The feedback was overwhelming and encouraging, and our readers engaged strongly with the content, which we brought to you thanks to the insights and extensive research of scientists, in special partnership with Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and the Australian Science Media Centre. Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, a senior lecturer and ARC Future Fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW Sydney, was one of a number of experts who offered their insights. And today, she returned to offer a rebuttal to a few of the, shall we say “wilder” comments received. DODGY METEOROLOGISTS Deplorable Shag commented: “The BoM homogenised its historical records.” That’s their caveat on claims that Australia has warmed over several decades, touching on a baffling belief that the Bureau of Meteorology is involved in some sort of conspiracy to fiddle with historic data in order to fraudulently prove climate change. A few people in the comments section accused the Bureau of duping us all. And they’re right. The Bureau does “homogenise” its records – like virtually every other meteorological service in the world. “Homogenisation means that the Bureau runs two records simultaneously and uses an algorithm to remove errors in the data. That is,… Read full this story
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