Friday, October 31, 2008

Don't Tell Sarah - Man Is Melting the Arctic

This should hardly come as a surprise to anyone but the fundamentalism-blinded governor of America's only Arctic state. A new study by climate scientists has concluded that man-made production of greenhouse gases is definitively linked to warming in the Arctic and Antartic regions. From the Toronto Star:

"Nathan Gillett, who co-wrote the study appearing Thursday in the online journal Nature Geoscience, said they compared four different models using man-made versus naturally occurring factors on temperatures.
"Their stark discovery was that only with the influence of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, could they simulate the warming trend in parts of the remote regions.

"It makes clear that the warming that we're seeing definitely can be linked to human influence in the Arctic and the Antarctic," said Nathan Gillett of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at Environment Canada in Victoria.

"We could only explain the warming when we included greenhouse gases and human climate influences."

The carbon lobby immediately countered with - nothing, just as they have for year after year. With supporters as wilfully naive as theirs, the denialists' persistent lack of any credible, peer reviewed research to counter the almost-daily, entirely legitimate research proving global warming isn't embarrassing in the slightest. If should be, but it's not.


Dante said...

Can't find the study which means it hasn't been published yet nor peer reviewed by extension.

Perhaps you should be a bit careful with your pontifications until the scientific community has a chance to read the study. I could cite a yet unpublished study by Roy Spencer that proves the opposite.

The Mound of Sound said...

Do you mean the same Roy Spencer of the Heartland Institute, the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, the George C. Marshall Institute? The same Roy Spencer whose satellite research claimed a cooling of the troposphere only to have to admit there was actually a warming of the troposphere instead? Oh please.

The Mound of Sound said...

I guess that would be the same Roy Spencer who considered nine U.S. Geological Survey reports on polar bear populations to be a plot against Big Oil?

Dante said...

From wikipedia:

Roy W. Spencer Ph.D. is a principal research scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He has served as senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Yeah...that one. Many know who he is. As for the study you cited...who the fuck is he?

The Mound of Sound said...

If you're interested in this fellow and his team, contact them. I'm not here to do your research.

Dante said...

You are the one pushing the study.

I merely pointed out that it wasn't yet published and peer reviewed. If you appeal to a greater authority, do your homework