In January, news was broadcast around the world that 2014 was the warmest year on record.
In fact, the stats for those promoting this opinion showed there was only a 38% chance this prediction was right, and a 62% chance it was wrong. But in a matter of days 38% became a 100% fact. However, some in the media began to notice the discrepancy and published their concerns about the prediction.
Now a major English newspaper, The Telegraph, is reporting another bizarre twist in the claim 2014 was the hottest year on record.
In his article “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming,” Christopher Booker reported on a findings by Climate blogger, Paul Homewood. He noticed in the temperature charts used to make the case for 2014, there was a stretch of land in South America — ranging from Brazil to Paraguay — that registered some of most dramatic temperature increases in the world.
Between 1950 and 2014, this area reportedly experienced a rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
So Homewood decided to check the original temperature data of three rural stations in Paraguay to get a better idea of what was happening. There are very few weather stations in this region of the world to begin with which is also part of the problem.
He was stunned by what he found. Instead of a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees, the original data for the three stations showed a decrease in temperature of 1 degree over the 65 years. He published the charts on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog. Homewood has since found other stations with similar discrepancies between the original data and posted data.
So in the Bizarro world of global warming “38 not only equals 100” but “down is also up.”
In his Telegraph article, Booker says, “This really does begin to look like one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time.”
In an interview with WND.com, former climatology professor Timothy Ball used the word “monumental” to describe The Telegraph’s article. He said there have always been suspicions about the temperature data used to prove man-made global warming, but it was relegated mostly to the blogger-sphere.
He said this is the first time it hit the main media.
However, Ball expects a backlash. He told WND:
“I do think this is the greatest deception in history …. There have been scandals in history, but they’ve been regional or they’ve only impacted certain areas. This whole climate thing has had a global impact on energy and government policies around the world. So it really is the biggest deception in history. There’s so much money and so many political careers riding on this that it’s going to be a battle royale.”
- Climategate sequel: How we are still being tricked with flawed data on global warming: The Telegraph
- The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever: The Telegraph
- Climate guru: Brace for a massive cover-up: WND.com