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Friday, July 18, 2008

Another scientific challenge to global warming dogma...

This is from Russian scientists...
As western nations step up pressure on India and China to curb the emission of greenhouse gases, Russian scientists reject the very idea that carbon dioxide may be responsible for global warming.

Russian critics of the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for cuts in CO2 emissions, say that the theory underlying the pact lacks scientific basis. Under the Theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, it is human-generated greenhouse gases, and mainly CO2, that cause climate change. “The Kyoto theorists have put the cart before the horse,” says renowned Russian geographer Andrei Kapitsa. “It is global warming that triggers higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not the other way round.”

Russian researchers made this discovery while studying ice cores recovered from the depth of 3.5 kilometres in Antarctica. Analysis of ancient ice and air bubbles trapped inside revealed the composition of the atmosphere and air temperature going back as far as 400,000 years.

“We found that the level of CO2 had fluctuated greatly over the period but at any given time increases in air temperature preceded higher concentrations of CO2,” says academician Kapitsa, who worked in Antarctica for many years. Russian studies showed that throughout history, CO2 levels in the air rose 500 to 600 years after the climate warmed up. Therefore, higher concentrations of greenhouse gases registered today are the result, not the cause, of global warming.

Critics of the CO2 role in climate change point out that water vapours are a far more potent factor in creating the greenhouse effect as their concentration in the atmosphere is five to 10 times higher than that of CO2. “Even if all CO2 were removed from the earth atmosphere, global climate would not become any cooler,” says solar physicist Vladimir Bashkirtsev.


Blogger Mark Francis said...

"“It is global warming that triggers higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not the other way round.”"

Another oldie but a goodie.

What they, and many others have found, is that global warming in the far past lead CO2 concentrations for a while, but that CO2 concentrations would rise sufficiently to lead global warming. After about 800 years of warming, CO2 would reach sufficient quantities to start a strong greenhouse effect which would them drive further warming for several thousand years.

This is all interesting, but, ultimately, not relevant to our situation today. Firs of all, we are the CO2 source, not some natural source. Second, compared to the climate record discussed, CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere are increasing at some 60 times the rate seen in the climate record. So CO2 concentrations would reach the 800 year concentration mentioned about in about a dozen years.

Wups, already there.

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