In July 2014, NASA, one of our most valiant crusaders for climate change/global warming/we are killing the planet messaging, launched a brand-spanking new satellite that was supposed to tell us in real time just how much of the dreaded “greenhouse gas” carbon dioxide (CO2) was in the atmosphere. Not just how much was there, but how much was the result of human behavior. The “Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2” (the first one blew up during its launch into space) takes 233 orbits and 16 days to come up with data points.
According to the climate skeptics, the deniers, the people that the “scientists” now being exposed as sinks for federal grant money think need to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, NASA has been worse than stingy in releasing the data gathered by the satellite in some sort of useful form. All the data is available in tables, adjusted, of course, via non-commercial software, but really, who has the time to read through all of that and download all the programs?
Well, a guest blogger (Erik Swenson) over at Watts Up With That, a rather wonky climate denier site, took the time to compile the information available, “adjusted” as it may be, and put it in some easily digestible images. (He also explained in plain English how the satellite works which is worth a read.)
This is the first of his images that plots the data against the data NASA actually used for its own rather non-telling image release last fall. For whatever reason, CO2 data from the satellite is not available at the poles. This is October 1, 2014 through November 11, 2014.
November 16, 2014 through December 31, 2014
January 1, 2015 – February 15, 2015
February 16, 2015 through March 31, 2015
April 1, 2015 through May 15, 2015
May 16, 2015 through June 30, 2015
July 1, 2015 through August 15, 2015
August 16, 2015 through September 12, 2015
With a few weeks to go in the year, is it just me or does it look like atmospheric carbon dioxide has a naturally occurring cycle? Call this writer – a non-scientist who DID take college level chemistry and physics once upon a time – crazy, but, uh, it really looks like carbon dioxide builds up and then dissipates depending on the season. Why this is so is another question – and why one of the biggest swing spots on the planet is the Sahara Desert is yet another. Not only that, the swings in levels of the compound are TINY. Like, if we weren’t talking about climate, they wouldn’t be an issue.
This data could well be why NASA puts out images that look like this rather than being forthcoming about what the satellite is picking up:
Erik Swenson did all of us a favor by wading through the data that is as raw as NASA will allow out to put together the images above. And NASA didn’t make it easy. It’s not like this is downloadable Excel files. No it’s all clumped together in a non-commercial format. The general public, really, doesn’t have access to this information.
For a REALLY great discussion thread, visit Watts Up With That for the climate skeptics and deniers take on Swenson’s effort.