Climate Depot Round Up: ‘The great warmist retreat has officially begun. The mainstream media cannot maintain the official man-made global warming narrative any longer’


By: - Climate DepotApril 8, 2013 9:44 AM

Climate Depot Note: “The mainstream media cannot maintain the official man-made global warming narrative any longer. With the lack of warming and the failure to shift the climate debate to “extreme weather”, warmists are now losing once stalwart members of the media in promoting man-made climate fears. These are not good times for the promoters of global warming. Earth is failing to follow global warming predictions and the new study claiming current temperatures are the “hottest ever” may be facing a full scientific retraction.  The great warmist retreat has officially begun.”

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Shock: The Great Warmist Retreat Has Begun! UK Telegraph: ‘Global warming: time to rein back on doom and gloom?’ — Global temp lull ‘raises the possibility that Carbon dioxide may be less potent than has been thought in heating the planet’ — UK Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean: ‘Some recent research suggests that climate change might not be as catastrophic as the gloomiest predictions suggest…Until now, they have therefore placed much weight on the rapid temperature increases in the Eighties and Nineties. But for at least a decade, these have dramatically slowed, even as carbon dioxide emissions have continued to increase. None of this justifies the frequent claim by climate sceptics that global warming has stopped, and may now reverse. Long lulls have occurred before, only for temperatures to resume their relentless rise…But it may be less guilty than once supposed. And this is reinforced by recent findings that emissions of soot, or black carbon – which patient readers may remember I have been banging on about for years – are causing twice as much warming as previously estimated, meaning that the contribution of CO2 must be correspondingly less.’

Full retreat? ‘Geoffrey Lean at the Telegraph has, somewhat belatedly, picked up on the low climate sensitivity news. Yes, you read that correctly, Geoffrey Lean. Who will be next to turn sceptic?’ – ‘When even zealots like Lean are in retreat it’s fair to say that something significant has changed. One can only wonder whether this change of tune is a function of the Economist’s coverage of the issue or of what Lean’s contacts are whispering to him about the Fifth Assessment Report’

Is the media waking up on global warming? ‘Tic, tic, tic. The sleeping MSM is stirring. Headlines no one could imagine seeing a few years ago are popping up on a regular basis. The backdown is beginning’ – ‘What caused the shift? [UK Telegraph's] Lean noted in late December that the UK Met Bureau reduced its forecasts, that there has been a long pause in warming, and he points out here that there are now, increasingly, new lower estimates of climate sensitivity…The meme that skeptics do have a point has made it through to a new circle of journalists’

UN IPCC’s Kevin Trenberth redefines global warming: Warming No Longer Requires Warming –’Global warming is continuing but it’s being manifested in somewhat different ways,’ said Kevin Trenberth, of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. Warming can go, for instance, to the air, water, land or to melting ice and snow…’pauses in surface warming could last 15-20 years’

Retreat?! Et Tu Wash. Post?: WaPo Opinion writer Ed Rogers: ‘Voters are cool and the planet is too’ — ‘Fewer and fewer Americans say global warming is a serious problem’ & ‘the globe is not getting warmer — or at least, it hasn’t in the last 15 years’ — ‘Just as voters are cooling to global climate alarmists, the planet has stopped warming…Politically, the bottom line is that global warming is fading as an issue. Given the bad economy and the undeniable temperature stasis, it will be interesting to see if the Democrats who must face voters in 19 months will continue to stay silent as Obama pursues higher energy prices and bogus government spending on useless ‘green energy’ boondoggles’

Global Warming — ‘The End of an Illusion’: ‘A theory with this many holes in it would have been thrown out long ago…can’t we all just stop calling this ‘science’ now?’ – ’I've grown old waiting for the promised global warming.’ Literally: ‘I was 35 when predictions of a looming ice age were supplanted by warmmongering. Now I’m 68, and there’s still no sign of warmer weather.’ — ‘So basically, all that the global warming advocates really have, as the evidentiary basis for their theory, is that global temperatures were a little higher than usual in the late 1990s. That’s it. Which proves nothing. The climate varies, just as weather varies, and as far as we can tell, this is all well within the normal range’ — ‘A theory with this many holes in it would be have been thrown out long ago, if not for the fact that it conveniently serves the political function of indicting fossil fuels as a planet-destroying evil and allowing radical environmentalists to put a modern, scientific face on their primitivist crusade to shut down industrial civilization. But can’t we all just stop calling this ‘science’ now?’

