Archive for January, 2010

IPCC’s latest source: what some blokes told some green student

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Source: Haroldsun

by Andrew Bolt

Can the IPCC seem more ridiculous and agenda-driven? Now comes the most disgraceful example of its cherry-picking:

The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world’s mountain tops on a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine. (more…)

Partial funding list for CRU

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Source:  http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/about/history/


British Council,
British Petroleum,
Broom’s Barn Sugar Beet Research Centre,
Central Electricity Generating Board,
Centre for Environment,
Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS),
Commercial Union, Commission of European Communities (CEC, often referred to now as EU), (more…)

IPCC “Consensus”—Warning: Use at Your Own Risk

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Source: Courtesy of Master Resource

by Chip Knappenberger

[SPPI Note on MWR:  The SPPI Monthly CO2 Report and the CO2 Science MWP Project database evidences, the reality of the MWP confirmed by data published by 787 individual scientists from 468 separate research institutions in 42 different countries. Interactive map here.]

The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are often held up as representing “the consensus of scientists”—a pretty grandiose and presumptuous claim. And one that in recent days, weeks, and months, has been unraveling. So too, therefore, must all of the secondary assessments that are based on the IPCC findings—the most notable of which is the EPA’s Endangerment Finding—that “greenhouse gases taken in combination endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations.”

Recent events have shown, rather embarrassingly, that the IPCC is not “the” consensus of scientists, but rather the opinions of a few scientists (in some cases as few as one) in various subject areas whose consensus among themselves is then kludged together by the designers of the IPCC final product who a priori know what they want the ultimate outcome to be (that greenhouse gases are leading to dangerous climate change and need to be restricted). So clearly you can see why the EPA (who has a similar objective) would decide to rely on the IPCC findings rather than have to conduct an independent assessment of the science with the same predetermined outcome. Why go through the extra effort to arrive at the same conclusion?

The EPA’s official justification for its reliance on the IPCC’s findings is that it has reviewed the IPCC’s “procedures” and found them to be exemplary. (more…)

The Heretics: Lord Christopher Monckton

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Source:  Frontpagemag

By Rich Trzupek

Given the dogmatic fervor of global warming proponents, and their intolerance of skeptics who dare to question the latest commandment (see: cap-and-trade [1]) in the green scripture, it is perhaps no coincidence that the environmentalist movement sometimes seems to have more in common with theology than with science. If that is true, then the logical word to describe those scientists who have challenged environmental hysteria and extremism is “heretics.” In a series of profiles, Front Page’s Rich Trzupek [2] will spotlight prominent scientists whose “heretical” research, publications, and opinions have helped add a much-needed dose of balance and fact to environmental debates that for too long have been driven by fear mongering and alarmism. In a field that demands political conformity, they defiantly remain the heretics. Previous profiles in the series include Steve Milloy [3], Dr. Craig Idso [4], and Dr. Roy Spencer [5]. – The Editors

Monckton

Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount of Brenchley, is a legend within the global warming skeptic community. The erudite Englishman was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when climate change theories were in their infancy. In recent years, he has been one of the most eloquent and vocal critics of Al Gore and those who echo Gore’s alarmist cries. (more…)

HOW CLIMATEGATE BOSS BROKE RULES BY HIDING KEY DATA

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Source:  UK Express

A CONTROVERSIAL climate change scientist at a top university faced mounting calls for his resignation last night after it emerged he breached rules by withholding research data from critics.

Professor Phil Jones, director of University of East Anglia’s climatic research unit – funded by £13million in grants – colluded with colleagues to block freedom of information applications for details of his activities, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith found.

Emails begging other scientists to help him fight off the applications showed the requests were “not dealt with as they should have been”, Mr Smith said.

The university could have faced an unlimited fine for the breaches but escaped because of a loophole. More than six months had passed since the offences happened and there is a time limit on penalties. (more…)

Note from Climate depot

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

by Marc Morano

To keep up with the unprecedented pace of the collapse of the warming movement, please check www.ClimateDepot.com often.

