Climate Change Australia – Holding Alarmists To Account: Professor Mike Archer

Posted on Wed 03/21/2012 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Five years on, let’s revisit one of the most outrageous scare claims made by our local alarmists – the University of New South Wales Professor Mike Archer, then dean of science:

 If we have climate change, what we do know is southern Australia is going to go powder dry, northern Australia is going to be afflicted with violent weather patterns… My guess is mangrove forests are going to invade the beaches, Bondi Beach (where we’re standing now) is gone, so there are changes coming down the line…

We’ve got about 95, maybe 98 percent of our population living along the coastline. [With the ice sheets at the poles and Greenland melting] the sea levels will be 100 meters (330 feet) higher than they are today. Forget Venice. I mean we’re talking about sharks in the middle of (downtown) Sydney

We think of an apocalypse as something that happens overnight. Okay, this is a slightly slower apocalypse, if you like, but it’s no less profound. And it’s going to obliterate the world as we currently know it. It’s going to make change within one generation very, very visible and very uncomfortable. It is an apocalypse.

The (American) ABC reporter was mightily impressed, and as a footnote produced his own evidence of runaway warming:

While walking on Bondi Beach with Professor Archer, this correspondent forgot to apply a healthy dose of sun block cream on his face. The gentle coastal breeze, as it often does, masked the damage being done by the UV rays penetrating that hole in the ozone layer. At the end of a one-hour-long interview, this correspondent’s face was fried to crisp. The dead skin was still peeling off one week later.

There’s a comedy begging to be written about the time this nation lost its head.

Reality check:

– sea levels have not risen for two years

– sea level rises have not accelerated over the past 100 years

– temperatures have not risen for a decade

– southern Australia is not “powder dry” but very, very wet after a record two years of rain.

– Arctic ice today is now more widespread than at any similar time of the year since Archer spoke.

– Southern Hemisphere ice has been increasing, not decreasing.

– It is unlikely the world actually has enough ice to raise the seas 100 metres, even if the planet was so superheated as to melt it all.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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