Labels: Global Warming
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Newsweek: No Such Thing As a 'Perfect' Temperature illustrates that not all atmospheric scientists are in agreement that human caused Global Warming is the end of the world. Richard S. Lindzen, the Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, points out that it is not clear what the optimal temperature for the world is, esp. since it has been going up and down throughout all recorded, and prerecorded, history. He also points out that most of the studies based on models that are so much in the news these days use unrealistic assumptions and simplifications - for example the assumed linearity of the effect of CO2 concentrations on Global Warming. The scientists all know that the relationship isn't linear, but use that assumption to greatly simplify their calculations. Also, all the provisos and limitations of these studies are invariably stripped the minute journalists with little if any scientific training (e.g. Algore) get their hands on them.