Pope springs eternal

mt has been writing about religion and I even got Paul to comment. I’m going to do my take in a bit, but in the meantime a bit from Nude Scientist caught my eye: Another favourite climate nostrum was upturned when Pope warned that the dramatic Arctic ice loss in recent summers was partly a product of natural cycles rather than global warming. [1]. Yes, that is right: apparently we’re supposed to take His Holiness seriously as an authority on climate change. So the question must be, Was he speaking infallibly at that point?.

[Update: I’m cr*p. See the comments :-) -W]


  1. #1 lharris

    Actually, this bit caught my eye:

    Preliminary reports suggest there has been much less melting this year than in 2007 or 2008.


    [It shouldn’t really have caught your eye; we’ve been discussing it here recently and I even predicted it . The ARCUS folk are still predicting levels below 2008 but I don’t believe them (and they aren’t prepared to put up cash :-). Based on http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2009/07/sea_ice_again.php a dip below 2008 looks very very unlikely -W]

  2. #2 lharris

    (Oh, BTW: not sure if you were joking or not…but I think the article is referencing this Pope.)

  3. #3 Steve Bloom

    Mustelids are famous for their drollery, lharris. But if you ask me, Pope Joan is so very first millennium, and now that they’ve let the Germans in I really don’t see why it would be such a big step to Pope Vicki.

    [Ha, that was rubbish of me – I totally miseed that in skimming through the article. Whoops -W]

  4. #4 James Annan

    You should have claimed it as deliberate…like I did with the Tokyo Daibutsu being flattened in a storm.

    [Honesty will be my undoing -W]

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