Friday, May 15, 2009

Reference: Empire of carbon, Bangkok Post, May 16, 2009

Paul Krugman's column about global warming states correctly that atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen much faster than predicted by the IPCC (Empire of carbon, Bangkok Post, May 16, 2009). It neglects to state, however, that global temperatures have not kept pace with the rapid carbonization of the atmosphere. We can draw two conclusions from these facts. First, the IPCC model of the carbon cycle is flawed because its prediction of atmospheric carbon dioxide is wrong. Second, the theory that higher atmospheric carbon dioxide causes higher temperatures is wrong because while carbon dioxide has risen faster than expected, temperatures have not risen at all and in fact during a decade of rising carbon dioxide the world has actually cooled. It is interesting to note that the IPCC has acknowledged the cooling saying that nature has temporarily overwhelmed the effects of human activity. Kindly note that the idea that nature can overwhelm the effects of human activity is antithetical the the very foundation on which the anti-carbon movement is based.

Cha-am Jamal

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