For those rare Speculator readers out there who either have an aversion to the facts or enjoy burying their heads in the warm sand of Cheltenham beach – bad news.
A project funded by some of the most aggressive climate change sceptics has produced an almost identical set of results to those they had previously rubbished.
The Berkeley Earth Project (BEP) has used new methods and some new data, but finds the same warming trend seen by groups such as the UK Met Office and Nasa.
The BEP (who should not be confused with the Black Eyed Peas, a band who have had nothing interesting to say since their album “Elephunk”) is an interesting beast, in that it is made up of extremely well-respected scientists who are nevertheless not climate specialists. They set themselves up as an objective peer review group – to examine all the work produced by the climate scientists tainted by “Climategate.”
More interestingly, they are funded by some of the world’s most extreme climate change skeptics . This includes the billionaire US Koch brothers, who apparently believe something along the lines that God has commanded them to pump the planet full of dioxins or something.
The BEP have just released their latest results and it unequivocally confirms the results of the other climate groups, hitherto tarnished by the “Climategate” scandal.
The bottom line: we now know that the planet is definitely warming.
The next step in the programme is to investigate the influence (if any) of anthropogenic (human-made) global warming (AGW) driven by greenhouse gas emissions in this overall warming scenario. Read the full article here.
Readers interested in this subject may also find it worthwhile getting hold of the latest National Geographic, which contains details of an extraordinary study which details the effects of a similar surge in CO2 levels 56 million years ago.
Crucially, the study calculates the amount of CO2 that caused the dramatic change in the ancient climate known as the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). This provides a context for the amount of CO2 known to have been released into the atmosphere by humans, and the extent to which this – based upon this previous event – is likely to change our current climate.
Knowledge is power. Go get some!