As the snow flew in the Twin Cities yesterday, many Minnesotans had to question the now seemingly mainstream theory of anthropogenic global warming. The cold snap broke records from Vancouver, British Columbia through Montana all the way to Mason City, Iowa. Was it a fluke? Or have storm clouds gathered over the science of global warming?
Over 4,000 miles away, on the other side of the pond, the BBC was asking itself the same question. The headline read, “What Happened to Global Warming?” A bold headline for an institution that, up until now, had been a prominent voice in the call for action on climate change. The BBC has long been a supporter of the theory of anthropogenic global warming, their website even boasts a special section dedicated to educating people about the evidence and effects of global warming. The article addresses the inconvenient fact that for 11 years, the planet has stayed below the record high temperature set in 1998, something climatologists had to admit their models did not predict.
To be clear, the BBC is not performing a u-turn on its endorsement of anthropogenic global warming, but it is highlighting subtle evidence that perhaps the science isn’t as sound as once thought, a bold step outside the mainstream for the world’s premiere public television network.