Global Warming Today: Research On Clouds Wrong?

Science Daily – Has Global Warming Research Misinterpreted Cloud Behavior?

Climate experts agree that the seriousness of manmade global warming depends greatly upon how clouds in the climate system respond to the small warming tendency from the extra carbon dioxide mankind produces.

To figure that out, climate researchers usually examine natural, year-to-year fluctuations in clouds and temperature to estimate how clouds will respond to humanity¹s production of greenhouse gases.

When researchers observe natural changes in clouds and temperature, they have traditionally assumed that the temperature change caused the clouds to change, and not the other way around. To the extent that the cloud changes actually cause temperature change, this can ultimately lead to overestimates of how sensitive Earth’s climate is to our greenhouse gas emissions.

This seemingly simple mix-up between cause and effect is the basis of a new paper that will appear in the “Journal of Climate.” The paper¹s lead author, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, a principal research scientist at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, believes the work is the first step in demonstrating why climate models produce too much global warming.

Of course, Spencer will be called “an out of the mainstream extremist” who is “in the pocket of Big Oil and Big Coal.” Anything to avoid discussing the actual data.

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2 Responses to “Global Warming Today: Research On Clouds Wrong?”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Teach USA Today reported that this last spring, which is not the astrological spring the weqther spring of March April May was the 7th warmest out of the last 128. This waccording the the United States’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now this was for the planet as a whole, land and sea. Teach can you recall how many times in the last 3 month’s you posted articles saying that it was NOT getting hotter ? http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/2008-06-13-seventh-warmest-spring-temperatures_N.htm
    Teach why don’t you find that NOAA site and look it over. I have linked to it many times

  2. John, first, that is not what the post what related to.

    Second, I have never said that there was no global warming, but, yet again, that it is mostly natural, rather then manmade, which is really what the whole debate is about.

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