There has been no global warming for 15 years, a key scientist admitted yesterday in a major U-turn.
Professor Phil Jones, who is at the centre of the “Climategate” affair, conceded that there has been no “statistically significant” rise in temperatures since 1995. The admission comes as new research casts serious doubt on temperature records collected around the world and used to support the global warming theory. Researchers said yesterday that warming recorded by weather stations was often caused by local factors rather than global change.
The revelations will be seized upon by sceptics as fresh evidence that the science of global warming is flawed and climate change is not man-made.
The Daily Express has led the way in exposing flaws in the arguments supporting global warming. Last month we revealed how the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change was forced to admit its key claim that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 was “speculation” lifted from a 1999 magazine article. The influential IPCC then admitted it had got the key claim wrong and announced a review. The Daily Express has also published a dossier listing 100 reasons why global warming was part of a natural cycle and not man-made.
Yesterday it emerged that Professor Jones, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, had admitted he has trouble “keeping track” of the information. Colleagues have expressed concern that the reason he has refused Freedom of Information requests for the data is that he has lost some of the crucial papers.
Professor Jones also conceded for the first time that the world may have been warmer in medieval times than now. Sceptics have long argued the world was warmer between 800 and 1300AD because of high temperatures in northern countries. Climate change advocates have always said these temperatures cannot be compared to present day global warming figures because they only apply to one specific zone.
Professor Jones first came under scrutiny when he stepped down as director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in which leaked emails were said to show scientists were manipulating data. Researchers were accused of deliberately removing a “blip” in findings between 1920 and 1940, which showed an increase in the Earth’s temperature.
John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama and a former lead author on the IPCC, said: “The apparent temperature rise was actually caused by local factors affecting the weather stations, such as land development.”
Ross McKitrick, of the University of Guelph, Canada, who was invited to review the IPCC’s last report said: “We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC’s climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias.”
I don't know about you, but this belated climbdown and back-pedalling looks very much to me like Phil Jones has realised what may actually happen to him when investigations and lawsuits have concluded and is now running scared in case he finds himself ending up in prison.
His attitude is certainly very different to the arrogance he displayed immediately after the Climategate scandal was exposed but I personally believe that it is too little, too late - if it had not been for those leaked E-Mails, it's glaringly obvious that this admission would never have been made voluntarily.
I honestly hope that he and others, Michael Mann and Rajendra Pachauri in particular, do end up receiving prison sentences for what they have done. They have debased all science by their actions and have brought it to the same level of disrepute as politics in general, but the politicians who commissioned and funded this deceit and the relatively small number of "scientists" who carried out their instructions are beyond contempt and would have used this so-called "crisis" to carry out their sinister agendas.
I also notice that Al Gore has been uncharacteristically silent ever since he was chased out of that book store by protesters when he was signing his
latest work of fiction new book.
Clearly we still have to be vigilant as the global warming lie has taken a good beating but has still not gone away - they would have to think up a whole new way of achieving their objectives and, quite frankly, I don't believe that they have a Plan B. Obama still hasn't shut the fuck up about climate change and is talking about bypassing the democratic process entirely and ramming his socialist control-freak agenda through - he mustn't be allowed to get away with it - Brown and Rumpy Pumpy will jump on the same bandwagon on this side of the pond, and then we really can say goodbye to democracy and freedom, already in very short supply, once and for all.