CHICAGO - A new analysis of peer-reviewed scientific literature reveals that more than 500 climate scientists have appeared as authors or coauthors of peer-reviewed scientific articles confirming that climate change is a natural phenomenon.
The names were compiled by Dennis Avery and climate physicist S. Fred Singer, the co-authors of Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 Years (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), mainly from the peer-reviewed studies cited in their book. The researchers found evidence of climate change long predating human industrial activity, captured in such "proxies" as tree rings, stalagmites, lichens, pollen, plankton, insects, public health, Chinese history and astrophysics.
According to Avery, "This data and the list of scientists makes a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases."
Singer added, "There may have been a consensus of guesses among climate model-builders. However, the models only reflect warming, not its cause." Singer noted that about 70 percent of the earth's post-1850 warming came before 1940, and thus was probably not caused by human-emitted greenhouse gases. The net post-1940 warming totals only a tiny 0.2 degrees Celsius.
Continued Singer, "We've had a Greenhouse Theory with no evidence to support it, except a moderate warming turned into a scare by computer models whose results have never been verified with real-world events. On the other hand, we have compelling evidence of a real-world climate cycle averaging 1470 years (plus or minus 500) running through the last million years of history. The climate cycle has above all been moderate, and the trees, bears, birds, and humans have quietly adapted."
Despite publication in notable scientific journals like Science, Nature and Geophysical Review Letters theses papers received little press. "Not all of these researchers would describe themselves as global warming skeptics," said Avery, "but the evidence in their studies is there for all to see."
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"More than 500 scientists published studies countering global warming fears," Hudson Institute news release.