The Weekend Wonk: Richard Alley on Climate History and CO2

August 1, 2015

Great time saver.

4.6 billion years in 25 minutes.

Also great review of the main points of climate change 101 – in case you are going to a barbecue with Uncle Dittohead this weekend.


NAS member Richard Alley presents on 4.6 Billion Years of Earth’s Climate History: The Role of CO2, during the Symposium—Earths, Moons, Mars & Stars at the National Academy of Sciences 152nd Annual Meeting.

8 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Richard Alley on Climate History and CO2”

  1. GarryRogers Says:

    Reblogged this on GarryRogers Nature Conservation and Science Fiction (#EcoSciFi) and commented:
    Great review. Atmospheric CO2 levels more important than we knew.

  2. John Says:

    Reblogged this on jpratt27.

  3. Richard Alley is a great communicator.

  4. Lionel Smith Says:

    Alley is a star, his exchange with Rohrabacher back in 2010 seen in Alley and Rohrabacher: Brain vs Blowhard is a classic.

  5. willhaas Says:

    Richard Alley forgot to mention that the fact that warm water holds less CO2 then cooler water may be the whole reason behind the data he is presenting. If you look at the ice core data he presented with more temporal resolution it will become obvious that CO2 changes lag temperature changes so temperature changes must be the cause of the CO2 changes. Older data comes from proxies without sufficient temporal resolution to determine what causes what. Clearly the Milankovich cycle data he presented shows that the temperature data he presented is not correlated with Milankovich cycles.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      Best to watch the video series before coming here cold to comment. It would avoid embarrassments like this for you. The “temp leads carbon” crock has been thoroughly debunked.

      But since you bring up the “carbon must be from the ocean” crock, I decided to pull out a piece of my recent interview with Dr. Alley’s colleague, Lee Kump, a Geo-Chemist also at Penn State. He explains how carbon isotopes show that the current build-up can only come from fossil fuel sources. You can see that in today’s post, here-

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