Study by climate skeptic finds that “global warming is real”

October 21, 2011 | 5:05 pm | , Writer and Editor

We wanted to make sure you heard the news. Yesterday, a new study confirmed the overwhelming scientific consensus that the Earth has warmed rapidly in recent decades.

So why is this news, you may ask? A fair question — the evidence of climate change is overwhelming and has been understood for some time. But this particular study is noteworthy because it was initiated and funded by climate skeptics. The largest single funder of the organization conducting the study was the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, a leading supporter of climate denial.

What did they find? Here’s the first sentence of this summary from the group that conducted the study, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project: “Global warming is real, according to a major study released today.”

Specifically, the study examined whether temperature stations around the world provide an accurate picture of global temperature data. Climate deniers have argued the record is inaccurate because the “urban heat island effect” makes cities warmer than surrounding areas. This study took another look, and confirmed previous assessments that global temperatures are heading upward.

It’s important to mention that this study has not yet been peer reviewed, so the results are not final. What’s equally important is that no matter what the deniers say, we don’t need this study to confirm the overwhelming evidence of climate change. Here’s the reality: the evidence is in, the science is clear and climate change is happening now.

We hope you share this news with people you know — especially those who are skeptical about climate change. Here’s just a few of the headlines we’ve seen in the media about this latest news:

“Study: Global Warming is Real” (U.S. News and World Report)

“Global Warming Indeed Under Way, Contrarian Panel Says” (New York Times)

“A skeptical physicist ends up confirming climate data” (Washington Post)

“Climate skeptic admits he was wrong to doubt global warming data” (Los Angeles Times)

“Breaking News: The Earth Still Goes Around the Sun, and It’s Still Warming Up” (Forbes)

“New climate study deals blow to skeptics” (CNN International)

Now, we want to hear from you. Do you think this study will help convince the deniers that climate change is a reality?