Source: Hot Air
by J.E. Dyer
It was before 5:00 AM PDT on Thursday morning when I heard from The Weather Channel’s chirpy Stephanie Abrams that the debate was settled: “global warming is real.” The way we know this is that 300 scientists have come out with a new report that there has been a 1 degree Celsius increase in the global average temperature over the last 50 years.
That is, in fact, what she said: 1 degree Celsius. Somebody’s bound to have it recorded somewhere. I don’t remember how many times she said it, but it was more than once. I’m sure it was simply a burble, an inadvertent misstatement, because as I confirmed later on the web, the claimed temperature increase is 1 degree Fahrenheit, not 1 degree Celsius. This is a significant difference in the scope of the claim, of course, degrees Fahrenheit representing smaller increments than degrees Celsius (1 degree F being about 0.55 degrees C). The increase in global average temperatures thus sounds a whole lot like the 0.6C advertised to us over the last decade, until discrepancies in NOAA’s data processing and the revelation of ClimateGate-o-List gave us the parody-ready expression “hide the decline.” (more…)