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As the brilliant satirists of the Now show point out, the last serious scientific organisation to come over to AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) was in 2007.
Paul has a brilliant video on the subject over at Bad Conscience. What I find terrifying is (a) hearing Rush Limbaugh’s voice for the first time and (b) how easily they convince themselves that the whole thing can be a conspiracy. The narrator has a great point: Limbaugh denies that the emails could be a hoax, but has no problem with millions of scientific points of data being faked, and the vast majority of the scientists in on it.
Repeat many times. Conspiracy Theorists Are Fools.
UPDATE: I meant to add details but, well, I didn’t. (Kids have about 3 parties a weekend this time of year. I’m a taxi driver)
First detail: the Times has the depressing news that this kerfuffle is forcing the Met Office to re-examine 160 years of data. This fight has had real repercussions.
Second detail: the Economist did a good job explaining what the scientists were actually emailing about.
The CRU specialises in studies of climates past. For parts of the past where there were no thermometers to consult, such studies use proxy data, such as tree rings. Reconstructions based on these tend to show that the planet’s temperature has risen over the 20th century to heights unprecedented for centuries and perhaps millennia. They are far from the only evidence for believing in climate change as a man-made problem, but they are important, and the sharp uptick they show has taken on iconic value. . .
and this may be of interest to Ben (commenting below)
And the idea of anthropogenic climate change rests on a great deal more than just tree-ring records, useful as they are for providing context to the current warming.