The Australian lies to its readers about Climate Change
As noted in the Open Thread by Liz A,
Jul 7, 2011
As noted in the Open Thread by Liz A,
As noted in the Open Thread by Liz A, Tim Lambert has spotted a horrendous piece of, shall we say, “quote engineering”, from The Australian’s Cut and Paste column.
Here’s the quote that they present as contradicting the Prime Minister’s quote:
Julia Gillard at a press conference on Monday: The science is telling us that climate change is real. The government accepts the science. We accept the science from our own CSIRO. We accept the science from our own weather bureau. The advice indicates that if we do not cut carbon pollution, average temperatures around Australia could increase by between 2.2 to over 5C by 2070.
From the true believers. Robert K. Kaufmann, Heikki Kauppi, Michael L. Mann, and James H. Stock in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday: Given the widely noted increase in the warming effects of rising greenhouse gas concentrations, it has been unclear why global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008. Data for global surface temperature indicate little warming between 1998 and 2008. Furthermore, global surface temperature declined 0.2C between 2005 and 2008. This seeming disconnect may be one reason why the public is increasingly sceptical about anthropogenic climate change.
See, it’s not warming and we don’t know why! Trouble is, that’s not an actual paragraph from the paper. It’s been constructed by taking the first sentence of the abstract, the first and second sentence of the body of the paper and the fourth sentence of the bosy of the paper. If you look at the bits that they left out, you’ll see why. First, the rest of the abstract:
We find that this hiatus in warming coincides with a period of little increase in the sum of anthropogenic and natural forcings. Declining solar insolation as part of a normal eleven-year cycle, and a cyclical change from an El Nino to a La Nina dominate our measure of anthropogenic effects because rapid growth in short-lived sulfur emissions partially offsets rising greenhouse gas concentrations. As such, we find that recent global temperature records are consistent with the existing understanding of the relationship among global surface temperature, internal variability, and radiative forcing, which includes anthropogenic factors with well known warming and cooling effects.
Gee, their conclusion is the opposite of what Cut and Paste implied. And here’s the sentence they snipped from the body of the paper:
Although temperature increases in 2009 and 2010, the lack of a clear increase in global surface temperature between 1998 and 2008 (1), combined with rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases, prompts some popular commentators (2, 3) to doubt the existing understanding of the relationship among radiative forcing, internal variability, and global surface temperature.
Dear Cut and Paste, although you can cut out mentions of temperature increases, it does not mean that temperatures have not increased.
Remember that this dishonest piece of misinformation comes from the newspaper that only a few weeks ago said:
Regular readers of this newspaper will be aware of our consistent support for a market-based price on carbon as the most efficient method of reducing emissions. But regardless of our considered position, this newspaper takes seriously our duty to provide news coverage on policy debates that covers all significant information, views and perspectives. We respect the intelligence of our readers and have confidence in their ability to make up their own minds. We operate on the understanding that you expect us to provide as much relevant information as possible, enabling you to be well-informed. It is our unwritten compact.