CLEARING THE PR POLLUTION THAT CLOUDS CLIMATE SCIENCE
By Mat Hope • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 00:00
It’s not always easy to own up to mistakes. So the Mail on Sunday deserves some credit for correcting an error it made reporting average global surface temperatures.
But it’s still unclear how the error came about.
In an article on February 19, Mail on Sunday journalist David Rose wrote that “the world average temperature in January 2017 was about the same as January 1998”. The article implied this was evidence for a global warming ‘pause’ — an argument of which climate science deniers are fond, no matter how many times scientists point out its failings.
The supposed similarity between the temperatures in 1998 and 2017 was hammered home by climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF), which reposted Rose’s article with its own graph highlighting the data.
The Mail on Sunday has now acknowledged the statement about the temperatures being “about the same” in both years is false, and that the average temperature in January 2017 was in fact 0.25 degrees celsius higher than in 1998.
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