Monday's Daily Express provided a helpful run-through of some
rather tired climate skeptic memes, courtesy of columnist Leo
McKinstry. It didn't deviate from the Express's editorial line on
climate change, which appears to be broadly supportive of arguments
It isn't happening and b) It's
not our fault anyway.
Unfortunately, we're guessing the picture of 'climate science'
presented in the article isn't one scientists would recognise. Here
are five ways
the article gets it wrong:
1. Global warming is still happening
McKinstry begins with the
familiar skeptic argument that recent global temperature
data show global warming "is not happening". He says:
"According to recent studies from the
Meteorological Office there has been no significant increase at all
in the world's temperatures since 1997"
"Met Office admits that there will not
be any global warming over the next four years."
This argument has done the rounds recently, following the
release of the Met Office's analysis of
global temperature data, and its
latest decadal forecast projecting temperatures up to
We've gone over the detail of these arguments extensively in the
past few days - see
here if you want more. But seeing as this is all
referencing Met Office data, what is the considered view of the Met
Office on this issue? As it said
"Small year to year fluctuations such as
those that we are seeing in the shorter term five year predictions
are expected due to natural variability in the climate system, and
have no sustained impact on the long term warming".
This reiterates the Met Office's expectation that global
continue to rise in the 21st century. In response to
specific claim last week that the Met Office had "admitted
there is no evidence that global warming is happening", The Met
Office clarified it has "not said this at any point."