Climate expert speaks

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There’s a revolution happening in the climate science business: voices are beginning to be heard that, until recently, were drowned out by the posturing of those who believe the theory that man-made CO2 is causing the planet to overheat.

Last year I read a fascinating book (which I reviewed for a local trade publication) by Dr Roy Spencer, a climatologist and former NASA scientist. In a mere 270-odd pages and in plain English, he completely debunks the theory that man’s activities could have any lasting effect on the planet’s climate system. More recently, I read – and am reviewing for a local magazine – Christopher Booker’s more detailed debunking of the idea that CO2 is the villain causing the planet to overheat.

These voices have now also been joined by a renowned American weatherman, John Coleman, but he has restricted himself to the medium on which he is best known: television. Click the image to be redirected to his video on the subject.

A coherent view on global warming

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I’ve long been frustrated by the politicisation of climate change by the likes of Al “the science is settled” Gore. In fact, the science is settled only in then minds of those who are seeking to profit from the situation. Recently, I’ve come across a couple of books that spell it out clearly, one in excruciating detail while the other is a lighter but very informative read.

That said, a friend and colleague recently cut through all the bullshit (on both sides of the argument) summarised the state of climate science as we really know it. It’s a fascinating read that comes highly recommended and is likely to prompt any thinking reader into further reading on the subject – the two books above are a good starting point.

Clippy on Climate Change

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This was too good not to share. However, I got it via email so I have no idea who to thank for this brilliant piece of creativity. If it’s you, please let me know so I can credit you. As they say, many a true word is spoken in jest.

Climate “scientists”; Silencing Galileo

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There’s a brilliant piece in the WSJ (published 3 December 2009) today in which Daniel Henninger argues that Climategate is indicative of how politics has corrupted science. He draws a parallel between ecomentalists (hat tip to Ivo for that tag) ridiculing climate skeptics and the treatment – instigated by the church – of Galileo when he dared to suggest that the earth was NOT at the centre of the universe. Methinks future generations will look back on ecomentalists and the flat-earthers of the 21st century.

But I digress. The piece is brilliant and well worth the read because it shows how a small, little understood field of study has tarnished the reputations of the very many scientists engaged in the hard sciences. You can read it here.

Hockey stick shenanigans

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Remember the hockey stick graph? In case you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, it’s that emotive image that formed one of the central pillars of Al Gore’s inconvenient truth. It also provided the basis for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assertions that anthropogenic (man-made) climate change was fact. It looks something like this:

Ever wonder what happened to it? Well, about a year ago it just disappeared from the alarmist literature because it had been completely and utterly debunked. Here’s one of the first analyses that caused the disappearing trick.

Time to get angry

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If you’re not angry about the recent revelations in the climate science arena then you haven’t been paying attention. It’s time you did. There’s a superb analysis of the situation by Ivo Vegter. It’s well worth a read.

This whole saga has made me very sad because it reveals how politics and commerce have completely destroyed a world I grew up believing was incorruptible. So where do we go from here? Like Vegter, I’m partial to Eric S Raymond’s idea. Only by completely eradicating the secrecy that has surrounded the data and climate models can we be sure we aren’t being led down the garden path by the likes of Al Gore, Michael Mann and the CRU “scientists”.

Lies, damned lies and climate science

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Climate change hysterics are in a flat spin this week after hackers broke into and published email archives from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) – one of the leading sources of data used to support hysterical climate models. What the BBC doesn’t tells us is that the emails reveal a probable conspiracy to alter the data to fit the doom and gloom models of climate change and, in some cases opening speak of hiding the true facts or, as the Wall Street Journal puts it: “…reveal an effort to hide the truth about climate science”.

Indeed, the article opens with a choice snippet from one of the IPCC’s most vocal proponents, the UK’s Phil Jones: ‘The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone. . . . We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.’

Even the New York Times has grudgingly reported on events and the possible implications – but don’t expect to find the story anywhere near the front page. For my money, the most balanced contribution comes from Terence Corcoran writing in Canada’s National Post. As a long-time doubter of climate change hysteria, I’ll be watching developments with interest.

UPDATE (24/11/2009 1oh49): Ivo has penned a thought-provoking opinion piece on the saga.

UPDATE: (24/11/2009 16h36): The BBC’s Paul Hudson has verified that the emails are probably genuine because they “are identical to the ones I was forwarded and read [on 12 October]”.

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