Ruminations

6 Dec 2018

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/03/new-research-methane-emissions-from-l... ... methane emissions from livestock have no detectable effect on the climate - according to a study by Albrecht Glatzle, author of over 100 scientific papers and clearly irritated by nonsense from the alarmists. He adds, the warming potential of greenhouse gases has been exaggerated.

In a similar vein, at https://phys.org/print463138483.html ... debunking the population bomb. This comes courtesy of a press release from Toronto University. Pierre Desrocher and Joanna Szurmak have written a book (both researchers at the university) to counter not so much climate change itself but its more sinister bedfellow, overpopulation alarmism. The rising global population of humanity largely walks in the shadow of climate hysteria - yet if you scratch the skin of an alarmist they will quickly become highly agitated over people numbers. Richard Malthus kicked it all off in 1798, saying that human numbers were limited by food supplies (and of course there is a lot of truth in that). What Malthus did not factor into his theory was that humans might increase crop yields by using science etc. Populations have increased to eye watering levels in the 20th and 21st centuries - but we live in a warm climatic optimum period and food supplies are enough to feed everyone. Food distribution is not up to standard - and it will never be if politicos are only interested in cutting co2 levels (and wasting the money derived from taxation). It is possible, with just a fraction of the money going into the Green Blob, to feed everyone on earth adequately. That would also mean of course investing in fossil fuels and upgrading the life styles of people in the Third World.

Paul Ehrlich is of course the man that the alarmists listen to - yet everyone of his predictions has failed to materialise (proof that doom mongering is financially rewarding if nothing else). The new book is a direct response to Ehrlich and people such as him, a deliberate piece of scepticism on the population bomb idea. Science can continue to increase food supplies and agriculture and horticulture can continue to experiment with yields and invent new and novel means of growing food. It doesn't necessarily have to be grown in fields in the cold and wet anymore as more and more vegetables are grown in glass or plastic (or by hydroponics and various other trendy methodology). Mind you, farmers do pump co2 into their greenhouses in order to increase yields - which must be galling to the enviromental fundamentalists. In spite of all that the population doom mongers did manage to persuade a majority of Europeans to cut down on birth numbers. What has been the result - increased levels of immigration from the Third World (to compensate). Same goes for cutting back on co2 and pontificating over next to nothing - all the jobs migrate to countries not bothered in reducing co2 levels.

It has been said the more people there are the more brains there are - and therefore a greater number of solutions. That might be an over simplification as not all societies encourage thinking outside the box - which is why the idea of a consensus on climate is so dangerous. It strangles innovation. The book, 'Population Bombed: Exploding the link between overpopulation and climate change' by Desrochers and Szurmak.

There is of course one way to prove the doommongering over population numbers right and that is for politicos to adopt the Dr Strangelove idea of injecting the atmosphere with aerosols in order to bring global warming to a halt. That might bring on the cold and wet weather with a vengeance - and yes, there are too many people in the world to survive such a crazy idea being put into practise. It may be what the Green Blob wants but it ain't what anyone sensible would want. Let us hope common sense prevails as we could quickly reach the situation where only the rich can afford to eat off a plate.

There is now a post up at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/08/the-one-sided-worldview-of-eco-pe... ... which has some nice comments.