READING, ENGLAND – Like it or not, something’s going on with the climate. We have wildfires in California, late spring snow in Chicago, and flooding in Florida.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put out a report last year claiming the world’s average temperature would rise if greenhouse gas emissions double.
But Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading in England, says the UN report was purely political. He claims a science witch hunt is out to silence anyone who doesn’t believe greenhouse gasses are to blame for global warming.
Bengtsson says he and four other researchers wrote up a paper that suggested the earth may not be as sensitive to greenhouse gasses as other would like us to believe. But when they submitted it to the journal Environmental Research Letters, they got back a big, fat rejection notice.
Bengtsson says the peer-review journal said his research opened the door for over-simplified claims and worse from climate skeptics within the media.
While the smarty pants fight over who’s right, the rest of us get to figure out how to live with a whole lot of wind, rain, and fire.