The Role of the Media in Aiding and Abetting the Deceptions Seen in Climategate

Watts Up With That?

Guest opinion. Dr. Tim Ball

I knew I was having an impact as a skeptic when I received a call from George Monbiot, reporter for The Guardian. I told him as much. I said I would answer questions about the science. Of course, the first question was about funding, because he had already determined the story and only sought quotes to fit the narrative or to pretend he had balance. I said I had never received funding from any energy company and started to talk about the science. The interview ended.

Monbiot did express outrage when the emails were leaked, but it was about the response of the CRU.

“Why was CRU’s response to this issue such a total car crash?”

He then justified their behavior because,

Climate sceptics have lied, obscured and cheated for years. That’s why we climate rationalists must uphold the highest standards of science.

Apparently struggling…

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A nice result on sunshine computation

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I am both pleased and perplexed by a result which raises more questions.

There are 4 traces on this plot.Image

This is the Chilbolton data shown a few days ago but now I have worked out more of the insolation computation. If you look at the type CNR4 pyranometer specification this is within accuracy. Water vapour value from a specialist instrument is shown as a guide to humidity change, not used in the computation.

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Hockey Schtick: Derivation of the entire 33°C greenhouse effect without radiative forcing from greenhouse gases

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Over at the Hockey Schtick, Michael has an interesting new angle on determining planetary surface temperature from pressure and gravity – a subject covered extensively here at the Talkshop over the last three years. Here’s an extract. Of particular interest here is his new method of using the centre of mass of the atmosphere as a reference point. Head on over to read the full post.

Step 2: Determine the height at the center of mass of the atmosphere

We are determining the temperature gradient within the mass of the atmosphere and the equilibrium temperature is thus at the center of mass. The “effective radiating level” or ERL of planetary atmospheres is located at the approximate center of mass of the atmosphere where the temperature is equal to the equilibrium temperature with the Sun. The equilibrium temperature of Earth with the Sun is commonly assumed to be 255K…

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Chris Rapley: When Bureaucrats Pose as Climate Scientists

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Described as a “professor of climate science,” Chris Rapley has no teaching duties. Described as a “climate scientist,” he has spent decades in administrative roles.

Rapley_non_teachingUniversity College London says Christ Rapley teaches no students and participates in no research groups. Click to enlarge.

The UK’s Guardian newspaper ran a lengthy essay (3,800 words) this past weekend co-authored by a professor and a professional dramatist. It purports to explain why the UN climate negotiations scheduled for 2015 “cannot be allowed to fail.”

At the end of the essay, we’re advised that Chris Rapley is a “professor of climate science” at University College London and that his co-author, Duncan Macmillan, writes and directs plays.

But according to the University College website, Rapley’s academic position is actually a “Non-Teaching Appointment.” Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that he served as executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (1994-1998)…

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New Data and Upside-Down Moberg

Climate Audit

I’ve been re-examining SH proxies for some time now, both in connection with PAGES2K and out of intrinsic relevance.  In today’s post, I’ll report on a new (relatively) high-resolution series from  the Arabian Sea offshore Pakistan (Boll et al 2014, Late Holocene primary productivity and sea surface temperature variations in the northeastern Arabian Sea: implications for winter monsoon variability, pdf).  The series has considerable ex ante interest on a couple of counts. Alkenones yield temperature proxies that have a couple of important advantages relative to nearly all other temperature “proxies”: they are calibrated in absolute temperature (not by anomalies); and they yield glacial-interglacial patterns that make “sense”. No post hoc screening or trying to figure out which way is up.  In the extratropics, their useful information is limited to summer season, but so are nearly all other proxies. Though more or less ignored in IPCC AR5, the development of alkenone…

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Anti-SLAPP Hearing Today

Climate Audit

Mann v CEI, National Review, Simberg, Steyn and their amici is being argued today. Amici for Steyn, CEI, Simberg and NR include: American Civil Liberties Union, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, American Society of News Editors, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Association of American Publishers, Inc., Bloomberg L.P., the Center for Investigative Reporting, the First Amendment Coalition, First Look Media Inc., Fox News Network, Gannett Co. Inc., the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club, the National Press Photographers Association, Comcast Corporation, the Newspaper Association of America, the North Jersey Media Group Inc., the Online News Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Seattle Times Company, the Society of Professional Journalists, Stephens Media LLC, Time Inc., Tribune Publishing, the Tully Center for Free Speech, D.C. Communications, Inc. and the Washington Post.

Disappointingly, Scott Mandia and the costumed vigilantes of the Climate Response Team elected not…

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Groups and herds: implications for the IPCC

“The pitfalls of manufacturing a consensus (i.e. end up being wrong), with ever increasing levels of confidence, seem unavoidable with without formal inclusion of contrarian teams.”

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Group failures often have disastrous consequences—not merely for businesses, nonprofits, and governments, but for all those affected by them. – Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie

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Silly Headline of the Day – NYT: Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

And the opening of the NewYorkTimes article reads:

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. — What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone?

My suggestions are at the end of the post.

There is a redeeming paragraph in the NYT article. It reads (my boldface):

The retreat is not entirely due to man-made global warming, though scientists say that plays a major role. While the rate of melting has alternately sped up and slowedin lock step with decades-long climate cycles, it has risen steeply since about 1980.

“sped up and slowed” suggests the glaciers have been melting all along. And that’s correct. The epoch we are now in is called an interglacial. And what happens during interglacials? Glaciers melt. That’s precisely what they’ve been doing since the last ice age ended many millennia ago. The author of the NYT article even…

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