All weather is now due to climate change

Written by Andy Rowlands

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Almost every week now in the mainstream media we see some weather event that is either ‘linked’ or ‘attributed’ to climate change, usually accompanied by ‘scientists say’ or ‘a new study shows’, but rarely do we wee the ‘scientists’ named, who they work for or links to these ‘studies’.

We are just supposed to take whatever we are told as fact. As Tony Heller has pointed out many times in his videos, when you see ‘scientists say’, you can be fairly confident that either what was actually said has been misinterpreted, mis-represented, or altered in some way to promote the alarmist cause.

When you actually see links to the ‘studies’ mentioned, they are usually written by alarmists, passed through peer-review by fellow alarmists, and published in alarmist-favouring media. Most of these studies are filled with at best misleading information, and at worst, deliberately fabricated lies, specifically intended to deceive and frighten the public.

Yesterday, thenational website published an article saying the latest heavy rain in the United Arab Emirates has been ‘linked’ to climate change. The article begins:

The extreme rainfall that caused chaos across the UAE at the weekend was linked to climate change, the country’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment said. (Emphasis added)

Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi said extreme weather events had become increasingly common across the globe due to global warming and that he believed the sustained storms that battered the Emirates may well be the latest example. (Emphasis added)

“The UAE has been affected badly by climate change, through various means,” he said at the International Renewable Energy Agency assembly in Abu Dhabi.

So Dr Zeyoudi believes there is a connection between the heavy rain and climate change, but does that prove it? No of course it doesn’t, but the mainstream media will report it as scientific fact.

The article can be seen here.

The Australian bushfires have of course been ‘linked’ to climate change. It seems very few mainstream media outlets are reporting on the 183 people arrested and charged with arson, including minors and a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter, who is charged with starting seven fires. Those media outlets that do mention the arrests play them down, claiming they are only incidental to the main cause; human-induced climate change.

They all but ignore the ridiculous environmental policies that have prohibited brush-clearance to create fire-breaks, the large reduction of controlled ‘back-burning’ to reduce fuel loads, or if they do mention them, say they would have no effect on the fires.

In early January, climate scientist Roy Spencer did an analysis of Australian bushfires since 1920, and found the current 2019 – 2020 fires pale into insignificance compared to those in 1974 – 1975, as can be seen in his illustration below.

Roy’s full analysis can be seen here:- http://www.drroyspencer.com/2020/01/are-australia-bushfires-worsening-from-human-caused-climate-change/?fbclid=IwAR2QJkjcFF9FXikUaiZQE7MoWsNvwbkrJ5o6OIeTh2-2M-rMcc7GprraevE

Of particular interest is this paragraph; “As can be seen, by far the largest area burned occurred during 1974-75, at over 100 million hectares (close to 15% of the total area of Australia). Curiously, though, according to Australia Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) data, the 1974-75 bushfires occurred during a year with above-average precipitation and below-average temperature. This is opposite to the narrative that major bushfires are a feature of just excessively hot and dry years.” (Emphasis added)

The partial collapse in August last year of the 178-year-old Whaley Bridge concrete-faced earth dam in Derbyshire, England, following several days of heavy rain, was ‘linked’ to climate change. The Environment Agency issued a ‘danger to life’ warning due to the possibility of the dam collapsing, and 1500 residents were evacuated from parts of Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale and New Mills. The mainstream media immediately made a major issue of it, claiming it was due to climate change, and saying such instances would become much more common, with headlines like “The Whaley Bridge dam collapse is terrifying – but it will soon be dwarfed by far greater eco-disasters” and “Increasingly volatile weather due to climate change will mean events like these will become the norm. Unless we act to reduce our carbon emissions now.

I was interested in how & why the dam suffered this partial-collapse, so I looked up its history. The facts that the dam was poorly sited and poorly constructed in the first place was not mentioned in the media. Also not mentioned was that the whole project was almost abandoned before it was completed due to problems with water seepage through the underlying geology into mines underneath, and that the dam has seen major repairs in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 2000’s.

