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  • usa_concerned.citizen usa_concerned.citizen Jan 8, 2013 5:28 PM Flag

    2012 The Hottest Year on Record to Date

    Scientists have been very careful to ensure that UHI is not influencing the temperature trends. To address this concern, they have compared the data from remote stations (sites that are nowhere near human activity) to more urban sites. Likewise, investigators have also looked at sites across rural and urban China, which has experienced rapid growth in urbanisation over the past 30 years and is therefore very likely to show UHI. The difference between ideal rural sites compared to urban sites in temperature trends has been very small...

    But a recent paper by the climate-skeptic Anthony Watts and others (press release here, full draft paper pdf here) argues that, when properly classified by site-quality, there is a significant difference in the degree of warming reported between good and bad sites which leads to a significant exaggeration of the reported US temperature trend.

 
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