Come Together, Climatologists!

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and former vice president Al Gore - and their followers on either side of the climate debate - have more in common than they might think. So says a new report published today by the American Chemical Society. The report, by Steven Ritter, points out that there is agreement on both sides of Climategate: that “there is no question that Earth’s atmosphere carbon dioxide concentration has increased since the Industrial Revolution began in the late 1700s, with most of the rise coming since late 1950”; “there is agreement that the CO2 increase is largely the result of emissions from burning fossil fuels”; and, “everyone agrees” that “the global average temperature has risen since 1850, when reliable instrument temperature measurements began, with most of the warming occurring since 1970.”

The break point is why. Are the changes because of man (and woman), or just what happens to natural climate variability—or, change in climate of an area or of the whole world over an appreciable period of time.

The world's getting hotter, so let's just hug

The debate is contentious (mostly it’s scientists taking “exception to the notion that there is a ‘consensus’ agreement on the science), but climatologist Michael Hume of the University of East Anglia, in England, points out, “we must not hide behind the dangerously false premise that consensus science leads to consensus politics. In the end, politics will always trump science."

He told Ritter, “It is vital that we understand the many valid reasons for disagreeing about global warming and climate change. We must recognize that they are rooted in different political, national, organizational, religious, and intellectual cultures –– our different ways of seeing the world."

You can read the whole report here. Peace on Earth.