Preparing for the wrong catastrophe

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 9:26am
M. Simon

I was excited by this report at ECN saying that the world matched the hottest September temperature again this past September. Well that got me to thinking. CO2 is still rising and hot temperatures are only being matched? Doesn't the theory run - more CO2 makes the climate hotter? What happened?

So I went looking around. Might there be some information on the subject that I have missed? Yes. I missed it. A report in the Daily Mail, UK entitled, "Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it". About what I would expect given the ECN report.

There are lots of theories and computer models out there that attempt to give the reason for this stall unpredicted by the previous computer climate models. My favorite is "CO2 does not drive climate but evolves from the ocean as the climate warms." We are still coming out of the Little Ice Age after all.

But I do worry about climate. What if the interglacial we are currently in ends abruptly? You can grow crops in hot weather. It is more difficult to grow them under ice. We may very well be preparing for the wrong catastrophe.

M. Simon's e-mail can be found on the sidebar at Space-Time Productions.

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