Prominent Climate-Change Sceptic Converts

Richard A. Muller, professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, looked at all the climate-change research and found some problems. Pieces of the puzzle that didn’t add up, or studies that didn’t stand up to scrutiny. “It’s a scientist’s duty to be properly skeptical”, he rightly states in a recent article for the NY times. So with his daughter Elizabeth Muller, in 2010 he set up the Berkeley Earth Project,  to take another look at the data.

The foundation has received money from a number of sources to assist with its research, among them the Charles Koch foundation, which has been called a leading funder of climate disinformation.

But based on the research performed by Berkeley Earth, last year Muller concluded that “global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct.”

But now he’s going a step further. “Humans are almost entirely the cause”, says Muller in a July 2012 opinion piece in the NY Times, “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic”. Read his full article for details of how they have come to this conclusion, and why they have discounted the possibility that at least some global warming is attributable to solar activity.

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