February 14, 2010

But ... it's "settled science!!"

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995.

Professor [Phil] Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

The admissions will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made.


In its last assessment the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the evidence that the world was warming was “unequivocal”.

It warned that greenhouse gases had already heated the world by 0.7C and that there could be 5C-6C more warming by 2100, with devastating impacts on humanity and wildlife. However, new research, including work by British scientists, is casting doubt on such claims. Some even suggest the world may not be warming much at all.

“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC.

Imagine that. Just over 30 years ago scientists were warning of the next Ice Age. Then, fifteen years later, global warming was a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. Oh, but now it seems that the Earth hasn't really warmed up that much. Maybe a little. (It seems to to jibe with the info from this post, made last October.)

I've no doubt (isn't science all about "doubt?") that stalwart worshipers of the Church of Man-Made Global Warming will not be dissuaded from their beliefs. People like our 'ol friend Perry, and several other commenters over at Common Sense Political Thought (commenters, not the contributors!)

(h/t to Insty.)

Posted by Hube at February 14, 2010 04:30 PM | TrackBack

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