Government is moving ever further away from its initial promise to be a friend of the environment
Charles Koch is a billionaire and a climate warming skeptic. At least, he was until last week when a study that he part-funded indicated that estimates of global temperature increases in the past century had not, after all, been artificially boosted by the “urban heat island” effect.
Skeptics such as Mr Koch had argued that data had been skewed by temperature stations being engulfed by, or moved closer to, cities. Now, a study by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project in California has demonstrated that “very rural” temperature stations miles from new towns or cities have recorded global warming of 0.9% since 1900. Global warming, according to believers in climate change, is directly attributable to the increasing emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
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