According to a new, peer-reviewed paper published in the scientific journal Nature, two researchers have issued a major correction to a recent study that claimed that the world’s oceans have seen temperatures warming at a rate much higher than previously thought due to climate change. Published on October 31, the paper suggested that marine temperatures have gone up about 60 percent higher than estimated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). However, after finding errors in their methodology, the authors determined that their results were similar to those already found by the IPCC.
In a critique of the paper, noted mathematician Nic Lewis -- who is a critic of the consensus on man-made climate change -- identified errors in the original paper, which had been ignored by mainstream media outlets who saw proof of anthropogenic climate change. “The findings of the . . . paper were peer reviewed and published in the world’s premier scientific journal and were given wide coverage in the English-speaking media,” Lewis wrote. “Despite this,” he added, “a quick review of the first page of the paper was sufficient to raise doubts as to the accuracy of its results.”
Climate scientist Ralph Keeling, who works for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the taxpayer-funded University of California-San Diego, said he and partner Laure Resplandy of Princeton University found out their mistake after it was identified by Lewis. “When we were confronted with his insight it became immediately clear there was an issue there,” Keeling, who is a co-author of the study. “We’re grateful to have it be pointed out quickly so that we could correct it quickly.”
Keeling said their research indicates oceans are warming only slightly faster than previously thought, not as fast as he and Resplandy had reported in their study. He said that their miscalculation came while they calculated their margin of error, which had a larger range (10 to 70 percent) than they believed initially. “Our error margins are too big now to really weigh in on the precise amount of warming that’s going on in the ocean,” Keeling said. “We really muffed the error margins.”
In October, the IPPC released a report last month calling on the world’s governments to combat climate change. The IPPC demanded that global carbon emissions be cut by 20 percent by 2030 and completely eliminated by 2075 in order to prevent temperatures from rising two degrees above pre-industrial levels. The agency claimed that coastal areas around the world will face flooding and millions of people would face starvation.