Friday, August 06, 2010

Settled science?: Could all of the percentages below really be correct?

A huge math problem, and sanity check, for alarmists:  If you could ever sort out the top hundred natural and anthropogenic causes of the 20th century warming, the sum of the contributions would have to be about 100%.  If you get a number like 1200%, something's wrong.

AFP: McCartney calls for meat-free day to cut CO2
McCartney, a longtime environmental campaigner, told the EU magazine that there is "clear" evidence that meat production is "major contributor" to climate change.
"A lower-meat diet could see greenhouse gases reduced by as much as 80 per cent," he said.
6 Things You Should Repair Instead of Replace
...experts estimate that 44% of U.S. global warming emissions are due to products and packaging.
Climate Change - What you can do about climate change and global warming: Tips from a Nature Conservancy Scientist
In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions...electricity generation produces 40 percent of carbon emissions from the United States.
Global Oceans Show Potentially Devastating Effects of Climate Change
The ocean has absorbed about 30 percent of human-produced carbon dioxide to date
GlobalWarming.House.Gov | Issues | Global Warming
Buildings currently account for 38 percent of carbon emissions in the United States—more than either the transportation or industrial sectors—and consume 70 percent of the electricity.
Deforestation: The Leading Cause of CO2 Emissions
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported in October 2006 that deforestation accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the release of greenhouse gases
Methane – A Ticking Bomb |  Global Warming Basics | Allianz Knowledge
Contribution to Human-Induced Climate Change: 23 percent
HowStuffWorks "Do cows pollute as much as cars?"
Agriculture is responsible for an estimated 14 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
Ordinary Soot a Major Cause of Global Warming : News
Soot, or black carbon, may be responsible for 15 to 30 percent of global warming
Army: Sun, Not Man, Is Causing Climate Change (Updated) | Danger Room |
"The Sun could account for as much as 69 percent of the increase in Earth’s average temperature," West noted.
UHI is alive and well | Watts Up With That?
In it, Jones identifies an urban warming signal in China of 0.1 degrees C per decade.  Or, if you prefer, 1 degree C per century. Not negligible by any the larger cities the actual measurement will be overstated by 25%.


Michele said...


I'm going to save this. It might come in handy when the children are subjected to AGW propaganda at school.


john said...

You have co-related a couple of different factors: global warming per se, greenhouse gas emissions, and solar forcing are not the same things, so percentages of each are not additive to each other.

That said, the media does not bother the delineate between each factor, thus adding to the general misunderstanding. The green/climate change alarmists deal in this confusion. They talk about CO2 as a "big" important number like 390, while in actuality it is only .039% of atmosphere. That in itself is just a 10000% overstatement of reality.

I read last year that the Save the Children fund announced that 300 million Africans would die of global warming in the next 100 years. Never mind the fact that virtually all the 6.5 billion poeple currently alive on the planet would also die in that timeframe. You get the point.

Puzzlist said...

Forget it Michelle, most of the teachers our kids are stuck with are too dumb/brainwashed to see the truth. All they do is parrot what the MSM shovels out on a daily basis.

Revnant Dream said...

Well said!!

john said...


Do not discount today's youth. Most of those I talk to are very sceptical. They have been so over exposed to Al Gore that he has no effect. Kids can spot a con.

It is the teacher (our) generation that has drunk the kool-aid.

Michele said...

Puzzlist: I know that I stand little chance of changing the teacher's mind but I can at least correct the information that my children have been taught.

Two years ago my daughter asked, "But who am I supposed to believe? You or the teacher?"

I told her "me". End of story.