Taken Aback By Morning Edition

Polar BearsMany people had their faith shaken to the core by NPR’s Richard Harris this morning, when he gave this report (audio report, here).

Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren’t quite understanding what their robots are telling them.

He explains (fairly well, actually) that the the oceans represent the major heat-store for the planet, and the amount of heat stored in the atmosphere pales in comparison. When the oceans are not heating up, there is no chance of “global warming”. The hypothesis that (for whatever reason) the planet is nearing a ‘tipping point’ to runaway global warming is falsified by this experiment.

The data show that, if anything, there’s been a minor decrease in ocean temperatures in the past five years.

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame has his own take, and more information.

Ultraguy at New Wineskins rips open the spin and the politics.

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3 Comments on “Taken Aback By Morning Edition”

  1. ultraguy Says:

    Joe – Thanks for the link. You are too kind. Sadly, some have gotten to the point of being able to look at the evidence only in light of two possibilities: 1) that since catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming “must be” real (for reasons unspecified) the evidence must be wrong or 2) that further study is indicated to see how the current evidence fits into the larger picture of (cue the chorus): catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming.

  2. joebuckley Says:

    Spot on, Ultraguy. You’ve pin pointed the #1 article of faith of the “new religion”.

    And you know as well as I (if not better) that, from a Catholic POV, you just gotta have more faith than that.

    I mean, really.

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