Last week's post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I'd been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?
By Bob Petz / Ecology
Last month was the second warmest June on record, according to global surface temperature data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
This year’s global average of 14.67 °C for June falls just short of the 14.74 °C record set in June 1998 — a record aided by a strong, warming El Niño event.
In contrast, this year’s June temperature occurred during a mild La Niña, which tends to have a cooling effect.
James Hansen and the Three Categories of the Runaway Greenhouse: Earth Uninhabitable for Humans at ~5,000 Gigatons Fossil Fuel Burned
( Image source: Arctic News)
Forget for a moment that we can still emit about 530 gigatons of CO2 and still keep human warming in the 'safe range' of less than 2 degrees (Celsius) temperature increases this century. Forget for a moment how important to the sustenance of human civilization and the prevention of ever-worsening conditions this strict limit on carbon emissions is.