Monday, 15 February 2010

Climategate U-turn as Scientist at Centre of Row Admits: There has been No Global Warming Since 1995

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor 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.

Some global warming may be underway. It seems to me, from visual evidence, that we are seeing glaciers in retreat at various locations around the world. I think the question is whether this is due to human actions or variations in the Sun's temperature.

However, at present we seem to be experiencing a period of colder weather. Is this a minor fluctuation or are we headed into another cold snap like what was experienced during the 1970s ?

Regardless of whether the Earth's temperature increases or decreases, I would like to see non-polluting technology and the preservation of the environment. Remember, it took millions of years to achieve the level of diversity we currently enjoy on this planet.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 15th, 2010.]

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