Sunday, March 9, 2008

"Warming research" continues unabated

Fossil Hunt Finds Warning for Warming Earth | LiveScience:

Insect damage is visible on well-preserved fossil leaves. For example, after an insect chews a hole in the leaf, the tissue around the damage toughens, essentially forming a scab around the damaged area. This is visible on fossils as a darkened rim around the hole. By collecting fossils from times that have different temperatures, I can look at how climate changes affect insect herbivores feeding in natural ecosystems.

The fossils I study range in age from 60 to 52 million years old. During this time, several significant temperature fluctuations occurred. One event that is particularly relevant to modern global warming is the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of 5-10 degrees C that was caused by the release of at least 4,000 gigatons of carbon into the earth’s atmosphere over less than 10,000 years.

And the "Editor's Note"...
Editor's Note: This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the federal agency charged with funding basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering.
It's way too lucrative for climate scientists to abandon this hyperbole that is AGW.

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