Below is an image of the damage to the dam. I’m not sure I’d have been brave enough to stand on the walkway directly above the damaged part!

We can see that the problems with the Whaley Bridge dam have absolutely nothing to do with climate change, and everything to do with questionable siting, questionable design, and questionable past repairs.

Overall, rainfall across the UK has remained relatively stable since 1766 as the chart below from the website notalotofpeopleknowthat shows.

The floods in Venice last year were naturally ‘linked’ to climate change, even after various people showed they occur regularly and are the result of the way the modern city and canals were constructed on mud-flats. PSI published articles by me and several others about the Venice floods.

The unusually warm winter parts of Europe and the UK are seeing at the moment are being ‘linked’ to climate change, as are the record cold temperatures being recorded across parts of North America.

Seeing little mention in the mainstream media is the solar minimum we are in causing the normally linear Jet Stream to switch to an undulating motion, allowing warmer air from the tropics to get much further north than is usual, and colder air from the Arctic to go much further south than it usually does.

The effect of the solar minimum is all but ignored by the mainstream media, who are fixated on blaming these unusual high and low temperatures on human-caused climate change. Postings to social media, particularly Facebook, about the natural causes of these events are attracting the so-called ‘fact-checker’ posts which claim climate change is the main cause and any other attributed cause is wrong.

On September 25th last year, Climate Change Dispatch reported on how Facebook were forced to remove a ‘fact-checking’ ‘false’ label on a skeptical climate paper, after it was proven the paper was in fact accurate. There are two interesting quotes from the article ”

Facebook’s reliance on a group called Climate Feedback to review the credibility of information they used in an Aug. 25 editorial at the Washington Examiner is a cudgel against free speech.” and “…the group is funded by Eric Michelman, a wealthy climate activist who said in an interview in 2015 for Yes! Magazine that the science surrounding climate change is settled. He also said at the time that the time for debate is over.”

The article can be seen here:-

https://climatechangedispatch.com/facebook-false-label-defamed/

I looked at the list of ‘expert reviewers’ Climate Feedback uses, and found three who either work / worked for the University of East Anglia (the Climategate guys), plus many others including Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt!! This shows just how impartial these so-called ‘fact-checking’ groups are.

The list of ‘expert reviewers’ can be seen here:- https://climatefeedback.org/community/

Every flood, drought, storm, heatwave and cold snap can, and will, now be ‘linked’ to ‘climate change’, caused by human activity and the current rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Utter nonsense of course, but the majority of the world’s governments are accepting it as real and proven.

None of the current or proposed actions to ‘fight climate change’ will have the slightest effect on either the climate or the level of carbon dioxide. While it continues to respond to the Medieval Warm Period, the amount of CO2 isn’t going anywhere but up, and as we approach the US election, expect the doom-mongering hysteria to reach fever pitch, accompanied by the Grim Reaper and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Speaking of apocalypse, due to the delays Francis Ford Coppola experienced finishing his self-indulgent but utterly brilliant Apocalypse Now, newspaper pundits christened it ‘Apocalypse When?’, and we could equally use that term now, as every prediction of ‘death-by-climate’ has failed miserably, and no prediction of climatic catastrophe made now will ever happen. They are nothing but pure fear-mongering garbage and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

I have not yet seen anyone linking the increase in earthquake and volcanic activity to climate change, but I’m sure they will start before long. Klyuchevskoy on the Kamchatka Peninsula continues to erupt explosively, sending a plume of ash up 20,000 feet.

Mindanao in the Philippines saw 29 separate earthquakes on December 15th alone, ranging from 6.8 to 4.2 on the Richter Scale. Taal volcano on Luzon in the Philippines registered 57 earthquakes during November 11th and 12th last year, and on January 12th, started erupting for the first time since 1977, sending a steam-and-ash plume to 55,000 feet, accompanied by a lot of lightning.

The Philippine authorities are saying a major eruption is looking more likely. Taal has the capability of producing a catastrophically large eruption, as the current cone sits inside the Taal caldera, which erupted around 100,000 years ago.

