Story here. (Read it all, of course!) h/t: SmallDeadAnimals
Mr. Christy is director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a participant in the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Sounds credible, but the Chicken Littlists will probably find something to throw at Mr. Christy.
I've had a lot of fun recently with my tiny (and unofficial) slice of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But, though I was one of thousands of IPCC participants, I don't think I will add "0.0001 Nobel Laureate" to my resume.
Mother Nature simply operates at a level of complexity that is, at this point, beyond the mastery of mere mortals (such as scientists) and the tools available to us. As my high-school physics teacher admonished us in those we-shall-conquer-the-world-with-a-slide-rule days, "Begin all of your scientific pronouncements with 'At our present level of ignorance, we think we know . . .'"
I haven't seen that type of climate humility lately. Rather I see jump-to-conclusions advocates and, unfortunately, some scientists who see in every weather anomaly the specter of a global-warming apocalypse. Explaining each successive phenomenon as a result of human action gives them comfort and an easy answer.
(Funny, isn't it? Leftwing extremists accuse me and others of jumping to conclusions -and worse- when it's simply suggested that something might have some connection to terrorism. They ridicule us then, but they themselves are all Chicken Little with imaginary stuff like "catastrophic climate change"! Time to ridicule the other side now. Oh, yeah... Mother Nature is going to lose her temper soon and wreck the kitchen just because we passed a little gas at the supper table... yeah, sure, yep! As if Mother never passes gas herself! Besides, she fed us beans...)
Others of us scratch our heads and try to understand the real causes behind what we see. We discount the possibility that everything is caused by human actions, because everything we've seen the climate do has happened before. Sea levels rise and fall continually. The Arctic ice cap has shrunk before. One millennium there are hippos swimming in the Thames, and a geological blink later there is an ice bridge linking Asia and North America.
Well, he said more, but like I said, read it all to find out what and feel your dogged, stubborn conviction about AGW (if any) melt away at least a little.