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Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking.

On April 16, 2005, New Scientist published a letter from botanist David Bellamy that made this assertion.  It was a boon to Global Warming deniers, and was widely disseminated by them.

On May 10, 2005, the UK newspaper The Guardian published an article by George Monbiot titled Junk Science, in which he recounts his efforts to validate Bellamy's assertion.  In the end, he is unable to do so.  His article is a masterpiece of clear thinking and journalistic detective work.

In the late 1980s, when James Hanson first brought the threat of Global Warming to the fore, those struggling to preserve the status quo denied the possibility in the strongest possible terms; and, true to form, waged a personal attack against Hanson.  Once the evidence became undeniable that warming was occurring, they changed their arguments to claim that the warming was a natural occurrence, not human induced. Now that the evidence for human induced warming is becoming incontrovertible, they fall back to cherry picking (focusing on places where data is still being collected and interpreted), denying proof when it is presented, and false assertions like David Bellamy's.  They count on the scientific illiteracy and innumeracy of most of the US populace and press to make their fallacious arguments and false assertions work.

Those wishing to explore the current state of knowledge produced by climate change science would do well to begin with the following sites:


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original web posting: Thursday, May 12, 2005
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