Climate change deniers skeptical of 2012 data

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, January 11, 2013 22:40 EDT
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Severely damaged corn stalks due to a widespread drought are seen at sunset on a farm near Oakland City, Indiana, August 15, 2012. Heatwaves, drought and floods that have struck the northern hemisphere for the third summer running are narrowing doubts that man-made warming is disrupting Earth's climate system, say some scientists. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
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A Fox News article on Thursday featured skeptics of a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency that 2012 was “the warmest year ever for the nation.”

The agency said that 2012 was a full degree Fahrenheit hotter than the previous record set in 1998.

One climatologist from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Roy Spencer, told Fox News that the past year was not “necessarily warmer than it was back in the 1930s” because of data adjustments the agency has made.

Steve Goddard — the pseudonym for a blogger who does not believe in climate change, according to Media Matters — also expressed skepticism.

The NOAA explained that the adjustments it made were an improvement to the data which “get us even closer to the true climate signal, and help our nation even more accurately understand its climate history,” said agency spokesperson Scott Smullen.

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