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Climate Change Scientist Bullied Into Quitting Global Warming Think Tank

Meterologist Lennart Bengtsson bullied for questioning global warming

Renowned Swedish meteorologist/climatologist Lennart Bengtsson resigned from the board of a global warming think tank after only about a month after claiming that he was being harassed by his fellow scientists outside the organization.

Bengtsson, the author of more than 200 climate-related papers and the former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, is currently a research fellow at the University of Reading in the UK.

In resigning from the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation, which describes itself as “open-minded on the contested science of global warming,” Bengtsson, 79, wrote:

“I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. I see therefore no other way out therefore than resigning from GWPF. I had not expecting such an enormous world-wide pressure put at me from a community that I have been close to all my active life. Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy. I would never have expecting anything similar in such an original peaceful community as meteorology. Apparently it has been transformed in recent years…”

Professor Bengtsson originally joined the organization, which is considered skeptical of man-made global warming, because it “would provide a platform for me to bring more common sense into the global climate change debate.”

Bengtsson also claimed that a paper he co-authored challenging United Nations findings about the rate of global warming has been suppressed by a peer-review journal. Said Bengtsson, “The problem we have now in the scientific community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of climate activist … It is an indication of how science is gradually being influenced by political views.”

According to the French foreign minister who visited the US last week, however, the world has just “500 days” to avoid “climate chaos.”

Do you think the climate change movement is engaging in bullying of those scientists who don’t necessarily buy into the entire global warming consensus?

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10 Responses to “Climate Change Scientist Bullied Into Quitting Global Warming Think Tank”

  1. Ken Duble

    Professor Bengtsson, who claims a paper he co-authored challenging United Nations findings about the rate of global warming has been suppressed by a peer-review journal, joined the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation, which describes itself as “open-minded on the contested science of global warming.” According to Robert Jonathan's article, is considered skeptical of man-made global warming.

    What I'm reading here: a self-described skeptic joined a group of other contrarians, and they didn't get along. Rather than waste our time, we ought to be discussing what the other 97% are saying and how to respond.

  2. MP MP

    It's the only way they can hide the truth, lie to the world and line their own pockets with tax payer money

  3. John Gagliano

    Man made global warming has been debunked years ago ,anyone clinging to this theory need s to get a mental evaluation just like our sissy president, BarryObama hussien

  4. Anonymous

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    News that the catastrophic collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet is already underway, like other big reports about the southernmost continent, spur chatter and questions about what's really happening at the bottom of the world.
    Here, Live Science explains the reality behind some common misconceptions about big changes in Antarctica.

    1. Antarctic ice is getting bigger, not shrinking!

    Yes, the Antarctic sea ice has been growing larger over the last few decades. But here's what people miss when they raise this point: Sea ice is NOT the same as land ice. When scientists talk about the Antarctic Ice Sheet melting, they're referring to glacial ice on land. And unlike the Arctic ice cap, which persists year-round, in Antarctica, almost all of the sea ice melts in the summer. So having more sea ice does little to boost Antarctica's total ice mass. [Vanishing Glaciers: See Stunning Images of Earth's Melting Ice]

    Interestingly, the growing sea ice might be related to the shrinking glaciers. Stronger winds, along with changing ocean temperatures and salinity (salt content) are driving the increase in sea ice, by creating more open areas for ice to form and by reducing melting. The same conditions are also linked to the retreating glaciers. Winds drive an ocean circulation pattern that brings up warm water, which is nibbling away at the glaciers from below.

    2. It must be all those volcanoes.

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    This image shows a view of the Earth on Sept. 21, 2005, when Antarctic sea ice was at its full exten …
    West Antarctica, where the ice is melting fastest, is also home to a number of active volcanoes. Could they be melting the ice, instead of climate change?

    Several lines of evidence say the answer is a resounding NO.

    First is Iceland. The land mass has many very active volcanoes, but glaciers still cover its surface. And Iceland is just one of several examples showing that fire and ice can coexist at volcanoes without widespread melting occurring. Second, volcanoes called tuyas erupted through ice sheets during past Ice Ages, and there is little evidence they caused rapid, catastrophic melting. Third, the volcanic activity beneath West Antarctica hasn't significantly changed in the past few decades, which is when the glaciers there started their galloping retreat. Finally, a super-eruption the size of Yellowstone's biggest blast would be needed to melt through the miles of ice that cloak the volcanoes, scientists have calculated. [Fire and Ice: Images of Volcano-Ice Encounters]

    3. It's all a global warming conspiracy

    Forty years of data don't care whether or not some people oppose the 97 percent of scientists who agree that humans are causing global warming. The latest findings from West Antarctica are based on direct observations of retreating glaciers, not computer models or climate projections. The study concludes that West Antarctica's six biggest glaciers are shrinking back into deep valleys with no ridges or mountains to halt the rapid pace. (Here's where a volcano might actually help!) And no amount of global warming or cooling, save a new ice age, will make a dent in the retreat.

    4. The Earth will cycle itself into another ice age anyway

    Climate scientists also agree the Earth has naturally warmed and cooled throughout its history. These cycles have repeated themselves about every 100,000 years for the last 900,000 years. If the pattern held true again, Earth might already be heading into another ice age, but there's a confounding factor: humans. Greenhouse gases, aerosols (airborne pollution particles) and other changes wrought by humans mean the natural climate cycle can't play out the same as before. Also, carbon dioxide levels are heading toward levels last recorded when the Earth was much warmer, about 3 million years ago, before modern humans evolved. The Earth is not heading into an ice age anytime soon.

    5. Ice shrinks when it melts, so ocean levels will go down

    The Antarctic Ice Sheet is on land, not floating in the ocean. Actually, it is dipping its toes in the sea, but the majority of the ice is on land. (Antarctica's glaciers end in floating ice shelves that extend into the ocean.)

    Thus, the vast majority of the ice is not currently displacing water and will raise sea level when it melts and flows into the ocean. Fascinating side note: Land in West Antarctica is already rising up where the ice cover has retreated. Called glacial rebound, this phenomenon is still taking place in North America, where the land is recovering from the weight of the massive ice sheets that covered the continent during the last ice age.

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  5. Anonymous

    This is what Obama did in the US using the IRS to shut down political opponents. Socialists are dangerous killers who lie and who will kill. They don't debate; they kill!

  6. Jackie Shiver

    Until 100 % of all scientist agree I have my doubts!!

  7. Anonymous

    Hmm..This article sure isn't getting much coverage in the National media..I wonder why?

  8. Peter Charles Miller

    I spent some time today reading about tree ring data and two words stuck out to me about climate over the last 2000 years or so: variability and inconclusive. Now that says quite a bit to me. The climate has been variable that is temperatures have gone up and down with no pattern so saying a pattern is forming is, well, inconclusive according to the data. The rings did indicate the "Little Ice Age" but the so-called Medieval warming cycle wasn't conclusive based on the tree ring data. So what does that mean? Climates always change and patterns are long…long…long and variable to boot.