Friday, March 8, 2013

Hot News

On March 8, 2013, one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed science journals, the eponymously-named Science, published research by four climate scientists (Shaun A. Marcott, Jeremy D. Shakun, Peter U. Clark, and Alan C. Mix) entitled "A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years."  Perhaps their most striking finding is that
Surface temperature reconstructions of the past 1500 years suggest that recent warming is unprecedented in that time...Global temperature...has risen from near the coldest to the warmest levels of the Holocene within the past century, reversing the long-term cooling trend that began ~5000 [years before present].
Marcott et al. might offer a piece of Ronald Reagan's wisdom to those who disagree with their findings:  "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat."