Several readers (Larry E., Steve W., and Jessi S.) passed this along. I'm not sure how much to read into it just yet, but if it's verified it's certainly a very interesting piece of data.
The basic notion is a simple one: scientists have known for a long, long time that the heat energy striking the Earth from the Sun is eventually re-radiated back out into space. This much is obvious from the fact that the Earth hasn't been heated to the point of incandescence (which it certainly would be if the Sun's energy wasn't re-radiated).
The question has always been, basically, how long is that energy “stored” on Earth before being re-radiated? That time then determines how hot the Earth gets.
The computer models used by the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) proponents makes a lot of assumptions about this critical factor. The research at the link shows that one of the key assumptions – and one used by every AGW model – is dead wrong. This means that the model's results are dead wrong. And it also means that the model's projections of the impact of manmade carbon dioxide are dead wrong.
I want to see this research verified before I'll feel any sense of vindication. But I am feeling some anticipation...
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