Question. What happens when the German public television puts out a report that happens to be honest and skeptical when it comes to climate change? Answer: Viewers are so surprised that they actually take the time to upload it at YouTube!
The above clip by MDR German public television features seasoned meteorologist Thomas Globig, who somehow managed to get his message broadcast during a recent weather report. He begins by asking: “Is CO2 a climate killer, or not?”
Surprisingly his response was what we typically expect to hear from the skeptic side. It’s a surprise he hasn’t been fired by now.
Scientists are in dispute
At 0:35 he tells his viewers that the scientific opinions on CO2 and its impact on climate are in fact split among the experts. “The opinion of climate scientists are totally divergent.” Contrary to the 97& consensus that often gets claimed, Globig tells us there is no consensus and that the subject is in heated dispute. He adds that the global warming theory is far from being clear.
And there are good reasons there is no consensus, Globig explains. At 1:25 he reminds us that CO2 is only a trace gas that makes up only 0.04% of the atmosphere and that over the past 160 years atmospheric CO2 increased only 0.01%. In the past Globig reminds that the earth at times saw “much higher concentrations of CO2“, and that even at times of higher CO2 concentrations the earth saw ice ages.
Globig: Man cannot stop climate change
At 2:22 he says that climate change is normal and that it is never constant. Man trying to stop climate change can never work and it would be like trying to stop the next storm.
At 2:40 he poses the real question that needs to be answered: Is the warming caused by man, or by nature? Globig says he cannot answer that question in the segment but points out that both weather and climate are non-linear, chaotic systems and thus neither can be predicted. “Neither can the climate be accurately forecasted over 20, 30 or 50 years.”
Also last year on MDR television Thomas Globig questioned the intensity of global warming. Below he is shown presenting a temperature chart for his viewers in the city of Dresden:
Meteorologist Thomas Globig last year showing that the city of Dresden has in fact been cooling over the past 15 years. Image: cropped from MDR television