Mann’s data left out MedievalWarm Pe­riod

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Correspondent of the Day Mon­ica Lewis in­cluded in her let­ter a state­ment that the Me­dieval Warm Pe­riod (MWP) was not a global phe­nom­e­non. How­ever, many stud­ies pro­vide data that show it was in fact a world­wide phe­nom­e­non. As far back as 1990, the U.N.’s In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) pro­vided a re­port that showedMWPtem­per­a­tures as high, or higher than, at present. A few dozen sci­en­tific pa­pers that clearly es­tab­lish that theMWP oc­curred in many parts of the world can be found on the pop­u­lartech­nol­ web­site.

It is likely that Lewis’ er­ror was based on ex­po­sure to the in­fa­mous and thor­oughly dis­cred­ited “hockey stick” chart man­u­fac­tured by Pro­fes­sor Michael Mann and later pub­lished by the IPCC— wherein he con­ve­niently “dis­ap­peared” MWP data so as to em­pha­size 20th­cen­tury warm­ing.

Some may find it quite in­ter­est­ing that while the weather was warm dur­ing that pe­riod, there were zero in­dus­trial car­bon diox­ide emis­sions and at­mo­spheric lev­els were far lower than at present. E. G. MARTIN. WIL­LIAMS­BURG. re­ports, “Within Is­rael, Pales­tinian and Jewish chil­dren at­tend sep­a­rate, un­equal school sys­tems. Govern­ment sta­tis­tics (2004) in­di­cate three times more in­vested in a Jewish stu­dent than a Pales­tinian. Is­rael des­ig­nates cer­tain com­mu­ni­ties ‘high-pri­or­ity’ for im­prov­ing lo­cal education. In re­cent years Is­rael so des­ig­nated 553 Jewish com­mu­ni­ties com­pared to 4 Pales­tinian com­mu­ni­ties.”

Samet de­nies that U.N. Res­o­lu­tion 194 creates the right of re­turn for Pales­tini­ans, but its Ar­ti­cle 11 states, “Refugees wish­ing to re­turn to their homes and live at peace with their neigh­bors should be per­mit­ted to do so at the ear­li­est prac­ti­ca­ble date, and com­pen­sa­tion should be paid for the prop­erty of those choos­ing not to re­turn.” Those caveats (will­ing­ness to live in peace; the op­tion of fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion for those choos- ing not to re­turn) show BDS’ claim is valid; Samet’s claim that BDS seeks “un­mit­i­gated right of re­turn” is a mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

He sup­ports the claim that BDS un­der­mines ef­forts to­ward a ne­go­ti­ated two-state so­lu­tion but ig­nores the sim­i­lar im­pact of Is­rael’s vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law through its ever-ex­pand­ing West Bank set­tle­ments.

Jimmy Carter calls Is­rael an apartheid regime. Used suc­cess­fully against South Africa, as a non-vi­o­lent means of re­sis­tance, BDS still has merit. DAVIDHINDMAN. WIL­LIAMS­BURG.

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