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The CSIRO has set up a site that allows people to decide for themselves on greenhouse gasses.
The CSIRO has launched a website that allows people to see the raw data of greenhouse gases for themselves, as debate continues to rage over the merits of climate change science.
The website will report un-modelled, raw measurements directly to the public so people can make up their own minds about climate change.
Scientists say the site will show the monthly levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide being recorded at a site in Tasmania.
The site is here and contains some graphics.
That’s all very interesting – Australian can see and decide for themselves. The CSIRO obviously didn’t get the memo, because here is Ove Hoegh-Guldberg saying that the only people who can make decisions are peer-review published scientists.
We are left, then, with the observation that the Climate Commission’s report, peer-reviewed and assessed by scientists with appropriate expertise, is being challenged by four individuals who refer to websites and blogs and who have not had their core claims about climate change tested in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Don’t get me wrong, discussion is important, but on serious matter such as climate change, let us hope we listen carefully to the experts and not the unsubstantiated opinions of those that are not.
To my mind what is missing from the CSIRO graphic is a comparison with average temperatures. Unfortunately the CSIRO site doesn’t seem to allow you to download the data (but I did find a sub-sample here). Australian temperature data can be downloaded here – I grabbed the annual data because downloading the monthly data would be tedious (happy for someone to send me the monthly data and I’ll graph it). I then combined the CO2 data and the average annual Australian temperatures (that is the 1961-90 average plus the temperature anomaly).
Update 3: Some have suggested in comments that I graph a much longer time series. So using the Global average temperature data and the CO2 series from Mauna Loa I have re graphed the data and made the intervals as small as possible.