Your Chance to Question the Experts on Climate Change
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....
..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.