Far, far away from the serious scientists who are trying to understand our climate, there is a clique of Klimate Katastrophists who are trying to make us believe that human-caused climate change will bring about disaster.
Since about 1988 they have variously said that human caused climate change would cause a runaway climate, where positive feedbacks dominate our complex climate system and spiral us into a Deathworld of ever higher temperatures.
They have said that the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets would succumb to warming and disappear.
They have said that the permafrost in northern latitudes would warm up enough to release gigatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, warming us further.
Similarly, they have said that methane clathrates under the ocean would release their gas into the atmosphere, also contributing to warming.
The Katastrophists have claimed that the Arctic would be ice free in the summers, although their first predictions of such an event have already proven mistaken. Didn’t matter. They just changed the dates on the event and continued to trumpet the catastrophe.
They have said that droughts would be longer, hotter and more intense. Indeed they have said this has already happened.
And they have said that the monsoon cycle would change dramatically, disrupting Asian agriculture and the lives of millions.
While the Katastrophists were busy gnashing their teeth and wailing, real, actual scientists were actually studying these phenomena.
The findings of their studies are published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Here they are:
Human contributions to climate change are real. They quite possibly will pose a problem for our children and their children–a real and serious, but not overwhelming problem.
Those who shout catastrophe from the rooftops are denying science.