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? It seems likely it may be as the Durban climate jamboree is just around the corner where lots of money will slosh around and politicians will be generous with tax revenues and the NGOs will be flush with this years swag.
To get a handle on the research, see the following blogs – each one has a different take. Go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/10/21/keenans-response-to-the-best-paper.html or to www.judithcurry.com/2011/10/20/berkeley-surface-temperatures-released/ the site of climate scientist Judith Curry which has a very good debate with hundreds of comments from mainly sensible people – and a lot of scientists that know a lot about climate, geology, and statistics etc. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/21/best-what-i-agree-with-and-what-i-… is a bit by Anthony, following a couple of other posts on the subject in the previous two days – such as http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/20/the-berkeley-earth-surface-tempera…. Finally, another site worth reading and with a different take – what the media failed to say that was in the BEST papers – is at Benny Peiser's www.thegwpf.org/the-observatory/4161-sceptical-berkeley-scientists-say-h… and we can expect lots of other sceptic responses once the data is analysed – unlike NASA GISS and HadCRU etc., BEST intends to publish the data behind the experiments.