[asa] A Response to the BBC Documentary on The Great Warming Swindle-5

From: Kenneth Piers <Pier@calvin.edu>
Date: Wed Mar 21 2007 - 11:38:35 EDT

5. The documentary alleges that there is a discrepancy between the
theoretical prediction about where the warming in the troposphere (lower to
middle atmosphere) will take place and actual measurements of temperatures by
weather balloons and satellites.
Response: This is a discrepancy that was noted by the 3rd assessment report of
the IPCC issued in 2001, so it is not something unknown to the mainstream
science community. And in the most recent fourth assessment report published in
Feb., 2007 this issue is specifically addressed: “New analyses of
balloon-borne and satellite measurements of lower- and mid-tropospheric
temperature show warming rates that are similar to those of the surface
temperature record and are consistent within their respective uncertainties,
largely reconciling a discrepancy noted in the TAR.” {3.2, 3.4}. So it seems
somewhat disingenuous to continue to trumpet such discrepancies as a reason for
rejecting the findings of the mainstream science community.

Ken Piers

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either to be religious or superstitious, to believe in things that cannot be
proved or to believe in things that can be disproved."
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