Inconvenient truths: Met Office buried global warming data

The Met Office has been criticised for releasing information on Christmas Eve, without a press release, that shows that global warming has all but ceased

by The Commentator on 9 January 2013 11:12


Global warming has stalled, reports the Met Office, and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017.

The Met Office, which is part publicly funded, has a long history of incorrect projections and forecast in its over 150 year history. This week's revelation that not only has the organisation once again made drastically incorrect predictions which have affected government policy, but then sought to hide them, will surely prove damaging.

A press release published yesterday confirms that over the next five years, global temperatures will be 0.43 degrees above the 1971-2000 average, instead of the previously forecast 0.54 degrees - a significant 20 per cent reduction. It has also now been admitted than no further temperature rises are expected over the next five years.

Even those who support the idea of global warming have spoken out against the Met Office. Bob Ward, of the London School of Economics' Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment said, "It’s true to say this isn’t the Met Office’s finest hour... The sceptics have simply exploited that fact. I think on this particular occasion the Met Office has fallen short of the standards one would expect of them."

The Met Office maintains however, that temperatures will remain well above the long-term average and that we will continue to see temperatures like those which resulted in 2000-2009 being the warmest decade in the instrumental record dating back to 1850.

Labour MP Graham Stringer accused the Met Office of “burying bad news” by releasing the data on Christmas Eve and said it should give up climate change forecasts as well as long-term predictions.

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