By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent
Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview.
Experts told BBC News that the assertions made by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4’s Today programme were simply untrue.
Lord Lawson had claimed that global temperatures had “slightly declined” over the past 10 years.
However, scientists working in the field said the records showed the complete opposite to be the case.
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson on Thursday morning in a segment on climate change. The BBC argued that it had a duty to inform listeners about all sides of a debate.