The State of Earth’s Climate 2024 – No Evidence of a Planetary ‘Crisis’! – Professor Ole Humlum

Held by Zoom on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Prof. Ole Humlum used meteorological and climatological data to objectively assess the state of earth’s climate. Global air temperatures in 2023/24 are reported to be the “highest on record” – how significant is that? Global temperature records do confirm that observed average global air temperature rise is about +0.15°C per decade – is that serious? Since 2004, the global oceans above 1900 m depth on average have warmed about 0.037°C – are the oceans “boiling”? Are recent variations between El Niño and La Niña episodes in any way unusual? To what extent is atmospheric CO2 concentration actually related to human contributions? Is rising sea level a threat? Are changes in sea ice extents in the Arctic and Antarctic in any way alarming? Are there significant trends in tropical storm and hurricane activity? Are there alarming trends in global precipitation? Ole provides all the hard facts – and will conclude that these observations reveal that there is no evidence of an “existential climate catastrophe”.

Professor Ole Humlum has numerous qualifications from the University of Copenhagen and was Scientific Director, Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland. He also was Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Visiting Associate Professor, Faroese Natural Museum, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, and Full Professor, Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard, Norway, and Full Professor, Physical Geography, at the University of Oslo. He continued as Visiting Scholar, University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Geosciences, Scotland. After retirement, he is director for the consulting firm Arctic HERO (Arctic Historical Evaluation and Research Organisation; climate, geomorphology and natural hazards). Each month he publishes his excellent updates, summarised annually as a GWPF “State of the Climate” publication.

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