Climate facts to warm to | The Australian

I am not sure how this happens but tonight we had a snow flurry at the same time 60 Minutes was showing a piece about global warming. I thought our recent record cold weather would save us for a few months from Big Media’s over-hyping of global warming predictions. The gist of their piece was that this scientist was doing major public harm by having a view on climate science contrary to the “consensus” opinion. CBS was trying real hard to make the scientist look like a fool. It was an unnecessary hatchet job. Thirty minutes later I am reading a blog and I find this article from The Australian. This article reminded that I had read another similar article about a month ago. That article wondered why the actual temperature measurements were significantly lower than the recent IPCC predictions and speculated on the causes of the divergence. My guess is that many scientists recognize that there are serious problems with the temperature models and have quietly moved to the neutral position. It must have been a slow news night at CBS. Fact checking continues to be an optional exercise for CBS.

CATASTROPHIC predictions of global warming usually conjure with the notion of a tipping point, a point of no return.

Last Monday – on ABC Radio National, of all places – there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Anyone in public life who takes a position on the greenhouse gas hypothesis will ignore it at their peril.

Duffy asked Marohasy: “Is the Earth still warming?”

She replied: “No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you’d expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years.”

Duffy: “Is this a matter of any controversy?”

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