Climate Skeptics Junk Science
In the following article George Monbiot methodically debunks widely reported claims embraced by climate skeptics that actually most glaciers are expanding worldwide, made by none other than the reknowned British scientist David Bellamy. The story is one of junk science being established on the back of citing a scientific quack and gross typographical errors, all supposedly science that shows climate change is not happening. Indeed, climate skeptics have grown desperate as their whole grossly polluting fossil fuel intensive way of life for which they are apologists continues to crumble. It would be sad and even a bit funny if it were not so dangerous for all of our futures. Here is a thoughtful discussion of the long history of climate change scientific observation that illustrates the depth and importance.
On April 16, New Scientist published a letter from the famous botanist David Bellamy. Many of the world's glaciers, he claimed, “are not shrinking but in fact are growing … 555 of all the 625 glaciers under observation by the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, have been growing since 1980”. His letter was instantly taken up by climate change deniers. And it began to worry me. What if Bellamy was right…
It is hard to convey just how selective you have to be to dismiss the evidence for climate change. You must climb over a mountain of evidence to pick up a crumb: a crumb which then disintegrates in the palm of your hand. You must ignore an entire canon of science, the statements of the world's most eminent scientific institutions, and thousands of papers published in the foremost scientific journals. You must, if you are David Bellamy, embrace instead the claims of an eccentric former architect, which are based on what appears to be a non-existent data set. And you must do all this while calling yourself a scientist.