1970s Climate Models Were Right About the Current Rise in Temperatures


Climate models dating back decades were “quite accurate” in predicting warming through present day, new research shows.

A study published Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters does a comprehensive review of 17 climate models created between 1970 and 2007, comparing how the models predicted global mean surface temperature for 2017.

“The big takeaway is that climate models have been around a long time, and in terms of getting the basic temperature of the Earth right, they’ve been doing that for a long time,” lead author Zeke Hausfather told The Washington Post.

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Washington Post, The Guardian, Earther, Vox

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