Forget all of the rubbish surrounding the issue of climate change.
Forget the inconvenient truths. Forget "Climategate." Forget the tear-jerking documentaries about polar bears. Forget the calls of a widespread scientific hoax. Forget the nimrods who deny or support the arguments for climate change based upon a bone-chilling winter day or a summer week of sultry temperatures. (That's weather, not climate!)
But: Embrace the newest piece of climate science, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study.
Conceived in the months following the allegations of scientific misconduct presented by "Climategate," the BEST study was created out of the desire to investigate climate change in the most transparent, honest, and comprehensive manner possible.
Our aim is to resolve current criticism of the former temperatureAnalyzing temperature data from over 39,000 temperature stations worldwide, more than five times the amount previously examined by other studies, BEST has found that global warming is indeed real. The study found "reliable evidence of a rise in the average world land temperature of approximately 1 degree Celsius since the mid-1950s." The researchers did note, however, that their study did not assess "how much of the observed warming is due to human actions."
analyses, and to prepare an open record that will allow rapid response
to further criticism or suggestions. Our results include not only our
best estimate for the global temperature change, but estimates of the
uncertainties in the record.