A professor at the University of Cambridge has suggested that three climate-change scientists involved in the investigation of melting Arctic ice could have been assassinated during a few months in 2013.
The professor is Peter Wadhams, reports The Telegraph. He is a professor of ocean physics in the applied mathematics and theoretical physics department at the prestigious English university.
The trio of researchers who met their tragic ends in 2013 are Seymour Laxon, Katherine Giles and Tim Boyd. Laxon and Giles were climate change scientists at University College London. Boyd was employed by the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
Laxon met his demise when he fell down a flight of stairs at a New Year’s Eve party on Jan 1, 2013. He was 49. Witnesses say the stairs were quite steep.
Giles died a few months later, in April, when she was hit by a truck while riding a bicycle to work. She was 35.
The truck — filled with dirt — made a left turn, explained the London Evening Standard in a story urging cyclists to watch out for trucks. Giles was caught by this maneuver and run over.
The driver of the truck, James Matovu, was exiting a construction site. He said he was unaware of the accident until an off-duty-police officer waved him down. At once, Matovu exited the truck and ran back to the scene.
“I can highlight once again the danger of coming up on the near-side of lorries,” coroner Shirley Radcliffe a few months later. “It’s been recognized as causing many deaths in London.”
Evidence indicates that Boyd, the third climate-change scientist who died in 2013, was struck by lightning.
On the afternoon of January 27, 2013, Boyd, 54, was out walking his dog in the small, lakeside Scottish town of Port Appin.
There was a storm at the time.
A passerby found Boyd’s body on the “the impressively long and rickety” Jubilee Bridge, which stretches “across the tidal marshes of Loch Laich.”
“There would appear to be no suspicious circumstances,” a local police spokeswoman said contemporaneously, according to the Daily Mail. “However, a post mortem will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death.”
Wadhams, the Cambridge professor, said he believes talented hitmen likely carried out the killings of Laxon, Giles and Boyd.
“I do believe assassins possibly murdered them but I can see that I would be thought of as a looney for believing this,” Wadhams told the Telegraph. “But it’s just very odd coincidence that something like that should happen in such a brief period of time.”
Wadhams blames — but at the same time stops short of blaming — nefarious, unnamed actors in the energy industry for the deaths of the academics.
“I can only think of the oil lobby but I don’t think the oil lobby goes around killing people,” Wadham told the online English broadsheet.
“I thought if it was somebody assassinating them could it be one of our people doing it and that would be even more frightening. I thought it would be better not to touch this with a barge pole.”
Earlier this summer, in a YouTube video, Wadhams claim that today the word is beset with an “almost ice-free Arctic Ocean.” The video is entitled “Our time is running out – The Arctic sea ice is going!” (RELATED: Expedition To Study Global Warming Put On Hold Because Of TOO MUCH ICE)
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