AP's Seth Borenstein walks media claims back: 'The story also reported that 2014 was the hottest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, but did not include the caveat that other recent years had average temperatures that were almost as high — and they all fall within a margin of error that lessens the certainty that any one of the years was the hottest.'
Climate Depot Note: AP is finally conceding that the narrative of the 2014 being the 'hottest year' not only violated scientific methods, but also made a mockery of journalistic ethics. Climate Depot kept up the pressure on the media.
By Robert Tracinski: 'A more accurate first sentence to sum up this story: 'In the tiny little blip of geological time for which we have accurate surface temperature records, last year was pretty much the same as 2005 and 2010, continuing a plateau of global temperatures that has lasted nearly 20 years.'
Obama Science Czar John Holdren defends his 1987 warning about possible 'carbon dioxide climate-induced famines' killing as many as one billion people 'before the year 2020':
Holdren: 'I very much hope, of course, that nothing as dire as a famine killing a billion people will happen as a result of climate change by 2020, or ever. But the prospects for permanently avoiding such an outcome… will be greatly improved if this country follows through on the sensible measures in the President's Climate Action Plan.'
Scientists Question Honesty of Federal Agencies & NASA’s Chief Global Warming Scientist Gavin Schmidt
Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer: ‘Why You are Being Misled on Global Temperatures’ – ‘I am embarrassed by the scientific community’s behavior on the subject’
Former Harvard Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl: ‘NASA's Gavin Schmidt knew about this fact. That didn't prevent them from pushing virtually all mainstream media to publish the lie – in the very title – that NASA was declaring 2014 was the warmest year'
Climatologist Dr. Tim Ball accuses NASA’s Schmidt of 'climate deception.’ - 'Schmidt knows, after all his years with participating in the creation and naming of the RealClimate.org web site, that it is all about the headline.'
Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies claimed its analysis of world temperatures showed ‘2014 was the warmest year on record’
But it emerged that GISS’s analysis is subject to a margin of error
Nasa admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all
The Nasa climate scientists who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 per cent sure this was true.
Yet the Nasa press release failed to mention this, as well as the fact that the alleged ‘record’ amounted to an increase over 2010, the previous ‘warmest year’, of just two-hundredths of a degree – or 0.02C. The margin of error is said by scientists to be approximately 0.1C – several times as much.
As a result, GISS’s director Gavin Schmidt has now admitted Nasa thinks the likelihood that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just 38 per cent. However, when asked by this newspaper whether he regretted that the news release did not mention this, he did not respond.
Although some challenges are very real, others have been vastly overstated, researchers claim in a review paper. The team writes that scientists, journals and the media have fallen into a mode of groupthink that can damage the credibility of the ocean sciences. The controversial study exposes fault lines in the marine-science community'... It is not just journalists who are to blame, they maintain: the marine research community “may not have remained sufficiently sceptical” on the topic...“There are a lot of conversations around meetings about the excess doom and gloom in our reporting of ocean health, but perhaps this is the first paper to bring these concerns out of the privacy of peer conversations,” says Duarte. “This is a silent movement, as there is a lot of peer pressure against voicing those concerns openly, so my co-authors and I expect significant heat upon us to be derived from our paper.”
Warns the 'frightening alternative' to global warming is -- global cooling
'Too many (the majority) of climate research scientists are quite willing to prostitute their science by giving these politicians what they want.' - 'I’m now retired, so I have no scientific career to protect by spreading lies.'
Fears Global Cooling: New academic paper, argues that the other frightening alternative to global warming is global cooling.'Would reductions in atmospheric carbon dioxide trigger that (cooling) calamity?'
Climate fears help politicians 'get electoral visibility by pounding the panic drums.'
The new rules are part of the EU's Ecodesign initiative, which have already seen the most powerful vacuum cleaners, and traditional light bulbs banned... "Coffee is one of the many products threatened by climate change, so it's also good to know that when you're making a cup, you're doing your bit to cut down on carbon emissions too.
"With a better designed appliance you can enjoy a coffee without the bitter taste of wasting energy or adding unnecessarily to the climate problem."