Thursday, 29 October 2009
Global Warming or Global Cooling?
Now here's an interesting article on "Global Cooling" Are we getting too warm or not? I have long suspected that the warnings about Global Warming were not only exaggerated but actually wrong. This takes me back to the 1970's when I was in major seminary. I was alone one Friday evening in the T.V. room watching a frightening documentary on what was going to happen to the world in the 1980's. I took it to heart, and actually began a prayer group (four of us) to pray and study around this coming catastrophe. I bought books on the environment and took an interest in people like the late Barbara Ward and the ex-priest Ivan Illich. I studied Anthropology at Durham (as part of a General Arts course) and as I did so, the environment was part of my thinking.
Later, after I was ordained, I lost interest in all of this (although I was still concerned about rain forests etc - and got there before Sting, I might add). Nothing much happened in the '80's, and then we were told that the computer models were wrong! I know all about the dangers of crying wolf and not being open to new possibilities, but I never really believed that so-called global warming was that bad. I read up on it a little and I am aware that the number of scientists now disagreeing with the concept has actually doubled. This article sheds some light on the alternative theories which have not gone away and are still worth considering. At the moment in Britain we are having a relatively mild October, but I understand this will not last. Don't throw your wellies away yet, and keep that snow-shovel handy.