Owen Paterson & Climate Change II

On ‘Any Questions?’ on the 7th June, the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, claimed that “the climate has not changed. The temperature hasn’t changed in 17 years”.

This caused some consternation as Mr Paterson’s views appeared to be inconsistent with the evidence that the temperature has changed and is increasing. 

I asked Defra, the department Mr Paterson is in charge of, for evidence supporting Mr Paterson’s claim, and if they supported it.

They have referred me to their public and previously published documents by way of an answer.

This includes this slide from a presentation given to Mr Paterson last year.



This clearly shows that the temperature has increased in the last 17 years.

The circumspection of British civil servants is world class at times.


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