"[Scientists want to know (and do know - ed.)] what are the factors or combination of factors that have caused this [recent, global] warming. Note that even if temperatures had been much higher in, say 1800, even much higher than today -which I doubt - this question would remain. We see a change and we have to find an explanation for that change... By this I mean among other things that, for instance, 'recovery from the Little ice' is not a known physical process that is described by any known equation. Also, natural oscillations are not a known physical phenomenon per se. If there is a 'natural oscillation' there is something that oscillates and for some reason. What is that and what makes it (quasi) oscillate ? Neither is an answer of the type 'it was warmer in the Medieval Warm period, so I don't care' permissible. I think that we all should require physically consistent explanation from any theory of climate change, and not only from the anthropogenic greenhouse effect."
Sunday, July 17, 2011
What science requires (a post for the "warming since little ice age" folks)
Tom McClintock, take note. From Eduardo via Stoat: