A prominent French climate change sceptic has been forced to eat his words in emphatic fashion after the Academie des Sciences, of which he is a member, published a report contradicting his claims.
Putting a lid on what has become its own version of the UK's 'climategate' row, France's most august scientific body yesterday declared that global warming exists and has unquestionably been caused by the activities of mankind.
In April, former French education minister Claude Allegre published a book called L'imposture climatique (The climatic deception).
The book came at an opportune time for its author, a geochemist who is also a member of the Academie des Sciences, because it tapped into the sceptical atmosphere engendered by the 'climategate' row, then at its height, in which the validity of claims made by climate scientists was questioned following the leak of emails from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.
Allegre claimed in his book that climate change was not linked to an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere; instead, he said, clouds and solar activity are more important.
Allegre's objections to man-made climate change may sound vaguely scientific, but in fact his book was riddled with basic errors and he insulted prominent scientists, calling them "religious fanatics", "Marxists" and "mediocre scientists".
One highlight was a graph he personally redrew to suit his argument. Hakan Grudd, the scientist who created the original graph, called Allegre's behaviour "unethical".
He even failed to spell correctly the names of the scientists he insulted. (To get a taste of just how bad a book L'imposture Climatique is, a visit to RealClimate.org is recommended.)
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