ALERT: UK Times: UN IPCC’s Pachauri was told of false glacier claims before Copenhagen! — ‘But he waited two months to correct it’

The end is nigh: UK Times accuses Pachauri of ‘a direct lie’

Chinese Scientists: UN IPCC ‘may have overstated the link between global temps and CO2′

UN IPCC’s Pachauri ‘falls out of favor in home country’ as pressure mounts for him to step down — Actions called ‘unscientific and uncalled for…his standing among scientists has fallen’

Warming Professor Laments: ‘Deniers winning climate change war’ — Skeptics are ‘better communicators’

UN IPCC’s Activist ‘Science’ Revealed: Greenpeace cited as ‘sole source’ for ‘coral reef degradation’ claims: ‘Greenpeace seems to have had a significant hand in the IPCC’

Reality Check: Cold kills coral in Florida Keys; 1st time since ’70s

Yet More UN IPCC Woes: ‘Hypothesis: The IPCC created a graph that did not exist in peer reviewed literature to suggest a relationship between increasing temperatures and rising disaster costs’

UN IPCC’s Pachauri Confronts Critics: ‘I don’t think the credibility of IPCC can be dented. If IPCC wasn’t there, why would anyone be worried about climate change?’

Climategate: NOAA and NASA Complicit in Data Manipulation

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Source:  http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/climategate-noaa-and-nasa-complicit-in-data-manipulation/

by Joseph D’Aleo

Recent revelations from the Climategate emails, originating from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, showed how all the data centers — most notably NOAA and NASA — conspired in the manipulation of global temperature records to suggest that temperatures in the 20th century rose faster than they actually did.

This has inspired climate researchers worldwide to take a hard look at the data proffered, by comparing it to the original data and to other data sources. An in-depth report, co-authored by myself and Anthony Watts for the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI), compiles some of the initial alarming findings with case studies included from scientists around the world.

We don’t dispute the fact that there has been some cyclical warming in recent decades — most notably from 1979 to 1998 — but cooling took place from the 1940s to the late 1970s, again after 1998, and especially after 2001, all while CO2 rose. This fact alone questions the primary role in climate change attributed to CO2 by the IPCC, environmental groups, and others.

However, the global surface station data is seriously compromised. (more…)

U.N.’s Global Warming Report Under Fresh Attack for Rainforest Claims

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Source:  FoxNews.com

By Gene J. Koprowski

A United Nations report on climate change that has been lambasted for its faulty research is under new attack for yet another instance of what critics say is sloppy science — guiding global warming policy based on a study of forest fires.

A view of the Amazon basin forest north of Manaus, Brazil. A U.N. report stated that global warming is threatening the forests — a statement that was recently discredited.

A United Nations report on climate change that has been lambasted for its faulty research is under new attack for yet another instance of what its critics say is sloppy science — adding to a growing scandal that has undermined the credibility of scientists and policymakers who back the U.N.’s  findings about global warming.

In the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), issued in 2007 by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists wrote that 40 percent of the Amazon rainforest in South America was endangered by global warming. (more…)

United Nations’ Climate Chief Must Go

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Source:  Investors Business Daily

Global Warming: If we’re serious about restoring science to its rightful place, the head of the U.N.’s panel on climate change should step down. Evidence shows he quarterbacked a deliberate and premeditated fraud.

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been forced to back off its now-discredited claim that the Himalayan glaciers would soon disappear. But it’s not true, the panel’s vice chairman, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, told the BBC, that it was simply a “human mistake.”

The panel’s chairman, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, who was forced to admit the claim had no basis in observable scientific fact, said its inclusion was merely a “poor application” of IPCC procedures, acting as if the original source of the claim, Indian scientist Dr. Syed Hasnain, was a total stranger. (more…)

Public: Who cares about global warming?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Source:  http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/8203

As readers can see on the chart, global warming is the least of the cares of the average American. Most people — 72% — do not consider it to be a priority.

