Another Global Warming Claim Destroyed: Report of Oceans ‘Boiling’ Debunked

Recently a report came out that global warmists claimed “proved” that the oceans are “boiling” away. But after the report came out, people began checking the facts and found it to be riddled with errors.

The study was entitled, “Quantification of ocean heat uptake from changes in atmospheric O2 and CO2 composition,” and was published in the November issue of Nature magazine.

The paper got a lot of climate change religionists excited because it claimed that the oceans were heating up 60 percent faster than previously thought. For instance, an October 31 story at The Washington Post wrote a piece entitled, “Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming.”

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But, as Powerline noted: “There’s just one problem—one big problem. The study is riddled with errors. In a long blog post at Judith Curry’s website, Nic Lewis blew big holes in the paper.”

Here is Lewis’s key conclusion:

The findings of the Resplandy et al paper were peer reviewed and published in the world’s premier scientific journal and were given wide coverage in the English-speaking media. Despite this, a quick review of the first page of the paper was sufficient to raise doubts as to the accuracy of its results. Just a few hours of analysis and calculations, based only on published information, was sufficient to uncover apparently serious (but surely inadvertent) errors in the underlying calculations.

Moreover, even if the paper’s results had been correct, they would not have justified its findings regarding an increase to 2.0°C in the lower bound of the equilibrium climate sensitivity range and a 25% reduction in the carbon budget for 2°C global warming.

Because of the wide dissemination of the paper’s results, it is extremely important that these errors are acknowledged by the authors without delay and then corrected.

Of course, it is also very important that the media outlets that unquestioningly trumpeted the paper’s findings now correct the record too. But perhaps that is too much to hope for.

Despite that this “startling new research” was debunked, we still had The Guardian uncork this absurd headline: “The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us.”

They won’t be deterred from their religion, for sure.

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