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History of Atmospheric Carbon Changes

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On December 22, 2010 @ 2:09 pm In Data Analysis,Quantitative,Science | Comments Disabled

Huge NYT article on Charles David Keeling [1], the scientist who first measured the increased carbon in the atmosphere. The Keeling curve, as its now known, shows a steady increase in CO2 concentrations in our air over the past century. Keeling also discovered the seasonal variations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

I thought the biography of the man was quite fascinating. He was a stickler for getting the measurements and the process precisely correct, and his golden rule was “no hanky-panky.

Keeling’s widow said her husband would have been dismayed about how the factual issues had been politicized. “He was a registered Republican,” she said. “He just didn’t think of it as a political issue at all.”

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Science . . . It works, Bitches.

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Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, lack of scientific knowledge, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for empirical data. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are anonymous after all.

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Source:
A Scientist, His Work and a Climate Reckoning [3]
JUSTIN GILLIS
NYT, December 21, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/science/earth/22carbon.html


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[1] Charles David Keeling: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/science/earth/22carbon.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=print

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[3] A Scientist, His Work and a Climate Reckoning: http://www.ritholtz.com/blogNYT, December 21, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/science/earth/22carbon.html

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