Q: Dyson asked if he is hoping we reduce Co2 levels:
Dyson: ‘I like carbon dioxide, it’s very good for plants. It's good for the vegetation, the farms, essentially carbon dioxide is vital for food production, vital for wildlife.
0800 min: Dyson: 'The effects of co2 on climate are really very poorly understood…The experts all seem to think they understand it, I don't think they do…Climate is a very complicated story. And we may or may not understand it better (in the future). The main thing that is lacking at the moment is humility. The climate experts have set themselves up as being the guardians of the truth and they think they have the truth and that is a dangerous situation.
Q: Dyson is asked about reducing CO2 emissions just in case global warming claims are correct.
0900: Dyson: 'I don't think that's sensible. It means you are doing huge damage to the environment…at cost of large amounts of money and very likely getting no benefits at all. I don't think its a good bargain no matter which way you look at it.'
'The idea that there is no positive feedback and that if anything the climate has almost no change associated with CO2 is so much contrary not only to most climate academics, but most sceptics, that I’m not even going to bother to try to change their minds.'
Happer: Observational data show clearly that the predictions of unacceptable warming by more carbon dioxide are wrong...There is no observational support for the theoretically dubious claim that ‘more carbon dioxide will cause unacceptable global warming, or more extreme weather’
'Data has been manipulated, honest scientific debate has been stifled, educational institutions have been turned into brain-washing centers for the cause, and trusting citizens have been misled by much of the mass media'
'And what is the great danger that this noble cause purports to save us from? Human emissions of carbon dioxide, a transparent, odorless, non-toxic gas, essential for plant growth and contained at about 40,000 parts per million (ppm) in our own breaths. Carbon dioxide has been mercilessly demonized as ‘carbon pollution’, when in fact it is a benefit to the planet. Agricultural production has increased substantially and the Earth is greener today with the 400 ppm current levels of carbon dioxide than it was with preindustrial levels of about 280 ppm. And two or three times higher levels would be even better.'
'Canada's tar sands need to stay in the ground, the oil beneath the Arctic has to remain under the sea, and most of the world's coal must be left untouched in order to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C, a study released Wednesday says.'
"In the last 80 years, as CO2 emissions have most rapidly escalated, the annual rate of climate-related deaths worldwide fell by an incredible 98%. This means the incidence of death from climate is 50 times lower than it was 80 years ago," writes Epstein.
Nasa study shows tropical forests absorb 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 a year
Rainforests absorb more than half of CO2 taken up by vegetation globally
Scientists previously believed tropical forests emitted carbon dioxide
Researchers claim their findings emphasise the need to protect rainforests from deforestation to help counteract human greenhouse gas emissions