Monthly Archives: September 2011

Unnatural variation

The oldest sea ice in the Arctic is thousands of years old, and in places it’s a hundred meters (330 feet) thick, locked in ice shelves which cling to the farthest northern coasts. The most extensive Arctic ice shelves are in Canada along the coast of Ellesmere Island. In fact they define the coastline there, forming part of the permanent geography of that land.

At least, they used to.

The coastline of the Canadian Arctic is changing as Arctic ice shelves disappear — also reported here.

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Three More Months To Go

Because 2011 isn’t over yet.


Some suggest that the increase in U.S. disasters is only a ruse, the attempt by bureaucracy to expand. I think that goes far beyond cynicism, bordering on the state of denial.

Here’s another opinion: not from a government or disaster relief agency, but from a giant in the re-insurance industry:

How to be a Fake Skeptic

It’s easy to do, just follow these steps:

  • 1: Make false claims, then draw an outlandish conclusion.
  • 2: Show a graph — it doesn’t have to support your claims.
  • 3: Give a link — it doesn’t have to support your claims.

    And that’s the way you do it …

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  • Misalignment

    I mentioned in this post that Ed Caryl’s “normalization” procedure was an erroneous way to align temperature station records when their time spans were not coincident. There seems to be some question about the reason why.

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    God help Texas. Rick Perry won’t.

    Politico reports that former president Bill Clinton lambasted Republican politicians who are in denial of global warming. “If you’re an American, the best thing you can do is to make it politically unacceptable for people to engage in denial” about climate change, the former president said. “I mean, it makes us – we look like a joke, right? You can’t win the nomination of one of the major parties in the country if you admit that the scientists are right? That disqualifies you from doing it? You could really help us there,” Clinton added.

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    Fruit Loops

    We already exposed the graph of “Arctic Region Temperatures” used by Joe D’Aleo as not being so. Now Verity Jones has posted a “rebuttal” on WUWT.

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    Merchants of Doubt

    As a reader points out, there’s a terrific interview with Naomi Oreskes available on YouTube. It’s valuable enough to recommend in its own post:

    More Cherry Ice from Joe D’Aleo

    There’s a lot more misinformation in Joe D’Aleo’s post at WUWT about the decline of Arctic sea ice than just the fake portrayal of Arctic regional temperature highlighted in the last post.

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    Cold Cherries from Joe D’Aleo

    It’s so predictable. Arctic sea ice came close to breaking the 2007 record for decline in some records, and did break the record in some, so the deniers are in “damage control” mode, out in force saying it’s just natural variation. And one of the most misleading of all comes from Joe D’Aleo on Anthony Watts’ blog.

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    Cherry Herring

    Fred Singer is on tour denying global warming. The “evidence” he offers is one giant red herring after another.

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