Skeptic's small cloud study renews climate rancor

July 29, 2011 - 5:13 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A study on how much heat in Earth's atmosphere is caused by cloud cover has heated up the climate change blogosphere even as it is dismissed by many scientists.

Several mainstream climate scientists call the study's conclusions off-base and overstated. Climate change skeptics are touting the study, saying it blasts gaping holes in global warming theory. The study in the journal Remote Sensing questions the accuracy of climate computer models.

The author of the study is Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama Huntsville. He is a prominent climate skeptic. But even he says some are overstating what his research found. At least half a dozen climate scientists contacted by The Associated Press found technical or theoretical faults with Spencer's study and its conclusions.