By Mat Hope • Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 21:56
Thank goodness for the Mail on Sunday and journalist David Rose. Without the endeavours of these serial climate science deniers, the world may never have known that the landmark Paris Agreement was informed by robust scientific evidence.
That’s not exactly how they put it, obviously.
Instead, they claimed to have found “astonishing evidence” that a scientific paper based on “flawed” evidence that was never shared was “rushed” in order to influence the landmark Paris climate change negotiations.
That somewhat ignores the fact the data in the paper has been independently verified, the data was immediately archived, and the authors never discussed the Paris meeting.
This is best deniers can do now. Pathetic!
RT @ClimateOfGavin Hilarious screw up by @DavidRoseUK #FailOnSunday https://twitter.com/ClimateOfGavin/status/828082851585388544 …
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann)
The Mail on Sunday this weekend did a three-page spread intended to debunk research that showed a supposed ‘global warming pause’, much beloved by climate science deniers, might not actually have occurred at all.
Published by the world’s leading academic journal Science in June 2015, the paper said an apparent slowdown in temperature increases between 1998 and 2013 was largely down to how the data was pieced together.
Mail on Sunday columnist David Rose – who is known for being mistaken on a wide range of subjects – claimed to have “learnt” that the paper was based on flawed data, and that it didn’t follow a proper review process.
Rose’s column was described by Berkeley climate scientist Zeke Hausfather as “so wrong it’s hard to know where to start”.