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Don J. Easterbrook, PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of Geology at Western Washington University
Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"

“Despite no global warming in 10 years and recording setting cold in 2007-2008, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) and computer modelers who believe that CO2 is the cause of global warming still predict the Earth is in store for catastrophic warming in this century…

Global warming of the past century (0.8° C) is virtually insignificant when compared to the magnitude of at least 10 global climate changes in the past 15,000 years. None of these sudden global climate changes could possibly have been caused by human CO2 input to the atmosphere because they all took place long before anthropogenic CO2 emissions began. The cause of the ten earlier ‘natural’ climate changes was most likely the same as the cause of global warming from 1977 to 1998…

The Pacific Ocean has a warm temperature mode and a cool temperature mode, and in the past century, has switched back forth between these two modes every 25-30 years (known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation or PDO). In 1977 the Pacific abruptly shifted from its cool mode (where it had been since about 1945) into its warm mode, and this initiated global warming from 1977 to 1998…

Global warming (i.e, the warming since 1977) is over. The minute increase of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere (0.008%) was not the cause of the warming—it was a continuation of natural cycles that occurred over the past 500 years.”

“Global Cooling Is Here,”, June 28, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor of Geology, Western Washington University
  • Associate Editor, Geological Society of America Bulletin
  • US Representative, UNESCO International Geological Correlation Project on Glaciations in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • Member, American Geophysical Union, International Quaternary Association, and American Quaternary Association
  • Speaker, Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, Heartland Institute, 2014
  • Speaker, Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, Heartland Institute, 2012
  • Professor, Geology Department, Western Washington University, 1959-1997
  • Former President, Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, Geological Society of America
  • Former Chairman, Geology Department, Western Washington University
  • PhD, Geology, University of Washington, 1962
  • MS, University of Washington, 1959
  • BS, University of Washington, 1958
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