WASHINGTON – Two new reports suggest doomsday warnings about global warming are, well, full of hot air or worse.

A Duke University-led study concluded warming hasn’t happened as fast as was projected and that natural variability in surface temperatures over the last decade could account for the small increases reported in the last 10 years.

That study also found that these minor “climate wiggles” could, in the future, cause the planet to warm up faster than anticipated.

The study, reported by the London Daily Mail, compared its results to the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now” said Patrick Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University. “But this could change.”

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The Duke-led study says that variability is caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors.

Meanwhile, a report in the London Daily Telegraph finds even the data being analyzed is being manipulated to exaggerate the global warming threat.

In that report by Christopher Booker, headlined “Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures,” he points out that a new team of five scientists has begun investigating the increasing evidence that the data being used for climate-change projections by computer models has been intentionally distorted by analysts wedded to the global warming hypothesis.

“Their inquiry’s central aim will be to establish a comprehensive view of just how far the original data has been ‘adjusted’ by the three main surface records: those published by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the U.S. National Climate Data Center and Hadcrut,” Booker reports. “All of them are run by committed believers in man-made global warming.”

The Global Warming Policy Foundation’s International Temperature Data Review Project plans to examine the data input, not just the “global warming” computer model output.

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