Scientist hits back at Daily Mail's "global cooling" claim

Mon, 2010-01-11 16:59Kevin Grandia
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Scientist hits back at Daily Mail's "global cooling" claim

An article over the weekend in the UK’s Daily Mail titled The mini ice age starts here, is being refuted by the scientist whose research was used in the story to back the claim that global warming is nothing to worry about because we are entering a phase of “global cooling.”

Mojib Latif, a Meteorologist at the Leibniz Institute at Kiel University in Germany, told the Guardian newspaper that:

“”It comes as a surprise to me that people would try to use my statements to try to dispute the nature of global warming. I believe in manmade global warming. I have said that if my name was not Mojib Latif it would be global warming.”

The Daily Mail is prone to publishing attention-grabbing stories on climate change. Most recently the newspaper claimed that Chinese hackers in league with Russians may be behind the leaked emails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University.

No correction has appeared on the Daily Mail article yet, so I have emailed the correction and a link to the Gaurdian article to the Sunday editor here: news@mailonsunday.co.uk

Here’s the message I sent, I will let you know if they respond:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Your article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1242011/DAVID-ROSE-The-mini-ice-age-starts-here.html is being reported by the Gaurdian as being incorrect and the scientist quoted heavily is saying that his research has been misused: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/11/climate-change-global-...

On such an important issue as climate change, and as a major media outlet I would urge you to make a prominent correction right away or risk undermining your credibility.

 

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Fox News has picked up on the Daily Mail story. Their story has the headline “30 Years of Global Cooling Are Coming, Leading Scientist Says” (The Fox story is found at http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/11/years-global-cooling-coming-say-leading-scientists/)

Fox writes: “it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze, says Professor Mojib Latif, one of the world’s leading climate modelers.” And: “Latif thinks the cold snap Americans have been suffering through is only the beginning. He says we’re in for 30 years of cooler temperatures – a mini ice age, he calls it.” Neither is a attributed as direct quote from Latif.

Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects.

They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies.

The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.

Like what? Specifically, and with evidence to back it up, what’s going to change to make reality of the future “grim.” Seems pretty “grim” in the UK right now with the cold. So cold that wind farms are producing just 0.2% of their power instead of the 5% they normally do.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/6957501/Wind-farms-produced-practically-no-electricity-during-Britains-cold-snap.html

Warm is good, cold kills.

I just went to the Daily Mail article to leave a comment. To do so, I had to register with their site and agree to their terms and conditions. One of which is that I will not post anything which is “defamatory, malicious, threatening, false, misleading, offensive, abusive, discriminatory, harassing, blasphemous or racist”.

Maybe the Daily Mail understands irony better than I thought they did…

“he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘A significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles – perhaps as much as 50 per cent.

‘They have now gone into reverse, so winters like this one will become much more likely. Summers will also probably be cooler, and all this may well last two decades or longer.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1242011/DAVID-ROSE-The-mini-ice-age-starts-here.html#ixzz0cPLwPFPD

James Murray of the Thunder Bay NetNewsLedger also knowingly misrepresents:

http://netnewsledger.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1300:we-should-be-asking-qwhyq&catid=45:opinions-now&Itemid=119

… and refuses to allow comments on his article which clarify Latifs position.

Comments are on today.

I am not surprised by this. Journalist David Rose invested much energy trying to convince the world that Saddam Hussein had trained the 11 September terrorists on a Boeing 707 at a top-secret military base in Salman Pak, South of Baghdad. He interviewed a senior Iraqi defector who described the conditioning of Osama bin Laden’s men. The same information appeared in a White House background paper and US State Department document (both circulated to the press).

Unfortunately for David Rose, the defector was later exposed as a fraud and the Iraqi military base in question was constructed under British supervision during the Iran-Iraq War, not to train terrorists, but for the purposes of counter-terrorism training. The Special Air Service (SAS) had the task of training their Iraqi counterparts and the camp took on a similar appearance to one in Herefordshire, UK (complete with a Tupolev 154).

Rose expressed sorrow over the affair and it was to be hoped, in future, he would check his sources more thoroughly.

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