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Climate Commission Report relies on faulty data

24, July 2012

The Climate Commission report, The Critical Decade – Victorian climate impacts and opportunities, released yesterday contains no new scientific information and continues to rely on inaccurate, discredited Bureau of Meteorology temperature datasets and faulty computer modelling.

A recent review of the BoM historical temperature record found a thousand errors in the data, which impose a distorted warming trend in the Australian average temperature record.

The report references BoM data on numerous instances, which calls into question conclusions based on erroneous data. 

The Australian Environment Foundation calls on the Commonwealth Auditor-General to conduct an audit of the BoM Australian Climate Observations Reference Network — Surface Air Temperature (ACORN) record to determine its integrity.

Professor Bob Carter, who has reviewed numerous Climate Commission reports, said today “It is essential that we all have confidence in the data the Climate Commission is relying on when presenting its projections to the Australian public”.

“It is clear that current Australian public policies regarding dangerous climate change, sea-level rise and other climate hazards are based upon inadequate scientific advice, are shackled to the vagaries of inadequate computer model projections and are not remotely cost-effective. 

“It now appears that even the original data have not been accurately compiled.

“There is an urgent need for this data to be assessed independently so that the climate hazards ‘projected’ in the report are reconsidered by experienced scientists who are independent of the Climate Commission, the BoM and lobby organisations like the United Nations IPCC.

“The most recent research studies provide no evidence that dangerous global warming is occurring; nor that human carbon dioxide emissions will cause dangerous warming in the future.  There is no evidence that recent Australian climate-related events fell outside normal climate variability, nor that reducing carbon dioxide emissions will have any discernible impact on future climate” said Professor Carter.

Review of previous climate reports               

 

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