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 temperature 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.Analyzing 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."
But the results of 'BEST' are not the biggest story surrounding the study. The biggest story is the breadth and openness of the study, itself. Chief scientist, Richard Muller, an "outspoken critic of the science underpinning global warming," has made every aspect of the study available to the public.
Another huge story surrounding the BEST study is that it was partly funded through a non-profit controlled by the infamous Koch Brothers, who are believed to be the money behind the "climate-denial campaign."
In the current "black and white" political climate, the BEST study is a breath of fresh air. Despite being headed by a skeptical chief scientist and funded by two of the most despised men amongst liberals, the study still found that global warming is real. The Berkeley Earth Temperature Study and the scientists behind it are shining examples of how scientific study and discourse should be conducted in the United States.