Many agree that the greatest technical achievement of human kind was landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. (Just think about the fact that all of this was done with less computing power than your smartphone!). Some of the folks involved in this effort joined together to form The Right Climate Stuff research team.
For the past several years they studied the evidence for anthropogenic (human caused) global warming (AGW). Less than a month ago they published their report. I encourage everyone interested in this important topic to read their report. The team’s skepticism for AGW matches my own, point for point. Their summary of their report follows:
- “Carbon-based AGW science is not settled. This refers only to the Carbon or CO2 role in induced warming
- Natural processes dominate climate change (although many are poorly understood).
- Non-carbon-based AGW anthropogenic forcings are significant. These include land use change, Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, black carbon, and aerosols.
- Carbon-based AGW impact appears to be muted. Other sources are not necessarily muted; the impacts of changing solar activity, El Nino/La Nina-southern oscillation (ENSO), Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), black carbon, etc., are observable.
- Empirical evidence for carbon-based AGW does not support catastrophe.
- The threat of net harmful total global warming, if any, is not immediate and thus does not require swift corrective action.
- The US government is over-reacting to concerns about anthropogenic global warming.”
Image source: Right Climate Stuff Home Page