A wave of “climate science skepticism” in the media and other institutions is sweeping across Europe (see below).
The latest to shock the warmists is Switzerland’s leading daily Neue Züricher Zeitung (New Zurich Newspaper – NZZ), which obviously has noticed that things aren’t warming up like they were once projected. In its latest report the NZZ has declared the science as: very much in dispute. H/t: Tomislav Rus at Facebook.
The title of the NZZ’s latest piece: The Missing «Hotspot» In The Sky.
The NZZ writes that according to climate models, the air in the middle troposphere was supposed to warm up strongly, “however measurements show that the temperature has risen much less than previously forecast. More and more scientists are admitting that there is problem. […] gradually the impression that the climate models for the region of the equator have a problem is growing.”
The NZZ looks at the model prognoses of the troposphere, which projected a warming at an altitude of 8 to 12 km. It’s not showing up, it writes, and now scientists are scratching their heads.
The NZZ adds:
On average the CMIP5 models have over-estimated the warming of the troposphere, writes a team led by California scientist Benjamin Santer recently wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Also in a draft for the first part of the UN IPCC assessment report, which will be published this year, the authors admitted a discrepancy for almost all models.”
It is dawning on the NZZ that the models are just nowhere near properly describing the Earth’s atmosphere and climate development. The Swiss daily is finally realizing that there is perhaps far more to the climate than just trace gas CO2:
In the climate system there are so many feedback mechanisms at work that today no scientist knows what would come out of the corrected models – first one has to know what the correction will look like.”
NZZ sums up the dilemma scientists now face:
To start with, when it comes to the ‘hotspot’, the scientists are dealing with a nut that is still too hard for them to crack.”
The Swiss NZZ is hardly the only flagship daily that has skepticism beginning to pour out of its media pages. What follows are some recent examples of reports that are sending quakes and tremors throughout Europe’s climate institutes, and causing pillars to crack.
Europe’s leading media casting serious doubt:
Global warming has stalled for 15 years. Experts thus are having doubts on the reliability of their prognoses.”
Nothing indicates that climate here is running amok in global warming. […] The fact is that we can’t see a link between the warming and the increased sea level. The global warming has until now been totally harmless.”
Scientists warn of ice age“
Russian scientist sees next ice age approaching. Starting in 2014 it will start getting colder and colder. […] it was the fifth winter in a row that has been colder than normal, which is in complete contradiction to the climate prognoses of 13 years ago. Back then winters with snow and ice in Germany were viewed as an obsolete model.”
And the Telegraph in the UK:
Global warming: time to rein back on doom and gloom?”
Moreover, leading European meteorologists have been outing:
Sweden’s renowned Lennart Bengtsson:
…lower tropical troposphere, 20°S –20°N, has only got about a third of the warming compared to what is predicted by present climate models.”
Germany’s Dominik Jung here:
In the year 2000 the climate experts prophesied that winters with ice and snow in Germany would no longer exist. That this claim is false is shown by current facts, and in many regions with just a glance out the window!”
…it is also a fact that the horror scenarios produced for Germany are without any scientific merit.”
Warmist scientists have great doubts
Also leading warmist scientists like Hans von Storch and Fritz Vahrenholt have released best-selling books, expressing serious doubts on the computer projected climate catastrophe and aiming sharp criticism at the attempted political coup by the over zealously activist scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Chasm between models and observations undeniable
So what’s behind the overall movement? Is skepticism just the latest hip trend? Warming after all, is old and people are just sick of hearing about it – especially when shoveling snow during Easter.
It’s much more than just a trend. The real rocket fuel behind the media skepticism is the widening chasm between model projections and actually observed data. Each year the chasm grows wider, and now has reached such dimensions that even diehard warmist media are not even able to deny it. Time to fold.
Now they are hacking out a back door escape.
Rahmstorf pasted photo above: RealClimate blog.