Monday, February 6, 2017

ClimateGate II: Major Climate Science Scandal at NOAA

As I have said many times, the global warming debate has utterly corrupted atmospheric science. More evidence of that contention comes from London's Daily Mail,

A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

There is no question -- none -- that the "pause" existed. I urge you to read the entire Daily Mail story.

2 comments:

  1. Phil Plait explains pretty comprehensively why this is bunk: http://www.blastr.com/badastronomy/2017-2-6/sorry-climate-change-deniers-global-warming-pause-still-never-happened

    Ars Technica has another excellent article explaining the faults and inaccuracies with Bates' work: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/article-names-whistleblower-who-told-congress-that-noaa-manipulated-data/

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  2. There was -- unquestionably -- a pause. Every metric except NOAA's shows it.

    The first of your references does not know the difference between astronomy and meteorology.

    The second reference has an article that is a bit more substantial but focuses on political gossip rather than whether the pause was real. Fact: The pause, which ended with the most recent El Nino, was real.

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