Soot

[I couldn’t think of a good title for the post. To hell with it.]

An article in the NYT-

“It’s hard to believe that this is what’s melting the glaciers,” said Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, as he weaved through a warren of mud brick huts, each containing a mud cookstove pouring soot into the atmosphere.

I won’t comment on the science, though such pollutants do cause breathing problems, but this comment is very interesting-

It is interesting to note that in these and other posts, the people who deny global warming/climate change do so with vitriol. Yet they never cite scientific evidence nor are the comments ever signed by prominent men or women whose background would make them qualified to speak with authority.

Furthermore, it has never been explained to me why scientists at NASA and so many prestigious universities, research institutions around the world would want to perpetuate a hoax. In fact, it would seem that if a major scientist were to publish a unchallengeable, peer-reviewed report disproving the overwhelming evidence of man-man climate change, that he or she would become an instant celebrity, a global hero and very rich from the book offers and television appearances.

If someone does that, he would “still” be called a skeptic, denier, creationist etc etc because “climate science” is not about science, its about politics.

As for Ramanathan and his team, if one does want to get better cooking technology into the villages, one might want to take a look at elementary stuff like the environment (no pun intended), the food that needs to be cooked and the amount of wear and tear the tech needs to handle. But he probably knows that, surprisingly, the hard way-

She would like a stove that “made less smoke and used less fuel” but cannot afford one, she said, pushing a dung cake bought for one rupee into the fire. She had just bought her first rolling pin so her flatbread could come out “nice and round,” as her children had seen in elementary school. Equally important, the open fires of cookstoves give some of the traditional foods their taste. Urging these villagers to make roti in a solar cooker meets the same mix of rational and irrational resistance as telling an Italian that risotto tastes just fine if cooked in the microwave.

In March, the cookstove project, called Surya, began “market testing” six alternative cookers in villages, in part to quantify their benefits. Already, the researchers fret that the new stoves look like scientific instruments and are fragile; one broke when a villager pushed twigs in too hard.

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  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On April 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    why according to you has “climate change” accelerated it’s pace? why do you think this is not human induced?

    • Aristotle The Geek  On April 19, 2009 at 2:48 am

      What is this “acceleration” that you refer to? I can see that pollution has increased – you see / breathe it on the roads every single day – that’s all. “That” is human induced. Carbon-dioxide is “not” a pollutant. We are carbon based lifeforms. We breathe in oxygen and let out co2. Trees (except at night) breathe in co2 and breathe out oxygen. That’s how nature works. The Earth goes through cycles of varying climate patterns. If there indeed is an “acceleration”, I would put it to natural causes and move on. Further, I think these “modelers” are mixing up causation – whether increased co2 causes GW, or GW causes increased co2. I am wondering but is the world simply talking about “global warming”, or have they moved to “climate change” – everything is our fault – heat as well as cold?

      Controlling co2 by bringing in a permit system is as stupid as it gets. Its not going to reduce anything – only make good and services more costly. That’s what we get for listening to kooks like Gore.

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