Saturday :: Aug 28, 2010

Global Warming turns 35

by Oly Mike

I guess we should sing Happy Birthday. But it's a little discouraging really.

Real Climate remembers climatologist Wally Broecker's 1975 article in Science where he laid out the problem of accumulation of CO2-related heat on the planet.
Real Climate is for climate wonks. Always worth keeping an eye on the discussion there.

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Happy 35th birthday, global warming!

Global warming is turning 35! Not only has the current spate of global warming been going on for about 35 years now, but also the term “global warming” will have its 35th anniversary next week. On 8 August 1975, Wally Broecker published his paper “Are we on the brink of a pronounced global warming?” in the journal Science. That appears to be the first use of the term “global warming” in the scientific literature (at least it’s the first of over 10,000 papers for this search term according to the ISI database of journal articles).

To those who even today claim that global warming is not predictable, the anniversary of Broecker’s paper is a reminder that global warming was actually predicted before it became evident in the global temperature records over a decade later (when Jim Hansen in 1988 famously stated that “global warming is here”).

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