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.

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  1. Span Ows says:

    First comment on that Aussie post:

    “anyone who thinks the science is settled on this topic, is in fantasia”.
    Prof Murry Salby

    BBC seen it?


  2. London Calling says:

    Willful blindness?


  3. Cassandra King says:

    The BBC has become a criminal enterprise engaging plumbing the depths of moral depravity, there is no low too low, no dirty trick too dirty.


  4. J Drake says:

    Physics World has run a poll and it produced rather different results to the Steve Jones report, albeit more general:


  5. John Horne Tooke says:

    “Over the last two years he has been looking at C12 and C13 ratios and CO2 levels around the world, and has come to the conclusion that man-made emissions have only a small effect on global CO2 levels. It’s not just that man-made emissions don’t control the climate, they don’t even control global CO2 levels.”

    This is good news – isn’t it? We no longer need to kill the elderly through high energy bills, we also do not have to desecrate all of this countries beautiful countryside with massive industrial turbines. We can safely run our cars without affecting the global temperatures etc etc.

    Now why don’t our politicians accept that they got it wrong but their policies were based on the best evidence at the time?

    It is because their energy policies have nothing to do with science but generating as much income as possible for the treasury and political scientists. Cameron makes me sick.


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      It’s on the level of religious belief.  They can’t admit it to themselves or it will call into question their entire self-worth and identity.  They’d need de-programming and therapy to cope with having to re-invent themselves.


    • Millie Tant says:

      Apparently that weirdo Hilton is “credited” with turning Cameron into a green maniac.  Wouldn’t surprise me. If only the real Cameron would come out.


  6. George R says:

    ‘Politically correct’ Monbiot, and greenie Guardian turn on normally greenie BBC.

    “Top Gear’s electric car shows pour petrol over the BBC’s standards”

    Monbiot, in his narrow political focus, misses the massive Jones propaganda campaign at BBC, and misses BBC bias on virtually all political issues!


  7. George R says:

    “Polar Bear Kills British Teenager In Norway: BBC Blames Climate Change (Photos)”


    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      The first blog for Richard Black on his return from his hols writes itself.

      Sadly, the current one is now closed, so for a ‘few weeks’, anything of an environmental nature does not exist as far as a £4Bpa ‘news’ organisation is concerned.