While I understand the need to establish a coherent mythos in support of Gaia worship I sometimes wonder if government support of research into the behavior of this fellow:
might be suffering due to all the focus on hockey stick manufacturing techniques.
UPDATE: Here is a National Geographic piece that poses a bit of a conundrum (barring my lack of understanding as to what it's saying). As we enter this weekend of Gaia worship we are reminded that the upper bound increase at +100 years of 6.0 degrees Celsius will result in the icecaps melting and Manhattan being submerged (a silver lining?). The article states that ice core data over the past 800,000 years show that
"... the warmest period was during the last interglacial period, which is an interval of warmer global average temperature that separates ice ages. At that time, around 130,000 years ago, it was a balmy 4.5 degrees Celsius (8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than today."
If +4.5 degrees didn't melt the ice caps (ice core, remember) that last 1.5 degrees must have a real doozy of an effect. Oddly, the article doesn't mention the thinning that must have occured due to less ice being made in the warmer times....
UPDATE: More from National Geographic - "Based on computer models, some researchers had thought that most of southern Greenland was ice-free about 125,000 years ago, during the last interglacial period—a gap in time between ice ages when Earth was warmer." Maybe the models only work for predicting the future?