The Australian and climate change denial
In his article ‘Sea rise “not linked to warming” says report’ (The Australian 15 January) environmental reporter Graham Lloyd says:’Australia’s pre-eminent sea-level scientist, John Church, contributed to the paper, which said it could not link climate change and the rate of sea-level rises in the 20th century.’
John Church has in fact made that very link.
Here is an AAP report, reproduced in the Sydney Morning Herald and called ‘Sea level rise “linked to climate change” ‘: ‘Scientists have rejected claims that the latest research on climate change finds no link between global warming and rising sea levels. CSIRO scientist Dr John Church, regarded as Australia’s leading authority on sea level and climate change, said they were clearly connected. “It is clearly linked to increases in greenhouse gases,” he said. “Sea level has already increased the rate of rise from the 18th and 19th century. The instrumental record would indicate an acceleration during the 20th century and the projections will indicate a further acceleration during the 21st century.” ‘
Earlier, in ‘Climate results validate skeptics’ (The Australian 12 January), in discussing the UK Met’s annual December update to its experimental decadal global temperature prediction, Lloyd says:
‘On one analysis, the forecast confirms what many people have been saying for some time. Global warming effectively stopped 17 years ago and, if the new forecast is accurate, that “pause” will be extended to 20 years.’
Here is the Met’s response:
‘There has been media coverage today about our experimental decadal global temperature prediction, which is routinely updated in December each year.
‘The latest decadal prediction suggests that global temperatures over the next five years are likely to be a little lower than predicted from the previous prediction issued in December 2011.
‘However, both versions are consistent in predicting that we will continue to see near-record levels of global temperatures in the next few years.
‘This means temperatures will remain well above the long-term average and 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.’
I call bullshit on The Australian and its reporting of climate change and its denial of humanity’s role in it.