In the last week, Shishaldin in Alaska erupted on Tuesday, and sent up an initial ash cloud to 19,000 feet, followed by a second eruption that spewed ash to 25,000 feet. On Thursday, Popocatepetl in Mexico shot hot ash and rock about 20,000 feet high. This eruption was captured on video by Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention. Sabancaya volcano in Peru shot a plume of volcanic ash up to 24,000 feet.

After already seeing more than a thousand earthquakes since the beginning of 2020, Puerto Rico was hit by a magnitude 5.9 quake on Saturday.

Major weather events like El Nino cause temperature spikes, as was seen in 2016, and stratospheric eruptions cause planetary cooling, as was seen after the 1991 Pinatubo, 1985 Amero and 1815 Tambora eruptions. As I understand it, the solar minimum allows increased numbers of cosmic rays to reach Earth, which react with silica-rich rocks to increase tectonic activity, causing an increase in the number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


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      Andy Rowlands

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      Thanks Zoe!

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    Ken

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    “I have not yet seen anyone linking the increase in earthquake and volcanic activity to climate change, but I’m sure they will start before long”
    Already there, some study states that melting glaciers affect the mantle etc..It will never end. The stupidity of people never fails to amaze me.

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      Andy Rowlands

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      I wasn’t aware of that, so thanks Ken 🙂 As you say…stupidity.

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      Carbon Bigfoot

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPH7HPaNHTg
      A retired geologist tackled the subject Ken:
      CONCLUSIVELY:
      • There are fundamental problems with the PHYSICS of the GREENHOUSE GAS THEORY.
      • Climate models have not predicted temperature since 1998 by a factor of 3X the actual—a total failure.
      • It has NEVER been shown EXPERIMENTALLY that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases warms air significantly.
      • When you view the linked video it becomes readily apparent that substantial evidence exists in the Greenland Ice Cores and the isotope C18, demonstrating significant correlation between periods of warming and glaciation.
      • A balance driven by plate tectonics between frequent explosive volcanic eruptions and persistent effusive basaltic outflow provides a clear and detailed explanation of REAL CLIMATE CHANGE throughout Earth History.
      • The fundamental footprint is erratic sudden major global warming followed by cumulative cooling over centuries to millennia where an average cycle lasts only a few thousand years.
      • VOLCANOES RULE THE CLIMATE NOT CARBON DIOXIDE. 1 molecule in 10,000—Seriously?

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        Matt

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        Hi Carbon Bigfoot.

        The video presentation you have referenced was a privilege to behold.

        Thank you. Matt

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    Jerry Krause

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    Hi Andy,

    You included a figure of actual precipitation data. But included in this figure was an continuous, wavy, line described as a 10 year running average. Which clearly was not any observed data.

    I claim that its (the wavy line) purpose was to distract anyone studying the figure from seeing the obvious fact of the actual data. Which is the amount precipitation one year is (not can be) greatly different from that of the previous and following years.

    What is never (maybe seldom would be a better word to avoid the criticism to the nit-pickers) reviewed is that the amount (concentration) of atmospheric carbon dioxide is never observed to greatly fluctuate from year to year. Thus, there must be some other factor, or factors, which is, are, causing the significant fluctuation of the amount of precipitation from year to year.

    And I ask, can you see how the wavy line at 1880 might be a little different if the timing of a 10 year running average had been begun about 3 years earlier? For my eye sees, if it ignores the wavy line, that this 10 year period was unique in its ‘average’ amount of precipitation.

    Then I finally see that the 1930’s was a period of greater ‘average’ precipitation while I know it was a period of general drought in the mid-section of the USA.

    Then my eye finally saw the title of the figure–England and Wales Precipitation Series – Annual. Now, I would expect that this Precipitation Series of the figure would have been measured at the same location as they are commonly measured and reported today.

