Ocean Sunset

Ocean warming report retracted by Nature 25 September 2019 doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1585-5.

A paper published in Nature on 31 October 2018 claiming that the oceans are rapidly warming due to man-made emissions has been retracted. The paper was given widespread publicity in the mainstream media, accompanied by warnings that climate change was worse than previously thought.

Within days of the report being published in Nature Nicholas Lewis, an independent researcher and statistician, found serious errors in the statistics used to support the claims made in the paper, and the warming trend was actually no different from previous estimates.

Now, after almost a year, the authors of the paper have retracted it following a request from the editors of Nature. Nicholas Lewis commented in a press release from the Global Warming Policy Forum: “This is just the latest example of climate scientists letting themselves down by using incorrect statistics. The climate field needs to get professional statisticians involved up front if it is going to avoid this kind of embarrassment in future”.

Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, commented: “Climatology is littered with examples of bad statistics, going back to the infamous Hockey Stick graph and beyond. Peer review is failing and it is falling to amateurs to find the errors. Scientists in the field should be embarrassed”.

Nature, Global Warming Policy Forum

Editorial Comment: Did you see any widespread media coverage of this retraction?

This is yet another reminder that global warming predictions, and the scare tactics and taxes that go with them, rely of statistics and computer models – not cold hard facts. Statistics and computer models are only as good as the data fed into them and the fallible human beings manipulating them.

It is just as well people are not really in charge of the climate, in spite of the claims of the protesters who are blocking the streets of major cities around the globe promoting the lies they have been blinded with.

Evidence News vol. 19, No.
9 October 2019
Creation Research Australia

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