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Has David Bellamy gone mad?
from Mark 14th July, 2004

David Bellamy

David Bellamy

A week or so ago the big-bearded TV personality and former environmentalist David Bellamy penned a frankly bizarre article in the Daily Mail, entitled 'Global warming: what a load of poppycock!'. In it, he asserted that global warming is a "myth", that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are a good thing because CO2 fertilises plants, and that "climate change is an entirely natural phenomenon, nothing to do with the burning of fossil fuels". Amusingly, the only supporting evidence Bellamy could find to cite was the notorious Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine petition of 1998, which claimed to have the signatures of 18,000 scientists, all disagreeing with global warming. The OISM, which is run from a remote shed in an Oregon wood by a right-wing Christian fundamentalist, was so lax about the names on its petition that they included Ginger Spice and Michael J. Fox, according to PR Watch. The upshot is that many of us, including myself, who once held great respect for Bellamy's contribution to public understanding of environmental issues, are fearing for his sanity. It is especially sad to see the waters of the climate change debate muddied yet again in the week that Dr David King, the UK government's chief scientist, issued another dramatic warning of how urgent the problem has now become.

just ask google
As it happens, David Bellamy is an anagram of Badly Mad Evil....
from will on 14th July, 2004 at
Good One!
Based on your photo, you must be a child prodigy and with...
from Dan on 5th December, 2004 at
'positive' benefits of carbon dioxide fertilization of plants
People who bring up the carbon dioxide fertilization argument to put a...
from Tara on 14th July, 2004 at
I have one postive benefit!
I understand and agree with everything you already said and you said...
from Dan on 5th December, 2004 at
Oh, Boy
Looks like the world's GW skeptics have a "VIP" new entry on...
from Vicki Falde on 20th July, 2004 at
Keep sharing the facts with people who can face them!
Yes this is interesting to know Vicki! I read that the oceans...
from Dan on 5th December, 2004 at
0.3% - a little or a lot?
I don't think David Bellamy grasps just how significant a 0.3% change...
from Martin Lord on 23rd July, 2004 at
Get the Maths right
0.3% of 298 degrees is around 0.9 degrees, not 9.0 degrees suggested...
from Paul Ashworth on 1st February, 2005 at
Apologies
Oh my god! I can't believe I got that wrong. My sincerest...
from Martin Lord on 8th February, 2005 at
Agreed, and another good response!
I like your mathematical employ of using the Kelvin Scale. I think...
from Dan on 5th December, 2004 at
bellamy bonkers
one important fact,i think everyone should know about bellamy,is that he is...
from monty on 5th August, 2004 at
For the love of Money!
It seems that humans still succumb to the influence of prosperity and...
from Dan on 5th December, 2004 at
What if he is right?
Having attended a recent seminar organised by Emirates Environmental Group (NGO) in...
from Alun Walters on 4th December, 2004 at
He isn't
Just try thinking for a minute. Where did all the fossil fuels...
from Peter Simmons on 16th May, 2005 at
The disciples may not be wrong! Objectivity is Good!
The disciples may not be wrong! A plea for objectivity I agree...
from Dan on 5th December, 2004 at
Observation
As an interested and uncommitted observer, can I mildly remark that your...
from John Hounslow on 23rd December, 2004 at
Why I trust the Carbon Dioxide Calculations!
John, Science uses a number of creative approaches to determine the carbon...
from Dan on 24th December, 2004 at
the question of consensus
Can I refer you to the discussion about this very subject on...
from Mark on 23rd December, 2004 at
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from gernot on 30th January, 2005 at
If Bellamy is right - so what?
I am perplexed at David Bellamy┬┤s flamboyant plea for ignoring the warning...
from gernot on 30th January, 2005 at
Good Point!
Well done! Developing alternative energy resources does seem pretty stupid as part...
from Dan on 30th January, 2005 at
Yes
I saw him the other night on TV and the answer is...
from Peter Simmons on 16th May, 2005 at
Calling him mad is mad!
Dear David So pleased to see that an acknowledged expert/academic is prepared...
from Ben Grimes on 13th December, 2005 at
Jolly Green Giant!
Some of the comments Ben makes have struck a harmonic with me....
from Peter Raines on 29th December, 2005 at
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