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What Sceptics Don’t Deny

October 21, 2011


According to Richard Muller, “Deniers pay no attention to science”.


These are some of the things sceptics don’t deny.

  • Global temperatures rose about a 0.4C in the last couple of decades of the last century. (Please at least give us credit for being able to understand satellite temperature readings).
  • Global temperatures have risen since the end of the LIA.


And here are some of the other things we don’t deny.

  • Temperatures rose at a similar rate between 1850-80 and 1910-40 as they did between 1975-95.
  • Scientists still have very little understanding of why and how these sort of changes occur.
  • We can find no correlation between temperature trends and increases in CO2 emissions.
  • There has been no rise in temperatures in the last 15 years or so.
  • Scientists have no way of  knowing whether the warming trend of the last 160 years will resume and, if so, how long it will last and how much further temperatures will rise.


I wonder if Dr Muller denies any of these things?

  1. tegirinenashi permalink
    October 21, 2011 11:11 pm

    Temperature increase can be doubted. Mercer et al, Nature, 1978 “West Antarctic ice sheet and CO 2 greenhouse effect- A threat of disaster” (415 references!) predicted 5-10K temperature increase below 80 degree south. And what is the temperature record?

    Click to access amundsen-scott.ann.trend.pdf

    This is much simpler matter than satellite measurement: no calibration, spatial averaging just flat graph into believer face.

    • October 22, 2011 10:15 am

      Good point. It seems strange that we come to accept satellite temperatures as being more dependable than surface temperatures despite all the calibration issues and the newness of the technology.

      This shows though just how unreliable the surface record is.

  2. Mike Davis permalink
    October 21, 2011 11:42 pm

    BEST has been make believe science by press release BEST, or was it B_S_ at BEST?

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