February 10th 2018

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COVER STORY Blackouts due to closure of coal-fired power stations

EDITORIAL Behind China's push for global power

CANBERRA OBSERVED The left's appetite for change can't be satisfied

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY The Four Ideologies of the 21st century: Transgenderism, Libertarianism, cultural and Economic, and Radical Environmentalism

SEX-TRAFFICKING Meet modern slavery - in your very suburb

EUTHANASIA Delivering Victoria's death law: an unedifying spectacle

ENVIRONMENT Too hot? Too cold? Blame global warming

OPINION Report on child sexual abuse aimed at Church

FREEDOM OF RELIGION 'Equality' and equally disingenuous terms

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Saudis, Israel confirm Middle East alliance

OBITUARY To the memory of a multimedia Chestertonian: Tony Evans

MUSIC Straight to the heart: for the listener, at least

CINEMA The Commuter: And my criteria for reviewing films

BOOK REVIEW Essays take 'settled science' to task

BOOK REVIEW A pathway through a tangle of nonsense

BOOK REVIEW Quarterly Essay


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Too hot? Too cold? Blame global warming

by Peter Westmore

News Weekly, February 10, 2018

The summer months in Australia are dominated by hot and dry conditions in the south, and hot wet conditions in the north. In the northern hemisphere, the opposite happens: the same months are characterised by deep winter conditions of freezing weather for much of northern Europe, North America and north Asia.

The reasons for the seasonal changes in weather have been known for centuries: the tilting of the earth’s axis, which influences both the intensity of sunlight and length of daylight, and the elliptical orbit of the earth around the sun.

What we weren't shown: as Sydney baked in early
January, much of the rest of the country was
experiencing below-average temperatures.

The climate alarmists are now saying that not only heatwaves in southern Australia, but also freezing weather in Europe and North America are caused by man-made “climate change”, aka global warming. For example, when Sydney experienced a heatwave in January that pushed temperatures up towards 47 degrees Celsius, the ABC described the temperature as “unprecedented” – although higher temperatures were recorded there in 1939.

The respected American meteorologist, Dr Roy Spencer, published an image on his website which showed that the Sydney heatwave occurred simultaneously with substantially below-average temperatures across much of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

If heatwaves were the result of global warming, we would expect them to occur across the country, when this is clearly not the case.

“Extreme weather”

Last December when Melbourne got an early summer drenching, the Australian Climate Council, headed by Tim Flannery, issued an “urgent factsheet to highlight the significance of the high-impact extreme weather event”.

The factsheet claimed: “Climate change is influencing all extreme rainfall events. The warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, about 7 per cent more than previously. This increases the risk of heavier downpours.

“Globally, there are more areas with significant increases in heavy rainfall events than with decreases.

“Extreme rainfall events like the Victoria rains are expected to further increase in intensity across most of Australia.”

Tim Flannery is climate alarmism personified. In April 2005, he predicted that “water is going to be in short supply across the eastern states” (Sydney Morning Herald, April 25, 2005).

A few months later he said: “The ongoing drought could leave Sydney’s dams dry in just two years” (ABC News, June 10, 2005). In October 2006, Flannery said there would be “no Arctic icecap in the next five to 15 years [and] the ocean will rise by six metres”. He also quoted “arguably the world authority on climate change”, who said: “We have just a decade to avert a 25-metre rise of the sea” (The Age, October 28, 2006).

None of these forecasts has eventuated. Just as well, because Flannery lives in a house on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, which is just 6 metres above sea level!

The recent severe winter storms in North America and Western Europe have also been blamed on human-induced global warming.

Apart from numerous media articles, the left-wing U.S. Union of Concerned Scientists recently published an article under the heading, “Global warming science”. The article asked: “It’s cold and my car is buried in snow. Is global warming really happening?”

The answer it gave was unequivocal: “Absolutely. Global warming refers to an upward trend in temperatures observed around the planet. Federal agencies, universities, and research centres around the world have all concluded that Earth is warming.” Its authorities for these claims included the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

One need only ask the question: if winter temperatures in North America had been higher than usual, like Australia’s heatwave, would that have been seen as proof of global warming? If so, then it seems that rising temperatures and falling temperatures are both evidence for global warming – a logical impossibility.

Weather changes markedly from week to week, and season to season. The complexity of the system is such that no single weather event can be attributed to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, or to human-caused climate change.

The aforementioned Dr Roy Spencer, an acknowledged expert on the satellite data used to calculate average world temperatures, has repeatedly said that he considers human activity may be a contributor to climate change.

He nonetheless pointed out last January: “It is only when we can demonstrate that such events are increasingly occurring over, say, 50 to 100 years that we can begin to invoke climate change. (And even then we must debate the various causes of climate change.) So far, that evidence is sorely lacking.”

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