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Global Warming Natural? Don’t bet on it.

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Analyzing the temperature data as far back as 1500 almost completely rules out the idea that global warming is a natural phenomena and that human intervention plays no role. That is the punch line to a new study that was recently released.

The study, published April 6th in the journal Climate Dynamics, offers a new approach to finding a solution to the question of whether global warming is natural, or if it is caused by man. Instead of looking complex computer models of greenhouse gases in order to estimate the effect, McGill University physics professor, Shaun Lovejoy examined historical data as a statistical model to assess the competing hypothesis: that warming over the past century is due to natural long-term variations in temperature.

Using a statistical analysis of that data offered a more forward approach to the question that typically involves heavy computing power. The study used this method to determine the probability that global warming since 1880 is due to natural variability. His conclusion: the natural-warming hypothesis may be ruled out “with confidence levels great than 99%, and most likely greater than 99.9%.”

“We’ve had a fluctuation in average temperature that’s just huge since 1880 – on the order of about 0.9 degrees Celsius,” Lovejoy says. “This study shows that the odds of that being caused by natural fluctuations are less than one in a hundred and are likely to be less than one in a thousand.

“While the statistical rejection of a hypothesis can’t generally be used to conclude the truth of any specific alternative, in many cases – including this one – the rejection of one greatly enhances the credibility of the other.”

While this doesn’t mean that people will stop thinking that it is natural or worse that global warming is just a hoax, the study offers one more piece of evidence to show that global warming is caused by human action.

Still interested and want more? You can read the full [lengthy] analysis —here!

5 responses

  1. Global warming is a real thing. Many dismiss me. I think what bothers me the most is, when people say, “such and such wont happen during my life time so I dont care” okay, what about your children or great grandchildren? They will deal with the problems we leave behind. I am green friendly and mindful of how my actions affect our beautiful planet, I wish more would recognize this.


    April 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    • Beautifully said, why leave the world in a worse place for future generations? I never understood the logic either. Thank you for sharing your opinion 🙂


      April 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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