Claims by the Prime Minister’s chief business adviser about climate change have been rejected by the head of the Bureau of Meteorology as “incorrect”, irrelevant and “old red herrings”. Earlier this month, Maurice Newman, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s business advisory council, came under fire after he wrote in The Australian that scientific modelling showing the link between humans and climate change was wrong and the real agenda was a “new world order” led by the United Nations.
See a video of the head of the Bureau responding.
FactCheck: Are 95% of models linking human CO₂ emissions and global warming in error
Verdict: Mr Newman’s implication that discrepancies resulting from the recent climate fluctuation somehow invalidates climate models is incorrect. Climate models have been thoroughly and critically tested against observations and are able to simulate with fair accuracy the component of climate change caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols as well as natural factors like solar variations and volcanic eruptions.
The Conversation: 18 May 2015
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