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Friday, 5 August 2016

Pillock: An answer to James Delingpole

Could there ever be a greater pillock, when it comes to climate change, than James Delingpole?

To be fair though, the weasel did admit back in 2011 that he didn't read peer-reviewed papers, and he is definitely demonstrating that trait here.

In his article, on Breitbart, of 29th July 2016, Delingpole stated that "The West Antarctic has become yet another victim of global cooling". He goes on to say that:

"According to the latest study, in Nature, it has experienced “an absence of regional warming since the late 1990s” while
“The annual mean temperature has decreased at a statistically significant rate, with the most rapid cooling during the Austral summer. Temperatures have decreased as a consequence of a greater frequency of cold, east-to-southeasterly winds, resulting from more cyclonic conditions in the northern Weddell Sea associated with a strengthening mid-latitude jet. These circulation changes have also increased the advection of sea ice towards the east coast of the peninsula, amplifying their effects.”
So, I followed the link and took a look at the introduction of the paper. It is IMMEDIATELY noticeable that Delingpole's quotation of it omits the final three and a half lines, which state:

Our findings cover only 1% of the Antarctic continent and emphasize that decadal temperature changes in this region are not primarily associated with the drivers of global temperature change but, rather, reflect the extreme natural internal variability of the regional atmospheric circulation. 

So in other words, the findings of the paper are concerned only with 1 percent of the Antarctic continent and therefore cannot be presented as an indicator of the situation with regard to global climate change as it affects the Antarctic as a whole. 

In order to further clarify this point, I conducted a wider search on the internet to see if there was any wider discussion of the study. Sure enough, there was. 

In a piece published by The New Scientist on 20th July, Michael Le Page points out that:

"a shift in prevailing winds has resulted in it cooling since 1998 — although this region is still warmer than it was when observations began"

Mr Le Page then quotes the lead author on the Nature study, John Turner, who is also a member of the British Antarctic Survey:

“What we are seeing is natural climatic variability overriding global warming”

 This means that the cooling effect is due to the natural variability of the region overcoming the warming effect (temporarily) of global warming impacts in this particular region. 

Turner strongly emphasises that:

"This cooling will be temporary. Even if the winds don’t change again soon, global warming will overwhelm their effect in the coming decades."


"Nor does this slight cooling of the air above one part of Antarctica mean we can worry less about the main threat from the continent: sea level rise. That’s because the accelerating loss of ice from Antarctica is driven almost entirely by the warming seas around the continent."

But Delingpole takes no notice of this. What he does is take the bulk of the introduction from the Nature site, cuts off the final three and a half lines so that readers of his Breitbart piece are unable (unless they do something called 'wider basic research') to read one of the most important parts of the whole piece, and then constructs a completely false narrative around it implying that Antartica is cooling and thus that global climate change isn't happening. 

THAT in common terminology is known as a LIE.

Delingpole, you are a total idiot. And you call yourself journalist? Ludicrous!!! 



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