Anonymous asked in EnvironmentGlobal Warming · 1 decade ago

Have a bizzare question on global warming?

Does anyone by any small, miniscule chance listen to the Neal Boortz show?

Cause I dont.

Anyways, he once mentioned that sensors for recording the earths temperature have to be placed 50 miles (or was it feet?) from civilization or anything man made that gives off heat, such as asphalt.

Does anyone know by chance where he got this information, be it book, internet whatever?


I am writing a paper on what is/isn't true about global warming, and if you know of any books that drag on about this topic in simple English (you know how they can get) Id appreciate if you would tell me. Preferably something that can be easily found and that I wont have to drive all the way to Jamaica to find.

k' luv ya byby

12 Answers

  • Rick
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I occasionally 'catch' Bortz along with many others (including reactionary leftists).

    Bortz has some good ideas - like eliminating the Infernal Revenuers (IRS).

    The 'Urban Heat Islands' can be found at this Government web site.:

    Expounded on here:

    If you want a very complete research about GW:

    1. Temperature Stations:

    2. Index:

    3. Climate events of the Last 1,000 Years

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't listen to him, and I'm only passingly familiar with his show. But I imagine if he's talking about the UHI effect, and claiming that it contaminates the instrumental surface record, he's getting his information second hand from people who got it from Anthony Watt's "Surface Stations" project. The home site of the project is here:

    And Watt's personal Blog is here:

    As to your second question, I think I might just have the very book you're looking for. It's called, "The Discovery of Global Warming" by physicist and science historian Spencer Weart. The book has a great deal of information about the subject (it drags on), and is written in simple English. If you're lucky, you can find it at your local library, or new or used bookseller. If not, you can get it from, and if even that fails, you can read most of it online for free here:

    Have fun!

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Sensors don't have to be that far away. Many studies have shown the data is NOT contaminated by that factor. Example:

    David E. Parker, Climate: Large-scale warming is not urban, Nature 432, 290 (18 November 2004) | doi:10.1038/432290a

    Things that are not true ("26 myths about global warming")

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know where he got the 50 from, but yes--there is a thing called urban heat sink, which means that cities get hotter because of all their blacktop.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can call or email Boortz and ask yourself. Here is an article to counter some of those cited:

    Where is all the heat?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Check the National Weather Service or US Geological Survey. Those are their standars for locating their recording equipment because what he mentioned can give false high readings

  • 1 decade ago

    Boortz is wrong if he's making this argument.

    It's a commonly held misunderstanding actually. It's true that heat from urban sources (i.e. buildings, asphalt, etc.) can contaminate temperature sensors. However, scientists know how to correct for this effect. One way they do this is to compare the urban station data to nearby rural station data.

    It's easy to see if they've done a good job correcting for urban heat effects. Just compare the "good" stations (far from urban heat sources) to "bad" stations (close to heat sources). Here's what it looks like - red are "good" and green are "bad":

    As you can see, there is no significant difference. On top of that, we can compare satellite data (which obviously has no urban heat contamination) to the surface data. Here's what it looks like - GISS and HadCRU are surface, UAH and RSS are satellites:

    Here's are some useful discussions of surface stations and how they correct for urban heat effects:

  • 1 decade ago

    I havent heard of his show, but I am willing to bet its 50 miles. We generate LOTS of heat, just think about it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He has an archive on his web site. Not my favorite radio host, and you better verify what he says.

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