Chinese Coal-Fired Power Plants Keep Temperatures Steady
Posted: 05 July 2011 12:34 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Sulphur pollutants from coal-fired power stations in China have tended to cool the global climate over the past decade in contrast to the warming effect resulting from rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, scientists have found.

A study has shown that the levelling of global average surface temperatures between 1998 and 2009 can be explained by the cooling effect resulting from the sulphur-containing gases emitted from mainly Chinese power stations over the same time period.

Although carbon dioxide emissions have risen during the past decade, surface temperatures have not followed the same rapid increase seen in the previous three decades, which has led some climate sceptics to suggest that global warming this century has “stopped”.

Thank you, China.  Your reckless disregard for everyone and everything other than money has helped balance out all the carbon dioxide the rest of us fart out every day, thus keeping us cool and air conditioned.  Captain Planet would be proud.  His mullet thanks you.

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Posted: 05 July 2011 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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DM writes: Thank you, China.  Your reckless disregard for everyone and everything other than money has helped balance out all the carbon dioxide the rest of us fart out every day, thus keeping us cool and air conditioned.

Hmmm, I wonder who taught them how to do that???  downer

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Posted: 05 July 2011 03:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Alas, once again we get glossed over the more dangerous effect of greenhouse gases: ocean acidification. Which sulphorous gases do not help.

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Posted: 05 July 2011 04:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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As T-A points out, the SO2 oxidizes to SO3 which gets absorbed by rain to make sulfuric acid.  This tends to kill off the ocean surface algae reducing the amount of CO2 they can bind.  So, in the long run, the high sulfur coal will cause even more damage.

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Posted: 05 July 2011 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yeah, they kind of mention the future costs in the article.

Do you people actually read these things or just skim through my intentionally inaccurate summaries?

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Posted: 05 July 2011 04:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hey, I like your intentional inaccuracies.  smile

Besides, I purposely avoid upgrading from dial-up to DSL or Cable so I have an excuse to not take the extreme time to load these or worse, videos.

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Posted: 05 July 2011 10:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Dead Monky - 05 July 2011 12:34 PM

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Sulphur pollutants from coal-fired power stations in China have tended to cool the global climate over the past decade in contrast to the warming effect resulting from rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, scientists have found.

A study has shown that the levelling of global average surface temperatures between 1998 and 2009 can be explained by the cooling effect resulting from the sulphur-containing gases emitted from mainly Chinese power stations over the same time period.

Thanks for that posting DM, I hadn’t seen that one yet. 
I couldn’t resist running off to share it with the haughty “Skeptic’s” private club I enjoy irritating.
It will be interesting to see if any of the main media picks it up.
Hey, maybe this is an opening for the Tea Party since they can pick on China. . . and perhaps learn a little about global warming in the process.

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Posted: 05 July 2011 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Occam. - 05 July 2011 04:49 PM

Hey, I like your intentional inaccuracies.  smile

Besides, I purposely avoid upgrading from dial-up to DSL or Cable so I have an excuse to not take the extreme time to load these or worse, videos.

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you mean you been missing all those wonderful music videos I’ve been sharing   downer
and you won’t read the small print either   hmmm

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oh all right
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Posted: 06 July 2011 09:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Occam. - 05 July 2011 04:49 PM

Hey, I like your intentional inaccuracies.  smile

Besides, I purposely avoid upgrading from dial-up to DSL or Cable so I have an excuse to not take the extreme time to load these or worse, videos.

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I like them to.  They make it easy to spot who actually reads the articles.

And I try to avoid linking to videos.  If I’m going to use a video I prefer to just imbed it.  And since I can’t figure out how to embed videos on this board (or embedding is disabled) I just skip them.

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Posted: 06 July 2011 09:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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citizenschallenge.pm - 05 July 2011 10:35 PM

Thanks for that posting DM, I hadn’t seen that one yet. 
I couldn’t resist running off to share it with the haughty “Skeptic’s” private club I enjoy irritating.
It will be interesting to see if any of the main media picks it up.
Hey, maybe this is an opening for the Tea Party since they can pick on China. . . and perhaps learn a little about global warming in the process.

If they do pick it up it will probably be misreported as a good thing.  The freaking coal industry will probably latch onto it and completely gloss over the bad parts.  “See!  We told you coal was clean.  Well, maybe not clean, but still good.  Yay us!”

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Posted: 06 July 2011 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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That is the global dimming business.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPPbmXSI1ZM

So if the atmospheric sulfur stops the global warming effect gets free reign.

So pollute and die or don’t pollute and die.  Win-win scenario.  LOL

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Posted: 06 July 2011 07:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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psikeyhackr - 06 July 2011 04:58 PM

That is the global dimming business.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPPbmXSI1ZM

So if the atmospheric sulfur stops the global warming effect gets free reign.

Yup, and we thought we fixed that in the 60s, 70s.
Ahh yes, were it only so simple, unfortunately the sulfur drops out of the atmosphere fairly rapidly, decades scales, but those CO2s hang up there on the order of many centuries.

psikeyhackr - 06 July 2011 04:58 PM

So pollute and die or don’t pollute and die.  Win-win scenario.  LOL

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But, you’re right either way we die, so what I making a fuss about?  cool hmm

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