I'm pleased to report that my idea is spreading.
This morning, on BBC Radio 4 (Today programme), George Monbiot and Myron
Ebell took part in a debate on climate change. Monbiot writes in The
Guardian and elsewhere on environmental stuff: you will probably have
seen his recent demolition of David Bellamy's latest nonsense concerning
glacier retreat. Myron Ebell is part of the right-wing think-tank
"Competitive Enterprise Institute".
George Monbiot kicks off the debate by challenging Ebell to a bet on
whether temperatures will rise over the coming decade: Ebell declines
the challenge and agrees that yes, in fact warming is likely:
I'm still hoping to find a consensus-busting forecaster to bet against.
But it seems that the consensus really is a very strong one.
Ebell told one and possibly two lies in the
recorded interview at your URL:
--- USHCN data clearly show that the continental
US has, on average, warmed.
--- I am not sure, but the rate of see level
rise may have increased since 1850. The
uncertainly starts when the satellite and tide
gauge data are harmonized.
Not sure either. The IPCC says:
There is no evidence for any acceleration of sea level rise in data
from the 20th century data alone
but that doesn't go back to 1850. There is a sort-of increase because
satellite altimetry shows a higher rate than tide gauges, and of course
the sat stuff comes in recently. A bit more at:
But going back to 1850 the no-acc claim might be more dubious: see:
but I can't see any text about it.
William M Connolley | w...@bas.ac.uk | http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/met/wmc/
Climate Modeller, British Antarctic Survey | Disclaimer: I speak for myself
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