Muller's announcements were cited uncritically by numerous media outlets around the world, the Washington Post even proclaimed that the study ‘settled the climate change debate’ and insulted sceptics as ‘cynical diehards’. |
Prof Judith Curry, Muller's colleague and co-author of the study (Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project, "BEST") disagrees and said that ‘there is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’. Indeed even though CO2-Levels continued to rise, the temperatures in the last decade did not and stayed flat.
Curry concludes: ‘This is nowhere near what the climate models were predicting, whatever it is that’s going on here, it doesn’t look like it’s being dominated by CO2’. Because of the unexpected global warming standstill, many climate scientists who had previously rejected sceptics’ arguments were now taking them much more seriously and are finally other factors beside CO2 like the influence of clouds, natural temperature cycles and solar radiation – as they should have done, she said, a long time ago.
Curry also accused Muller of going to the press much too early, before the peer-review process was finished, which partly devalues the scientific work.
Muller reacted on the critizism by admitting that his own data suggested that world temperatures have not risen for about 13 years. But he said, this might not be ‘statistically significant’ only to add shortly afterwards that it was equally possible that it might be – a complete non-statement.
Curry said she was ‘baffled as to what he’s trying to do’ which is understandable, because Muller's later statements that there was no warming for 13 years which may or may not be significant do not fit into his earlier proclamations that his research ‘proved’ that nobody should be a sceptic any longer.
A similar affair, dubbed ‘Climategate’, happened two years ago, when leaked emails from East Anglia University’s Climatic Research Unit exposed scientists trying to ‘hide the decline’ of global warming rates.