The Mail on Sunday has claimed two high profile Met
Office scientists disagree with each other on what's behind the
recent exceptional weather in the UK. But the scientists involved
say the newspaper has got it wrong, and that "there is no
This weekend, the Mail On Sunday ran an
article by climate skeptic journalist David Rose, entitled
'No, global warming did NOT cause the storms, says one of the Met
Office's most senior experts'.
The piece quotes Professor Mat Collins, a climate scientist at
the University of Exeter who is also affiliated with the Met
Office. It suggests Collins disagrees with the Met Office's chief
scientist, Dame Professor Julia Slingo, over the link between
climate change and the recent wild weather. The piece says:
"One of the Met Office's most senior
experts yesterday made a dramatic intervention in the climate
change debate by insisting there is no link between the storms that
have battered Britain and global warming … His statement appears to
contradict Met Office chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo".
But yesterday, Collins and the Met Office issued a
joint statement dismissing the interpretation, saying
"this is not the case and there is no disagreement."
A warmer, wetter world
Last week, Slingo spoke to journalists ahead of the launch of a
report, authored by her, into what's behind the recent
exceptional weather in the UK. Her comments have
been widely reported.
"In a nutshell, while there is no
definitive answer for the current weather patterns that we have
seen, all the evidence suggests that climate change has a role to
play in it."