… The Parliamentary Question that started this was put by Lord Donoughue on 8 November 2012.
The Question is as follows:
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government … whether they consider a rise in global temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880 to be significant. [HL3050]”.
The question put by Lord Donohue to was whether global warming since 1850 was statistically significant.
Six times the question was put in the UK parliament and five times the answer was obfuscating spin about global warming without answering the question.
However on the sixth time an answer was forthcoming.
Global warming was not statistically significant.
This is an incredible breakthrough and the post by Doug at Bishop Hill is attached below in full (at link).
The issue here is the claim that “the temperature rise since about 1880 is statistically significant”, which was made by the Met Office in response to the original Question (HL3050).
The basis for that claim has now been effectively acknowledged to be untenable.
Possibly there is some other basis for the claim, but that seems extremely implausible: the claim does not seem to have any valid basis.
Plainly, then, the Met Office should now publicly withdraw the claim.
That is, the Met Office should admit that the warming shown by the global-temperature record since 1880 (or indeed 1850) might be reasonably attributed to natural random variation.
Game over. Give back the trillion$. The judge might go easy on you.