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August 13, 2004

Environment - Getting Better

Danish author Bjorn Lomborg raised an international hullabaloo two years ago with his "don't worry, be happy" approach to mounting evidence of impending global environmental catastrophe.

In his book The Sceptical Environmentalist, the Danish university statistician argued that, in many ways, the world's environment was getting better, not worse. ()

Backing him up are three new bombshell papers that indicate that the surface temperature measurements that have been made may be in error:

The surface temperature record shows a warming rate of about 0.17¢ªC (0.31¢ªF) per decade since 1979. However, there are two other records, one from satellites, and one from weather balloons that tell a different story. Neither annual satellite nor balloon trends differ significantly from zero since the start of the satellite record in 1979. These records reflect temperatures in what is called the lower atmosphere, or the region between roughly 5,000 and 30,000 feet.
Maybe this will damper the spirit of environmentalists who are suing utilities to save the world. Before you take this blog as an endorsement for pollution, let me state my belief that, "The earth is the LORD's, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it (Ps. 24:1)." Responsibility and environmental policy should reflect this fact.

Posted by Blogorithm at August 13, 2004 11:18 PM

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