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As Emanuel explained in his written testimony, today’s MIT atmospheric-sciences students can do “hand calculations or use simple models” to show why global warming is a serious concern. Such calculations show that the planet will warm somewhere between 2.7 and 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit if we allow carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere to double. It’s a result, Emanuel observed, that scientists have understood at least since 1979, when the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released the first in what are now shelves of studies of the subject. You don’t get an atmospheric-sciences degree at MIT–with a climate focus, anyway–if you can’t show on the back of an envelope what much of Congress now calls into question.
1. Nullius in Verba Says:
June 13th, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Can you show us this “back of an envelope” calculation, please?
2. Chris Mooney Says:
June 13th, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Nullius, this is a warning. Your comments are verging on hectoring at this point.