    I cannot restrain myself from quoting: “intuitive knowledge keeps pace with accurate definition” (Louis Elzevir, publisher of Two New Sciences)

    Have a good day, Jerry

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      Andy Rowlands

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      Hi Jerry. I must admit I’m struggling to see your point. First of all, to suggest the wavy line in the rainfall chart is there to hide the real data is very strange. The line is, obviously, there to show any trend that might exist. I haven’t speculated as to why each year has different amounts of rainfall, nor where the data was collected. There was more rainfall around the beginning of the chart, more around 1880 and slightly more since 2000. If you have an issue with that chart, I can only suggest you contact notalotofpeopleknowthat and tell them of your concerns.

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        Jerry Krause

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        Hi Andy,

        This is good. I respect you and your understanding and I believe you sometimes respect my understanding. But now we find we do not see the same thing in the same way.

        If I would write (Weather is not cyclic; instead I claim that weather is random.), what would you reply?

        And I will await your answer. And please understand by asking this question I am only trying to see if we can find a common, general understanding. Which I consider Science is all about.

        Have a good day, Jerry

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          Andy Rowlands

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          I don’t always understand what you write, and I don’t always agree with everything you say, in the same way others don’t agree with everything I say, but the respect is reciprocated 🙂 and it makes for interesting discussion. I would agree weather appears to be random, whereas climate appears from historic data to be cyclical.

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          Jerry Krause

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          Hi Andy,

          I consider this discussion is very important. That is why I wrote: This is good.

          You wrote: “whereas climate appears from historic data to be cyclical”.
          According to Elzevir’s quote you need to accurately define ‘climate’ for yourself and for me if either of us are to ‘understand, without thinking (intuitive), your statement. And we need to accurately define ‘cyclical’. For according to my accurate definition of cyclical is that there is a regular period of time between certain cyclic events.

          So my discussion question to you is: what cyclical climatic event do you see occurring in the 100 years of this precipitation data that you would be willing to predict, within a couple of years, that will occur in the future?

          Have a good day, Jerry

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            Andy Rowlands

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            Tim Ball said climate is a minimum 30-year period, less than that is weather. I’ve heard 30 years mentioned by others, and that seems to be the definition of the minimum period for us to call weather climate.

            Cyclical is like a sine-wave, so sometimes it’s hot sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s wet & sometimes it’s dry. The amplitude and frequency can vary, but after every cold period there will be a hot period, same for wet & dry.

            I predicted a very cold winter for the UK, and so far it hasn’t happened, but Feb is usually our coldest month so we shall see. As for a rainfall prediction, 2015 saw the highest UK rainfall since 2001. 2016, 17 and 18 saw significantly less. The data for last year isn’t on the net yet, but from what I personally saw, it was a wet year, especially spring & autumn.

            It’s been a wet start to the year so far, so my guess at the moment would be this year will probably be wet again, maybe next year will be drier. Ask me in March and I may have a different view!

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    T. C. Clark

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    No, you cannot “runway” from runaway climate change. There is a Professor on Youtube….Paul Beckwith…who predicts a blue water arctic by 2030….and says humanity will be crushed like a bug….he offers lots of giggles and a few snickers and chuckles.

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      Andy Rowlands

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      I hadn’t noticed that, well spotted TC 🙂

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      JaKo

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      Great article Andy!

      T.C.
      “No, you cannot “runway” from runaway climate change.”
      I beg to differ — you could always swim away; however, I think this coming climate change will make us all run toward equator. See: China Plans Ahead
      Perhaps a better attention to the language would make more sense than these statements about something they have no clue about.

      BTW, I wish all those predictions could be made into a substantial bets (i.e. that prof. Paul Beckwith) no one could run away from 😉

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        Andy Rowlands

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        Cheers JaKo 🙂

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    chris

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    Isn’t Venice flooding a tourist attraction?

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      Andy Rowlands

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      According to some visitor information yes it is!

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    Zoe Phin

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    BTW,
    Precipitation data may be slightly misleading?

    Water doesn’t have to fall for water vapor to cover the trees, shrubs, bushes, etc.

    Maybe I’m wrong here.

    What is for sure is that burning CO2 reduces oxygen, and less oxygen -> less burning. But we’re talking about extremely tiny changes to global oxygen. Also wet trees obviously burn less well.

