If New Zealand’s senior climate scientists weren’t tied up responding to vexatious attacks from the Climate Science Coalition, they have time to put together useful overviews of climate science aimed at informing the public about the state of climate change, as this useful report from the Australian Academy of Science does.
It is ironic that the day the Climate Science Coalition launches a legal attack on NIWA in an attempt to “set aside” the country’s official climate records, a compelling scientific overview points to global temperature trends that echo the trends identified by NIWA.
As one of the speakers who presented the report at a press conference in Canberra today said, there is “no international scientific conspiracy” aimed at misleading the public on the extent of climate change and humans contribution to it.
The introduction to the report, The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers, is unequivocal in its conclusion:
The available evidence implies that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the main cause. It is expected that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at business-as-usual rates global temperatures will further increase significantly over the coming century and beyond.