David Bellamy
A summary of the compendium of evidence refuting manmade global warming.

There is no evidence of carbon dioxide being a poison, or that it is capable of causing a warming Armageddon. What follows is a summary of the proof - straight from real science, peer-reviewed over the past 232 years by legions of physicists, thanks to Newton's Principia.

Remember the famous picture of Miss Marilyn Monroe with her skirt blown high? Even at the age of 76, when I see this picture my temperature goes up - followed by the amount of carbon dioxide I exhale. Never the other way 'round. Now, thanks to the study of a series of ice cores, this appears to be an inconvenient truth for the global warming industry.

Al Gore used this ice core data to claim that carbon dioxide made the temperature of the world rise, threatening life on earth, because there was a correlation between atmospheric CO2 levels and the world's average temperature. Yet the data from the much-celebrated Vostok ice cores paints a very different picture: Up goes the temperature, followed by a rise in carbon dioxide.

Effectively flattening Gore's dreams of hedging his funds.

More troubles lie ahead for the warmists. Independent researchers have pointed out that crucially important pieces of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) evidence were based on false statistical analysis. For starters, take a look at historical evidence from the last 1,000 years. There was a worldwide Medieval Warm Period - no, not just in Europe - and a few centuries prior to that period it was warm enough for the Romans to produce red wine on the borders of Scotland.

The warmists did their best to hide this inconvenient truth, too. In 2006, Dr. David Deming of the University of Oklahoma testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He stated that soon after he had published a paper on borehole temperature based on historical data in the journal Science, he received an email from a major climate change researcher which read:
We have to get rid of the medieval warm period.
Michael Mann, one of the divas of global warming, had done just that. He published a reconstruction of past temperatures from AD 1000 to the present ... in which the Medieval Warm Period conveniently vanished. Warmist believers joined in, flag-waving and sandwich-boarding, calling Mann critics "deniers" and worse.

Over the past 5,000 years? There was not just one, but three periods when it was warmer than today. And yet life on Earth survived. Climate change is natural, and warmer periods occur without human CO2 emissions being the cause. Just looking at the last decade, world temperature is falling as CO2 rises - big emitters China and India have been stocking up their coal sheds. Increases in CO2 rarely coincide with rises in the Earth's temperature - so how can CO2 be the driver of global warming, let alone climate change?

Following the spread of this evidence, the warmists began to see the lights of the skeptic train rushing down their tunnel of hype. Those with the most to lose dropped the term "global warming," replacing it with "climate change" - which has been happening since the first living thing was there to record the evidence. With this new term, they gave themselves a spurious license to carry on frightening law-abiding citizens with waterlogged tales of unprovable tipping points just around the corner.

Meanwhile, one of Britain's mainstream scientific groups, NERC, sidestepped this troublesome term by blaming everything on "environmental change" in their publication Planet Earth.

We have had at least 75 major temperature swings in the past 4,500 years - all in great part explicable by solar cycles, volcanic activity, and those little rascals El Nino and La Nina. Those "warming" oceans? The recent trend is one of cooling, not the warming predicted by legions of modelers and their models. Since 2007, the Arctic ice cap has been increasing in area, heading back towards the norm again. Yes, the Northwest Passage was navigable this year - but it has been that way on a number of occasions, just since 1850. Thanks in great part to prevailing winds changing direction, as they are wont to do.

During the past 10,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age, all the civilizations of the world came to fruition - and they mainly prospered in the warmer periods.

There are now more polar bears dining on seals in the Arctic than when I was filming there some 30 years ago, thanks to good wildlife management. So good, in fact, that the global warmists did their best to lock out the lead manager on that project from an important meeting discussing polar bear population - a matter that Al Gore would use to falsely frighten children across the world.

Sea levels have been behaving themselves, slowly rising ever since the end of the Little Ice Age. However, much to the chagrin of the warmists, they have remained stationary since 2006 - against all their predictions. Those who had bothered to read the IPCC's 2007 report might have noticed the following from Chapter 5:
Finally, the global average sea level rise for the last 50 years is likely to be larger than can be explained by thermal expansion and loss of land ice due to increased melting and thus for this period it is not possible to satisfactorily quantify the known processes causing sea level rise.
We can only guess why the likes of the BBC chose not to report this good news.

Just this year, the data behind Michael Mann's hockey stick was finally released. Mann had used only 12 carefully selected tree ring sequences to prepare his story - omitting 34 that didn't suit his purpose. This is surely one of the most scandalous examples of cherry picking on record, a blatant attempt to keep the world scared of carbon dioxide, and to keep reputations and research budgets safe. A gravy train, of jet-set travel to conferences in choice locations around the globe, each well-laced with top cuisine for the top tables and adulation from a regular caravansary of hangers-on, swelling a spurious and unscientific consensus.

I have spent over 50 years of my life talking to and about plants, while doing my bit to recycle carbon dioxide to keep the living world going round and round. Today, children are taught that carbon dioxide is a poison. No - it is odorless, colorless, and non-toxic. We drink it in fizzy drinks and lager, and it puts the rise in our daily bread. Most importantly, it is one of the most important components of all life - photosynthesis converts CO2 into oxygen and carbon, life's main building blocks. As long as plants have sufficient water and nutrients, their growth is enhanced by rising concentrations of carbon dioxide. CO2 is the free airborne fertilizer of the world.

Many experiments prove this fact of a carbon-rich atmosphere, experiments corroborated by millions of farmers across the world who cash in on the use of enhanced carbon dioxide in their greenhouses. Many even burn fossil fuel to boost production. Carbon dioxide plays a vital part in providing the 18 billion daily meals that do their best to feed the growing number of people across the world. The once-starving people of parts of the Sahel and Sahara deserts have returned to farm their lands, thanks to the shade of trees that now grow on some 300,000 square kilometers of their tribal lands, thanks in great part to rising levels of carbon dioxide.

The last thing Africa needs is to reduce its non-existent carbon footprint. Likewise, the last thing the economy of the world needs is to spend trillions of taxpayer money trying to solve the credit crunch by raising taxes to win a non-existent carbon dioxide war. The cost of the global warming scam is rising fast, and soon will pass the hundred billion dollar mark. Money that could have been spent solving real problems.

This August, right in the middle of the BBC's promised barbecue summer (which didn't come to pass), the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit disclosed that it had destroyed the raw data for its global surface temperature records. Despite the fact that they own some of the most powerful computers in the world, the reason they advanced was "an alleged lack of storage space." The very foundation of the global warming argument was gone forever. Draw your own conclusions - sabotage or desperation?

Remember the millennium bug, or the dot-com bubble? Tens of thousands of the highest-paid and most computer-literate people fell for it, and rued the day. Now we see folks forced to stand by and watch biodiesel, palm oil, and soya swallow up their biodiverse, sustainably farmed rangelands.

Earth's climate has remained within the limits tolerated by life for several billion years. During this time, the planet has experienced unimaginable volcanic events which liberated huge amounts of CO2. It has collided with extraterrestrial objects, triggering either an increase or decrease of temperature. Even the energy flow from the sun has varied over such a span of geological time.

And yet - here we are! Life remains. The global temperature is now well within life's limits, the present-day is cooler than much of previous geological time, and you may soon have the opportunity to buy a secondhand private jet from the worlds first carbon-neutral billionaire.

Professor David J. Bellamy has authored 35 books and presented approximately 400 television programs.