The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.
Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in
summer by 2013.
According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this.
Amazing -- the consensus can turn on a dime. That happens a lot in science, as is right and proper in the pursuit of understanding. Opinions change, the evidence base changes, new perspectives become fads then fade. It's all part of the process. The problem comes when you try to apply "science" to the construction of public policy as has been dramatically demonstrated by the Gore follies.