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The climate scaremongers – Part One


AS THE next climate conference, COP26 in Glasgow, gets closer, the media are ramping up their climate propaganda to intimidate the public who are becoming rightly concerned how much the Net Zero agenda is going to cost them.

Here are some of the highlights in this week’s round-up of climate scare stories:

London Floods

Following the London floods on Sunday July 24, the BBC baldly claimed that ‘flash flooding affects cities across the world and has become more common because of climate change’. 

They quoted climate scientist Professor Hayley Fowler to back up this claim, but her own study three years ago found there was no evidence that global warming was making flash flooding worse in the UK.

More significantly one of the country’s leading hydrologists, David Archer, found that the number of flash floods in England had actually declined since the early 20th century. He has spent his career investigating these matters, and I suspect knows much more about flooding than any climate scientist does.

Analysis shows that extreme daily summer rainfall in southern England has not been increasing either.

The real problem, which the BBC report includes in the small print (the bit nobody reads), is that cities such as London are now almost entirely concreted over. When heavy rain falls, it has nowhere to go but down the drain.

As for the July 24 floods, the highest daily rainfall total that day was 41.6mm at St James’s Park. This is not an unusually high amount by any means. In 1975, over four times that much rain fell on Hampstead in less than three hours. I had it on good authority from the late Christopher Booker, who was on a bus stuck in the flood at the time, that most of this fell in 20 minutes.

Met Office’s State of the Climate Report

Last week saw the publication of this year’s State of the UK Climate report by the Met Office, with the BBC’s ‘environment analyst’ Roger Harrabin absurdly claiming that ‘the UK is already undergoing disruptive climate change’. 

According to the Met Office, the report ‘shows that climate change is already being felt across the UK. All of the top ten warmest years for the UK in records back to 1884 have occurred since 2002, and, for central England, the 21st century so far has been warmer than the previous three centuries’.

I doubt whether anybody would actually have noticed if the Met Office had not told them. As usual, of course, they are confusing climate with weather.

Despite the hype, the Met Office’s own data clearly shows that the UK stopped getting warmer a decade and a half ago, following a rise in temperatures during the 1980s and 90s.

They also claim that the UK is getting wetter. It is true that it is notably wetter in Scotland than it used to be. However, in England and Wales, long-term rainfall trends have barely changed since the 19th century:

The wettest year was 1872, the wettest decade the 1870s, the wettest month October 1903, the wettest day 1955, and so on.

None of this supports lead author Mike Kendon’s assertion that ‘as it continues to warm we are going to see more and more extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods’.

But this won’t stop the Met Office from pushing its COP26 climate agenda ever harder.

Greenland Meltdown

Every summer, as regular as clockwork, we get the Greenland Meltdown scare, replete with warnings that the Greenland ice sheet contains enough to raise sea levels by 7.5metres (about 25ft 7ins).

These stories are always occasioned by a few days of sunny weather, which naturally melts a bit of ice.

In fact, every summer Greenland loses about 200billion tons of ice, and every winter it puts it all back again with new snowfall. If it did not melt in summer, the ice cap would never stop growing.

Until last week, it was turning into Greenland’s year without a summer, with cold and snowy weather since the end of May.

Even after last week’s spell of sunny weather, Greenland’s ice mass balance is still well above the average for this time of year.

Greenland Surface Mass Balance (excluding glacier calving) – Danish Meteorological Institute

As for ‘heatwaves’, Greenland is no warmer now than it was during the 1930s and 40s.

As with the other scares, the media have piled in with this story. Sky News, for example, featured this ridiculous headline: ‘Enough ice melted in Greenland on Tuesday to cover Florida in two inches of water, scientists warn’. 

The media long ago lost all objectivity where climate change is concerned, blaming every bit of weather on global warming.

Fortunately, the public can see through the lies.

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Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood is a former accountant who blogs about climate change at Not a Lot of People Know That

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