Interesting reading: on the one hand, Christopher, Lord Monckton, Britain’s most famous climate crank, is exposed as, well, something of a crank in a profile in The Observer, while James Lovelock comes on a bit strong in the Times Online.
‘Well,’ he says, breezily, ‘for a few years, the temperature will continue to rise, but nowhere near as fast as the alarmists would wish it to rise. Then solar physicists suggest that in the next solar cycle but one, and a solar cycle is about 10.6 years, there will be a considerable cooling of the Sun. And the panic will disappear.’ Hey presto.
If you want to get some idea of what much of the Earth might look like in 50 yearsÃ¢Â€Â™ time then, says James Lovelock, get hold of a powerful telescope or log onto NasaÃ¢Â€Â™s Mars website. That arid, empty, lifeless landscape is, he believes, how most of EarthÃ¢Â€Â™s equatorial lands will be looking by 2050. A few decades later and that same uninhabitable desert will have extended into Spain, Italy, Australia and much of the southern United States. Ã¢Â€ÂœWe are on the edge of the greatest die-off humanity has ever seen,Ã¢Â€? said Lovelock. Ã¢Â€ÂœWe will be lucky if 20% of us survive what is coming. We should be scared stiff.Ã¢Â€?
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair‘s now annual Green Issue includes an excellent profile of Myron Ebell, the man behind the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s sceptical effluvia. Worth reading if only for the phrase:
Many of the skeptics are curmudgeons: old, bald, and bitter. But not Myron Ebell.
Old, bald and bitter. Who can they mean…?