Senator Steve Fielding from Family First has recently discovered that there is a debate about the science of global warming. Specifically, he has a question about why co2 emissions have continued going up over the past eight years, but temperatures have not. It’s a reasonable question. And there is a reasonable answer.
Too often the climate change debate is bitter and people are intolerant of the comments from the “enemy”, so it was good to see a calm, friendly, rational comment from Ian McHugh, explaining how the last eight years could simply be “noise” and it does not disprove man-made global warming.
I certainly hope that warming has stopped. But with climate trends it is necessary to take a long-term approach and it inappropriate to draw strong conculsions from just eight years of data.