The National Academies today released their report on Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years. The verdict? “High confidence that planet is warmest in 400 years; less confidence in temperature reconstructions prior to 1600.” The reviews from around the web are equally mixed, although generally agreeing that the report vindicates Mann’s hockey stick model. Tim Lambert offers a round-up of them over at Deltoid.
I also noticed one familiar name in the list of the report’s authors: Gerald North (the committee’s chair), who’s a meteorology professor at my alma mater, Texas A&M University. I interviewed North back in the spring of 2005, when I was writing a story on some of the latest developments in climate change research. Although the topic was probably too broad, the story turned out well, and you can read it here.