Friday, October 21, 2011

Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Report Confirms Climate Science

For those who have not yet seen it, the report as well as all the data can be viewed here. The study was headed up by former climate skeptic Richard Muller (his research team included Saul Perlmutter, who just received the Nobel Prize in Physics) and funded by a variety of organizations, including the uber-conservative, climate change-denying Koch Foundation. As Muller promised at the outset, the study was comprehensive and even-handed, and it strongly confirms the work of other climate scientists, as the chart below indicates.

It is too much to hope that this will mollify the climate deniers, especially those with financial ties to the fossil-fuel industries. As Upton Sinclair wrote back in 1935, "It is hard to get a man to understanding something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." But for the rest of us, this report represents a tremendous vindication of climate science and the scientists who have been working on it over the course of many decades.

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