Skip to comments.Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming
Posted on 02/02/2013 1:08:51 AM PST by Islander7
The Earth has been getting warmer -- but how much of that heat is due to greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural causes?
A leaked report by a United Nations group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought.
[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate, reads a draft copy of a major, upcoming report from the U.N.s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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Back in the '60s (that's 1960's to you newbees) I had a boss who absolutely forbade suppressed zeros in engineering reports. I've mostly followed that rule since then. a problem exists with temperatures, though. There is zero C, zero F, zero K, and zero R. None of these is usually helpful. I also learned from him that it is extremely easy to record a thermometer reading, and extremely difficult to measure the temperature of something.
Probably the main reason for this is that "temperature" is not a conserved quantity.
Under controlled circumstances, where only non-nuclear reactions are involved, ENERGY is conserved, not temperature. If the volume of a quantity of gas is allowed to expand, the temperature will fall. If such a volume is decreased, temperature will rise. Energy must move out of or into the volume of gas to accomplish the volume change.
It would be ridiculous to try to assign one temperature to such a changing situation.
Who gave you your chart? Time, CNN, CBS......?
I’m calling it: IBTZ
Good call. I smell ozone too.
Let's for the sake of argument, that the data in that chart is correct. What can you, me, the government of the whole world do about it?
Easy answer, nothing.
Not to go off on too many tangents in this thread, but the only meaningful temperature scale that need concern us is, of course, the Kelvin scale. Celsius, Fahrenheit, Réaumur et al. are pegged to spurious observations or of arbitrary definition, and are of no greater consequence (though the use of the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales are convenient in our daily lives by way of familiarity - all the other scales have gone the way of the Dodo...).
Except for the inconvenient truth that Mars, Venus, and moons of Jupiter and Saturn have been shown to be warming.
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