Skip to comments.An Unsettling Week For Global Warming's 'Settled Science'
Posted on 02/13/2012 1:35:18 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
People who claim that the science is settled on global warming have to be pretty unsettled by the science news in the last week.
Setttled science, of course, means that we are inevitably headed toward a disastrous warming of surface temperatures as forecast by some computer models, and we therefore need an international carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, pronto.
Settled science would know all of the important forcings and feedbacks in the climate system, such as the sensitivity of surface temperature to changes in carbon dioxide (a forcing) and the behavior of clouds, which could either enhance or counter warming (a feedback).
Now it appears that cloud tops are lowering, a totally unforeseen cooling feedback on carbon dioxide-induced warming. Writing in Geophysical Research Letters, University of Aucklands Roger Davies and Matthew Molloy conclude this could be a significant measure of a negative cloud feedback to global warming.
The average global cloud height is linked to the average global temperaturegenerally, the higher the average cloud height, the higher the average surface temperature, and vice versa. The tie-in is related to the height in the atmosphere from which clouds radiate infrared radiation to space. The higher up they are, the cooler they are, and they dissipate less radiation, which means the surface stays warmer.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
H/T to Climate Depot for this one.
The APGW crowd is so dumb...they should have just quietly changed their signs and papers from “global warming” to “weather” and then claimed they’d been right all along.
Doesn’t matter, they have long since reformed the argument as climate “change”. The only way we prevail is if the climate remains eternally unchanged.
Highly recommended: Michael Crichton's 2003 lecture at CalTech -- Aliens Cause Global Warming.
Big Al Bore’s brain must be cooked at this point in thinking over time as how he can minimize his losses and recover and make easy money on some different playing field.
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