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Post by Ich bin Ala-awkbarph on Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:12 pm

Top Climate Official: Don't be Confused by Flat-lining Temperatures, Warming is Worse
Daily Tech ^ | January 16, 2013 5:22 PM

James Hansen puts an interesting spin on reports of the ninth warmest year on record

2012 was a kind of glass-half full, glass half-empty year in terms of global temperature.

I. Climate Chief: Don't Worry, We're Still Doomed

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) in-depth analysis of satellite and other forms of climate data ruled the year was the ninth warmest on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) independent analysis of ground and sea-based climate stations reported that the year was the tenth warmest on record.

The NASA report states that the average global temperature was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 Celsius), which is 1.0 F (0.6 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline, or 1.4 F (0.6 C) warmer than the earliest comprehensive observations from the 1880s.

Still, the year marks the fifth year of a relative flatline in global temperatures after a decade in which the record was regularly broken.

Global warming proponents like James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, blame this deviation from their "doomsday" calculations on a specialized cooling phenomenon called "La Nina", which lowers temperatures in the Eastern Pacific.

The climate official claims that aerosols, which reflect solar radiation, also had a cooling affect on temperatures.

Mr. Hansen argues that the public shouldn't just look at the numbers, but look at more nebulous and abstract observations, which he sees as supporting his beliefs of runaway warming. He writes, "The observant person who is willing to look at the past over several seasons and several years, should notice that the frequency of unusual warm anomalies has increased and the extreme anomalies."

He and other global warming advocates have pointed to the summer's drought in central North America and high temperatures in the Rocky Mountains as such "extreme anomalies".

II. A Hot Year for the U.S., Arctic, but a Cool One Elsewhere

2012, according to a separate NOAA report, was the hottest year on record for the U.S. The year did mark a new low for summer Arctic sea ice, according to NASA. However, that could bring some benefits for mankind, such as opening up oil resources.

Parts of the globe cooled, others warmed in 2012.

And temperatures for the year were actually cooler than average in several regions -- Alaska, far western Canada, central Asia, parts of the eastern and equatorial Pacific and parts of the Southern Ocean.

California meteorologist Anthony Watts, a known critic of doomsday predictions from folks like James Hansen, casts the U.S.'s record year in a different light, commenting, "If anything, U.S. temperatures are warming at a slower rate in recent decades compared to the early warming period, even with all of that lovely warm weather last year."

He points out that the recent increase (1980-2012) in U.S. surface temperatures was dwarfed by a sharp rise between 1919-1934, which was followed by a period of cooling.

In a follow-up piece, he argues the overall flatline may indicate that natural forces (including in a cooling direction) have a greater impact on global temperatures than human ones, based on his independent analysis over the last half decade.

Sources: NASA, NOAA, Jame Hansen
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Post by Keli on Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:27 pm

US Temperatures Have Been Falsely Adjusted According to the Level of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

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Post by SamCogar on Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:29 am

James Hansen et el has declared that it is "settled science" and that the atmospheric CO2 is the direct cause of "warming" up the earth and that the atmospheric H2O vapor is only for "trapping" the Solar heat and feeding it back to the CO2 .... and then the CO2 forces the "warming" of the surface temperatures resulting in Global Warming.

So technically, according to James Hansen,

the CO2 is the "feedback" forcer of surface temperatures .....

whereas ....

the H2O vapor is the "forcing" feedbacker of the Solar heat .

And that is a "foot-of-the-Cross" truth because NASA says so, to wit:

carbon dioxide (CO2) is responsible for 80 percent of the radiative forcing that sustains the Earth’s greenhouse effect.


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