New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

By James Taylor | Forbes – Wed, Jul 27, 2011

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA's Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA's Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

"The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show," Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release.

"There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans."

In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.

The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate.

Scientists on all sides of the global warming debate are in general agreement about how much heat is being directly trapped by human emissions of carbon dioxide (the answer is "not much"). However, the single most important issue in the global warming debate is whether carbon dioxide emissions will indirectly trap far more heat by causing large increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds.

Alarmist computer models assume human carbon dioxide emissions indirectly cause substantial increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds (each of which are very effective at trapping heat), but real-world data have long shown that carbon dioxide emissions are not causing as much atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds as the alarmist computer models have predicted.

The new NASA Terra satellite data are consistent with long-term NOAA and NASA data indicating atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds are not increasing in the manner predicted by alarmist computer models. The Terra satellite data also support data collected by NASA's ERBS satellite showing far more longwave radiation (and thus, heat) escaped into space between 1985 and 1999 than alarmist computer models had predicted.

Together, the NASA ERBS and Terra satellite data show that for 25 years and counting, carbon dioxide emissions have directly and indirectly trapped far less heat than alarmist computer models have predicted.

In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth's atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth's atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space than the alarmist computer models predict.

When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a "huge discrepancy" between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are.
James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.

Interesting Comments on This Article

The EPA's classification of co2 as a pollutant needs to be revoked immediately- if the EPA and Obama have their way our electric bills will skyrocket with this baloney. This hoax is blown up with every new piece of data- thank you Dr. Spencer.

It was never about climate change. It was about redistributing of wealth. Like healthcare, taxes, social security, etc., etc.,

We should listen to the Russian scientists, they have determined that changes in the sun are responsible for climate change on earth. Since ice caps on mars and earth are melting at the same rate.

It's interesting how often when you push a Global Warning Cultist just a little bit, a misanthropic militant atheist appears. Apparently those who've rejected theistic religion are suckers for atheistic pseudo-science religion, and they defend the faith with the zeal of new believers.

Global Warming Alarmists are blinded by their theology of fear of technology and hatred of their fellow humans.

Facts don't matter since the AGW scam is based on feelings, of which the primary ones are greed (for grants) and lust (for power).

I smile real big every time I hear the good news. I have been telling everybody for 10 years what this was, a whole bunch of Ph.D's who just wanted more grant money.

I was in the UK last week at the Natural History museum, in one part, they blamed "man made climate change" for global warming, right next door in the dinosaur exhibit, they blamed warming and climate change for the demise of the DINOSAURS, did the combustion engine kill the dinosaurs....what loons you global warming crowd are...get educated.

Maybe this explains why global warming has not actually been observed in Nature. But since when is testing part of the scientific method?

If you weren't walking around with your head stuck in the knot hole of a tree. You could live through the increasingly colder and snowier winters we are having as we had in the 50's. I'm not a rocket scientist and that isn't rocket science. Just a good old memory. Buffalo, NY

Can we reign in the EPA now and stop it from wrecking an already weak economy, please?

How many jobs has the global warming scam cost us, we should be drilling for oil and using our coal reserves instead of building electric cars and windmills ! Why do democrats hate America?
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