CO2 may be good

by Terry 5/29/2008 10:27:00 AM

I read Freeman Dyson’s review of A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies, by William Nordhaus, earlier this week. Afterwards, I started wondering about the historical, or rather pre-historical, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. This morning I saw, on Jerry Pournelle’s journal, a link to a sourced article, The Past and Future of Climate, by David Archibald, which presents data related to that very question.

All of this really means we need more research before we race to go Do Something. That is, we should have a much better understanding on what exactly is happening and what human measures will have, if any, before enacting costly change.

For example, reading the two articles makes me ask, if an increase in atmospheric CO2 increases plant growth, and seasonal plant growth measurably decreases CO2 levels, what impact will increase growth rates have on global CO2 levels? If the answer is obvious, then think about the possible variables. I do not see any certainty. For example, if the earth is still warming or even cooling, from, say, a change in solar activity, how will this affect growing season length and carbon uptake? Will a cooling period be buffered by increase plant growth, despite shorter seasons? What is the possible economic impact?

The science is not settled. Nullius in Verba indeed.

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Adding content and pages

by Terry 4/8/2008 3:52:00 PM

I am slowly starting to add content to my site again. I have years of data from my original site to republish. That will take time to get on with. For now I am adding a page on Global Climate Change, which will have to do for new content for now.

This morning, while sitting at my desk I looked out the window and was mildly surprised to see there was snow mixed with rain. I commented to my wife that it must be due to global warming. Karen's reply was that I was too critical of the global warming people. Okay, that may be true at times. However, it is the second week of April and there was snow in the air. Last year we had a snowfall on April first, which stuck for about a day. This year we had snow that stuck for a day on March 31. I live in Snoqualmie, Washington. Not exactly the Great White North. Note, I am not surprised that it did snow, as I know that it can snow it this region at this time of year, but I was kind of surprised it was cold enough outside that snow-mixed-with-rain was possible mid-morning on a partly-cloudy day.

So, Karen's comment to me spurred me into noting the articles I stumble across that are worth keeping about climate change.

Slowly I am rebuilding my journal content. I want to add my book reviews, daily entries, software development notes and general opines. I have new and old content to post and it takes time. BlogEngine.NET has been an interesting beast to work with. I like the features and the open source. I think this will help with merging my old content. I initially had difficulty with my web host. Administration pages are apparently in a reserved folder. This created a conflict with the BlogEngine.NET administrative pages. I had to edit the BlogEngine source and republish several times before I got that sorted out. I then had issues with the language resources for the site; solved by deleting the source folders and resources from the hosted application. I expect I will write-up my publishing issues for the world to see shortly.

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I am a software architect, actively practice and teach martial arts and live in Snoqualmie, Washington. I have an amazing daughter who is the jewel of my life.

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