The Temperature Data: Evidence for What?
Ray Evans, David Buckingham and Graeme Pearman
The attached PDF contains an exchange of views between Ray Evans (Secretary,
Lavoisier Group), David Buckingham, (Executive Director of the Business
Council of Australia), and Graeme Pearman (Chief of Division, CSIRO Atmospheric
Research) upon the relevance of certain temperature data sets and what might
reasonably be inferred from them in the 'Greenhouse' debate.
Business interests in Australia are increasingly aware that if the Kyoto
Protocol is 'enforced', significant costs will be imposed, either directly
or indirectly, on all Australian businesses and consumers. The carbon withdrawal
regime prescribed in the Kyoto Protocol is entirely based on assumptions
about the way in which the earth's atmosphere responds to increasing concentrations
of carbon dioxide. Before we commit ourselves to costly compliance measures,
it is important, therefore, that we get the science right, and that we respond
to whatever real problems might develop in a timely, sober and intelligent
The Lavoisier Group is concerned that many businesses and their sector
organisations have already committed themselves, if not formally then de
facto, at a time when the science is under increasing challenge, to a regime
of carbon withdrawal. The Business Council of Australia, which facilitated
the following exchange of views, is clearly in this camp.
The exchange falls into three parts:
- Pages 1-4 present some initial data and arguments about a group of
temperature data sets and what might be inferred from them;
- Pages 5-8 present Dr Pearman's response to those arguments, together
with some broader points on science and policy;
- Pages 9-16 present Ray Evans's criticisms of Dr Pearman's position
as well as some further points about science and public policy on Greenhouse.
To download the PDF, please click here
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