Phil Jones, who stepped down from his position at the Climatic Research Unit after emails surfaced showing the unit apparently conspiring to manipulate climate data, also said global warming may not be unprecedented after all.
As a key figure of the Climategate scandal admitted that there is no evidence the earth has warmed recently and new research suggests existing records aren’t sufficient support for global warming claims.
The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.Meanwhile, The Times reports that scientists have found that temperature records are not a reliable indicator of warming. In many cases, they said, “apparent temperature rise was actually caused by local factors affecting the weather stations, such as land development.”
Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.
Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.
The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.
Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.
And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.
The admissions will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made.
Professor Jones has been in the spotlight since he stepped down as director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit after the leaking of emails that sceptics claim show scientists were manipulating data.
The raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
Reports the Times:
In its last assessment the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the evidence that the world was warming was “unequivocal”.
It warned that greenhouse gases had already heated the world by 0.7C and that there could be 5C-6C more warming by 2100, with devastating impacts on humanity and wildlife. However, new research, including work by British scientists, is casting doubt on such claims. Some even suggest the world may not be warming much at all.
“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC.
The doubts of Christy and a number of other researchers focus on the thousands of weather stations around the world, which have been used to collect temperature data over the past 150 years.
These stations, they believe, have been seriously compromised by factors such as urbanisation, changes in land use and, in many cases, being moved from site to site. So while the liberals are our rioting like usual. The reality is that we can't trust the old data that global warming is a reality. It's a religious cult but not a scientific reality like they want us to believe. Americans are waking up the the fact that the scientist have falsified most of the data. Or they have lost what data they had to support the global warming claims from the left. While the ecoterrorist are out in full force trying to make us believe their religion by force at the Olymipic games, the truth is setting the majority of Americans free from what could be the largest Cap and Tax ever. The left don't care one bit about the truth. They can't give up the thought that the cultist beliefs they have been raised with are most likely false. They don't want to know the truth. They can't handle the truth. And as their lies are brought out to light they will become more violent and angry. They have based their lives and their idealogy on the theory of global warming. They refuse to look at this through scientific eyes. Now I have no problem with their pagan global warming cult. If they want to start a religious cult in Georgetown go right ahead. If they want to catch Hailies Comet by drink the "juice" have at it. It's you live to do what you will with it. Just don't harm others and stop pushing your beliefs on others. And stop trying to make us pay for your beliefs with our tax $'s. I'm not saying that we don't need to get off of our foreign oil addiction. But with all the new evidence that global warming is a hoax, in order for some on the left to control the "New Energy". We need to look at our own gas,oil and nuke as a more realistic and inexpensive energy source. Why should we have to pay more for an energy source just because Al Gore and the Democrats friends are selling it?