The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails.
The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.
Hmmm…. three years…
As A J Strata said,
You don’t invest 3 years rechecking into a supposed emergency unless the picture is really that bad. It is really that bad.
Why is the Met Office’s review important?
The Met Office database is one of three main sources of temperature data analysis on which the UN’s main climate change science body relies for its assessment that global warming is a serious danger to the world. This assessment is the basis for next week’s climate change talks in Copenhagen aimed at cutting CO2 emissions.
We’ll see how their analysis turns out. I share Richard’s skepticism, who asks, Three years to wait?