Media Sea Change?! Der Spiegel Stops Believing…’Hot Debate Over Climate: How Reliable Are The Prognoses?’ Growing Doubts Over Models! — The flagship German news magazine writes: ‘Global warming has stalled for 15 years. Experts thus are having doubts on the reliability of their prognoses. The temperature development is moving along the lowest margins of the UN scenarios.’ Science reporter Axel Bojanowski at Spiegel here looks at the performance of climate models, claiming that some aren’t doing too bad, while the alarmist ones are failing…’For this reason some scientists now harbor the hope that the pessimistic climate prognoses could be wrong.’

Forbes Mag.: ‘Global Warming: Was It Just A Beautiful Dream After All?’ – ‘I’ve grown old waiting for the promised global warming. I was 35 when predictions of a looming ice age were supplanted by warmmongering. Now I’m 68, and there’s still no sign of warmer weather’ — ‘Climate panic, after all, is fear of dramatic, life-altering climate changes, not about tenths of a degree. We are told that we must ‘take action right now before it’s Too Late!’

Russian Scientists Warn Global Temperatures To Fall 1.5°C By 2050. Strong Doubts About Warming 

‘Meet the new climate deniers’ — The promoters of man-made global warming! — ‘The new climate deniers are the liberals who, despite their obsession with climate change, have managed to miss the biggest story in climate science, which is that there hasn’t been any global warming for about a decade and a half…What is beginning to seem more likely is that the “sensitivity” of the global climate to carbon emissions has been overestimated. If so, the deniers will be the last to admit it’

Where’s the warming? ‘The ocean ate my global warming’

Analysis: ‘The models are broken, by the standards warmists set’ — ‘The global warming pause extends by every measure to more than 15 years’ — ‘For RSS the warming is not significant for over 23 years — UAH the warming is not significant for over 19 years — For Hadcrut3 the warming is not significant for over 19 years — For Hadcrut4 the warming is not significant for over 18 years — For GISS the warming is not significant for over 17 years’ ‘Once warmists said 15 years of no statistically significant warming invalidated their models’

New paper finds climate models are ‘inconsistent with past warming’: Published in Environmental Research Letters — Study ‘finds that climate models exaggerate the upper end of projected global warming because the models are ‘inconsistent with past warming.’ The paper adds to many other recent peer-reviewed studies demonstrating that IPCC projections of global warming are exaggerated’

‘If we get no warming for another year or two, there will be no school children who have experienced global warming’

Shock News: World’s Hottest Temperature Occurred At 300 PPM CO2

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Prominent scientist known as ‘Einstein’s successor’ declares himself a global warming skeptic — Rips colleagues: Freeman Dyson: ‘I just think they don’t understand the climate’ – Freeman Dyson on climatologists: ‘I just think they don’t understand the climate. Their models are full of fudge factors’

Dyson on Journalists: ‘They’re absolutely lousy… I don’t know why they’ve been brainwashed’ 

More Dyson: ‘CO2 is good for vegetation. About 15% of ag yields are due to CO2 we emit… it’s a real plus to burn coal and oil’ 

‘Some of the most formidable opponents of climate hysteria include politically liberal physics Nobel laureate, Ivar Giaever; Freeman Dyson; father of the Gaia Hypothesis, James Lovelock – ‘Left-center chemist, Fritz Vahrenholt, one of the fathers of the German environmental movement’

Flashback: Left-wing Env. Scientist Bails Out Of Global Warming Movement: Declares it a ‘corrupt social phenomenon…strictly an imaginary problem of the 1st World middleclass’ 

Top Swedish Climate Scientist Says Warming Not Noticeable: ‘The warming we have had last a 100 years is so small that if we didn’t have climatologists to measure it we wouldn’t have noticed it at all — Award-Winning Dr. Lennart Bengtsson, formerly of UN IPCC: ‘We Are Creating Great Anxiety Without It Being Justified…there are no indications that the warming is so severe that we need to panic…The warming we have had the last a 100 years is so small that if we didn’t have had meteorologists and climatologists to measure it we wouldn’t have noticed it at all.’