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World’s top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years

  • Leaked United Nations report reveals the  world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years
  • Politicians have raised concerns about  the final draft
  • Fears that the findings will encourage  deniers of man-made climate change

By  Tamara Cohen, Political Correspondent

PUBLISHED: 14:40 EST, 19  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 14:41 EST, 19 September 2013

Scientists working on the most authoritative  study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world’s  temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.

 

A leaked copy of a United Nations report,  compiled by hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany,  Hungary and the United States raised concerns about the final draft.

Published next week, it is expected to  address the fact that 1998 was the hottest year on record and world temperatures  have not yet exceeded it, which scientists have so far struggled to  explain.

The report is the result of six years’ work  by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is seen as the  world authority on the extent of climate change and what is causing it – on  which governments including Britain’s base their green policies.

Concerns: Scientists have been urged to cover up the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years amid fears it would provide ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change 

Concerns: Scientists have been urged to cover up the  fact that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years amid fears  it would provide ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change

 

But leaked documents seen by the Associated  Press, yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global  warming over the past few years.

Germany called for the references to the  slowdown in warming to be deleted, saying looking at a time span of just 10 or  15 years was ‘misleading’ and they should focus on decades or  centuries.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has changed its tune after issuing stern warnings about climate change for years  

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has  changed its tune after issuing stern warnings about climate change for years

 

Hungary worried the report would provide  ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change.

Belgium objected to using 1998 as a starting  year for statistics, as it was exceptionally warm and makes the graph look flat  – and suggested using 1999 or 2000 instead to give a more upward-pointing  curve.

The United States delegation even weighed in,  urging the authors of the report to explain away the lack of warming using the  ‘leading hypothesis’ among scientists that the lower warming is down to more  heat being absorbed by the ocean – which has got hotter.

The last IPCC ‘assessment report’ was  published in 2007 and has been the subject of huge controversy after it had to  correct the embarrassing claim that the Himalayas would melt by 2035.

It was then engulfed in the ‘Climategate’  scandal surrounding leaked emails allegedly showing scientists involved in it  trying to manipulate their data to make it look more convincing – although  several inquiries found no wrongdoing.

The latest report, which runs to 2,000 pages,  will be shown to representatives from all 195 governments next week at a meeting  in Stockholm, who can discuss alterations they want to make.

But since it was issued to governments in  June, they have raised hundreds of objections about the 20-page summary for  policymakers, which sums up the findings of the scientists.

What it says will inform renewable energy  policies and how much consumers and businesses will pay for them.

The report is expected to say the rate of  warming between 1998 and 2012 was about half of the average rate since 1951 –  and put this down to natural variations such as the El Nino and La Nina ocean  cycles and the cooling effects of volcanoes.

A leaked copy of a United Nations report, compiled by hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the United States have raised concerns about the final draft. Above, the United Nations headquarters building in New YorkA leaked copy of the United Nations report, compiled by  hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the  United States have raised concerns about the final draft. Above, the United  Nations headquarters building in New York

 

A German climate scientist – Stefan  Rahmstorf, who reviewed the chapter on sea levels – yesterday admitted it was  possible the report’s authors were feeling under pressure to address the  slowdown in warming due to the ‘public debate’ around the issue.

The draft report, which is not new research  but a synthesis of all the work being done by scientists around the world, is  likely to be highly disputed at the three-day meeting.

It will make the case that humans are causing  global warming with carbon emissions even more strongly upgrading it from ‘very  likely’ in 2007 to ‘extremely likely’ it is manmade.

But scientists are under pressure to explain  why the warming has not exceeded 1998 levels although the decade 2000-2010 was  the hottest on record.

Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned  Scientists based in Washington, said yesterday: ‘I think to not address it would  be a problem because then you basically have the denialists saying: ‘Look the  IPCC is silent on this issue.’

Jonathan Lynn, a spokesman for the IPCC said  yesterday: ‘This is the culmination of four years’ work by hundreds of  scientists, where governments get a chance to ensure the summary for  policymakers is clear and concise in a dialogue with the scientists who wrote  it, and have the opportunity to raise any topics they think should be  highlighted

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