‘Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.’
The Drudge Report headlined a story today from the U.K.’s Telegraph news site describing a surreal scene of EU officials chastising manufacturers of bottled water for claiming water prevents dehydration:
(The Telegraph UK)–“EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.
Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.
“The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.
“If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.[…]”
Now, one might ask why the EU bureaucrats would make the outrageous and ridiculous claim that water does not prevent dehydration. FACT: water is the ONLY thing that prevents dehydration!
I have a theory as to why the EU would take such an absurd and decidedly unscientific stance: since the proponents of global warming are watching their Catastrophic Anthropogenic (man-made) Global Warming (CAGW) arguments crumble under the scrutiny of real science–claiming CO2 is the direct cause of catastrophic global warming–the International leftist CAGW alarmists are now looking for another demon to blame for “global warming,” so they can continue their relentless pursuit of stifling emerging economies (so-called Third World markets) and overtake U.S. markets by miring them in “green regulations” and squashing U.S. productivity.
“In the case of global warming, the concept appears to be that CO2 is increasing, that CO2 is a greenhouse gas (where greenhouse warming is analogized to a blanket) whose addition should lead to some warming, and that has been some warming. Whence follows the illogical conclusions CO2 has caused the warming; and the warming will be dangerous.”
–Dr. Richard Lindzen, MIT Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
But why water (cf. Dihydrogen Monoxide)? Well, water–specifically water vapor–is technically considered a strong greenhouse gas (GHS) some 10 times stronger than CO2–considered a “weak GHS.” The argument that radiative forcing caused by man-made emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere has not held up under serious scientific scrutiny by real atmospheric scientists. Every week I get reports from my sources that puts yet another nail in the coffin of the CAGW hoax.
What fascinates me is, at first, the proponents of CAGW refused to factor in water vapor in their equations linking CO2 to CAGW. The reason why is when one does factor in water vapor to the equations to current climate models it points to something called “low climate sensitivity.” “Sensitivity” is a ratio of flux to temperature change. Low “climate sensitivity” means tight coupling of the atmosphere and the ocean. This runs contrary to the high climate sensitivity numbers given to us from such folks as the UN’s IPCC Panel. This all gets into the area of science concerning negative and positive feedback systems (beyond the scope of this article).
Water vapor is essential for the transfer of heat on our planet. Needless to say it is essential to life itself, but I digress. It’s the the main reason why it’s warm at night in spring or summer. It’s primarily the water vapor transferring heat around the planet via the laws of thermal dynamics (i.e. convection, conduction and radiation). That’s why it gets cold in the desert at night–very little water vapor in the air to transfer heat when the sun is not shining. It’s also why 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summertime with 100% humidity feels like a billion degrees.
Water vapor has a high heat capacity in scientific terms. This means a water molecule (H20) can absorb a great deal of short-wave IR (infra-red) energy (incoming solar energy) of over a comparatively long interval of time, and then radiate the absorbed energy (long-wave outgoing thermal energy) for an equally long period of time. For example, when you put a pot of water on a stove it takes a while to bring the water to a boil. But once the H20 molecules have reached boiling temperature, they continue to radiate thermal energy for a long time.
The heat transfer cycle in the earth’s atmosphere is very complex, due to a myriad of factors, not only water vapor. Some of these include the salinity of the oceans (thermalhaline circulation), Pacific Decadal Oscillations (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillations(AMO), thermal and isothermal layers in the atmosphere, clouds, outgassing, cosmic rays, Milankovitch Cycles, and God knows what else! This is why it is very difficult to build an accurate climate model, since current computer climate models do not factor in clouds and water vapor into their statistical analysis methods and algorithms.
Dr. Roy Spencer on Decadal Oscillations
Milankovitch Cycles: Precession and Obliquity
So first the glo-ball warmers refused to factor in water; now they want to make water the next great threat to the planet earth! Pour me a glass of water on the rocks, will ya?