With the imminent launch of the 5th IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, the usual suspects are dishing out their ill-founded assertions and distortions of the facts. One serial offender is Mail on Sunday journalist David Rose.
He recently wrote an article where he claimed that Arctic ice had grown by 60% in 2013 which was only a true statement if you cherry pick the data and ignore the catastrophic ice loss in the 2012. The overall trend is still down:
Apply Rose’s thinking (we use the term loosely) to, for example newspaper circulation.
Last week the Mail reported a month-on-month sales increase of 1.13%, up to 1.8 million sales. Now of course that’s in the context of a long term downward trend of -5% year-on-year, and a decrease of 718k (35%) since 2003.
But if David was reporting on those latest numbers he’d no doubt be telling us that in this month – September 2013 – the printed word was finally saved, that the historic slide in his newspaper’s sales was ended, and that circulation was now at a record high.
This year – the year the Mail declares the Arctic to be in rude health – it is one quarter the size it was just a generation ago. Either David and the Mail are fooling their readers, or they’re fooling themselves. But don’t let them fool you. The retreat of the Arctic sea ice continues to occur at a remarkable rate, and it has profound implications for all of us.
More recently Rose has had an article where he claimed that IPCC climate scientists had predicted warming of 0.2oC per decade, but that actual warming was 0.12oC per decade. His original headline read: “World’s top climate scientists confess: global warming is HALF what we said”. Except, the IPCC never claimed 0.2oC of warming for that period, they claimed a 0.13oC trend, meaning they were only out by a statistically insignificant 0.01o. Rose got his numbers wrong, he was exposed across the internet and now he’s been forced to retract the claim.
The obvious conclusion never get your climate science news from the serial liars at the Daily Mail or Mail on Sunday.
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