Time for a short break from my virtual dialogue to do a reality check. There's some interesting news that reflects on the continuing progress of climate scientists in refining their understanding. It's about a new study who's title says it all. "Observational determination of surface radiative forcing by CO2 from 2000 to 2010" it documents in situ measurements of the atmospheric greenhouse gas effect.
“Numerous studies show rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, but our study provides the critical link between those concentrations and the addition of energy to the system, or the greenhouse effect,” Feldman adds.
- The paper, “Observational Determination of Surface Radiative Forcing by CO2 from 2000 to 2010,” appears Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the advance online publication of the journal Nature.
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- More about the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility
- D. R. Feldman, W. D. Collins, P. J. Gero, M. S. Torn, E. J. Mlawer & T. R. Shippert