Andrew Montford, who writes the Bishop Hill blog is a noted climate science “skeptic”. In the run-up to the release of the IPCC’s AR5 SPM, the BBC had a number of news reports about climate science. One of the reports included a segment with Andrew Montford in which, if I remember correctly, he made some comments about uncertainty in the models. Andrew Montford is clearly quite heavily involved in the climate change debate (having written a couple of books, running a popular blog, and written some reports for the Global Warming Policy Foundation) but he isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, a climate scientist. So, I was surprised that the BBC chose to include him in a report that seemed to be specifically about climate science, rather than – for example – about policy.
Andrew Montford actually has a degree in Chemistry, so maybe he does understand climate science. Can I find any evidence of that? Well, I went through some of his recent blog posts and I must say that it does appear that he doesn’t. As an example, in a recent post he promotes a letter – written by someone called Doug Keenan – to Julia Slingo, the UK Met Office’s chief scientist. The letter relates to a claim in the recently release IPCC SPM which says
The globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature data as calculated by a linear trend, show a warming of 0.85 [0.65 to 1.06] °C, over the period 1880–2012….