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Imagine my surprise, when I opened my third-hand copy of Private Eye (28th June) to find a comment on climate change:

An Apology

Jul 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM James Evans

I stopped reading Private Eye when I read that the reason it never had any coverage of climate issues (climategate, the 'enquiries') was that Ian Hislop had been convinced by George Monbiot that the science of climate change was sound and that climategate was a fuss about nothing cooked up by climate change deniers.

Jul 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

From the Spin thread:

I reproduce below a letter from last Friday's Spectator, apologies if someone already commented on it. It actually shows RB in a good light by comparison ^.^

Sir: Weather and climate science is not (not my error) an emotional or political issue - even though emotions and politics run high around it, as illustrated in Rupert Darwell's article ('Bad weather', 13 July). However, it is important that opinions are rooted in evidence and the article contains numerous errors and misrepresentations about the Met Office and its science. Here are a couple of points.
The assertion of the Met Office's 'forecast failure' is just wrong. The Met Office is beating all of its forecast accuracy targets. We are consistently recognised by the World Meteorological Organization as one of the top two most accurate operational forecasters in the world. While no forecaster can be 100% accurate, we are at the forefront of weather and climate science and are working to ensure the UK stays a leader in this field.
The Met Office did not 'brace' the UK for a 'decade of soggy summers'. This is a misrepresentation of science from the University of Reading, which scientists made clear at the time should not be taken as a forecast. The Met Office provides impartial advice based only on evidence from world-class research which has been subjected to the rigour and challenge of peer review. Our scientists share those findings as they are, so people can make informed decisions - and form opinions.
John Hirst, Met Office Chief Executive Exeter

This man is suffering from so many delusions that whatever he is smoking must be bloody good stuff.

Jul 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Dellers has a go at the corrupt wind industry and the corrupt politicians who allow the corrupt wind industry to continue to exist and to profit from human misery.

Jul 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

On the latest bit of scary propaganda about the imminent release of huge amounts of methane from thawing permafrost, I am a bit puzzled.
It is my understanding that the last interglacial was much warmer than this one and that the Arctic was ice-free for a long time.
So what happened to all the methane? Any massive release would, presumably, show up in ice cores but I have never read anything to that effect.
Further, if that hotter interglacial caused massive releases - per this latest story - why is there still so much methane in the permafrost? The intervening 120,000 years seems awfully short in geological terms for a new stock to have formed, if indeed it can be formed in sub-zero temperatures.
Puzzled of Surrey

Jul 25, 2013 at 9:53 PM | Registered Commentermikeh

Imagine my surprise, when I opened my third-hand copy of Private Eye (28th June) to find a comment on climate change:

An Apology

In recent years, in exchange for very large sums of public money, we may have given the impression that Britain was facing a future of scorching summers, unbroken droughts, heatwaves and uncontrollable bush fires. Headlines we fed to the newspapers, such as "Yes, It's Barbecue Summers For Ever", "Soon The Only Things Which Will Grow In Your Garden Will Be Giant Cacti" and "Brighton Beach Will Be Hotter Than The Sahara", may have led readers to believe that we were predicting that the British summer might in future be drier and warmer than usual.

We now realise that there is not a jot or tittle of truth in any of the above forecasts and that, on the contrary, the British summer will in coming years be wet, cold, grey and miserable.

Headlines that we have fed to today's newspapers, such as "Brollies Not Barbies - Britain Prepares For Decades Of Summer Misery", "Yes, It's A New Ice Age" and "Summer Like It Cold", will, we hope, redress any misunderstandings which might have arisen from our earlier attempts to guess what the weather might be. We apologise for any confusion to which our forecasting may have led.

Jul 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

When you see the line up at GWPF it is no wonder the Royal Society is running scared. :-)

a very impressive line up.

Jul 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

More warnings of the lights going out.

Jul 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

@Don B Re Shale Gas
Video Sen Inhofe asks the EPA "are you aware of any documented cases of groundwater contamination being definitely caused by fracking ? short answer please"
- guess the answer (50% chance of being right) (apologies for hogging unthreaded, but I just watched this)

Jul 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

When the topic at BH returns to shale gas, a good start would be the review of shale fracking in the US written at Master Resource today:

Jul 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon B

Imagine if an 8 year old read James Delingpole and then gave a class "Show & Tell" presentation.. would he pass ?
- Here is a Youtube animation from Galileo the Movement

Jul 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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