The United Nation’s top climate bureaucrat says there’s no “hiatus” in global warming, making obvious effort to completely ignore satellite records showing there’s been no statistically significant warming for the last two decades.
“There is no hiatus,” Hoesung Lee, a South Korean economist who became chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October, told Reuters.
Lee doubled-down on arguments there’s been no prolonged “hiatus” in global warming, referring to the 10 to 20 year period present in surface and temperature datasets. Earlier this year, U.S. scientists claimed new adjustments made to sea surface temperature readings eliminated the “hiatus” from the global temperature record.
“Multiple lines of evidence suggest that the earth is warming,” Lee said, going on to completely omit satellite data. “For instance, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 is rising, sea levels have been rising and the temperature of the ocean has also been rising.”
“The important point is we need to look at the trend, not just one year of data,” he added.
There’s just one problem: satellite datasets show there’s been no warming for about two decades.
Satellite data from the University of Alabama, Huntsville shows there’s been no statistically significant global warming since 1994 — ironically, the same year then-Vice President Al Gore touted satellites proved he was right about the world undergoing dangerous warming.
Remote Sensing Systems satellite data shows there’s been no warming for 18 years and 9 months.
Lee told Reuters there was no “hiatus” in global warming while attending the U.N.’s climate summit in Paris where delegates are expected to sign onto a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
Expectations are high for the summit, and world leaders are claiming this is their “last chance” to save the world from catastrophic warming.
“For I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late. And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us,” Obama said in his Paris speech this week.