Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Really Good News

If you've ever been in a greenhouse, you know that the heat accumulates just inside glass of the roof and it gets cooler the farther away you get from the glass of the roof. The floor is the coolest place inside the greenhouse. Just so, if the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere is causing a greenhouse effect, you would expect the atmosphere to be hotter than the surface of the Earth. That's not what's going on, so the inescapable conclusion is that CO2 is having a negligible effect and that the recent warming is natural and therefore unstoppable.

Yeah, we don't have to waste Trillion of dollars trying to reduce CO2 omissions. That is great news.

Oh, but you ask, who is saying this? Three Four scientists publishing in International Journal of Climatology of the Royal Meteorological Society, professor David H. Douglass (of the University of Rochester), professor John R. Christy (of the University of Alabama), Benjamin D. Pearson and professor S. Fred Singer (of the University of Virginia) are saying this. Here are highlights.

The observed pattern of warming, comparing surface and atmospheric temperature trends, does not show the characteristic fingerprint associated with greenhouse warming. The inescapable conclusion is that the human contribution is not significant and that observed increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases make only a negligible contribution to climate warming.

Satellite data and independent balloon data agree that atmospheric warming trends do not exceed those of the surface. Greenhouse models, on the other hand, demand that atmospheric trend values be 2-3 times greater.

The current warming trend is simply part of a natural cycle of climate warming and cooling that has been seen in ice cores, deep-sea sediments, stalagmites, etc...

Our research demonstrates that the ongoing rise of atmospheric CO2 has only a minor influence on climate change. We must conclude, therefore, that attempts to control CO2 emissions are ineffective and pointless — but very costly.


I wonder if the Warmies will be angry its not our fault?

UPDATE: I corrected my counting error. Thanks, Mary.

UPDATE II: Here is a link to the abstract of the article, entitled A comparison of tropical temperature trends with model predictions. I can't afford the $25 for the pdf of the article itself. Sorry to be so cheap. Here is an old post I wrote on discovering how tiny the anthropogenicc CO2 component in the atmosphere is. Really tiny.

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Yeah, but why should I listen to you when you cite "three scientists", then name four?
You shouldn't listen to me about math, that's for sure.
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