What a curious editorialand how revealing of your bias!
Scientific climate. Nature 478, 428 (27 October 2011) doi:10.1038/478428a. Published online 26 October 2011. Results confirming climate change are welcome, even when released before peer review. (emphasis added)You imply that contrary results are not welcomed by Nature. But this has been obvious for many years. Why are you so jubilant about the findings of the Berkeley Climate Project that you can hardly contain yourself? What do you think they proved? They certainly added little to the ongoing debate on human causes of climate change.
They included data from the same weather stations as the Climategate people, but reported that one-third showed coolingnot warming. They covered the same land arealess than 30% of the Earths surfacehousing recording stations that are poorly distributed, mainly in the U.S. and Western Europe. They state that 70% of U.S. stations are badly sited and dont meet the standards set by government; the rest of the world is likely worse.
But unlike the land surface, the atmosphere has shown no warming trend, either over land or over oceanaccording to satellites and independent data from weather balloons. This indicates to me that there is something very wrong with the land surface data. And did you know that climate models, run on super-computers, all insist that the atmosphere must warm faster than the surface? And so does theory.
And finally, we have non-thermometer temperature data from so-called proxies: tree rings, ice cores, ocean sediments, stalagmites. They dont show any global warming since 1940!
The BEST (Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature) results in no way confirm the scientifically discredited Hockeystick graph, which had been so eagerly adopted by climate alarmists. In fact, the Hockeystick authors never published their post-1978 temperatures in their 1998 paper in Natureor since. The reason for hiding them? Its likely that those proxy data show no warming either. Why dont you ask them?
One last word: You evidently havent read the four scientific BEST papers, submitted for peer review. There, the Berkeley scientists disclaim knowing the cause of the temperature increase reported by their project. They conclude, however: The human component of global warming may be somewhat overestimated. I commend them for their honesty and skepticism.
|S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric physicist, is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and former founding Director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service. He is author of Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warmings Unfinished Debate (The Independent Institute).|