Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

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Scientists bear responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a remain BBC radio interview.

Experts told BBC News that the assertions got by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4’s Today programme were altogether untrue.

Lord Lawson had claimed that global temperatures had «slightly set» over the past 10 years.

However, scientists working in the strength said the records showed the complete opposite to be the case.

BBC Radio 4’s Today performance defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson on Thursday morning in a section on climate change. The BBC argued that it had a duty to inform listeners beside all sides of a debate.

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During the interrogate, Lord Lawson said that «official figures» showed that «during this former 10 years, if anything… average world temperature has diet declined».

But speaking in a follow-up discussion on Friday morning, Dr Peter Stott from the UK Met Mediation said the former Chancellor had got the facts wrong.

«We know that 2016 was the warmest on track record, over a degree warmer than late 19th Century levels, so this requisition that we heard from Nigel Lawson that there’s been calm is simply not true,» he told the BBC.

His view was echoed by Prof Richard Betts from the University of Exeter.

«The bona fide figures do not show that the global mean temperature ‘has slightly declined’. In experience, they show the opposite — global mean temperature has increased during the nearby 10 years,» he said in a statement.

«The last three years were warmer than the past seven, and indeed were the warmest on record, and this year is also modifying up to be nearly as warm (probably not quite as warm as last year since the leverage of the El Nino has passed, but still a very warm year).»

On Thursday, the US National Sea and Atmospheric Administration released its 2016 State of the Climate report, stating that the year was the warmest in 137 years of write down keeping.

All over the planet, the peer reviewed study found hot evidence of ongoing warming linked to human activities. Levels of carbon dioxide in the spirit hit new highs, as did global sea levels, while at both poles the extent of sea-ice hit new lows.

Swagger Lawson, who was energy secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government before befitting chancellor, now chairs the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think-tank that chronicles itself as «open-minded on the contested science of global warming».

‘Talking palaver’

He was taking part in a segment following an interview with former US Failing President Al Gore, who was promoting the sequel to his hit documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which changed the case for tackling climate change caused by the burning of fossil sustains such as coal and oil.

On the programme, Mr Gore made the economic case for renewable intensity and said that «climate-related extreme weather events have thrived far more numerous and far more destructive» in the 10 years since the foremost film.

It was suggested to the former Democratic presidential contender that he was usual further than the scientific consensus but he said researchers around the cosmos were «virtually unanimous on this and have been for decades», combining that «record downpours» in the UK were a result of climate change.

Sovereign Lawson was asked why he thought Mr Gore was, in his words, «talking complete clowning».

The former cabinet minister said that «all the experts say there hasn’t been» an developing in extreme weather events, citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Interchange (IPCC).

But speaking on Friday morning, Dr Stott said Lord Lawson was improper about the IPCC as well.

The panel had clearly indicated that there had been an broaden in extreme events and that these increases were linked to individual use of fossil fuels.

«If you take the global picture, the IPCC said most clearly that it is very likely that human influence has play a parted to observed global-scale changes in the frequency and intensity of daily temperature extremes,» he heralded the Today programme.

«If you take the global picture and look at the global fingerprint — yes, you can put down to that.»

Many scientists took to Twitter to express their consternation at the airing of what they say were false claims.

Physicist and BBC presenter Professor Brian Cox foretold it was «irresponsible and highly misleading to give the impression that there is a serious debate about the science».

Fellow physicist and broadcaster Jim al-Khalili tweeted: «For @BBCr4today to up on Lord Lawson ‘in the name of balance’ on climate change is both boorish and irresponsible. Shame on you.»

He added: «There should be NO debate anymore close to climate change. We (the world minus Trump/Lawson et al) have stimulated on.»

In a statement, the BBC said: «The BBC’s role is to hear different views so listeners are wise about all sides of debate and we are required to ensure controversial subjects are care of with due impartiality.»

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