CALGARY, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Friends of Science has issued a
statement dismissing the conclusions of Shaun Lovejoy's most recent
paper published in Climate Dynamics April 6, 2014, saying the
methodology is faulty and that Lovejoy excludes known periods where the
earth naturally warmed, long before human use of fossil fuels.
"This paper relies on the discredited "Hockey Stick" graph, that even
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not use
anymore," says Ken Gregory, director of research for Friends of
"Lovejoy makes simplistic correlations between carbon dioxide levels and
warming, without accounting for the increased solar activity in that
time period. The sun is the sole energy source of earth; its effect
cannot be discounted. Likewise he only refers to proxies from the 1500
year time frame, when there are complete temperature records from
Central England available between January 1663 and December 1762 that
show a warming of 0.90 degrees C. This was long before industrial
activity. Only natural factors caused this warming; Lovejoy does not
address this flaw in his thesis."
Friends of Science are also calling up the Chancellor of McGill
University to retract the McGill press release and issue an apology for
the use of Lovejoy's quote ""This study will be a blow to any remaining
"This is not the language of science or good taste that one expects from
a Nobel Laureate university," says Gregory.
Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of
literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main
driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). The core group of
the Friends of Science is made up of retired earth and atmospheric
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