IAC & Media Admit The Well Is Poisoned – But Insist The Water Is Clean

They all admit the IPCC is flawed and in need of an overhaul, yet they still insist the science is correct. Go figure. That’s pure rubbish, of course. Bad process = bad product.

It sounds just like the National Academy of Sciences reaching the conclusion that Michael Mann’s hockey stick science had no value, but his answer was still correct.Here are the excerpts from some of the leading online papers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (I’ve also added some UK links below, h/t: http://thegwpf.org/
 SÜDDEUTSCHE  ZEITUNG in Germany (a favorite of Stefan Rahmstorf) writes:

Obligation to be more open
An examination of the IPCC reveals: The IPCC has to change the way it works. Yet, there’s no basis for the foaming attacks on its results.

DER STANDARD  in Austria writes:

In the expert team’s assessment, they recommend formulating stricter scientific guidelines for handling data on climate change. Forecasts and projections should be made only based on solid scientific evidence.

Sounds good. But if that were to be implemented, the entire IPCC 4AR would be reduced to only 2 pages:  a front and back cover.

DER SPIEGEL in Germany writes:

Consequence of the crisis: Experts urge an overhaul of the UN IPCC. They harshly criticised the work of the leadership. Not only the leadership, but also the scientific work of the climate panel is in need of reform.

 DIE ZEIT in Germany writes:

IPCC to be a reform project

Flawed data, hacked e-mails: The doubts about the IPCC were enormous. Now the UN draws a conclusion: Its work was correct, but its credibilty must be strengthened.

 DIE WELT  in Germany writes:

The IPCC which has been under fire because of series of follies has to be comprehensively reformed in order to remove doubts about its credibility. A report presented by the UN-appointed experts has reached the conclusion that a ‘fundamental reform’ of the IPCC is needed in order for it to strengthen its scientific standards and organisation.

NZZ in Zurich has a more lengthy piece, and writes:

The Interacademy Council (IAC) said critics were only partially right. In a report presented to the UN in NewYork on Monday, the IPCC was attested as having done, on the whole, good work. But it is criticised that its management structures and public relations work of the IPCC did not fulfill the requirements of today.

From the UK, h/t : http://thegwpf.org/
The SunUN ‘lacks Solid Evidence’ in Climate Warnings
Daily Express: Climate Change Lies Are Exposed
BBC News: Stricter controls urged for the UN’s climate body
The Times: Climate chief under pressure to quit after report on glacier blunder
The GuardianRajendra Pachauri, head of UN climate change body, under pressure to resign
The Independent: IPCC feels the heat as it is told to get its facts right about global warming

CERN Research Budget Gets Cut

European particle physics research center CERN located near Geneva, Switzerland has gotten its budget cut by 6% over the next five years. Europe no longer has the money to fund it.

It was just a question of time. With so much money being pissed away on bogus climate research and save-the-world projects, eventually you run out of funds to pay for real science and research.

How many billions have been poured into researching the non-problem of climate change? The IPCC? Hansen’s GISS surface station folly? Green subsidies? The list is endless.

What benefit have we gotten? I’d say we’ve gotten a lot more damage than benefit, especially if you consider what could have been done with the money instead. Lost opportunities.

Swiss radio has a report (German): CERN budget cut and writes:

The money worries of the European countries is now adversely impacting the European CERN research facility in Geneva. Over the next 5 years 343 million Swiss Francs have to be saved – about 6 percent of the budget.

While the management of CERN say the financial measure is painful, it will be bearable. But the research laboratory’s association of employees has a different opinion: The future of CERN is being put at risk.

Here’s my advice to CERN employees who fear losing their jobs: Call your elected officials and tell them stop wasting so much on bogus climate science.

Phytoplankton Are Not Starving (Correction)

Ed Caryl likes to research, and a short time ago wrote an essay about phytoplankton, see here. Some readers pointed out a flaw, and so Ed has insisted on posting a correction – as is appropriate in science. Happens to the best of us. (We’re not Penn State or CRU here).

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The Phytoplankton are not Starving
By Ed Caryl

In a comment to the original article, The Phytoplankton are Starving, R. de Hann made the following comment:

 So I have big trouble accepting the loss of plankton for fact.

In regard to the claim of over-fishing and fishing methods (by other reports), which is a serious problem in several places, we see the gap of lost volume filled up with other species very quickly.

We know for example that tuna eat jellyfish and in those waters where the tuna numbers have been reduced the numbers of jellyfish have exploded, compensating for the “loss of mass”.

So one species is quickly replaced by another.

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Summer 2010 – Boy That Was Short! Snow Forecast For Alps Under 2000 Meters

Snow already!

A cold blast of polar air has moved over central Europe, pushíng temperatures far below normal. Snow is forecast in the Alps at elevations as low as 1400 meters.

The following chart shows the forecast for the next 2 weeks. It shows that summer is finished for much of Europe. In fact, as mentioned above, the lower Alps are expected to get snowfall in the couple of days ahead. Continue reading below.

