Those who the BBC labels climate deniers have been saying it along: we do not have enough accurate data to decide with certainty whether recent low levels of arctic summer ice are unusual. Richard Black, though, the BBC’s environment correspondent, has been a cheerleader (and here, and here) for alarmist models that say a “tipping point” will soon be reached and the summer ice will vanish forever because of nasty CO2 emissions. He’s been encouraged of course in the framing of his political diatribes by his masters, who have decreed through the Steve Jones report that there is a consensus on such matters so it must be true. That’s meant that the BBC has routinely ignored evidence like this, which suggests completely the reverse.
Now, however, there is a paper that even the BBC can’t ignore. It’s based, for once, on real data rather than doomwatch models (miracles never cease!), and the researchers simply point out that past higher temperatures on the coasts of Greenland did not lead to the hallowed “tipping point”. Of course, that’s not the whole story. It never is with the BBC. There’s still a quote in there about runaway temperatures (never let the facts get in the way of real alarmist purpose of the BBC’s journalism)- and the reporter fails to note the glaringly obvious point that the new survey tends to undermine at a stroke most of the corporation’s past chronicling of this topic, as well as its approach to climate change coverage in general.
That’s because the trustees have declared the topic is settled. There’s an excellent summary of the utter absurdity of the trust’s position here. And of course, because of this, the BBC won’t be reporting any time soon thisrather inconvenient new paper suggesting that recent rises in atmospheric CO2 are not signficantly caused by man.