Saturday, June 23, 2012

Missing Voices: Garth Paltridge

Garth Paltridge, former chief research scientist with the CSIRO division of atmospheric research in the Fin Review. Doubt we shall see this re-posted on ABC's The Drum.

Science held hostage in climate debate

The broad theory of man-made global warming is acceptable in the purely qualitative sense. If humans continue to fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, there can be little doubt that the average temperature of the world will increase above what it would have been otherwise. The argument about the science is, and always has been, whether the increase would be big enough to be noticed among all the other natural variations of climate. The economic and social argument is whether the increase, even if it were noticeable, would change the overall welfare of mankind for the worse.

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