Warmists Caught Fudging Data in New Zealand

Global warming is manmade, all right. It’s made by men in lab coats who angle for government grants by fudging the data. Right on the heels of ClimateGate we have this news from New Zealand:

The New Zealand Government’s chief climate advisory unit NIWA is under fire for allegedly massaging raw climate data to show a global warming trend that wasn’t there.

The scandal breaks as fears grow worldwide that corruption of climate science is not confined to just Britain’s CRU climate research centre.

In New Zealand’s case, the figures published on NIWA’s [the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research] website suggest a strong warming trend in New Zealand over the past century:


Wow, if it keeps warming up at this rate, soon the weather will be downright pleasant. Except here’s what the graph looks like if you use the raw data:


As you can see, the graph indicates no significant warming for the last century and a half.

The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition [PDF] explains the difference between the graphs:

The shocking truth is that the oldest readings have been cranked way down and later readings artificially lifted to give a false impression of warming… There is nothing in the station histories to warrant these adjustments…

One station, Hokitika, had its early temperatures reduced by a huge 1.3°C, creating strong warming from a mild cooling, yet there’s no apparent reason for it.

We have discovered that the warming in New Zealand over the past 156 years was indeed man-made, but it had nothing to do with emissions of CO2 — it was created by man-made adjustments of the temperature. It’s a disgrace.

With the global warming hoax, we are seeing moonbattery do to science what it has already done to art, education, journalism, and — with the ascension of characters like Barack Obama and Al Franken — politics. Now that the scam has been revealed, the scientific community has an opportunity to put this shameful farce behind it and get back on the rails before it loses all credibility and respect.

On a tip from Oiao. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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