15th February - Today's News: Daily Mail Misleads Public Over GW Claims

Well the Daily Mail have been at it again with another false headline: Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: there has been no global warming since 1995 - except, of course he said no such thing. The actual interview - which is quite enlightening - to which the Mail refers can be read in its entirety here. You may also be interested in Michael Tobis's thoughts on the subject.

UN global warming data skewed by heat from planes - or is it? If this were the case, stations in the vicinity of airports would show an anomaly compared with other nearby station not so affected, and indeed a day to day (or even hour to hour) anomaly according to aircraft activity. There is thus far no evidence that they do. Such stations do however show similar warming trends compared with more rural locales - the CET record in England for example. But then, this allegation of skewed data does come from the person who wants us to believe that, in Britain, the 18th century, at the height of the 'Little Ice Age', was warmer than the 20th century .....

In Scotland, why deer are losing a battle with the elements - 2 points to bear in mind here: red deer are naturally a forest dwelling animal, and recent mild winters have allowed many weaker deer that would normally have succumbed to the weather to survive (this is one reason for the annual cull). Nature this year has helped redress the balance a bit. I remember in the 80s and 90s it was usual to find dozens of deer carcasses in the springtime, often against fences or by trees where they'd lain for the last time, or else washed down along the banks of burns and rivers (which is why you always check upstream a bit before taking a drink!). Of course, the other side of the cpin is that more carcasses means good news for eagles and other birds of prey (and, indeed, shepherds since plenty of carrion means they'll be less likely to attack newborn lambs come spring).

Flights disrupted across Caribbean by eruption on Montserrat

In Australia, twelve rescued as rain brings more floods

North Texas deals with record snow's aftermath

Urbanisation, export crops drive deforestation

Cyclone cuts links to Tonga capital

Weather geeks want more snow
- and that applies to us in Britain too! (There's a small chance of some here in Evesham midweek, but I'm in Stirling at the weekend so maybe a better chance for me up there - or at least through the train windows en route!)


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