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Comment: 2 questions about atmosphere and weather. (Score 0, Troll) 323

by andymar (#33178550) Attached to: 100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

1. How can tiny amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere affect the global temperature ?
There is only 0.039% CO2. CO2 must then have some enormous heating mechanism.
Has this heating been confirmed in the lab and/or is there a physical explanation ?

2. The weather-forecasters doesn't seem to be able to predict how much rain there
will be in, say, 2 days, with high accuracy. Yet, they claim there will be 30% more rain in
30 years. Why is the accuracy higher for long-term forecasts ? The same goes for

Comment: Re:Proof by assertion (Score 2, Insightful) 1093

by andymar (#30421294) Attached to: The Limits To Skepticism

"Climate encompasses the statistics of temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, rainfall, atmospheric particle count and numerous other meteorological elements in a given region over long periods of time. Climate can be contrasted to weather, which is the present condition of these same elements over periods up to two weeks." Wikipedia.

You are saying the the complexity of weather is far too complex for our super-computers. This is evidently right since they can't accurately predict temperature for
next days weather.

How is it possible to predict that the temperature will rise globally with 2 degrees celsius in the next 50 years ? There should be some huge error
bars rendering the results useless.

Comment: Re:That Analogy Falls Apart (Score 1) 917

by andymar (#29296093) Attached to: Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

But you know people would volunteer nonetheless.

Yeah, and *none* of these being even remotely qualified or even sane enough for the job. Who's willing to throw his very existence away for a few weeks or months on Mars just has no idea what he's actually talking about and very probably has many other illusions as well. You're not really thinking that you can successfully train someone to do the year-long transfer flight to Mars just to die there? You'd risk that they would be *begging* to do just a fly-around and come back instead after they've been through this. Everyone sane enough to manage that task would be too sane to do a one-way mission.

These tough guys from the US army want to go on a one-way mission:

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell