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On Climate Sensitivity

Anthony Bright-Paul — Climate Change Dispatch — January 15, 2015

Have you ever Googled ‘climate sensitivity’ in order to find a clear definition? I have. One can then get plunged into a jungle of meaningless verbiage, specially designed by charlatans for charlatans.

If we are to deal with language alone, there is no way that climate can be sensitive. Climate is an abstraction. Climate is supposed to be the average – that beloved word of the woolly-minded – of weather in a particular location. So there is no way that climate, an abstraction, can be sensitive.

If I were to pour a cup of hot coffee into your lap, I guess you would see the stain, you would smell the aroma, you would feel an unwelcome hot sensation in your nether regions as well as a sensation of hot dampness. That is sensitivity.

But what does Wikipedia have to say?

The climate sensitivity specifically due to CO2 is often expressed as the temperature change in °C associated with a doubling of the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere.

Amongst all the other expressions of gobbledygook this is about the most comprehensible. Yet, so prevalent has the obsession become with Carbon Dioxide that even Skeptics can be fooled by it. We must remember that Vincent Gray, who is an undoubted Skeptic, nevertheless headed his recent Newsletter 339X ‘Climate Sensitivity’. Even though he is a clear and undoubted Skeptic he still felt it necessary to genuflect or at least do a little curtsy to this undefined and indefinable proposition.  (Continue reading here…..)

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