, the Atlantic, and particularly the North Atlantic, has been cooling instead. And it looks set to continue a cooling phase for 10 to 20 more years. “How much?” he wondered before the assembled delegates. “The jury is still out.”

Read the rest of this story at National Post.

16 Responses to Global Warming Takes a Break

  1. Paul Wenum September 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    That’s why they changed the verbage from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change.” The climate changes daily. Based upon what I have read (Both sides), it is a natural occurance. Unfortunately you will not see this in the regular media. Sad but true.

  2. Rob N. Hood September 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Record warm September in MN… and then this: (but it’s all vile lies !!)

    The Arctic’s sea ice pack thawed to its third-lowest summer level on record, up slightly from the seasonal melt of the past two years but continuing an overall decline symptomatic of climate change, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

    The range of ocean remaining frozen over the northern polar region reached its minimum extent for 2009 on September 12, when it covered 1.97 million square miles (5.1 million square km), and now appears to be growing again as the Arctic starts its annual cool-down, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported.

  3. Paul Wenum September 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm #


  4. Neil F. AGWD September 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Oh Rob, a warm Sept. in MN. does not a warming planet make! And predictions of what the Arctic sea ice extent would be, were well below what is now present.
    Even though it has been a warm Sept., the cool temps that we have had all summer will mean that the average temps for 2009 will still be well below what was predicted, and the linear trend will still be a downward one.
    I know you think this is some kind of smoking gun for AGW, but sorry, it’ss not. Try again.

  5. Rob N. Hood October 2, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    BBBBBBut, Neil, when it was cold in August, yyyyyyou made a big point poo pooing the warming of the climate….. Why so hypocritical? You don’t make sense when you do that, and you do it often… even when you use fancy words like linear… And so you post an artcile that disputes the one I posted- what do you think that proves- nothing really.

  6. paul wenum October 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    Climate changes daily. Always has and always will.

  7. Rob N. Hood October 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Nice platitude. Sheds light on… nothing.

  8. paul wenum October 6, 2009 at 12:32 am #

    Climate changes daily. If you want op-ed go to the New York Times. Don’t both me with you dribble.

  9. Rob N. Hood October 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m so sorry for disturbing your sophisticated and in-depth discourse with my silly progressive views. I should really leave you geniuses to your difficult and serious work of saving us from the climate scammers. By the way- I’ve been meaning to ask: What is the deal with the ice on Mars anyway?

  10. Paul Wenum October 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Never been there.

  11. Rob N. Hood October 7, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    What about those silly billboards? False advertising? And Paul, guess what? Because of SCIENCE, you don’t actually have to go to Mars to know something about it. Pretty cool concept, eh?

  12. paul wenum October 7, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Love to go there but I’m too old. I’m not a genius, just a “common man” making my opinions known. Isn’t that what life is about? My daughter and my son-law love the point-counter point every weekend. I sincerely wish as I have stated before, that if more families had this we would have a better world. Unfortunately that is not the case.

  13. paul wenum October 8, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    Get back to Climate cooling.

  14. Rob N. Hood October 9, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    Where’s Neil? HE didn’t respond to my question/point. Does science really bother you Paul? Or that fact that those billboards do not represent this site at all, and are misleading? Isn’t that what bothers you, “distorted facts” ?

  15. paul wenum October 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    Go ski in Idaho, Nevada etc. Climate cooling I assume?

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