Global Warming: Correcting the Data

7 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2008

Date Written: October, 28 2008


Temperature records compiled by the International Panel on Climate Change are biased by non-climatic factors that are largely socioeconomic in origin. The result is that as much as 50 percent of the land-surface warming that has been detected in recent decades may not be the product of global warming. However, those factors are not likely to have an effect on sea-surface temperature measurements, which apply to 70 percent of the surface. Consequently, the overall warming trend should be reduced by about 15 percent.

Keywords: global warming, environment, regulation, climate change, climate, geenhouse gas, emissions, temperature, carbon dioxide, Clean Air Act, air pollutants

JEL Classification: D23, D61, H11, H23, H41, K11, K32, L51, O13, Q28, Q25, Q2, Q3, Q38, Q48, Q42

Suggested Citation

Michaels, Patrick J., Global Warming: Correcting the Data (October, 28 2008). Regulation, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2008, Available at SSRN:

Patrick J. Michaels (Contact Author)

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