Changing my mind about climate change? | Opinion

We should realise that something as complex as climate has many contributing factors that lead to change. To assume that everything is caused by humans or everything by natural causes is far too simplistic. For that reason it is rather difficult to make any precise predictions of the future. So … processes that contribute to warming and such contributing to cooling … not only can happen, but they do, and they always did. What now is sold as new ideas and change to previous scientific knowledge is actually nothing really new other than that one aspect from an extremely complex process is taken out and displayed as the whole truth.

Eberhard Weber
University of the South Pacific

18th century thermometer. Pretty but precise?


For a long time, I’ve had some fairly unconventional thinking about climate change.

It all began when a friend studying geography in the mid-1980s told me about the arctic ice melting. She was way ahead of the game. I listened to her with some interest but didn’t really understand the potential consequences.

I was more concerned about keeping my grades at the straight-A level and how my new stereo system sounded! College… back in the 80s the stereo system was a big deal. Not sure if that holds true today.

Anyhow, my friend tells me her tale about the melting ice cap and soonafter I go overseas, winning a Commonwealth Scholarship for India with those straight-A’s I worked so hard to get.

Suddenly I understand what it means to live in a warm – make that hot – climate.

Indian winters were like summer and summers like hell. It felt like the devil was breathing heat through my open window on a hot summer day. A good experience but I don’t know if I would want to live that way.

Now the entire planet is warming up. Apparently, we’re about a degree and a half hotter than the 20th-century average. At least, that’s what a recent US report says.

Fact – Old measuring techniques were not as accurate or as widespread

Why did I doubt climate change?

Well, I never fully doubted the data about warming. Although I must say, I wonder if incomplete and inaccurate measuring techniques in the past contribute to recent comparisons.

Put simply, we have the tech to monitor the global temp now. But it wasn’t always that way. A few dodgy mercury thermometers dotted around the planet in the 1700s do not compare with today’s meteorological and climatological methods. So any comparison between the past and the present must face and admit the fact of measurement uncertainty.

Still, today’s receding ice compels us to accept that yes, the Earth seems to have warmed a net amount, even if the Arctic is warming faster than other areas.

Most interpret this as bad news but it might not be bad for everyone on the planet. Many of those who have a good time now, environmentally speaking, are concerned they will lose that. However, some in the frozen north wonder if a bit of warming might free up new greenspaces.

To add to the story, to say that climate change is wholly manmade is something we cannot be certain about. Sure Mr. Trudeau will tell you it’s all about carbon because he wants to rationalize his carbon tax. He also wants to appear like a ‘global leader’ because that’s his game.

One thing I do find alarming is the lack of intelligent discussion about climate change. I am not a denyer. But I do like to think about things as fully as possible.

Is that a crime in the 21st century?

12 thoughts on “Changing my mind about climate change? | Opinion

  1. Every climate change propagandist thinks they understand. The only way I understood why so many are so easily fooled into thinking they know, wanting to get on the climate train, comes from noticing behavior. In my youth, though my friends thought for themselves, on occasion, they would accept an idea because it was popular. In college, I noticed this phenomenum, that one person or group, because of popularity, road the leadership trail, others daring not to question. Human nature is not always human nature. A ton of people out their selling their minds to the highest bidder just to be part of a cause. It’s fascinating but seriously troubling as well, but explains so much. **Someone like me comes along, urging people to observe, listen, read, research, be patient, check information, and think for themselves, I mean really think for themselves, and they climate type people can’t stay in the same room.

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      1. But don’t you see. Why ask the question? What caused a person to ask the question. In our daily lives, we have plenty to be concerned with: work, family, friends, chores, other responsibilities, preparing for the future, setting aside extra for rainy days. Then, we might also be concerned with the difficulties in our country, how the economy struggles because of the wrong political people influencing, preparing yourself and your children for the years ahead. **If I hadn’t heard about climate anything on the news, in Hollywood, by propagandists, other than not polluting myself, I never would have ever commented. It just isn’t an issue. The reason I’m commenting is because I am amazed how people obsessively focus on the most trivial, unnecessary things when they have so much more responsibilities and issues closer to home. All the best.

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      2. I’ve already checked out sites regarding the propaganda. I’ve listened to presentations for global warming, then presentations why the science can’t be settled, then did our own calculations. What I’ve consistently seen is science without real science. Kind of like seeing ice bergs melting, polar bears, people sitting under a tree waving fans, then stats showing climbing temps, but none of it demonstrates any real clarity or understanding, like what could be given in grade school to cause young people to believe. I actually was fascinated to find if people understood anything, but over and over, the only honest scientists I listened to were the ones who demonstrated through ice core ingredients, gradients, other unaccountable elements, and the difficulty of proving anything, but also the politics employed to only support sell-outs for funding. There were a few of us, in school, who thought for ourselves, seeing the amazing lack of understanding in our teachers. While some kids fell hook, line, and sinker, we looked at them with jaws dropped, wondering how in the world they would buy this propaganda. They simply didn’t know how to think for themselves. **Sometimes, when we hear how incredibly incapable many people are to understand complexity, insanity, propaganda (We understood at 8 years of age.), proper cause and effect (Not just the rain happened after the picnic, therefore, picnics cause rain, yet there are people who think this way.), and the scientific method, we just ponder and hope more logical honest minded people are heard, but also able to share information in a way that wakes them up to all this nonsense. It’s a non-issue.

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  2. Interesting… yes, I have written elsewhere some of the other possible variables which might cause the ice to melt. Anyhow, nobody is going to listen. Such is life.

    Me being a sci-fi guy too, I have thought of possible scenarios where a warmer climate just might save us. This is speculation but my point is, we just cannot know if CC is a bad thing, all things taken together.

    It’s the *interpretation* of the event that I’m most interested in.


    1. A better perspective. I explained it this way once, and since there are readers, bears resharing: You can look at all the data and pictures, or whatever data there is, but still be incapable of linking to what those “scientists” want to prove so they get political funding. Even if plants and bugs were disappearing, if ice bergs were half the size, the water level going up several inches, more deserts growing, temperatures up 5 degrees, they still wouldn’t know the cause. They’re just not that smart. But it would be worth studying, better if people were honest.


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