July 22, 2011

It could be a lot hotter right now if not for . . . ?

NOAA aerosol image.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just released a study that indicates things could be much hotter right now if it wasn't for . . . some mysterious aerosol particles. And they have no idea where the particles are coming from. This is very strange news. Here's an excerpt:
The [study from the] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that tiny particles that make their way all the way up into the stratosphere may be offsetting a global rise in temperatures due to carbon emissions. And while scientists cannot yet say with any certainty where exactly the particles are coming from, they are saying that they have confidence that such particles have likely muted global temperature gains by as much as a third of what they would have been. 
"Likely muted global temperature gains by as much as one-third?!" You mean it would be even hotter during this heatwave if it weren't for some mysterious particles, the source of which is completely unknown?

That something is having such a huge effect on global temperatures -- and we don't know why -- is not reassuring. We need an answer to this mystery. Where are the aerosol particles coming from? And what exactly are they?

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

When a group of people gather together in a room their body heat actually warms up the room. Bill Gates had a computer program installed on his heating/cooling system in his home that would constantly adjust for the number of bodies in the room and the heat they produced.

Sounds reasonable to me that these same bodies a million-fold on earth are producing heat which warms up the universe.

Excuse me.....while I return to the laboratory for more research.....

writenow said...

That was funny. But I'm in favor of Bill's system. Keep that damn heat away from me!