Thursday, June 22, 2006

National Research Council: Earth is Running a Fever

They've confirmed the controversial findings of the climate scientists who published the "hockey stick" graph which showed a large spike in global temperatures in the 20th century.
Weighing in on the highest profile debate about global warming, the nation's premier science policy body on Thursday voiced a "high level of confidence" that Earth is the hottest it has been in at least 400 years, possibly even longer.

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The panel of top climate scientists told lawmakers that the Earth is running a fever and that “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.”

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“The numerous indications that recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia, in combination with estimates of external climate forcing variations over the same period, supports the conclusion that human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming,” the panel wrote.

Of course, even phrases like "high level of confidence" and "likely to be true" give some enough wiggle room to dispute scientific findings, though you can't get much more scientifically absolute than that.

Besides, they'll say, how can the public have confidence in bearded earthtone-wearers? That destroys all credibility.

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