More and more scientists are taking time to join the on-going massive opposition to the official UN position that man’s activities, specifically the emission of so-called greenhouse gases, are the major cause for the global rise in temperature recorded in the past few decades. One increasingly popular avenue for making their voices known is the internet-based Petition Protest managed by Dr Arthur Robinson. Robinson explained that Al Gore’s book/movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” and the situation “…in which United Nations apparatchiks have proclaimed that human activity is catastrophically warming the planet” have raised such high stakes that “the human cost of error is so great” forcing many scientists to take time to individually examine the evidence.”
In the Petition Project (www.petitionproject.org) US based scientists were asked to endorse the statement: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.” To help scientists further decide, a detailed review paper (see www.petitionproject.org/gwdatabase/GW_Article/GWReview_OISM150.pdf) is attached with the Petition.
At the last count, over 31,000 scientists (with at least a B.S degree in Science), with more than 9,000 of them with Ph.D.s in science have signed the Petition. Robinson compares the figure with the 600 or so PhD scientists who arrived at the consensus attributing the Global Warming to man’s activities.
Further making the discussion more lively is the recent entrance of the usually conservative US Army into the subject matter (see http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/06/army-vs-global.html). In the March, 2008 issue of Physics Today, Bruce West, the chief scientist of the Army Research Office's mathematical and information science directorate, wrote that 'the Sun's turbulent dynamics' are linked with the Earth's complex ecosystem and that these connections are what is heating up the planet.” In stark contrast to the position of the UN’s IPCC that the contribution of the sun is negligible in the issue of global warming, West and his co-author submit that “the Sun could account for as much as 69 percent of the increase in Earth's average temperature.”(download the paper from http://www.fel.duke.edu/~scafetta/pdf/opinion0308.pdf )
Perhaps, one does not really need a PhD in science before one can make a sound deduction on this hot issue given two basic incontrovertible observations:
1. Evidences abound to prove the earth had been much warmer than it is today, in previous ages, when man had not been burning fossil fuel. A glaring evidence is Greenland which was once inhabited by man under tropical condition but is today covered by ice.
2. The global warming recorded on earth within the past few decades (which has since abated) was equally observed on other planets in the solar system at the same period of time! (www.livescience.com/environment/070312_solarsys_warming.html)