Monday, 30 January 2012

More climate lies

Yesterday, David Rose, writing in the Mail on Sunday said 'Forget global warming'. Rose said new data from the Met Office showed that "the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years". He also said the figures "suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age" and that they also confirm that "the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997". Unsurprisingly the Met Office has issued a press statement confirming that Rose's assertions are no more than a pack of lies. Although 'pack' and 'lies' are two words not actually used in the MO statement, the word 'belief' is. 

Unsurprisingly this figure from the Met Office was
not published, if it had it would have clearly
shown that Rose's assertions were pure fabrication
on his part.
Undoubtedly Rose is a climate sceptic wishing to use his privledged position, as a journalist writing for one of Britain's most-read Sunday newspapers, to push his belief on to others who do not have the time or mental capacity to understand the complexities of global warming. This makes it ever more harder to convince ordinary people that climate change is real, a threat to the future of their children and grandchildren and that they have a part to play in doing something about it.

The Mail on Sunday does not have a good track record in telling the truth about climate change having published other features that encourage its readers to believe it isn't happening. This is not the only newspaper that regularly fails to tell the truth, or 'massages' storylines to peddle some kind of belief that fails to acknowledge evidence. So I was quite interested to find the Angry Mob website. Unsurprisingly, much of this excellent blog is aimed at the appalling catalogue of journalistic misinformation churned out by the Daily Mail and its sister newspaper. 

Back to Rose's assertions and the truth - the Met Office says it  "is absolutely clear is that we have continued to see a trend of warming, with the decade of 2000-2009 being clearly the warmest in the instrumental record going back to 1850". Don't bother to get the sledges out then, buy the suntan cream, collect rainwater and don't live in a place that is less than 10 metres below sea level.

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