Tag Archives: Tom Wigley

July 4th, 1996 – that ‘discernible’ influence of climate change again

In the middle of the confected ‘controversy’ about the second assessment report of the IPCC, [fossil-funded denialists smearing Ben Santer]  various scientists, including Santer himself, point out some inconvenient facts….

In the July 4 1996 issue of Nature, Benjamin Santer, K.E. Taylor, Tom M.  Wigley, and ten other researchers published an article that concluded: “The observed spatial patterns of temperature change in the free atmosphere from 1963 to 1987…are similar to those predicted by state-of-the-art climate models…  It is likely that this trend is partially due to human activities,…

Gelbspan, R. (1998) Page 220

Feb 21, 1995: “Skeptical” scientist asked again to put concerns forward in testable manner

… Patrick Michaels was invited to contribute to Chapter 8. He declined to do so. One of the lead authors of Chapter 8, Tom Wigley, wrote to Pat Michaels on November 21, 1994, and on February 21, 1995, soliciting comments on the portrayal of Michaels’s Franklin Institute paper in a December 8, 1994 version of Chapter 8. Prof. Michaels did not respond to these requests.

Gelbspan, R. (1998) Page 235

From the point of view of someone who does not support the creation of a regime that constrains carbon emissions, this “makes sense.” At the end of the same year John Houghton faced a similar situation at the Madrid meeting of the IPCC. An ad hoc group was formed to discuss concerns about Chapter 9. The Saudis chose not to participate.


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