- was right about “The data is all corrupt!” meme
- was right about Richard Keen
- has more on ‘the global warming has stopped’ meme
- has been following Hansen’s ferret
- wonders if the Denier’s will report these …
was right about“The data is all corrupt!” meme
OK, that was an easy prediction, but as feared “The data is all corrupt!” meme really took off when the man Monbiot called “The Patron Saint of Charlatans” wrote a piece “The world has never seen such freezing heat” in The Telegraph. I won’t honour it with a link, but the link can be found at the RealClimate Wiki along with the links that debunk it (also below)
- October 2008, yet another phony record Coby Beck, A Few Things Illconsidered, November 18, 2008
- The Bias and Logical Fallacies of Christopher Booker’s ‘Freezing Heat’ Gavin Hudson, Eco Worldly, November 17th, 2008
- Mountains out of molehills Tim Lambert, Deltoid, November 16, 2008
- Mountains and molehills Gavin Schmidt, RealClimate, 11 November 2008
was right about Richard Keen
You may recall my post asking whether Richard Keen of Unversity of Colorado was corrupt or incompetent based on the appalling quiz he posted online. According to the National Review Online it seems that the quiz has been removed and and investigative committee has been set up.
Good. This one is not about academic freedom, this one is outright incompetence and fraud. Sadly it seems the quiz is now being hosted at one of the Denier spam sites and so will no doubt continue to plague us.
has more on ‘the global warming has stopped’ meme
Science geeks will enjoy Mind the Gap! over at RealClimate “Confusion has continued regarding trends in global temperatures. The misconception ‘the global warming has stopped’ still lives on in some minds. We have already discussed why this argument is flawed. So why have we failed to convince ?”
and then playing with it to illustrate:
“Those who point to 10-year “trends,” or 7-year “trends,” to claim that global warming has come to a halt, or even slowed, are fooling themselves.
Statistics doesn’t support such a claim, and as this example shows, it’s really easy for noise to create such a false impression even when we know, without doubt, that the underlying trend hasn’t changed. This is a theme I’ve emphasized often, but it bears repeating. Such claims come only from those who are fooling themselves. Don’t let ‘em fool you.”
It’s really quite fun, if you’re a little geeky .
has been following Hansen’s ferret
Gavin Schmidt (RealClimate) and sometimes Tamino (Open Mind) are known as Hansen’s bulldogs. My guess it is meant to be somewhat derogatory, but I see it as meaning their science has teeth, which it certainly does. Well Frankbi over at IJI has been chasing an interesting web of interconnections between Denier and other “civic” groups.
Maybe Frank is hoping to be known as Hansen’s ferret? or bloodhound perhaps? It’s not clear where it is going, but it is getting “curiouser and curiouser.”
wonders if the Denier’s will report this …
We all know that the Denialosphere believes a week of unusual weather is significant as evidence about climate (a meme that Booker repeats in his ridiculous article about the GISS (above)). It is nonsense of course, but apparently they think it means something.
That being the case, I guess it is a certainty that all of the Denier sites are carrying the story about “Temperature climbs to over 74 degrees breaking record” in Denver. Of course they will be discussing the California wildfires that are raging.
But the top story will have to be “NOAA: Second Warmest October for Global Temperatures” “The combined global land and ocean surface average temperature for October 2008 was the second warmest since records began in 1880, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.”
Some of the highlights to compare to Denier memes that are currently popular:
- Arctic sea ice coverage during October was at its third lowest extent since satellite records began in 1979,
- Northern Hemisphere snow cover … ranks as the ninth lowest October extent.
OK, I predict we won’t hear a thing about any of these from the Denialosphere (another easy one). Maybe we finally convinced them that short term events don’t mean anything?
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 41… still no evidence.
1As I discuss here I do not use the term “Denier” to refer to all climate change doubters. Those who thoughtfully and intelligently address the facts I call ’skeptics’.
Those who irrationally deny the existence of the science and instead propagate the lies and distortions such as those discussed above and linked to the right under “Debunking Denier Nonsense” are “Deniers”.
The choice of the correct term is based on their actions, not their conclusions.