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Matt Ridley: Burning fossil fuels is greening the planet

In the Reason.tv video above, Matt Ridley, author of the The Rational Optimist, talks about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention. Over the past three decades, our planet has actually gotten greener. Reason? Matt Ridley explains that it’s because of the burning of fossil fuels! It’s an amazing, astonishing discovery, but one that’s incredibly unwelcome for the environmentalists.

108 thoughts on “Matt Ridley: Burning fossil fuels is greening the planet

  1. Vangel: Data series were cut off because some years did not agree with the thesis. When the complete sampling of proxies was done it did not agree with the cherry picked data so the proxies were not archived.

    And yet when the data is reanalyzed, they come up with the same result. And when other scientists use different methods, they come up with the same result.

    • And yet when the data is reanalyzed, they come up with the same result. And when other scientists use different methods, they come up with the same result.

      Actually, when the data is analyzed we find the MWP and LIA that MBH said did not exist. The MWP is warmer than the present as are the Holocene Optimum and Roman Warm periods. The studies show no material effect by CO2 emissions because the cycles appear to be natural.

  2. Vangel: Actually, when the data is analyzed we find the MWP and LIA that MBH said did not exist.

    Well, no. The evidence for the Medieval Warming as a global event wasn’t clear at the time. However, more recent data has shown that the mean temperature did increase somewhat, though offset by coolness in many regions, with the average somewhat less than the current warming. See, for instance, D’Andrea et al., Mild Little Ice Age and unprecedented recent warmth in an 1800 year lake sediment record from Svalbard, Geology 2012.

    • Well, no. The evidence for the Medieval Warming as a global event wasn’t clear at the time. However, more recent data has shown that the mean temperature did increase somewhat, though offset by coolness in many regions, with the average somewhat less than the current warming. See, for instance, D’Andrea et al., Mild Little Ice Age and unprecedented recent warmth in an 1800 year lake sediment record from Svalbard, Geology 2012.

      It was clear at the time but it was inconvenient for the AGW crowd so Mann decided to be the hero and rewrite history. There are thousands of papers showing that the MWP took place all across the globe. The AGW crew simply ignored those papers and the proxies and changed the methodology to do away with history. But they failed.

  3. Vangel: Actually, when the data is analyzed we find the MWP and LIA that MBH said did not exist. The MWP is warmer than the present

    The existence of the Medieval Warming Period as a global phenomena was not clear at that time. More recent research has shown that warming in some regions was largely offset by cooling in others, and in any case, the mean global temperature is higher now than then. See, for instance, D’Andrea et al., Mild Little Ice Age and unprecedented recent warmth in an 1800 year lake sediment record from Svalbard, Geology 2012.

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