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What Warming?: Satellite view of global temperature change Paperback – December 12, 2009
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The author has reviewed the satellite temperature data, accurate to +/- 0.03 degrees Celsius, in itself far more accurate than ground based thermometers, but the interesting thing he found was that the satellite data show no warming trend from 1978 to 2008, only an oscillation of temperature, cooling and warming, of 0.4 to 0.5 degrees, with a period of 3-5 years. The only exception was 1997 to 1999, which showed significant warming. The author suggests this was due to the appearance of a Super El Nino. He states that, except for that brief warming, the global temperature follows the normal El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) period and pattern, and that it is ENSO that determines the climate change, not CO2. He states that if there is no warming trend, then rising CO2 is not causing any warming.
It is a short, well-written paper, illustrated with easily read charts and satellite images. I believe this book adds in no small measure to the body of research.
The Only 4 Points that Matter
1. THE GREENHOUSE SIGNATURE IS MISSING. Weather balloons have scanned the skies for years but can find NO SIGN of the telltale "hot-spot" warming pattern that greenhouse gases would leave. There's not even a hint.
2. THE STRONGEST EVIDENCE WAS THE ICE CORES, BUT NEWER, MORE DETAILED, DATA TURNED THE THEORY INSIDE OUT. Instead of carbon pushing up temperatures, for the last half-a-million years temperatures have gone up BEFORE carbon dioxide levels. On average 800 years before. This totally threw what we thought was cause-and effect out the window.
3. TEMPERATURES ARE NOT RISING. Satellites circling the planet twice a day show that the world has not warmed since 2001. How many more years of NO global warming will it take? While temperatures have benefit, CO2 has been rising, BUT something else has changed the tread. The computer models don't know what it is.
4. CARBON DIOXIDE IS ALREADY DOING ALMOST ALL THE WARMING IT CAN DO. Adding twice the CO2 doesn't make twice the difference. The first CO2 molecules matter a lot, but extra ones have less and less effect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is uninformed, to use a diplomatic phrase and word. Judging from the book, the author simply has no humility. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by John Lemons
Easy read that explains much of climate in terms of ocean currents and specifically the El Nino and La Nina events that warm and cool the planet periodically. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by David McMahon