Yesterday’s 6pm Radio 4 News opened with a headline claim that
“The world’s leading climate agencies have said for the first time that global warming caused by humans now dwarfs natural temperature changes”
Now if that was true I would probably have heard of it through the twittersphere. A quick survey of what the “world’s leading climate agencies” were saying yesterday shows that it’s not true. See Met Office, NASA and NOAA, all talking about 2017 temperatures but no mention of humans dwarfing natural processes.
After the news headlines, the main story started and the lie was repeated:
“For the first time, leading scientists in Britain and America say they are confident that the impact of humans on our climate dwarfs that of natural processes.”
So where did this lie come from? There’s a hint a minute later in the program
“With more, here’s our environment analyst, Roger Harrabin.”
Harrabin then interviews Peter Stott, who I’ve called out previously for misleading the public on the radio. Stott says
“… what this is showing really is that these influences of the human activity on climate through our emissions of greenhouse gases are really dwarfing the natural climate processes associated with El Nino.”
So, one soundbite from an untrustworthy climate scientist is twisted into a claim that “The world’s leading climate agencies have said…”. Harrabin then goes on to get the opinion of Friends of the Earth.
The online version of the story is here, where Harrabin doesn’t go quite as far, only misdescribing Stott’s statement as “scientists say”.