Sack the Climate Commission now. Boot its chief, Professor Tim Flannery, for flogging yet another disgraceful global warming scare.
That scare is the commission’s new report, dubbing the past three month’s Australia’s “Angry Summer”.
“Angry Summer”? Is that a scientific term?
This thin report, by climate commissioner, Will Steffen, claims “Australia’s Angry Summer shows that climate change is already adversely affecting Australians”.
It does? How could global warming suddenly give us an “Angry Summer” when even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admits there’s been no “statistically significant” warming over the past 15 years?
But the commission’s report doesn’t mention that.
Instead it picks out one heat wave in Australia it claimed helped give us “our hottest summer”, with “record breaking heat on 8-10 January”.
But how does one Australian heat wave prove anything about global temperatures?
In fact, our January wasn’t even typical of the world’s weather.
As Professor Ole Humlum, an Oslo University geoscientist, notes, “On average, global air temperatures [for January] were near the 1998-2006 average” and the “Southern Hemisphere was mainly at or below average”.
Australia’s higher temperatures were actually an “exception”. Even “the global oceanic heat content has been rather stable since 2003/2004”.
That isn’t mentioned by the commission either.
Nor was this: the whole of 2012 was actually only Australia’s 39th warmest year since 1910.
The commission just skips on. It says the heat then gave way to floods in eastern Australia, completing our “Angry Summer”.
“The heavy rainfall was the result of former tropical cyclone Oswald,” it observes.
But not even the IPCC now believes such cyclones have been changed in intensity or frequency by global warming.
“Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency,” its latest draft report says.
But here’s the commission’s worst omission.
It claims our rains were made heavier by global warming: “Observations by scientists worldwide affirm the basic physics demonstrating that heavy rainfall becomes more likely as the climate warms.”
But it doesn’t admit that just six years ago Flannery warned us to expect the very opposite – an almost “permanent” drought.
“Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming,” he claimed in 2007.
“Even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems.”
Summer wasn’t angry at all. But you should be.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.