Timesonline reports confidence has been so shaken by the revelations from the hacked emails from the CRU, the British Met Office plans to take a full review of their data. The review is not expected to be completed until the end of 2012:
The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.Heaven forbid the politicians should stay out of science or allow a careful review of the so-called "science" they are all positive is settled before they rework the world economy. Meanwhile, our Politician-in-Chief plans to swoop in for the last day of Copenhagen talks in hopes his mere presence will bring the world leaders to an agreement on reducing carbon emissions. Obama plans to promise a 17% reduction in emissions that has no backing in legislation and isn't likely to have much effect on global warming anyway:
The Met Office database is one of three main sources of temperature data analysis on which the UN’s main climate change science body relies for its assessment that global warming is a serious danger to the world. This assessment is the basis for next week’s climate change talks in Copenhagen aimed at cutting CO2 emissions.
The Government is attempting to stop the Met Office from carrying out the re-examination, arguing that it would be seized upon by climate change skeptics.
By contrast, the U.S. will propose a cut in emissions over the same time period in the range of 17 percent, regardless of the growth of its economy. For the U.S. to achieve the target it proposes, however, Congress will have to pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The Senate has said it will not take up the measure until next year.We could likely get a 17% reduction in carbon emissions through a ban on politicians discussing the matter.
And even if it does, a 17 percent reduction by 2020 is lower than what scientists say is needed to avert the dangerous consequences of climate change.