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'Global warming is all a myth', according to the Spectator

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Shanta Barley | 16:36 UK time, Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Anyone seen the front page of the Spectator this week? Sprawled on a deckchair, wearing a pair of sunglasses and clutching a glass of chilled red grape juice in one hand, is Earth. In holiday mode. 'Relax', it coos. 'Global warming is all a myth'.


A man has written a book which proves beyond all doubt, according to James Delingpole, that climate change 'is a dangerous, ruinously expensive fiction ... with no basis in scientific fact.'

That man is Professor Ian Plimer, an Australian geologist, and his book is called 'Heaven and Earth'.

'Sceptics' who refuse to acknowledge that the planet is warming are a dying breed, which makes Professor 'Cede no ground' Plimer all the more precious, writes Delingpole.

'Where fellow sceptics like Bjorn Lomborg or Lord Lawson of Blaby are prepared cautiously to endorse the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) more modest predictions', he notes, 'Plimer will cede no ground whatsoever'.

There's no doubt that some of Plimer's claims are true. For example, it's true that the Earth hasn't always had polar ice caps. They only formed about 35 million years ago, according to Dr Axel Kleidon. And it's true that climate change has occurred in the past, before humans existed.

For example, Earth's average temperature soared by up to 6 deg C about 55 million years ago, long before humans started burning the fossil fuels which contribute to climate change today.

But Bloom takes great exception to Plimer's claim that volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than humans, mainly because we've already written a blog which says the opposite ('Tongan volcano spectacular, but small fry all the same').

Indeed, not everyone is as madly in love with Professor P as the smitten Delingpole. Take George Monbiot, who has drawn up a list of Plimer's mistakes. Apparently Plimer 'confuses the Sun's rotation with orbital motion around the solar system's centre of gravity'. Naughty professor.

All in all, Plimer's book is dismissed by Monbiot as 'utter nonsense' and 'a hilarious series of schoolboy errors'. Strange. I wouldn't have put Monbiot down as the giggling type.


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