The Indian Science Congress sponsored a poll of its membership at a session on climate science it held during a ISC conference Tuesday. According to The Economic Times of India, the poll results were that two out of three of scientists believe that the fears associated with man-made global warming are exaggerated.
“While I agree that glaciers are melting because of global warming, if this is because of man, then what was the reason for the melting of the glaciers in the Gondwana period long before man arrived on the planet?” asked Dhruv Sen Singh, Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, University of Lucknow.
“Climate change is a natural phenomenon while pollution is caused by man. We are definitely accelerating the process of climate change, but we cannot predict the rate or extent of climate change that can be attributed to man,” Singh said.
According to him, fears of climate change amount to propaganda and “unnecessarily cause panic”.
“The Cretaceous period 65 million years ago was the hottest in the history of the earth. Man was not around at the time,” he added.
Singh said that if climate change was the cause of glaciers retreating, they should all be retreating at the same rate. “But in reality they are retreating at different rates, and some were advancing,” said Singh. “Despite the melting of glaciers, only at some places the sea level is rising, whereas at others it is constant, possibly due to the sinking of land,” he added.
Another researcher named Rajesh Agnihotri who is a senior scientist at the Radio and Atmospheric Science Division, of India’s National Physics Laboratory documented the changing movements in India’s monsoons and concluded there was no evidence to suggest that monsoon trends were the result of human-induced climate change. Even if all industry and human activity were halted, Agnihotri said it would have no effect on monsoons and that solar activity is largely influencing the storms.
Environmentalists have politicized science of subjects like global warming in order to achieve their ends of attempting to revert mankind back to the Stone Age. Fortunately, climate realists (aka skeptics) seem to be prevailing in the court of public opinion and this latest news out of India is welcome news. It will not, however, stop environmentalists and their allies in science and in the political realm from continuing to use studies linking human activity to climate change in order to achieve and maintain political power.