The Alps had no glaciers 4,000 years ago.
Casting serious doubt upon alarmist UN-IPCC projections that the Alps will be nearly glacier-free by 2100, Dr. Schlüchter poses several challenging questions:
* “Why did the glaciers retreat in the middle of the 19th century, although the large CO2 increase in the atmosphere came later?”
* “Why did the Earth ‘tip’ in such a short time into a warming phase?”
* “Why did glaciers again advance in the 1880s, 1920s, and 1980s?”
“. . . Sooner or later, he added, “climate science will have to answer the question why the retreat of the glacier at the end of the Little Ice Age around 1850 was so rapid.”
Although we witness ongoing IPCC attempts to blame such developments upon evil fossil-fueled CO2 emissions, that notion fails to answer these questions. Instead, Dr. Schlüchter believes that the sun is the principal long-term driver of climate change, with tectonics and volcanoes acting as significant contributors.
Regarding IPCC integrity with strong suspicion, Dr. Schlüchter recounts a meeting in England to which he was “accidentally” invited — a meeting led by “someone of the East Anglia Climate Center who had come under fire in the wake of the Climategate e-mails.”
As he describes it: “The leader of the meeting spoke like some kind of Father. He was seated at a table in front of those gathered and he took messages. He commented on them either benevolently or dismissively.”
Dr. Schlüchter’s view of the proceeding took a final nosedive towards the end of the discussion. As he noted: “Lastly it was about tips on research funding proposals and where to submit them best. For me it was impressive to see how the leader of the meeting collected and selected information.”
As a number of other prominent climate scientists I know will attest, there’s one broadly recognized universal tip for those seeking government funding. All proposals with any real prospects for success should somehow link climate change with human activities rather than to natural causes. Even better, those human influences should intone dangerous consequences.
Dr. Schlüchter warns that the reputation of science is becoming more and more damaged as politics and money gain influence. He concludes, “For me it also gets down to the credibility of science . . . Today many natural scientists are helping hands of politicians, and are no longer scientists who occupy themselves with new knowledge and data. And that worries me.”//