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Earth will turn to Venus because of computer bug

amigoro (761348) writes | more than 7 years ago

Bug

amigoro writes "The story so far: NOAA reports that 2006 growth rate of CO2 concentration is 2.64 ppm/year. This is an increase from 2.42ppm/year in 2005 and 1.65ppm/year 2004, and The Guardian, using this data, reports that Earth will soon turn to Venus because of runaway greenhouse effect. Then NOAA tells the Guardian it ain't so, that the figures are only preliminary and pulls the December data, bringing the value down to 2.05ppm/year. But they tell others that the wrong value was published because of a computer bug.

The way I see it, three things could be happening here

  1. It was a genuine computer bug
  2. They are trying to stop people getting alarmed about Earth atmosphere becoming inhabitable
  3. They are trying to cover up because someone from the top ordered them to do so
"

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