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Media Finally Cools on Global Warming

Friday, 05 February 2010 10:23 AM

Last weekend looks likely to have been a tipping point in the media debate on climate change in the English-speaking world.

The two daily papers in Britain which have campaigned most single-mindedly on the urgent need for action on man-made global warming have begun to change their tune.

The Independent's environment editor, Michael McCarthy, filed a piece under the head "Professor in leaked email scandal tried to hide fact that numbers he used were wrong". Previously The Independent has been underwhelmed by revelations arising out of Climategate, the hacking of computer files from the University of East Anglia's climate research unit.

But the evidence of suppressing data and trying to sideline freedom of information requests has called into question research findings which are fundamental to modern climatology.

Phil Jones, the suspended head of the East Anglia climate unit, collaborated with Wei-Chyung Wang on a major paper in Nature magazine on the urban heat island effect in 1990. Human activity and machinery emit heat, concrete and buildings store it. They found that urban developments near weather stations had had a negligible effect on the temperature increases recorded.

A lot of supposedly settled science rests on the assumption that we can rely on the integrity of the temperature record as presented, which explains why the issue has been pivotal for true believers in British journalism. McCarthy wrote: "It has been reported that when climate sceptics asked for the precise location of 84 stations, Jones at first declined to release the details. And when eventually he did release them, it was found that for the ones supposed to be in the countryside, there was no location given."

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