Wow — here’s a bombshell in yesterday’s WaPo, tucked away in the “Science Notebook” section under the above headline. Here’s the opener:
“Global climate change isn’t just a problem of the industrial age. Dinosaurs had to cope with it, too, geologists have found.”
We happen to know that dinosaurs pre-dated the invention of the internal combustion engine and we are virtually certain — although there’s no consensus — that there was no carbon trading among dinosaurs.
The story quotes a recent study by Simon C. Brassell, Professor of Geological Studies at Indiana University (and global warming expert) as finding that “the evidence of climate change so long ago during a period without humans could influence the modern-day understanding of global warming.” We guess so. Says Professor Brassell:
“If there are big, inherent fluctuations in the system, as paleoclimate studies are showing, it could make determining the Earth’s climatic future even harder than it is. We’re learning our climate, throughout time, has been a wild beast.”
A wild beast indeed, Professor Brassell. Wild enough maybe to defy prediction? Sure does wreck the global warming buzz.
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