There is only problem with the study, MUCH OF THE NUMBERS WERE MADE UP! The UK Telegraph reports:
But then a good many experts began to examine just what new evidence had been used to justify this dramatic finding. It turned out that it was produced by a computer model based on combining the satellite evidence since 1979 with temperature readings from surface weather stations.
The problem with Antarctica, though, is that has so few weather stations. So what the computer had been programmed to do, by a formula not yet revealed, was to estimate the data those missing weather stations would have come up with if they had existed. In other words, while confirming that the satellite data have indeed shown the Antarctic as cooling since 1979, the study relied ultimately on pure guesswork, to show that in the past 50 years the continent has warmed " by just one degree Fahrenheit.
One of the first to express astonishment was Dr Kenneth Trenberth, a senior scientist with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a convinced believer in global warming, who wryly observed "it is hard to make data where none exists". A disbelieving Ross Hayes, an atmospheric scientist who has often visited the Antarctic for Nasa, sent Professor Steig a caustic email ending: "with statistics you can make numbers go to any conclusion you want. It saddens me to see members of the scientific community do this for media coverage." Source: Despite the hot air, the Antarctic is not warming up ...........
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:34PM GMT 22 Jan 2009
Antarctica, the one continent in the world that scientists thought was cooling, is actually getting hotter according to new evidence that has serious implications for climate change.
Previously it had been thought that the South Pole was actually getting colder because the hole in the ozone layer was letting heat out.
However new satellite technology that allows temperature readings to be taken from the interior of the massive continent shows that, overall, Antarctica is warming.
Although the slight increase in temperature will not affect the world in the short term, in the long term it could lead to a rise in sea levels threatening coastal communities and endangered species like the Emperor penguin.
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