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February 27, 2010


DAILY EXPRESS - Climate scientists stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the ­hottest January the world has ever seen.

The remarkable claim, based on global satellite data, follows Arctic temperatures that brought snow, ice and travel chaos to millions in the UK.

At the height of the big freeze, the entire country was blanketed in snow. But Australian weather expert Professor Neville Nicholls, of Monash University in Melbourne, said yesterday: "January, according to satellite data, was the hottest January we've ever seen.

"Last November was the hottest November we've ever seen. November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen." Veteran­climatologist Professor Nicholls was speaking at an online climate change briefing, added: "It's not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven't warmed in the past 50 years."

His extraordinary claims came after the World Meteorological Organization revealed 2000 to 2009 was the hottest decade since records began in 1850.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you love it when what should be an objective story is loaded up with buzzwords like "stunned", "remarkable", and "extraordinary"? Maybe that's the reaction of those who are scientifically and mathematically illiterate, but the intelligent among us understand enough about chaos theory to know that when there is an increase in energy in a closed system (i.e. the earth's land, air, and seas having a higher worldwide average temperature) it means that there will be more chaos in the system resulting in extremes of both cold and hot at different locations around the globe.

I'm starting to feel that the idiots who use isolated examples of cold weather to downplay the notion of global warming should just be lined up against a wall and shot so that the rest of us will have some hope of surviving.

February 27, 2010 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess they mounted the satellite thermometer upside down.

February 27, 2010 1:55 PM  
Blogger m said...

No matter what happens, be it increasing temperatures or decreasing temperatures, it is "proof" of anthropogenic global warming.

Whenever a counterpoint to AGW is produced, the talking heads go into overdrive with all sorts of factoids about how those who question AGW are illiterate "deniers." Derision rather than science is used to abuse those who question.

There are a lot of scientific problems with the hypothesis of AGW. There are even more problems with some of the proposed solutions that go beyond conservation as a solution. The same people who complain about storing nuclear material, think they can safely store far greater amounts of CO2, a much more difficult task.

NASA and others have been caught fabricating data for years now. Proclaiming "hotter" and "hottest" years during the '90s, only to admit that they used statistical manipulation to create those "hottest" years -- the hottest year of the 20th Century was 1934.

These are the propaganda tactics that brought us into war in Iraq. They have the very same stink.

March 1, 2010 7:50 AM  

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