Monday, 20 March 2000 : According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”. “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,”
David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.
I’ve done a careful study of these predictions, and have come to the conclusion that they were not predicting winter after winter of record snow and cold. But then again, I haven’t had a climate science virtual frontal lobotomy, which a few prominent scientists have put on display in recent weeks.