Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Climate science is 'ancient astrology', claims report

This is kind of a big deal:

Japan's boffins: Global warming isn't man-made [printer-friendly] • The Register
Exclusive Japanese scientists have made a dramatic break with the UN and Western-backed hypothesis of climate change in a new report from its Energy Commission.

Three of the five researchers disagree with the UN's IPCC view that recent warming is primarily the consequence of man-made industrial emissions of greenhouse gases. Remarkably, the subtle and nuanced language typical in such reports has been set aside.

One of the five contributors compares computer climate modelling to ancient astrology. Others castigate the paucity of the US ground temperature data set used to support the hypothesis, and declare that the unambiguous warming trend from the mid-part of the 20th Century has ceased.

The report by Japan Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) is astonishing rebuke to international pressure, and a vote of confidence in Japan's native marine and astronomical research. Publicly-funded science in the West uniformly backs the hypothesis that industrial influence is primarily responsible for climate change, although fissures have appeared recently. Only one of the five top Japanese scientists commissioned here concurs with the man-made global warming hypothesis.

JSER is the academic society representing scientists from the energy and resource fields, and acts as a government advisory panel. The report appeared last month but has received curiously little attention. So The Register commissioned a translation of the document - the first to appear in the West in any form. Below you'll find some of the key findings - but first, a summary.


Civis Ordinarius said...

This is an excellent example of how and why "religion" and science can and do coexist - both are intent on discovering and recognizing truths. They both welcome challenge as it supports the search for truths.

When people are unsatisfied with certain truths they will create alternative sciences and/or religions to accomodate a view that is untruthful.

Truth sets one free, and it follows that untruths binds one. What a shame.

Ron Ballew said...

Interesting point. Truth does indeed set one free.

It seems that Al Gore's whole identity has been wrapped around global warming. Without it he wouldn't know who he is...