Wednesday, 12 January 2005

Global Warming, Yet Again

This isn’t exactly reassuring:

Cutting down on fossil fuel pollution could accelerate global warming and help turn parts of Europe into desert by 2100, according to research to be aired on British television on Thursday. “Global Dimming”, a BBC Horizon documentary, will describe research suggesting fossil fuel by-products like sulphur dioxide particles reflect the sun’s rays, “dimming” temperatures and almost cancelling out the greenhouse effect.

The researchers say cutting down on the burning of coal and oil, one of the main goals of international environmental agreements, will drastically heat rather than cool climate.

So, the climate either will, or will not, be warming. It may, or may not, be helped by the reduction of fossil fuel use. Yeah, this makes me feel much better about the global warming science.

Tell me this: if we switch to hydrogen, will all of the residual water it creates mean additional cloud cover and a lower temperature for the earth? Is it possible that the climate is too complex for us to model right now?

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[Permalink] 1. David Andersen wrote @ Wed, 12 Jan 2005, 11:15 pm CST:

“Is it possible that the climate is too complex for us to model right now?”

Oh Robert, you’re silly. Of course it’s not too complex. Humans are an abomination and anything we do causes death and destruction to Gaia. Ideally we should eliminate all humans, but let’s be serious because after all a subset of enlightened progressives should remain to remake humanity in their glorious image. Failing that we should at least ban capitalism since it is the primary method that the evil humans have tarnished Mother Earth.

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