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Two Titans Square Off Over Climate Change _marcus

Two Titans Square Off Over Climate Change _marcus

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Two Titans Square Off Over Climate Change
By Marcus A. LloydMonday February 11
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, 2008
It’s easy to forget that climate change is an ongoing debate. Everyday innumerablearticles scream “Climate Change” from the pages of the world’s publications. Bill Grayof Colorado State University is often called the world’s most famous hurricane expert. Heis the one who predicts the number of hurricanes annually and he is also the strongestvoice calling climate change a hoax. On the other side, Professor Kerry Emanuel is oneof the leading voices warning of the potential future impact of climate change today. Healso is a leading authority on hurricanes as a professor of tropical meteorology andclimate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. So, who has the authority?If Bill Gray feels intellectually isolated he need not feel disillusioned either. The flow of government funding to support his contentions has all but slowed to a trickle promptinghim to use his own out of pocket cash."I am of the opinion that this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on theAmerican people," he says.Professor Gray does not submit to numerical models or fancy equations that divine thefuture. He is purely old school and bemoans the fact that old school guys are not beingconsulted for their opinion. Roughing it by flying directly into the eye of a storm is moreinvaluable than watching projection models on a computer screen. He makes striking
 
what some call magnanimous predictions but here is one: within just three, five, maybeeight years, he says, the world will begin to cool again. So, in a world where scientificmeteorology’s nascent birth was a mere 100 plus years ago Bill Gray deserves hisopinion.If Bill gray seems magnanimous in posture perhaps its due to his effort to be heard abovethe racket from the media. Time magazine recently declared that Earth looks like a planetthat is sick. Vanity Fair published a "worst-case scenario" photo illustration of Manhattandrowned by an 80-foot sea-level rise, the skyscrapers poking up from what has become part of the Atlantic Ocean. Coincidentally Time magazine named Professor KerryEmanuel one of the 100 most influential people for 2006 for his latest research.Professor Kerry Emanuel was known for yeas as a centrist on questions of climate changeand hurricane ferocity. All of that changed when he published in the journal
 Nature
weeks before hurricane Katrina an article claiming links between global warming andhurricanes. The increased intensity of hurricanes was to be attributed to warmer oceanscaused by the greenhouse effect.Kerry Emanuel, a meteorologist and hurricane expert from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said warming had occurred "much too fast to ascribe to any natural processwe know about."
"His paper has had a fantastic impact on the policy debate," said Stephen Schneider, aclimatologist at Stanford. This impact has mainly been the lending of his credentialsto the debate from a notable conservative scientist.

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