More evidence of how little journalists really understand climate and atmospheric science. Carbon Brief looked at some of the reaction in the media to a paper published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, concerning the natural emissions of a compound called “isoprene”.  Isoprene is not the latest fashion fabric but a naturally occurring gas that aids the production of aerosols in the atmosphere.

The reporting of this study in the Daily Express and others is comprehensively debunked by Prof Piers Forster  who amongst other things is Professor of Physical Climate Change, University of Leeds. He is quoted as saying “To say that it is potentially important for climate change is so far from the mark as to be quite crazy.” Perhaps it is time that some of our so called free press were taken to task for wilfully misleading the public.

The full article can he found here, together with links to the study and other interesting stuff.

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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