Sunday, November 22nd 2009, 5:32 AM EST
Jean-Michel Bélouve describes the climate of hate which reigns among climate scientists, where anathemas, insults and slanders are commonly being traded between “alarmists” and “deniers”. This is not a worthy and suitable way for scientists to behave, and this shows to what extent politics has corrupted this professionnal environment. The author also stigmatises the way non-scientists trade lies and insults in papers, blogs and forums. The debate is degenerating into a kind of verbal civil war. Fortunately, some good books, which Bélouve mentions, are available and fairly account for the current controversies. Another original and efficient way to express skepticism is fiction, particularly with a talented writer.
Michael Crichton is one of these authors. His novel, “State of Fear”, is a fascinating thriller, which sends a clear message on the dangers encountered by our civilization.
The following paragraph leads readers through the alleged “catastrophes of climate change” forecast. There, author depicts range of cataclysms to be encountered in future. These alarming descriptions have no solid basis in science. The level of oceans is not a severe problem. A few decimeters is nothing when you supposedly have eighty years to adapt to it. No scientific reasoning support the thesis of an increase in number and violence of tempests. As far as drought and desertification are concerned, this would rather be a result of the scarcity of water resources in some countries where population is proliferating and the economy is affected by poverty, ignorance and inappropriate agricultural methods.
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