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Climate opinions unproven

To the Editor,

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has completed its meeting, with no general agreement on any of the subjects discussed. The models projected from the data of the historical and recent records were not in line with recent observations and indeed Al Gore’s hockey stick scenario has been broken with the  observed temperature rising at an even lower rate  than any of the recent  forecasts.

In March it was forecast by the Atlantic Hurricane Centre, that 2013 would produce 12 or 13 named hurricanes (an above-average number) at least half of which would hit the U.S.A. This season has turned out to be the ‘quietest’ ever and it has been amusing to watch the excuses issued each month from the ‘Hurricane Centre’ as it was forced to reduce its forecasts.

I suppose I am a ‘climate denier,’ but as yet there is no scientific proof that CO2 is responsible for global warming, although the interim report from the IPCC thinks the association is “extremely likely” to be causal. ‘Likely’ and even ‘extremely likely’ do not prove anything, they are solely opinions.

Alastair James Berry
Nanaimo

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