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Climatologists have long known that aerosol “haze” plays an important role in determining just hot things get on Earth. But figuring out just what the role is has proven frustrating. The tiny, airborne particles that fly out of smokestacks, tailpipes and ordinary biomass fires can either help cool the earth by reflecting sunlight, for example.…

You may recall Sarah Palin’s curious approach to the science of climate change. Although while running for vice-president of the United States she insisted humans were not responsible, she nevertheless advocated doing something about it. This week Alaska’s governor offered some details of just what we should do.

I was going to ignore the open letter-to-the-president advertisement placed in major papers recently by the Cato Institute. You’ve probably heard of it — the one that says Obama should ignore global warming alarmism because the science says it isn’t happening. The one signed by “over 100 scientists.” But the response elsewhere has been interesting.…