(h/t val majkus, WUWT)
… the BBC gives emphasis to Muller and Mann and includes only a late and tiny mention of Anthony’s work.
and Climate Depot has the reaction from Germany
The result of the new study is shocking: Instead of correcting downwards temperatures that were heated by the urban heat island effect, the official US administration offices apparently corrected data from qualitively reliable stations upwards, which appears to be unjustifiable. If the result is confirmed, then it would be a shocking development. The warming in the USA over the last years would be far less rapid than what has always been assumed. And because similar errors are supected elsewhere, the issue could quickly gain global relevance.”
I asked Dr. Lüning to comment more on why this could have global implications. He kindly replied by e-mail:
Bit by bit others who might jump onto the train will now use the same methodology worldwide and will probably find that it really affects the global curve.”
Lüning and Vahrenholt also provide the press release in German at their site.
Take it from them; they’re experts. This could very well have global consequences. One thing is sure: It’s a an utter embarassment for the NOAA, and the perceived reliability of US and international data will be in question for years to come. Faith in the surface station data is crumbling.
[The BBC pension funds are heavily invested in ‘global warming’ … ed. ]