Patrick Michaels

UN climate panel can’t explain warming slowdown


The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to release another report on climate change this fall. But we already have an idea of what they’re expected to say:

An unreleased draft of the U.N.’s next major climate report reportedly states that scientists are more certain than ever that man’s actions are warming the planet — even as the report struggles to explain a slow-down in warming that climate skeptics have seized upon.

Global surface temperatures rose rapidly during the 70s, but have been relatively flat over the past decade and a half, according to data from the U.K.’s weather-watching Met Office. Climate skeptics have spent months debating the weather pattern, some citing it as evidence that global warming itself has decelerated or even stopped.
A draft of the upcoming AR5 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is set for final release in Oct. 2014 and used by governments around the world, offers a variety of explanations for the mystery, Reuters reported, from ocean storage of heat to volcanoes.

The Economist notes that there is some doubt among members of the panel that greenhouse-gas emissions are as big of a problem than they’ve claimed in the past. The magazine points out that this is a huge deal given that the IPCC has been used by many countries, including the United States, to determine climate change policies.

Patrick Michaels discussed peer review of climate data

The Atlas Foundation is out with another video is Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute on the ClimateGate scandal, the lack of review of data produced by purveyors of this junk science:

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