Sunday, September 18th 2011, 4:55 PM EDT
Cradle of Humankind June 1947
Two million years ago the earliest humanlike creatures lived and played within 100 km of my laptop as I write these notes. One day, during a drought a young woman and a teenage boy ventured into a shallow limestone cave to reach a pool of water where they could quench their thirsts. The roof of the cave collapsed on top of them.
This region is now called the Cradle of Humankind because of the wealth of humanoid and other fossils discovered in the area.
The excavations and interpretation of the fossils by international teams are well co-ordinated and the results published in international scientific journals.
As a (very) remote descendant of these beings I can state with complete confidence that my fellow human beings who believe in current climate change theory will never in their lifetime or those of their descendants, succeed in demonstrating that their complex global climate computer models can replicate the properties of the hydro-climatological processes essential for the design of bridges across rivers and dams to store water for human needs. They are applying a scientific assumption that Copernicus demonstrated was false some 400 years ago.
If I may use another analogy, the believers are wandering through the wilderness with a faulty compass.
With this in mind I invite you to accompany me in a search for the truth while the president of the Royal Society is attempting to persuade the American voters not to support the Republican Party that is drifting away from the belief of an Earth-centred universe.
As a matter of interest I took the above photograph in June 1947 during a visit by the Archaeological Society to what became known as the Cradle of Humankind.
Two weeks ago the media reported that international climate negotiators and environmental ministers were meeting in South Africa to try to clear major obstacles still blocking the way to a successful climate control agreement at the COP17 conference starting late in November. There was a short TV news item showing our state president opening the discussions.
Unlike Copenhagen there have been no subsequent leakages to the media. We can only assume that the discussions failed and that the representatives have gone home.
In the meantime the international economic and political situations continue to deteriorate. At this stage the signs for a successful COP17 in Durban are not encouraging.
Read more from my latest memo (no. 10)Earth Centred Cliomatology