Archive for December 26th, 2005

Don’t tell Al Gore, but pollution may actually inhibit global warming, according to a new study.

Pollution may be slowing global warming, researchers are reporting today, and a cleaner environment may soon speed it up.

Writing in the journal Nature, an international scientific team provides evidence suggesting that a reduction in haze from human causes may accelerate warming of the earth’s atmosphere. The researchers said pollutants had held down the rate of global warming by absorbing and scattering sunlight.

"If people clean up the air, more warming will come blazing through," Jim Coakley, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, said yesterday in a telephone interview. Nature selected Dr. Coakley to write a commentary on the study.

It isn’t that cut and dried, but that may say more about the convoluted science around the issue than anything else. Draw your own conclusions.

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‘Twas a Good Christmas

How could it not be? We had personal appearances from two reindeer.
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