MORE EVIDENCE FOR THE DENIERS TO IGNORE…. Some of the lazier lawmakers and activists on the far-right not only reject all of the science on climate change, but in light of the CRU emails, have also decided that evidence itself is no longer worth considering.
Reality, meanwhile, is indifferent to the demands of indolent ideologues.
Despite recent fluctuations in global temperature year to year, which fueled claims of global cooling, a sustained global warming trend shows no signs of ending, according to new analysis by the World Meteorological Organization made public on Tuesday.
The decade of the 2000s is very likely the warmest decade in the modern record, dating back 150 years, according to a provisional summary of climate conditions near the end of 2009, the organization said.
The period from 2000 through 2009 has been “warmer than the 1990s, which were warmer than the 1980s and so on,” said Michel Jarraud, the secretary general of the international weather agency, speaking at a news conference at the climate talks in Copenhagen.
The international assessment largely meshes with interim analysis by the National Climatic Data Center and NASA in the United States, both of which independently estimate global and regional temperature and other weather trends.
Aware of the right-wing uproar over emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, Jarraud said the evidence from the various independent estimates were incontrovertible.
It’s the kind of report that should add a sense of urgency to the 190-nation talks in Copenhagen, which opened yesterday.
Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, added, “Internal consistency from multiple lines of evidence strongly supports the work of the scientific community, including the individuals singled out in these e-mail messages.”