Following the launch of my recent poster campaign, a Derby academic, Dr Richard Pope, university reader in climate change, writing in the Derby Telegraph said I was probably correct regarding the “chaos” surrounding current climate change policies and the possibility of spending money unwisely.
But he added: “I disagree with his climate speak as it is riddled with misconceptions. “Mr Helmer suggests that a 0.7 degree rise is a well-established, long-term natural climate cycle. This simply is not the case. It is the greatest and steepest increase at any point in the last 600,000 years and is related to human-induced greenhouse gases, particularly C02 .
“Mr Helmer appears to appears to have misunderstood clear trends emerging from data. Perhaps rather than flying off to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mr Helmer would have better spent his time improving his knowledge and current understanding of recent climate trends.”
Frankly, I am astonished that someone claiming to be an expert in the subject could be so ignorant of the facts. I think Dr. Pope needs to do a great deal more reading on Climate Change! In fact very similar rises took place before the Mediaeval Warm Period, and before the Roman Optimum. That’s the last 2000 years, not 600,000.
Around 12,000 years ago, at the beginning of the current Interglacial, there was an event known to geologists and climatologists as “The Younger Dryas”, when temperatures rose at least ten times as fast as current rates. According to the National Climatic Data Centre, part of the US government’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, temperatures in Greenland rose by 10°C in a decade, with similar changes reported around the world. See http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/abrupt/data4.html
It is typical of climate alarmists that they make general, sweeping assertions, apparently in total ignorance of the facts.