Today’s alarmist headline from Reuters: “Global warming seen worse than predicted.” Here is the story behind the headline:
The climate is heating up far faster than scientists had predicted, spurred by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India, a top climate scientist said on Saturday.
But wait! The earth has cooled since 1998, so the statement that it is “heating up faster” is plainly false. What’s going on here?
Field said “the actual trajectory of climate change is more serious” than any of the climate predictions in the IPCC’s fourth assessment report called “Climate Change 2007.”
Huh? Those (notoriously unreliable) climate predictions were made just over a year ago. And how can the “actual trajectory” be “more serious,” since 2008 was cooler than 2007? This is the solution to the mystery:
“We now have data showing that from 2000 to 2007, greenhouse gas emissions increased far more rapidly than we expected, primarily because developing countries, like China and India, saw a huge surge in electric power generation, almost all of it based on coal,” Field said.
There you have it! There is even more CO2 being emitted than had been predicted, even as the earth cools! So a better headline would have been, “Global warming theory disproved by empirical observation.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for that one, though.
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