Number Watch gives us the real facts
Mrs T and I are off to Italy later this week so we're watching events at the Heathrow hippy encampment with more than usual interest. We reckon it's a cynical attempt to wreck our holiday, along with tens of thousands of others. Not to mention taking 1800 police officers off the crime ridden streets of London.
Why are they doing it? I've just heard their spokesman being given a platform on BBC R5 to tell us. Apparently, air travel already accounts for 20% of global emissions (he simply dismisses the generally accepted figure of 6% as being out of date), and if we don't stop it now, 400 million people will die.
Is that what you want?
A few weeks back, we asked if anyone knew about the data which apparently shows global warming has stopped. We got a lot of very interesting comments and links, and over at the excellent Number Watch John Brignell gives us a good summary of key points.
The bottom line is that the temperature data gathered from satellites differs markedly from what traditional earth stations tell us. Whereas earth station data says temperatures continue on a rising trend, 28 years of high quality satellite data says there's been little or no change (see chart above). A huge discrepancy.
"In any other field (with the possible exception of epidemiology) such a discrepancy would result in an international conference to hammer out which version was correct. When you take into account that the difference is responsible for a multi-billion dollar international industry and a world-wide raft of draconian, liberty-crushing legislation, the silence is leaden."
He also highlights the growing controversy over the siting of earth stations, when poor siting in urban areas can hugely distort results. The blog shows one right next to an aircon plant.
And then there's the fact that the temperature data presented to us as "fact" by celebrity warming scientists is seldom pure data as you or I might imagine- ie straight from the thermometer. It's usually been "adjusted" (aka fudged). As John shows, one of the most widely used series has been subjected to such a massive fudge that the "adjustment" actually accounts for much of the upward trend in the final eye-grabbing chart.
This is a scandal that has had far too little exposure, and it's well worth reading the blog.
Regular BOM readers may be grinding their teeth at this point, remembering the BBC's unilateral decision not to challenge the Gore climate "consensus" because "The BBC has held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts, and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus."
We'll be watching the way the BBC covers this week very carefully (see here for early report).