Antarctic Notable Quotable from the Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Dame Jane Elizabeth Francis, broadcast on BBC 29 November 2019.
Interviewer Martha Kearney asked: “Now your own work on ancient climates shows such a different world in Antarctica. Well we go back 100 million years to the age of the dinosaurs as you showed me when we were back in Cambridge your headquarters.”
Dame Jane Elizabeth Francis replied: “Yes, Antarctica was a very different place. So in the rock record there are fossils of leaves, of tree trunks, of ancient plants that used to grow in Antarctica. Everybody thinks that once there were forests in Antarctica that must’ve meant the continent was over the equator. But actually, since about one hundred million years ago, like you say the time of the dinosaurs, the continent has been over the South Pole in the position that it is now. But forest grew in Antarctica and we have all the remains of the forests and the fossils of the dinosaurs that lived in the forests. So, we’ve been able to reconstruct temperate forests that look very much like Tasmania or New Zealand today. So, if you walk through the forest in Tasmania imagine a dinosaur walking alongside you and you’d be in Antarctica about 100 million years ago. Clearly the climate was globally much warmer then to allow forest to grow in Antarctica. And we can estimate that carbon dioxide levels were much higher and that would have been a natural source of carbon dioxide from volcanic eruptions. But the Earth can take care of that. But, but on a much slower and natural timescale than rapid speed at which we’re putting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today.”
Editorial Comment: So lots more CO2 than today produced a wonderful lush world? Am I missing something here? And today it will destroy the planet? Come on – do they take us for idiots? Sadly, yes they do, and the same smart people miss the fact that a world-wide warm climate with forests and dinosaurs even in the Antarctic regions sounds like evidence the earth was once a better place, with lush vegetation all over, and nowhere on the planet was too cold for reptiles to live.
One graduate Climatologist shared with us, as he struggled to come to grips with climate change, “If you throw Noah’s flood into the mix the whole history of climate changes, because the biggest influence on climate is not CO2 but water vapour!”
That’s why it so important to note that the Apostle Peter reminds us the original lush, summer-and-winter-free world was destroyed by the global flood of Noah’s time, and today’s climate activists are being deliberately ignorant of this. (See 2 Peter 3:5-7) Since that flood, the planet has been through periods of heat and cold and will go on doing so until the end of the world, as promised by the Creator, Judge and Saviour who sent the Flood as recorded in Genesis 8:22.
Evidence News, vol. 19, No. 20
11 December 2019
Creation Research Australia