This comes despite years of media frenzy over it and massive manipulation of evidence by the government to make it appear as if there is a global warming crisis so that government officials could raise taxes and regulations.

Americans ain’t buying it, according to a poll by the left-leaning Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

“As Barack Obama begins his second year in office, the public’s priorities for the president and Congress remain much as they were one year ago. Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation continue to top the list. And, in the wake of the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, defending the country from future terrorist attacks also remains a top priority,” the center reported.

Actually, terrorism was just as big a concern last year as it is this year when the order of priorities was the same as this year: The economy, jobs and terrorism.

Global warming continues to be the least of our concerns among those listed.

The planet will survive.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

by Steve Janke

Time for my predictions for the future.  Don’t worry, they won’t be weather related.

The global warming religion is splitting into two as a result of the recent scandals engulfing by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and I see that split accelerating, and ultimately causing a fundamental change to the global warming religion.

Update: I’m right already!

On the one hand, you have the high priests of the global warming faith, like Elizabeth May and David Suzuki and Al Gore, who squawk about “climate catastrophe” and insist that unless action is taken right now, we’re all doomed!

We’ll call these people the Option A crowd. (more…)

President’s claim on AGW laughed at by Congress

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
During his state of the union address, President Obama was laughed at
when he referred to the scientific evidence on climate change as being
overwhelming.  Here is the link to the clip:
http://www.hootervillegazette.com/climatejoke.html

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Source:  Courtesy of Watts Up With That?

by Anthony Watts

27 01 2010

Hanksville_looking_northImage: NOAA USHCN COOP station at Hanksville, UT, sited over a grave. Click for larger image. Photo by surfacestations volunteer Juan Slayton

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Menne et al 2010 paper “On the reliability of the U.S. Surface Temperature Record” which is NCDC’s response to the surfacestations.org project. One paid blogger even erroneously trumpeted the “death of UHI” which is humorous, because the project was a study about station siting issues, not UHI. Anybody who owns a car with a dashboard thermometer who commutes from country to city can tell you about UHI. (more…)

Heat wave closes in on the IPCC

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Source: Financial Post
by Terence Corcoran


Insider Andrew Weaver is getting out while the going is good

A

catastrophic heat wave appears to be closing in on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. How hot is it getting in the scientific kitchen where they’ve been cooking the books and spicing up the stew pots? So hot, apparently, that Andrew Weaver, probably Canada’s leading climate scientist, is calling for replacement of IPCC leadership and institutional reform.

If Andrew Weaver is heading for the exits, it’s a pretty sure sign that the United Nations agency is under monumental stress. Mr. Weaver, after all, has been a major IPCC science insider for years.

He is Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria, mastermind of one of the most sophisticated climate modelling systems on the planet, and lead author on two recent landmark IPCC reports. For him to say, as he told Canwest News yesterday, that there has been some “dangereous crossing” of the line between climate advocacy and science at the IPCC is stunning in itself.  (more…)

“Horrifying examples of deliberate tampering with the temperature data”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Climate scandal grows as scientists detail “horrifying examples of deliberate tampering with the temperature data”

Washington, DC 1/26/2010 06:31 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

An extensive survey of the literature and data regarding ground and sea surface temperature records uncovers deception through data manipulation, reports the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI).

Authors veteran meteorologists Joe D’Aleo and Anthony Watts analyzed temperature records from all around the world for a major SPPI paper, Surface Temperature Records – Policy-driven Deception? The startling conclusion that we cannot tell whether there was any significant “global warming” at all in the 20th century is based on numerous astonishing examples of manipulation and exaggeration of the true level and rate of “global warming”.

That is to say, leading meteorological institutions in the USA and around the world have so systematically tampered with instrumental temperature data that it cannot be safely said that there has been any significant net “global warming” in the 20th century.

The researchers found – (more…)

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