The sudden closure of the new scientific journal Pattern Recognition in Physics (PRP) by its publisher Copernicus because the first special edition expressed skepticism to CO2 climate alarmism, has sent a shock wave through the scientific blogosphere, see here, here and here.
Distinguished Swedish scientist Prof. Nils-Axel Mörner, the former head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University, and the PRP special edition journal editor, has issued a statement:
- By this decision, we were suddenly thrown back in the evolution of humanism and culture to the stage of inquisition and books burning.
- To debate is a vital part of science. To forbid and even close down a journal because of an inevitable conclusion which “sheds serious doubts on the issue of a continued, even accelerated, warming as claimed by the IPCC” is most unscientific and unethical.
- Copernicus has disgraced itself in this desperate act of trying to cover up for IPCC.
In this situation, there is still hope because the blogosphere is not yet closed down...Science, institutions and courts and can be steered by politics even in democratic systems, but the blogosphere can only be controled in a totalitarian system. And it was independent minds of the blogosphere who discovered the hollowness of CO2 alarmism threatening to throw back society to pre-industrial misery and Malthusian limits.