IT’S JUST THE FACTS
I can assure correspondent Haynes (Hauraki Herald, October 6 & 13) that every day of my working life of almost 50 years as a geologist I have always dealt with facts, not models.
These facts clearly show that the Earth’s climate and sea levels have always changed and always will and this has absolutely nothing to do with man-made CO2.
If he wants facts, not alarmist hype on sea levels, I suggest he looks at the US NOAA or UK PSMSL websites where he can see actual global tide gauge records.
Auckland’s 100-year record shows a consistent gentle rise of only 1.2mm per year. If that is too frightening he can see that Sydney’s even longer record shows only 0.7mm annually.
These accurate records indicate absolutely no sign of acceleration. Gentle rise is entirely natural since we are still emerging from the Little Ice Age which ended about 1850 and has absolutely nothing to do with man.
At this rate it will take almost 800 years for Auckland to just maybe see 1m of sea level rise, not the 80 years the Greens, Dennis Tegg and other alarmists constantly wail. Repeating a lie does not make it true.
Unfortunately the climate change community relies much more on computer models than facts.
I’m sure Mr. Haynes will be well aware of computer GIGO (garbage in=garbage out). Inconvenient weather station records are altered, satellite measurements adjusted and ocean temperature buoys ignored if they don’t fit the expected warming trend.
These GIGO models consistently fail to represent the real world and have never made accurate or useful predictions…except to boringly predict that things are ‘‘worse than we thought’’ and more research funding is urgently required.
Even the BBC and once reputable scientific journals such as Scientific American and Science fall prey to this scam and actually doctor photos of supposedly stranded polar bears to fit the scary meme.
These alarmist scenarios are picked up by a gullible media desperate for ever more scary stories to sell to the unsuspecting public who get caught up in the action.
If Mr Haynes wants hypocrites (HH October 6) he need look no further than self-appointed climate experts such as Al Gore and John Travolta.
Gore’s companies have big investments, government grants and profits from alternative power systems and both fly around the world in their private jets telling us not to fly.
Even worse the UN appointed not a scientist but actor Leonardo DiCaprio as its climate messenger to jet around repeating the message.
Not to be outdone local experts such as Robin Malcolm, Bic Runga and the Greens very own Egenie Sage lecture us on climate change and amazingly, some people actually listen to them.
Alastair Brickell Kuaotunu
and social issues relating to 1080 and its use, both historic and current, in New Zealand.
Probably John Veysey and his cronies have already written this book ‘off’ as propaganda by the 1080 conspirators, but for those open-minded people who want facts rather than fiction I recommend it.
Although dealing with many technical issues it is engagingly written and examines many of the conflicting claims around 1080.
Andrew Leigh Thames
that a melted iceberg will not raise sea levels, as the mass of water displaced by the iceberg exactly equals the mass of the iceberg.
Sadly, this gives little comfort, because most of the Antarctic ice sheet is not floating in the sea.
Antarctica is a land mass, and the ice is well above sea level.
So if it melts or if it skids downhill, the result is the same, more water in the ocean, and inevitably a rise in sea levels.
Harvey Barraclough Waikino