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9 01 2014

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Oh Crap.
New research from the University of New South Wales discussed by study author Steven Sherwood, above.

Sherwood’s paper shoots more holes into lingering hopes that climate sensitivity, the amount of warming we expect for a given rise in CO2, might be lower than we thought – that maybe temp rises could be more moderate in the future.
One of the last, lingering, tattered bastions of climate denial has been that, somehow, there might be some kind of moderating feedback in the system, that, as climate warmed and brought more moisture into the atmosphere, more clouds might form, reflecting heat and moderating the changes. This has been the hobby horse for the Richard Lindzens and Roy Spencers of the world.
That hope is being steadily crushed as we learn more.


The research also appears to solve one of the great unknowns of climate sensitivity, the role of 

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