Here’s a study showing what we already knew, but one that liberals will claim is either doctored or not telling the whole story. Of course, that very well could be true, but they’d only think it was falsified because its conclusions don’t match up with their own predetermined conclusions. And this study wasn’t done by some “denier” either.
If it’s true that global warming is just a part of Earth’s natural cycles, far removed from anything humans can do, then it ceases to be a political tool. All that’s left is pure science, which liberals find too boring. The Daily Caller reported:
Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.
Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.
What Lloyd found was that the standard deviation of the temperature over the last 8,000 years was about 0.98 degrees Celsius– higher than the 0.85 degrees climate scientists say the world has warmed over the last century.
“This suggests that while some portion of the temperature change observed in the 20th century was probably caused by greenhouse gases, there is a strong likelihood that the major portion was due to natural variations,” Lloyd wrote in his study.
The United Nations’ IPCC claims there’s been 0.85 degrees Celsius of warming since the late 1800s, and concludes that most of this warming is due to human activities– mainly, the burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use. The IPCC says that “more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010” have been caused by human activity.
If Lloyd’s results hold, the IPCC may have to revise how much warming it attributes to mankind. In any case, the IPCC’s estimate of man-made and natural warming (0.85 degrees) is still below the standard deviation for the last 8,000, according to Lloyd’s results. This means that warming is not very significant within the context of the Earth’s recent climate history.
Lloyd arrived at his conclusion after the “differences in temperatures between all records which are approximately a century apart were determined, after any trends in the data had been removed.” Lloyd noted the “differences were close to normally distributed.”
The fact that the Earth goes through warming and cooling cycles has never been in dispute. That’s the science part of it. As soon as politics is introduced, it’s no longer about what’s observed, but which political party is to blame. They tie a natural phenomenon like natural variations in the global climate to conservatives, and convince everyone on the left that the world is heating up to catastrophic levels all because a certain group of people fill up their cars with gasoline.