Climate Change Australia – What Is Weird Is The SBS TV Network Peddling Such A Trashy Scare

Posted on Tue 10/28/2014 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~


Australia’s SBS TV Network is a taxpayer funded national broadcaster, originally starting life as the foreign language TV Network. It is the lowest rating TV Network here in Australia…..TonyfromOz.

The world’s atmosphere hasn’t warmed for 16 years. The deep ocean hasn’t warmed for nine.weirding_thumb

So, Australia’s  SBS TV Network last night tried another scare to keep the global warming faith alive:

Is our weather really getting more extreme? Scientists from America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have discovered that over the last decade, storms have been getting faster and more powerful. The latest discoveries of the world’s leading hurricane expert are even more frightening. Professor Kerry Emmanuel believes that there are new types of storms – Black Swan hurricanes – that could hit places in the world that haven’t been slammed by a hurricane in recorded history. Welcome to the terrifying new world of global weirding.

The show, with scary music, starts:

Something strange is happening to our weather. It seems to be getting more extreme.

And then the first false note:

Britain recently shivered through two back to back record-breaking cold winters.

Pardon? Instead of getting the warm winters warmists predicted, we’re getting cold ones? Shouldn’t this alone lead SBS to show a documentary on the collapse of the global warming scare?

Instead, we get this pathetic sidestep. The “global weirding” catch-phrase alone is a warning that this is face-saving spin, not sober information.

In fact, even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report last year had to admit to a lack of disasters caused by (no) global warming:

In summary, there is low confidence in observed trends in small-scale severe weather phenomena such as hail and thunderstorms… In summary, the current assessment concludes that there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness…. [T]here is medium confidence that globally the length and frequency of warm spells, including heat waves, has increased since the middle of the 20th century… In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale.

And it specifically noted a lack of data to show hurricanes, cyclones and storms were now more common or more intense:

In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low. There is also low confidence for a clear trend in storminess proxies over the last century… Likewise, confidence in trends in extreme winds is low…

Over periods of a century or more, evidence suggests slight decreases in the frequency of tropical cyclones making landfall in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific… Little evidence exists of any longer-term trend in other ocean basins… Several studies suggest an increase in intensity, but data sampling issues hamper these assessments…

Callaghan and Power (2011) find a statistically significant decrease in Eastern Australia land-falling tropical cyclones since the late 19th century…

Reader Robert B further checks the SBS hype against the facts:

Only one of the 35 deadliest tropical cyclones was in the 21st century, while the 2nd most deadly was in the 18th.

Katrina is the only 21st century hurricane to make it in to the 31 deadliest Atlantic hurricanes. Number one was in the 18th century

There is a distinct lull in the Accumulated Cyclone Energy in the past three years. The 70s seem to have been milder than the latter years but only because of the strange low estimates for the Southern Hemisphere, otherwise, pretty constant.

Of the deadliest late season hurricanes, 3rd and 4th on the list were in the 16th century. The year with the most major hurricanes was 1950. The seasons with the most hurricanes is dominated by seasons in the 21st century but this is likely to be due to better reporting of storms in the mid Atlantic.

Why is it that one blog reader can quickly explode a warming scare, but that a big government-funded broadcaster simply takes that scare on face value and broadcasts it?

I’m not even bothering to tackle the show’s other bizarre misrepresentations, including claims that the climate was “stable” for thousands of years – until now.

It is scandalous that the SBS airs such shock-jock trash, unchallenged.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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.

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