One of the most persistent lines of misinformation about climate science has to do with how long the field has existed. In the interest of repeating accurate information and NOT repeating lies, the clearest”father” of climate science is Joseph Fourier, mostly for his work in the 1820s.
The chief rebuttal to this particular line of propaganda is simple and compelling. The theory of man-made global warming is, and always has been a predictive hypothesis based on hard data. Our understanding of the physics driving global warming predates the idea that our own activities could increase the planet’s temperature by 40 years or so (Tyndall’s work in the 1860s), and the idea that our activities could increase the temperature predates the detectable rise in temperature by around 90 years.
Today is the 30th anniversary of James Hansen’s 1988 testimony before Congress about global warming due to human activities. Peter Sinclair and Yale Climate Connections have put together a retrospective with a number of the world’s leading active climate scientists, and the verdict is clear – James Hansen was right. His warnings were accurate and supported by real data. His approach was straightforward and productive, and we should pay attention to the predictions that are being made by his successors.
For more information, check out the YCC article that goes with the video.
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