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From Yahoo! News: New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

You can read the paper here.

You know, there are reasons why it’s important to read the actual research papers rather than Yahoo! News, or any news outlet for that matter.

  • This isn’t about “new NASA data”, what is being reported is the **interpretation** by the author.
  • The research paper isn’t anywhere NEAR as sensationalist as the News Article is; not even the press release was.

It doesn’t blow a hole in anything:

“It is concluded that atmospheric feedback diagnosis of the climate system remains an unsolved problem, due primarily to the inability to distinguish between radiative forcing and radiative feedback in satellite radiative budget observations.”

Spencer was questioning the “Misdiagnosis of Surface Temperature Feedbacks from Variations in Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance”. And that’s fine, but the basis of the paper was that clouds are a FORCING mechanism, not a FEEDBACK mechanism. – which from what is observed, is incorrect.

We know clouds are not a forcing mechanism because if it were, clouds would also be a major cause of El Nino cycles, which we already know NOT to be the case.

This was a paper with a premise that was unsupported, using modeling with parameters entered to match NASA data and was reported in a sensationalistic matter by Yahoo! to have “blown a gaping hole” in the case for Anthropogenic Global Warming.

This is Yahoo!’s fault, not Spencers.

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