The Earth is round and getting warmer

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest report yesterday:

“Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis”, assesses the current scientific knowledge of the natural and human drivers of climate change, observed changes in climate, the ability of science to attribute changes to different causes, and projections for future climate change.

The report was produced by some 600 authors from 40 countries. Over 620 expert reviewers and a large number of government reviewers also participated. Representatives from 113 governments reviewed and revised the Summary line-by-line during the course of this week before adopting it and accepting the underlying report.

IPCC Press Release, Feb. 2, 2007

Bottom line: The Earth is still round, and it’s cooking! Temperatures are rising:

The understanding of anthropogenic warming and cooling influences on climate has improved since the Third Assessment Report (TAR), leading to very high confidence7 that the globally averaged net effect of human activities since 1750 has been one of warming, with a radiative forcing of +1.6 [+0.6 to +2.4] W m-2.

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policymakers, page 3.

The Earth is getting warmer and warmer and the thermal expansion of the water and the melting ice are causing the ocean water levels to rise. Most scientists agree that this is real, and really bad news.

Of course the “flat-earth coalition” disagrees. To them, this is all “propaganda” by “… those who want to break the back of the world’s energy system.” Uh-huh … Al Gore would love to see us all in the dark, eating sushi by candle-light and huddling around a fireplace. And of course the fact that Big Oil gave the CEI tons of money has nothing to do with their concern about the threat Al Gore poses to the world’s energy system.

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