Wildly exciting, no? No: its just the Global Cooling wars, part n. This one is Lamb, H. H. Is the Earth’s Climate Changing? The UNESCO Courier: a window open on the world; Vol. XXVI (8/9), 17-20, and its the latest “killer” reference added to Poptech (tagline: the blog that’s too frightened to let a Stoat post. Still, its nice to know I’m dangerous, it would be a bit worrying if the denialists stopped censoring me).
But anyway its a new thing to me, so lets look. Its not in the magnum opus because its not a real paper. What does Lamb have to say? Firstly, “For the past 30 years the temperature of our planet has been steadily dropping” (although that may have been the subs). Not quite true, but not too wrong for something written in 1973. But that isn’t the interesting bit, the interesting bit is the predictions of the future. Which seems to be not the articles main focus. It concludes with a less than ringing:
All these events have raised an anxious demand for ultra-long-range forecasting of climate, which calls for intensified effort towards understanding of the atmosphere (and its interactions with the ocean) and for further reconstruction of the facts of the past climatic record.
Yes, its the familiar “more research needed”, which was indeed the correct conclusion in 1973. Next?