Former NASA Scientist Says Climate Change is 'Nonsense'
A former NASA scientist described global warming as "nonsense," dismissing the theory that climate change is a man-made problem, and advocated that it is "absolutely stupid" to blame recent UK floods on human activity, the latest reports indicate.
Going against reams of peer-reviewed scientific research that overwhelmingly states man has had a hand in climate change in our lifetime, Les Woodcock, an emeritus professor of chemical thermodynamics at the University of Manchester, told the Yorkshire Evening Post:
"The term 'climate change' is meaningless. The Earth's climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of 'man-made climate change' is an unsubstantiated hypothesis."
Despite overwhelming evidence from the scientific community backing the climate change claim, Woodcock stands by his argument.
"This is not the way science works," he continued to tell the Yorkshire Evening Post. "If you tell me that you have a theory there is a teapot in orbit between the Earth and the Moon, it's not up to me to prove it does not exist, it's up to you to provide the reproducible scientific evidence for your theory."
The former NASA affiliate also asserts that carbon dioxide levels have not increased over the past century.
"The temperature of the Earth has been going up and down for millions of years, if there are extremes, it's nothing to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it's not permanent and it's not caused by us," he said.
However, NOAA data suggests otherwise, projecting that weather patterns will become even more extreme if action is not taken to limit greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Energy graphs from NASA, The Energy Collective reported, also illustrate that as carbon emissions increase, so does the global temperature.
Futhermore, the odds that global warming of almost 1°Celsius since 1880 is just a natural fluctuation are very low: less than one in a hundred and probably less than one in a thousand, according to a recent study in the journal Climate Dynamics.
"This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers," Shaun Lovejoy, the study's leader, said in a news release.
While environmentalists, scientists, politicians, journalists and many others continue to state that man is the cause of global warming, Woodcock, who has authored more than 70 academic papers for a wide range of scientific journals, stands by his "climate denial" stance, saying that everyone else is just part of the "green movement."
"The green lobby has created a do-good industry and it becomes a way of life, like a religion," Woodcock declared to the Post.