So it turns out Climate Change is natural – The Daily Express says so

Daily Express front page, 15th Dec 2009

Daily Express front page, 15th Dec 2009

The Daily Express is a British newspaper. It is a particularly rubbish one. Its front pages are either about Diana Princess of Wales (and how she was murdered, or something similar), something about cancer or the weather. Today’s headline is “100 reasons why Global Warming is natural” and it comes after a front page about “The Big Climate Change ‘Fraud'”, which had the Association of British Drivers as the source.

You can view the article online here. Here is reason number one:

There is “no real scientific proof” that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man’s activity.

Wait, what? Another was:

Leaked e-mails from British climate scientists – in a scandal known as “Climate-gate” – suggest that that has been manipulated to exaggerate global warming

Now actually this ‘scandal’ wasn’t really based on much. The Guardian Science Podcast dealt with this best. The issue was related to merging two bits of data together. Indeed, when I read it I completely failed to realise people may read ‘trick’ in anything other than the mathematical sense (which is like a technique. “What trick can I use to evaluate this integral?”). Others still say:

Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history.

In geological terms, man hasn’t really been around that long though. So this is irrelevant. It’s like saying “Animals killed by man throughout human history constitute just a tiny percentage of the total killed during the entire history of life” and so it is fine to make Tigers extinct or something. The fact is true (well, I cannot say about the figure, but it is fairly irrelevant) but it doesn’t tell us anything.

In pursuit of the global warming rhetoric, wind farms will do very little to nothing to reduce CO2 emissions

Actually I think it is true that wind warms will do very little to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (I favour nuclear power, unpopular I know.) However, I’m not quite sure how you can thus conclude that Global Warming is hence natural. What the hell?

I can’t really be bothered to go through the look at the others, as there is obviously no credibility there. How the hell did this make it to the front page, or indeed why was it reported at all? And why exactly do they want this to be true so much. You can sort of understand with the cancer or Diana things.

Edit: This has since been covered by Daily Mail Watch and New Scientist.


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