Thursday, January 13, 2005

Global Dimming?

We now have a new cataclysm to worry about in the Global Warming debate: Global Dimming.

What's that, you might ask? It's the effect of fossil fuel by-products reflecting back the sun's rays, keeping an underlying warming trend in check and moderating any global warming increase.

Why's this a potential cataclysmic event? Because the Kyoto Protocol, fully implemented, would lead to a dramatic increase in the Earth's temperature. You heard that correct, according to the latest twist in climate science, Kyoto will accelerate Global Warming:

(Reuters) "The researchers say cutting down on the burning of coal and oil, one of the main goals of international environmental agreements, will drastically heat rather than cool climate.
When the cooling affect goes away -- and it must do because particles like sulfur dioxide are damaging to humans -- global warming will be much stronger,' climate change scientist Dr Peter Cox told Reuters on Wednesday.

A BBC documentary titled "Global Dimming," to be aired on Thursday, will assert that cutting down on fossil fuel pollution will turn parts of Europe into desert by 2100. Even Reuters, pamphleteer for the environmental movement, has to backtrack and qualify its stance given this latest wrinkle in the ongoing saga:

Scientists differ as to whether global warming is caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases, by natural climate cycles or if it exists at all.

And this last sentence is worth all of the confusion, contradictions, and scientific inconsistencies. If Reuters can come to its senses and properly hedge the stampede towards the Global Warming litany, then we're all making progress.