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10.03.2003

Once the sun burns out, our planet is doomed. You're just making sure we spend the rest of our days using inferior products 

Russia is hemming and hawing about ratifying the Kyoto treaty on limiting the emission of greenhouse gases. Without Russia's signature, the Kyoto treaty is dead.

We definitely should minimize the amount of fossil fuels we consume, because



but not necessarily because of the greenhouse effect. Recent research has suggested that the global warming trend of the last 50 years or so, thought to be the result of burning fossil fuels, is rather mild compared to longer-term variations in the Earth's temperature over the last 1000 years or so. In fact, the popular claim that the ten highest recorded temperatures in history occurred over the last 20 years is revealed to be a red herring without any sophisticated research -- recorded temperatures only go back 150 years or so.

In fact, it's questionable whether the greenhouse effect contributes to global warming at all -- data gathered from NASA satellites fail to show the predicted increase in temperature in the lower atmosphere that one would expect from the greenhouse effect.

Studying climate change and weather is no simple matter; just ask Edward Lorenz, who famously ran a simple three-variable simulation of the weather many years ago at MIT and inadvertently discovered chaos theory.

(Lots of links forthcoming, once Google starts working again I get rid of the qhosts virus on my machine and I'm able to dig them up.)

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