Mann’s data left out MedievalWarm Period
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 populartechnology.net 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.