I've written in the past about our family Astronomer Royal, the late Dr. Richard Schwartz of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Days before he died, Richard was notified that his last scientific paper had been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Geological Society of America.
His work, An Astrophysicist Looks at Global Warming, appears in the January 2012 edition of GSA Today. The paper while written in professional scientist language offers easy to follow proof of the existence of global greenhouse gas warming. I hope you find it rewarding.
The Astronomer Royal position is still open. Interested candidates should apply on line.