The Eonomists blog, Babbage, reports on an independent investigation of the surface temperature record by astro-physicists (i.e. climate-science outsiders) at Berkley. They find the surface temperature measured at weather stations rose by around 0.7 C in the second half of the 20th Century. Read Babbage’s report here:
[the only issue I have with the Economists’ excellent reporting on climate science is their occasional supercilious tone when commenting on ‘climategate’ and their general failure to empathise with scientists who had been vilified by politicians and public alike long before the hacking of computers and leaking of emails].