16 August, 2016. 11:30

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact

Following the embarrassing Climate Change showdown on Q&A last night which saw world-renowned British physicist Brian Cox was forced to explain the concept of temperature to One Nation senator-elect Malcolm Roberts, the visiting professor from Manchester University has today revealed that he is not sure he was even arguing with a real person last night.

Australia’s broken federal senate was on display for all when an audience member director question to the Cox asking him to address Mr Roberts’ request for proof of a human element in climate change.

With great patience the man who has spent most of his life reading books and conducting scientific experiments attempted to explain the “absoluteness” of the human impact on planet earth to the recently elected right-wing senator who has spent most of his life in a coal mine.

However, despite a polite and thorough explanation which was aided by a graph that he had brought along with him, Mr Cox was met with claims that the data he was quoting had been corrupted by NASA.

While seemingly giving up on the possibility of explaining probably the most studied natural catastrophe in human history, Brian Cox OBE was left with no option other than to believe that the man at the other end of the panel was not real.

“I didn’t have much time with him, but the fact that he turned a two-sided discussion about Climate Change into a conspiracy about NASA, makes me think I might have been hallucinating” Cox told the Betoota Advocate this morning.

“It was distressing. Maybe it’s the jetlag. I can only hope its the jetlag”.

“If I am wrong, and in fact this man is real. It is a real concern, because it’s the only thing I have been wrong about in the last 20 years.”

“And also, Australia is fucked if there are four more senators from that party overlooking your entire political system”



  1. “And also, Australia is fucked if there are four more senators from that party overlooking your entire political system”

    Says it all.

  2. “And also, Australia is fucked if there are four more senators from that party overlooking your entire political system”

    What a breath of fresh air Dr Brian Cox is.

    Tell it like is Brian

  3. Congratulations to Brian. He showed I credible restraint. Others may not have been so polite with the research hardcopy.

    Agree totally with the comment made.

  4. There is no actual PROOF that man-made CO2 from recycling fossil fuels causes any temperature changes, let alone the apocalyptic fantasies that are being used to deceive the Peoples of the world to consent to a tax on air. Note how Malcolm was continually cut off as he was about to put in point? He was denied right of reply as well. Malcolm was about to bring up the point that temperature rises PRECEDE CO2 rises-simple high school physics, when he was cut off.
    Q&A is an affront to Australian tax payers. We are funding a rather biased group that does NOT believe in fair debate. As Senator Hinch would say-“Shame, shame, shame.”
    No wonder I need the barf bag close at hand when Q & A is on.

  5. The graph Prof. Cox shows is not convincing at all, for two reasons:

    1 – it is, as the Senator rightly pointed out, based on manipulated data in a very, very sparse data set. Even today, NASA considers a region covered if there is a temperature sensing station within 1200 KM! Imagine how sparse the data set would have been in 1930. In truth, we have no way of knowing what the temperatures were over most of the planet in 1930 so cannot say if it is warmer or cooler today.

    2 – the fact that there has been perhaps a 1 deg C rise in the past century (and, as explained above, I am not saying that that rise is in any way accurately known) is nothing to be concerned about. Indeed, we should be very pleased that we have come out of the little Ice Age that lasted until the late 1800s. The only thing that matters from a policy perspective is what scientists who focus on the causes of climate change think is likely to happen IN THE FUTURE. IF the rise continues as it is now, then there is little to worry about. Many climate experts say exactly that – please see http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=289&Itemid=2 , which the following eight Australian experts signed:

    Stewart Franks, BSci. (Hons, Environmental Science), PhD (Landsurface-atmosphere interactions), Associate Professor and Dean of Students, University of Newcastle, Climate Specialties: hydro-climatology, flood/drought risk, Newcastle, Australia

    William Kininmonth MSc, MAdmin, former head of Australia’s National Climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological organization’s Commission for Climatology, Kew, Victoria, Australia

    Cliff Ollier, D.Sc., Professor Emeritus (School of Earth and Environment), Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, W.A., Australia

    Ian Plimer, PhD, Professor of Mining Geology, The University of Adelaide; Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia

    Tom Quirk, MSc (Melbourne), D Phil (physics), MA (Oxford), SMP (Harvard), Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Australian climate Science Coalition, Member Board Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne, Areas of Specialization: Methane, Decadal Oscillations, Isotopes, Victoria, Australia

    Colin Barton, B.Sc., PhD (Earth Science), Principal research scientist (retd), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Robert M. Carter, PhD, then Professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

    Warwick Hughes, MSc Hons (Geology), Founder of the “Errors in IPCC Climate Science” Blog – http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/, Areas of Specialization: Jones et al temperature data, Canberra, Australia

    The sarcasm of Professor Cox is inappropriate and is symptomatic of the sort of abuse that is poisoning the climate science debate today. We need OPEN, FEARLESS scientific inquiry, not meek acquiescence to political correctness. I wish more politicians has the courage of Senator Roberts.

    Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)
    Executive Director,
    International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)


  6. But the scientist did not explain how an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes temperature rise, or does the earths temperature causes a higher reading ? that was what the other guy was on about but he was dismissed as a fool.

  7. Do a tiny bit of reading. Carbon dioxide is a 3-atom gas, which means it collects the infra red heat rising from the surface of the earth. More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, more heat collected. This physical principle has been accepted for 100 years!

  8. a celebrity scientist….. Just remember catastrophic global warming and predictions… I was sure I was going to have an ocean front property by now with what they were predicting…. remember alarmists and extremists need funding….. like to instill fear and emotion to garner donations ( Greenpeace has a cashflow that rivals large multinationals, and multimillion dollar grants from the government…..

  9. Brian Cox is a knob head, whilst very intelligent he does say some dumb things, such as anyone who believes that man didn’t land on the moon is a fucking idiot. Well Brian considering it was a big pissing contest between Russia and the US and Kennedy said they would land on the moon before the end of the 60’s decade, it seems a bit sus… So with technology almost 50 years later not being able to get us there, losing a couple of shuttles trying and so much evidence to say that it was a hoax and that Stanley Kubrick directed the whole thing, i am with the naysayers…As for climate change, fuck those Neatherthal man for causing the Ice Age….

  10. @Den, we are currently living though an ice age, the Quaternary Glaciation. Although we are currently in a interglacial period. Global warming may actually postpone the return of the next glaciation period by a thousand years or so. An up-side, maybe. But we’ll have to wait 50,000 years or so to find out for sure.


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