Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project
A new set of studies produced by the BEST project — which has attracted widespread attention in part because it is funded by the Koch Foundation and led by prominent climate skeptic Richard Muller — confirms that global surface temperatures have risen by approximately 1degree C since the 1950’s, even after taking into account the leading critiques of scientific data on climate change. These results, which corroborate previous studies of climate change undertaken by NOAA and the United Kingdom’s Met Office, are based on 15 extensive temperature records and correct for a number of possible sources of error, including the urban heat island effect and poor quality temperature stations. The BEST project has made publicly available four studies explaining its conclusions, as well as the underlying data sets and computer models. The studies are currently undergoing peer review. A summary of the project and its findings is available at http://www.berkeleyearth.org/Resources/Berkeley_Earth_Summary_20_Octand Oct.