Mat Hope | September 18, 2017
The Mail on Sunday has been forced to publish a 659-word correction to an article alleging a scientific study exaggerated the extent of global warming and was rushed in an attempt to influence the Paris Agreement negotiations.
The UK’s press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), today ruled that the Mail on Sunday had “failed to take care over the accuracy of the article” and “had then failed to correct these significantly misleading statements”.
Huge victory for @ret_ward. Mail on Sunday forced to admit @DavidRoseUK article was “significantly misleading” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/16/climate/british-press-watchdog-climate-change.html?mcubz=3 …
— Leo Hickman (@LeoHickman)
Mail on Sunday columnist David Rose based the article on an interview and blog by Dr John Bates, a climate scientist formerly employed at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The article was widely criticised at the time for being misleading.
The NOAA data tells a very similar story to that of other datasets, Carbon Brief analyst Zeke Hausfather pointed out, showing “no detectable sign of a ‘hiatus’ or ‘pause’ through to the present”.
— Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin)