MUST AL GORE RETURN HIS NOBEL PRICE?
Again and again, the environmental UN conferences send alarming messages to the world: producing more carbon dioxide will further increase the already high global temperature. As former US vice-president Al Gore forecasted, all kind of misery will torture the world’s population if we do not act now! Are they right? Are we heading for a catastrophe? Since everyone knows it is hardly possible to predict the weather a few days ahead, may we trust predictions for the next decades or centuries? What proof is provided for these extremely important predictions? Bert Thurlings took upon himself a search expedition in the scientific climate literature. Patiently and persistently he worked himself through an immense amount of literature, but to his surprise he could not find any straightforward experimental evidence of carbon dioxide causing global temperature to change. On the contrary, scientific evidence from ice cores available in peer reviewed periodicals show the opposite: carbon dioxide follows changes in temperature. Did Gore know this when he proudly accepted the Nobel Prize? Given the scientific literature he had access to, the answer is positive. Does this imply that there is no need to counteract the ever increasing carbon dioxide concentration? The paradoxical answer is that, despite the lacking of any evidence of the warming effect of carbon dioxide, the gas dangerously poisons the air. In a few centuries time the atmosphere will be spoiled: too less oxygen, too much carbon dioxide, too many people. Unfortunately, the future of mankind doesn’t look very fanciful.
Must Al Gore return his Nobel Prize?
Summary for Policy Makers 11 Foreword 15 Introduction 17 Global warming, who says so? 23 What the media tell us 33 CO2 is the villain 39 The first doubts 49 What are the facts about recent climate change? 75 What about climate change in the past? 93 Catastrophes 101 The truth about CO2 113 Water controls the world 137 The Earth and the universe 149 A not so pleasant future 163