Thursday, 05 May, 2005
Pollution prevents global warming?
Nature.com reports that cleaner skies due to the last 20 years of anti-pollution measures might cause an increase in global warming. It makes sense, right? Fewer particles in the air to absorb the sunlight means more solar energy hitting the ground. Does this mean that the global warming alarmists are going to start asking us to drive more SUVs?
This is good news for the anti-nuclear crowd. They can tell us that we need more coal fired power plants in order to prevent global warming.
More than anything else, this report shows that we still have very little idea of what factors affect the global climate and how those factors interact. We don't know if the Sun is producing more or less energy. We don't have good temperature data for even 100 years. Our computer models aren't reliable, and conventional wisdom (that pollution increases global warming) is suspect.
Sit back and relax, or do some real science to figure out what, if anything, is happening. Unthinking, reactionist activism does nothing but increase your blood pressure.