Saturday, December 05, 2009
Reference: Climate change's dealmaker, Bangkok Post, December 5, 2009
The implication that higher carbon dioxide emissions from economic growth in Southeast Asia causes extremes weather in Southeast Asia (Climate change's dealmaker, Bangkok Post, December 5, 2009) is contrary to global warming theory which alleges only a global relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions and temperature. With less than 5% of the world's energy consumption, the region does not hold any leverage at all in global climate patterns even in the most extreme climate sensitivity assumptions. Therefore there can be no causal linkage between fossil fuel consumption in Southeast Asia and typhoons in the region.
As a footnote, the inclusion of a photo of the 2007 drought in southern China is disingenuous because no meaningful correlation can be drawn between carbon dioxide emissions and a history of droughts in southern China recorded in the fang zhi for thousands of years.