Climate change news

BEST on the fizzle

More on BEST and how it was collated, see http://climateaudit.org/2011/11/01/closing-thoughts-on-best/ with a hint there is a calibration problem in the methodology. The same subject is examined in an earlier post, the day before, at http://climateaudit.org/2011/10/31/help-robert-rohde-locate-argentina/ which is the nub of the problem.

Global Warming on New York and BEST is not best after all

On a weekend in October in which snow fell out of the sky, described by one journalist 'as sort of like a blizzard' on parts of the US, including New York (more sleet here than snow so my sources over there say) and so too has the BEST 'global warming is proven' meme been more or less taken to pieces by its co-author Judith Curry, the principle climate scientist involved in the BEST research. Her view is that warming has been flat for at least a decade. In spite of rising co2 levels warming is not happening - and the snow in the States is proof of the pudding.

A soothing sort of sceptic rather than a contankerous one

An interesting post on communication - the difference between being a sceptic and an AGW true believer, on the one hand, and how each side shouts but fails to persuade. Neither side listens to the other - should the language be calmer, it is asked at http://scottishsceptic.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/the-best-social-critique... and is something to think about. The bit he misses out though is not that sceptics are more intuitive than the other side but they are primarily older - middle aged and above.

Climate - further note on BEST

The BEST debate is still in its infancy. Steve McIntyre has now joined in - see http://climateaudit.org/2011/10/22/first-thoughts-on-best/ where he begins in a positive tone by saying he is impressed by the BEST results as it represents strong evidence against the Hockey Stick model and shows the Little Ice Age as a reality. It is 2 degrees warmer now than at the beginning of the 19th century. It makes you wonder how all those mainstream media journalists managed to get hold of the wrong end of the stick - all guns firing.

Addendum to climate in mid-October

Lots of noise is being generated in the media, desperate to keep the gravy train in place, following a press release concerning the BEST research on global warming - rather, restricted facets of that research. Many blogs have responded to the double talk and the obvious fact that some of the journalists have not even read what they were reporting - or is this a piece of purposeful misrepresentation?

Climate News mid October

Donna Laframboise, a prominent Canadian sceptic and investigative journalist, scourge of the various IPCC reports, has set the wags alight on the blogosphere with her just released book. It pummels the IPCC mercilessly - piece by piece and author by author. The IPCC are given a roasting - and they have come under a lot of criticism after their last couple of reports became an object of derision amongst some sections of the populace.

Clouds

Two papers on clouds - make what you will. See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/09/spencer-finds-the-big-picture-on-c... and on the same web site, a new post by Willis Eschenbach - http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/08/estimating-cloud-feedback-from-obs... However, the latter post was updated a day or so later by the author as he realised he had not taken sufficient notice of certain aspects. Hence, it is necessary to read both versions.

clouds (missed) and a long lost lake ...

A new paper purportedly debunking the Svensmark hypotheiss, published in the Journal of Climate, follows a similar pattern to other critiques - by apparently ignoring changes to satellite data reception (see http://calderup.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/further-attempt-to-falsify-the-...). The idea appears to be to sidetrack Svensmark before the forthcoming IPCC report - in that way his theory will not be taken into consideration. Anything contrary to the consensus co2 theory is being attacked, the Sun, clouds, the missing heat (escaping into space) etc.

co2 and C14

Sediment cores off the coast of Oregon have revealed that the NW Pacific was not a huge reservoir of co2 during the last Ice Age and could therefore not have hastened the rate of warming - see www.physorg.com/print236864292.html. The paper, published in Nature Geoscience, is somewhat baffling, it claims, as the Pacific,nowadays, is thought to be rich in carbon. Indeed, a recent paper alleged that the missing heat was hiding in the oceans - especially in the Pacific.

Pushing a dead horse ... one and two

At www.physorg.com/print236865130.html there is a report on a paper in Applied Geochemistry that resurrects the issue of acid rain (which died a death a number of years ago) and ocean acidification (a new one on the block). These are scare stories that have been debunked but are regularly regurgitated by environmentalists. In this paper not only is King Coal to blame but the smelting and production of metal ores, various mining processes, and the use of nitrogen as a fertiliser by farmers is given the thumbs down.