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Your Chance to Question the Experts on Climate Change

100 questions to save the world, and your chance to ask them.

There’s a broad consensus that our way of life, and quite possibly our very existence, is under threat from changes in the Earth’s climate.

Where the consensus breaks down, though, is to what extent we can fix it. Before we are able to find answers to the pressing issues facing every inhabitant of our planet, we need to ask some perceptive questions.

From 26–28 May 2009, Nobel Laureates from every discipline will be joined by world experts in climate change to discuss the connections between global warming and other urgent environmental, economic and development challenges facing our world. The Symposium will be hosted at The Royal Society and St. James’s Palace under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.

This is not just a discussion for the scientific élite: In the course of the following 12 months, the project will, appropriately, become a global debate. We here at The Times will do our part by giving you a voice in this unique worldwide forum.

Leave your own questions in the Times comment field, or below any of the expert questions that will be appearing in Science Central over the coming months.

I'm sure you have some questions to ask, but first let us look at the top expert's question

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin
What is the one piece of irrefutable evidence that knocks the climate change sceptics' arguments on the head? Is it the fact that sea levels are rising? James Lovelock believes this is the clearest demonstration of the Earth's rising temperature.

Why don't we see what a real expert is saying....

Willem de Lange - Professor Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of Waikato

..an invited reviewer for a chapter dealing with the economic impact of sea level rise on small island nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Second Assessment Report...also co-authored the sea level rise section of the New Zealand impact report, and same section for a revised report following the release of IPCC Third Assessment Report (2001).

What has sea level actually done so far this century? There have been large regional variations, but the global rate has slowed and is currently negative, consistent with measured ocean cooling. Claims to the contrary are exaggerations and not realistic.
I am a climate realist because the available evidence indicates that climate change is predominantly, if not entirely, natural. It occurs mostly in response to variations in solar heating of the oceans, and the consequences this has for the rest of the Earth’s climate system. There is no evidence to support the hypothesis runaway catastrophic climate change due to human activities.

Next please.


Branson is no more a 'climate expert' than I am. What tosh the alarmists speak / write. They don't even look at the up to date evidence of current cooling trends, just dismiss it as a 'masking' effect.

Any conference hosted by Prince Charles is nothing to do with science: he should stick talking to his trees.

But the whole alarmist nonsense is nothing to do with science anyway, it's become a religion. Woe unto those who do not believe!

Here's what one of the founders of the Royal Society had to say in a more enlightened age:

"The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin."

Thomas Henry Huxley is presumably turning in is grave as he contemplates the abandonment of his principles, and the triumph of "concensus". How are the mighty fallen!

Assume that globally the average temerature goes up 1 degree. Further assume there is no change at al for, say, North America but Antarctica experiences a rise of two degrees, thus giving this average. Explain how going from minus 40 degrees to minus 38 degrees will melt the Antarctic ice sufficiently to raise sea levels six metres.

Then, calculate epicycles showing Earth is at the centre of the Universe. For extra credit, shout down astronomers who doubt your calculations.

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