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Title: Q&A With Richard Muller: A Physicist And His Surprising Climate Data
URL: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/04/qa-with-richard-mull
er-a-physicist.html?ref=hp
Date: 04/06/2011
Publication: Science Insider
Editor: Eli Kintisch
Extended Text:

Richard Muller of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California has gained a solid scientific reputation for his work in astrophysics and particle physics. He's waded into policy debates over nuclear weapons and terrorism as a member of the secretive JASON panel. And his introductory course, Physics for Future Presidents, is popular among undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley.

But that impressive track record of research, teaching, and service wasn't why the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives invited Muller to testify last week. The topic was climate change research and policy, and Republicans wanted Muller to discuss his recent reanalysis of global temperature records. Republicans expected Muller to challenge the accepted wisdom that the earth has warmed 0.7˚C since the 1880s. But to the dismay of skeptic bloggers, his preliminary analysis supports that canonical view.