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      chris

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      CO2 doesn’t burn, that’s why it’s used to put out fires. CO2 is produced as a result of burning along with water vapor.

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    Jerry Krause

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    Hi Zoe,

    I suspect you know (but I do know what you know for sure) that there is a history book that claims, at an earlier time, it never rained but the plants were watered only by dew.

    So I consider we should not overlook dew as you suggest.

    Have a good day, Jerry

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    Zoe Phin

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    Thanks Jerry.
    I have analyzed Specific Humidity for Eastern Australia. It’s been increasing.
    I have not yet analyzed Relative Humidity.

    Which is more appropriate Specific or Relative Humidity? I can’t decide.

    This question is open to anybody.

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      Moffin

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      Hi Zoe,

      Go for the Specific humidity Zoe.
      It creates an unambiguous baseline.

      Cheers. Moffin

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    Matt

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    Hi Innocent bystanders,

    The following to warm the cockles of your heart; latest news report extract,

    AUSTRALIA BUSHFIRES
    Australians could become climate refugees as temperatures soar – climatologist
    4 hours ago
    Reuters

    As global temperatures soar, Australia could become so hot and dry that the country’s residents could become climate refugees, US climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann says.

    Australia is in the midst of one of its worst fire seasons on record, with bushfires burning since September and claiming nearly 30 lives, killing more than a billion animals and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.

    Some fires were so monstrous that they created their own weather pattern causing dry lightning and fire tornadoes as a three-year drought left woods tinder-dry.
    Related News

    Watch: Australian Fire Service Commissioner rubbishes climate change deniers over bushfire claims.
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    “It is conceivable that much of Australia simply becomes too hot and dry for human habitation,” Dr Mann, who is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, told Reuters.

    “In that case, yes, unfortunately, we could well see Australians join the ranks of the world’s climate refugees.”

    Climate refugees, or environmental migrants, are people forced to abandon their homes due to change in climate patterns or extreme weather events.

    Dr Mann, the recipient of last year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, is on a sabbatical in Australia where he is studying climate change.

    The co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org said the brown skies over Sydney in recent days were a result of human-caused climate change led by record heat and an unprecedented drought.

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      Andy Rowlands

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      I would struggle to be polite in my opinions of Michael Mann. He has, as Michael Foot succinctly put it during the Scott Enquiry, been economical with the actualitae.

      As for joining the ranks of climate refugees; what climate refugees? There haven’t been any. Ioane Teitiota, from Kiribati in the central Pacific, went to New Zealand in 2007. In 2013 after his visa ran out, he claimed asylum as the world’s first climate refugee, saying rising sea-levels made it ‘unsafe’ to return to the island. A court ruled against him, as did an appeals hearing, and in 2015 he was deported back to Kiribati. Five years later the island hasn’t been inundated by the sea. The NOAA tide gauge record for Kiribati shows about half a mm rise per year.

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        Matt

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        Hi Andy.

        As a child we had a saying as part of the lexicon, “as cunning as a rat”.

        After failing in a court case to then travel to a country two years into a drought and be there to spread the “word of the lord” in the third year during the annual fire season is very rodent like. and easily underestimated.

        I was recently compelled to do the research on the manifestations of a “pathological narcissist” and there are considerable commonalities. One manifestation is that moral integrity in others is seen as a weakness to be manipulated and taken advantage of.

        Kind Regards. Matt

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          Andy Rowlands

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          “pathological narcissist” – I rather like that expression. What Mann has done going to Australia, presumably paid for by Penn State, is nothing more than to whip up climate hysteria even more than it already is. Perhaps ‘the world’s greatest climate scientist’ has not heard of the Indian Ocean Dipole.

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            Matt

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            Hi Andy.

            You of course meant “the worlds greatest climate fraud”.
            I make this correction in case an “innocent bystander” does not identify the satire.

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            Andy Rowlands

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            Definately Matt, my tongue was firmly in my cheek when I wrote that 🙂

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