Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The BBC discover the art of soothsaying?

On the 13 th March the BBC stated that the CO2 levels have reached record levels in 2005.

BBC News has learned the latest data shows CO2 levels now stand at 381 parts per million (ppm) - 100ppm above the pre-industrial average.
The research indicates that 2005 saw one of the largest increases on record - a rise of 2.6ppm.
The figures are seen as a benchmark for climate scientists around the globe.

Now this is interesting as any good scientist,or reporter should always check the underlying data,and source and the previous publication mechanism to verify the methodology.

The UN Vehicle the WMO is now the authoritive publication for GHG measurement and published the first annual report on Greenhouse Gas Bulletin the following day.

The GGB publication is for the 2004 year,2005 to be released in November 2006.The findings of the world bulletin are CO2 was recorded at 377.1 ppm.

Accurate observations from some 44 WMO Members are archived and distributed by the World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases (WDCGG), located at the Japan Meteorological Agency. WMO prepares the Bulletin in cooperation with WDCGG and the Global Atmosphere Watch Scientific Advisory Group for Greenhouse Gases with the assistance of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory.

So certain questions now arise to the accuracy of the BBC report,or the citing of prepublication data that has been collated from some sites or locations but have not been verified.

What can be ascertained is the 381ppm is NOT an accurate statement and one would ask questions of the reporters intent to invent news.


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