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UK Met Office Responds to Misleading Article

February 1, 2012; 1:18 PM ET

I just recently posted a blog titled "Diminishing Solar Output will have little Impact on Greenhouse Warming". The blog is about a UK Met office paper which explains that solar output will likely diminish over the next 90 years, but that it will have little impact in offsetting the warming from greenhouse gas emissions.

Well, it appears that the UK's Daily Mail last Sunday published a misleading story about this paper and titled it "Forget Global Warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about."

The Daily Mail's story by David Rose drew plenty of attention across the globe. The sad part is that the UK Met Office actually spoke to Mr. Rose about the paper before he wrote his article, so Mr. Rose had plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get the story right.

The UK Met Office was obviously not amused by the Daily Mail's version of the story and issued a press release noting the numerous errors in reporting.

Here is the link to the actual UK Met response.

Here are a few excerpts from the Met office response to the Daily Mail story.....

This (Daily Mail) article includes numerous errors in the reporting of published peer reviewed science undertaken by the Met Office Hadley Centre and for Mr. Rose to suggest that the latest global temperatures available show no warming in the last 15 years is entirely misleading.

Despite the Met Office having spoken to David Rose ahead of the publication of the story, he has chosen to not fully include the answers we gave him to questions around decadal projections produced by the Met Office or his belief that we have seen no warming since 1997.

Furthermore despite criticism of a paper published by the Met Office he chose not to ask us to respond to his misconceptions.

Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more of this type of "reporting" when it come to climate change science stories and occasionally it even goes to the opposite extreme as well.

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