Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Oslo 2008, 33rd IGC: geologists are skeptical

Last week, Oslo (Norway) was hosting the 33rd International Geological Congress:
33rd IGC Oslo 2008 (main website)
They have talked about diverse topics related to geology and there are many interesting videos available on the website. But if you have 66 spare minutes (and Windows XP with Microsoft Internet Explorer), I specifically recommend you a panel discussion on climate change that took place on 08/08/08:
Panel discussion (webcast)
Henrik Svensmark and Bob Carter were on the panel and Bob Carter in particular has said many wise and nicely organized things over there. Most geologists who spoke from the audience were skeptics, too.

Various participants of the conference have criticized the notion that the climate is still warming (how many cooling years do we have to witness to stop saying that?), Al Gore, IPCC and its lack of open-mindedness, unreliable climate models, especially when it comes to clouds (Svensmark), the opinion that sea levels are accelerating, and so on: see RightSideNews.

Rasmus Benestad is nervous about the conference and wrote a text attacking the "contrarians", apparently not realizing that it is him who is the contrarian here. Not surprisingly, geologists have been denounced as puppets of the oil industry by the RealClimate.ORG faithful and everyone is happy again. ;-)

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