Julia tells climate change author 'your figures have been totally debunked'

Myles Allen defended climate scientists on Julia Hartley-Brewer's show

Myles Allen faced a tough interview about his climate change study this morning (Photo: Pixabay)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer confronted the author of a new study on climate change this morning, suggesting that the notion that 97% scientists agree on the issue has now been completely debunked.

Professor Myles Allen spoke to talkRADIO after the publication of his landmark study on climate change, based on analysis of 10-year forecasts.

The study has found that climate change is less threatening to the planet than previously thought and there is now a two-in-three chance of meeting the primary goal of the Paris Agreement - to keep global temperatures within 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels.

Allen explained that "we are now about 1 degree above pre-industrial temperatures but if we looked at this particular group of computer models, they indicated that by... [by this time] we should have been up about 1.3 degrees."

"If you're aiming for a very ambitious temperature goal then that discrepancy matters a lot."

However Julia pressed her guest on the failure of the computer projections to accurately forecast future temperature trends, specifically the develpopment of El Nino weather patterns.

Allen defended the forecasters, saying "we'd have been God" had they been able to predict such meteorological phenomena.

Julia then quizzed Allen on the oft-touted figure that 97% of scientists agree that climate change is real and is man-made.

But Allen attempted to distance himself from this figure, saying "we don't do climate science by voting"

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