We need some good news, and NASA has provided some on on the “global warming” front.
The good news comes from data gathered by NASA satellites, which have evaluated the release of heat by the Earth’s atmosphere into space. The data, from 2000 through 2011, indicates that far more energy was released — and therefore far less heat was trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere — than the dire predictions of United Nations computer models. One of the principal U.S. scientists on the project said the satellite observations “suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,” and that “[t]here is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.” If science works as it should, the real-world data should lead to revisions in the computer models and consequent reductions in predictions for temperature change.
The world as we know occasionally seems like it is going to hell, but it is at least reassuring to learn that predictions that we are going to reach Hades-like temperatures in the near future apparently are misplaced.