Antarctica was once a Green Rainforest, scientists report

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | AUGUST 3, 2012

One point with which climate alarmists always struggle with, is understanding, explaining or accepting how climate patterns occur throughout centuries or millenia, and how those patterns have little to do with the insignificant influence of human activity.

Several examples come to mind when trying to explain how climate has always been changing, without human help. London was once completely frozen, and now it is a place where humans can live. Lands that are now deserts, used to host live forms that can only exist in lush rainforests or jungles.

The most recent example of how climate changes independently of human activity is the discovery that the piece of land known today as Antarctica, used to be a tropical jungle 52 million years ago. Scientists arrived to this conclusion after analyzing the ocean floor 1,000 meters deep, where they found pollen, spores and remains of a subtropical forest. This discovery however, has once again been used to advance the global doomsday scenario that the corporations behind the fake green movement want us all to believe in.

According to scientists, warm ocean currents and excess carbon dioxide in the air originated 52 million years ago a rainforest on the coast of Antarctica, researchers said today at the University of Frankfurt and the German Research Center for Biodiversity and Climate (BiK .) This fact confirms previous findings that showed how a larger amount of CO2 in the atmosphere only creates a world with abundant natural resources, where all forms of life benefit from.

Scientists reached this conclusion after analyzing the seabed 1,000 meters deep, where they found pollen and spores, remnants of a tropical or subtropical forest. The study published in the journal Nature gives details about what would have been considered as a jungle in today’s world.

“At that time the temperature was between 50 and 60 degrees warmer than now,” said the expert on Paleolithic climatology at the University of Frankfurt Jörg Pross. So much of the climate warming up by 1 or 2 more degrees celsius.
“The high content of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and the warm ocean currents were responsible for the climatic situation,” said Pross. “The concentration of carbon dioxide would have been more than twice that of today”.

The analysis of the past allows scientists to develop a prediction about the future behavior of the climate on Earth. “If we continue with current CO2 emissions through burning fossil fuels unhindered, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will reach the level in less then a hundred years,” said Pross.

Scientists estimate that under the conditions seen 52 million years ago, places like the east coast of the United States and much of Germany would have been submerged under the water. They believe that the sea level could have been as much as 70 to 8o meters higher than today. While the Antarctica looked like a lush paradise, other parts of the world most likely would have been the icy cold worlds that the poles are today, in the same way than deserts are uninhabitable places today, but that were the home of thousands of species of living things millions of years ago.

So far, researchers have failed to find remains of animals in their holes at 200 kilometers off the coast of Wilkes Land in East Antarctica. “But there must have been a lot of insects,” said the scientist. Thanks to the pollen and spores found were able to reconstruct the plant world of the time, so that where today only you can see blocks of ice, growing all kinds of jungle plants like palms and baobab trees.

As explained before, the secret for the survival of the human species is not based on getting back to living in caverns, or prison cities, as the oligarchs wish to do today, but to find innovative ways to adapt and improve current ways of life. That is what humanity did before the industrial revolution, and that is what it needs to do now. Innovation of course includes finding ways to assure our survival first, not the demise of humanity as a whole so a few people can live like kings for a long time.

The findings are not only a confirmation that nature is much more powerful than whatever humans have been able to do for the past 60 or 70 years, but also that no matter what humans throw at this planet, it will always find a way to get around it, adapt, evolve and become ‘immune’ to it. That is what all species that live in this planet have done and continue to do. That is where the discussion should be moving towards, as supposed to talking about how to tax people in order to finance the oligarchical class, so its members can attempt to save us all — which they can’t even begin to do.

The Royal Society: Planetary Warming Uncertain

UK’s leading scientific body steps back and admits that it is “not known” how much warmer the planet will become.

Patrick Henningsen

The Royal Society has released a new guide which outlines a retreat from its former vanguard stance on the threat of climate change and man-made global warming. The decision to update their scientific guide came after 43 of its members complained that the previous versions failed to take into account the opinion of climate change sceptics.

The new guide, entitled ‘Climate change: a summary of the science’, concedes that there are now major ‘uncertainties’ regarding the once sacred ‘scientific consensus’ behind man-made global warming theory, admitting that not only is it impossible to know for sure how the Earth’s climate will change in the future but it cannot possibly know what the effects may be. The 19-page guide states clearly, ’It is not possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change in the future, but careful estimates of potential changes and associated uncertainties have been made”.

The guide continues stating, “There is currently insufficient understanding of the enhanced melting and retreat of the ice sheets on Greenland and West Antarctica to predict exactly how much the rate of sea level rise will increase above that observed in the past century for a given temperature increase”.

In a Sept 20, 2010 article published on the UK Daily Mail, Professor Anthony Kelly, academic advisor to  Britain’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) explains, ”The previous guidance was discouraging debate rather than encouraging it among knowledgeable people. The new guidance is clearer and a very much better document”.

The decision to revise and tone down its alarmist position on climate change demonstrates a clear u-turn on its previous 2007 climate pamphlet, one which is said to have caused an internal rebellion by the 43 fellows of the Society, triggering a review and subsequent revision. The 2007 publication, which parroted the IPCC’s popular, but misleading impression that the ‘science is settled’ – made way for the new guide which accepts that important questions remain open and uncertainties unresolved. “The Royal Society now also agrees(with us) that the warming trend of the 1980s and 90s has come to a halt in the last 10 years,” said Dr Benny Peiser, the Director of GWPF.

Economic realities and a marked shift in public opinion since last year’s Climategate scandal and failure of the much-hyped UN Copenhagen Summit have triggered a series of falling dominos within the climate change and anthropogenic global warming (AGW) orthodoxy. The Royal Society’s shift also follows last week’s blow to the radical climatist agenda within Britain, where the new Coalition Government announced it will be slashing its Climate Change Department’s budget and folding the former free-standing bureaucracy into the Treasury department.

Some analysts also believe that the Society’s new guide does not go far enough. Dr David Whitehouse, the science editor of the GWPF said: “The biggest failing of the new guide is that it dismisses temperature data prior to 1850 as limited and leaves it at that. It would cast a whole new light on today’s warming if the Medieval Warm Period, the Roman Warm Period and the Bronze Age Warm Period were as warm as today, possibility even warmer than today. A thorough discussion of the growing empirical evidence for the global existence of the Medieval Warm Period and its implications would have been a valuable addition to the new report.”

In addition, this retreat by the Royal Society signals a very real trend in climate science circles where political activism is slowly being replaced by a more sober assessment of the scientific evidence and ongoing climate debates.

The Political Fallout

To date, the political activist engine powering climate change has been anchored by an elite circle of scientists, foundations, green journalists, carbon financiers- and politicians looking for a good cause. The fuel for this engine has been supplied by short-term economic opportunities, most of which has been in the form of massive research grants, subsidies and feed-in tariffs(triggering a rise in energy costs to the consumer) by the State and confederate bodies like the UN and the European Union. In the US, problems with climate change inspired instruments like Cap and Trade are more chronic, where North America’s sole carbon trading market, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), has recently been scaled down following a decline in investment and the near complete collapse in carbon emission prices.

As formerly obedient IPCC scientists and insiders gradually break ranks and defect over to the common sense camp, and foundations like the Royal Society reverse their policies on the nature of the climate threat, politicians may lose the once reliable traction they enjoyed when promoting their various green agendas.

This is followed, of course, by the economic reality of any democracy whereby taxpayers cannot really back departments, much less policies, that do not deliver a measured benefit to the public welfare. If the IPCC’s elite chamber of scientists cannot be trusted to objectively measure past global temperatures (actual UN data sets show that there has been no temperature increase since circa 1998), then it goes without saying that politicians cannot build real-world policy catering for a crisis that is not actually happening. The rising tide of scepticism and the reemergence of real scientific analysis will surely spell an end to the innumerable faith-based policies and guesswork forecasting that has plagued the climate change movement to date.

As science gradually makes its way back into line with reality and real world observation, it follows that many of the climate bureaucracies erected since 2000 will stumble as a result. The reason for this phenomenon is spelled out in the basic laws of ‘political physics’; a collapse of the so-called “scientific consensus” comes into direct conflict with one of the main tenets of politics- plausible deniability. When politicians can no longer use scientists as scapegoats, as in “it’s not our fault, they told us CO2 was heating up the planet…”, then the political agenda is all but dead.

The reality curve is certainly catching up to climate change now.