Friday, March 05, 2010

British Climate Change Denialists Are Guilty of Applying Double Standards

"We are still waiting to see how Lord Lawson explains his foundation's misleading and inaccurate portrayal of the temperature record compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia."---Bob Ward

Bob Ward, the policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science, has published an article in The U.K. Guardian (3-5-10) titled "Climate sceptics guilty of double standards in condemnation over data":

Some climate change sceptics have been guilty of applying double standards in their condemnation of alleged misdeeds by researchers at the Climatic Research Unit [CRU] at the University of East Anglia.

On 25 February, I wrote to Dr Benny Peiser, the director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation which is chaired by Lord Lawson, to warn him that a graph of "21st century global mean temperature" displayed prominently on his group's website contains an error.

Instead of showing that 2009 was the warmest year since 2005, the foundation's graph portrays it as slightly cooler than 2006 and 2007.

While it is a relatively small error, it is the kind of discrepancy that many sceptics would be seizing upon if it had been found on the website of the Climatic Research Unit.

Yet Peiser still has not responded to me and the foundation's graph still remains inaccurate. And it is not the first such error. [See the full text.]

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