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Science Media Centre hits new lows

Read this from the Science Media Centre.

...the slowdown has risked becoming the bête noire of climate science.  It has been unfairly framed as (another) nail in the coffin for global warming – ‘You said it would get warmer and it hasn’t!’ – as though the failure of the temperature record to conform each year blows the whole evidence base out of the water.  Triumphant claims are made – erroneously – that the failure to warm has finally been revealed and that scientists (part of the conspiracy, naturally) have been keeping quiet about it. 

"..conform each year"?! "Conform at any point since the turn of the millennium" is the criticism.

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Reader Comments (16)

I thought this was hysterical:

"Climate science is uncharted territory."

I thought it was 'settled science', n'est pas?

Sep 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterGixxerboy

It's very difficult to follow the logic in the Science Media Centre's post. As far as I can make out it runs something like this:

We are one hundred percent sure of global warming. But it's more complicated than that. But anyone who points out the complexities is evil. Unless it's as. We are a hundred percent sure. Apart from the complexities. Which don't detract from us being a hundred percent sure.

Sep 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

Why would the SMC want to spoil the propaganda message by telling the truth?

Sep 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

BBC on the Today programme discussed a 'slowdown' in warming as does this announcement . I've been led to believe that there has been no warming since 1998. Should we assume that the terminology is a subtle way of
avoiding stating the truth?

Sep 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterCharlie furniss

Is it really to much ask that a prediction of ever increasing temperatures be matched by an actual increase in temperatures?

Is it really too much to ask the proponents of those predictions account for the discrepency, or temper their "certainty" until they do?

Sep 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeckko

The whole field is so polarised between the ‘sceptics’ and the ‘warmists’…

And by whom, exactly? Why, by those on the AGWist side, on the whole; most sceptics are, erm, sceptical because they have yet to be convinced about the argument. Being sceptical does not mean that the AGWistas are wrong; it just means that they have not presented a good enough argument. As most of those on the AGWist side seem to be ignoring evidence that is staring them in the face, the case of the sceptics is rapidly coalescing to that of utter refutation of the theory. If –IF – the IPCC and its cohorts could present reliable evidence to support their theory, or amend their theory to fit the facts, not force the facts to fit their models, there would be no polarisation.

Sep 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterRadical Rodent

Err... should not the Science Media Centre's press officer be a little more even handed and neutral. This is campaigning. Sheldon is not a press officer - he is a campaigner.

Sep 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterThecat

Here are the briefing notes that SMC issued in July regarding the slowdown in global temperatures. These briefing notes are "produced in consultation with top scientists in the field, as well as specialist media professionals. Aimed at broadcasters and new desks, briefing notes are designed to be rapidly read and fit on a single page which can be kept around a studio or newsroom."

Sep 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

I'm with you and have been since the very beginning.
Show me the evidence. That's all I ask. Don't call me a denier or a flat-earther or anti-science or a shill for Someone-Or-Other just because I ask you to provide evidence for your hypotheses.
The minute you attack me for not being totally convinced you lose your argument — in whatever field we are discussing. Why is that so difficult for them to understand? They must have learnt that in their Sixth Form debating societies, or if not then, first year university, surely?

Sep 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

MIke Jackson

learning? are you kidding me! These people are stubbornly stupid. They are wilfully stupid. Stupidity is the only thing they understand. They will not enter into any sort of rational discussion because that would require them not being stupid.

Sep 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterDolphinhead

''... as though the failure of the temperature record to conform each year blows the whole evidence base out of the water. ''

Er, what 'evidence base'?

Sep 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn B

The Church tells us that invincible ignorance is not sinful and those who suffer from it will be treated generously in the next world.
Culpable ignorance on the other hand ......................

Sep 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

These Global Warming extremists are the real deniers.

Sep 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterScooper

What a blasted cheek these people have. Remind them of a fraction of their statements regarding warming moving monatonically with increasing CO2emissions. Also how they claimed natural causes were tiny compared with warming due to GHG. They have bastardised their science to satisfy the politicians, and take more taxpayers money.

Sep 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

Lets not forget that this outfit is just an arrogant left leaning media filterbed with a MO of trashing sceptic views as standard policy. I read this piece, between the lines, as for them a surprisingly humble admission (beneath the bluster) that the climate agenda is in deep trouble.

Sep 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

My nose is cold? Must be the weather.
My nose often feels cold, is it the climate, or is it just me?
Think I'll put a jumper on.

Sep 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM | Unregistered Commenternick

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