According to Snowfinder, it’s time to get your skis out. Snow is in the forecast at many ski resorts. At Mürren Schilthorn in Switzerland elev. 2360 meters, snow is forecast for early this week. The same is true for Kitzbühel in Austria at 2000 meters elevation.

Heck, even below 2000 meters snow is in the forecast, for example Steinplatte Waidring in Austria , which is only 1800 meters elevation. Maybe Nature will publish a study attributing it to global warming.

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Update 1,  August 30: Rain mixed with SNOW was reported on the Brocken summit, elevation 1141 meters, In north Germany this morning on north German NDR radio.

Update 2, August 30: Snow line has dropped to 1400m (below the 5000′ line) in the Alps. Heavy snow is in the forecast. See following chart (h/t: Reader Patagon):
Source: http://www.meteoexploration.com/snow/snowmaps.html

Rules For Enviro-Radicals: Pick The Landscape, Mechanize It, Desecrate It

H/T EIKE
The folly of windfarms and solar panels knows no boundaries. For example nowhere today in the north German area where I live is it possible to drive or take my bike 10 minutes anywhere without seeing a cluster of white behemoths chopping through the landscape (and birds).
Photo source: www.greenpeace.org. Here Greenpeace is major proponent of such let’s-target-and-desecrate-the-landscape projects.

Just days ago, Germany’s leading, renown political daily the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) had a piece on the dark side of alternative energy sources, writing:

This program for ‘rescuing the climate’ is reckless, technocratic and ugly.

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Glaciers – The Dark Side. It’s Not the CO2 Carbon

Ed Caryl has become a regular contributor here, and today he presents insights on the causes of glacial melt. Here he discusses how absorption of solar energy by soot and Black Carbon contribute significantly to glacial melting and that CO2 is a minor factor.
 
Glaciers – The Dark Side. It’s Not the CO2 Carbon

by Ed Caryl

The global warming “hockey stick”, invented by Dr. Michael Mann, has been proven to be a distortion. [i]  But if carbon dioxide is not significantly warming the planet, then why are most northern glaciers shrinking?

Since the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago, glaciers have been receding, dramatically in the first few thousand years of warming when the oceans rose by 120 meters. The remaining glaciers have been receding since the end of the “Little Ice Age” in the early 1800s. This is normal. Compared to an ice age, it is warm.

There is evidence that this retreat has stopped and even slightly reversed in the last ten years for some glaciers; those on Mount Shasta in California are examples. These have increased in mass because of greater snowfall. Glaciers in Alaska, California, Europe, and South Greenland are still receding. Some of the melt of South Greenland is because of the Atlantic Ocean.[ii]

The following temperature plots are of the sea off the west coast of Greenland. For a full resolution, better quality graphic go to the link. The years shown are 1992 to 1999.
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International Climate Science Coalition Gets Lost In Translation

The German Freie Welt has a short piece by Fabian Heintel called Lost in Translation. It takes a look at how the sceptical International Climate Science Coalition gets treated by Wikipedia.

The English Wikipedia describes the organisation as:

 …an international association of scientists, economists and energy and policy experts

That sounds respectable and authoritative enough, but too much so for the German language Wikipedia.

In climate dissent-intolerant Germany, sceptics are to be viewed as flake amateurs who have little scientific authority. Here’s how the German Wikipedia describes the International Climate Science Coalition .

Zusammenschluss von Ökonomen, Politikern und anderen Personen

Translated in English that’s:

association of economists, politicians and other persons.

Sounds kind of ragtag, doesn’t it?

Here’s a list of the members of the international organisation. You make the call if the German Wikipedia description fits.

Video: Putin Asks Each Scientist Point Blank: Is Climate Change Caused By Man? Answer: We Don’t Know!

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived Monday on Samoilovsky Island in the western Siberian Arctic to visit a joint Russian-German scientific expedition, Lena-2010.

Lena 2010 is conducting studies on the Russian Arctic permafrost, which is 1.5 km thick at the Samoilovsky Island location and estimated to be 40,000 years old.

The German page of Ria Novosti has a video up (sorry – only in German) which reveals an interesting comment, one not reported in the western media. The video shows Putin visiting the study site, and even helps the scientists bore into the permafrost.
Update: English video click here

At the 1:15 mark of the video, Putin is reported to have asked each scientist the same question:

Is climate change caused by man, or not?

To which the video gives the reply at the 1:24 mark, the reporter says (translated from German):

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Major Media Too Lazy To Check Sources: Outdated Observations Passed On As “News”

It appears that major media outlets took reports based on old observations and passed it on to the public as breaking news last week.

H/T: Reader Dirk H.

Last week a number of major media outlets reported on how a large plume of oil had been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, insisting that the BP oil spill was not naturally disappearing, as claimed by BP and US officials.

Well, it turns out that last week’s reports were based on oil plume observations made way back in June and junk science. Here are some of the headlines we saw last week in the land of angst, Germany:

Sueddeutsche Zeitung on August 18:
Scientists: 80% Of The Oil Is Still There
Der Spiegel on August 18;
Scientists Attack US Government’s Announcement That Worst Is Over
WDR5 German Radio on August 20:
Large Oil Cloud Beneath The Surface
Die Welt on August 21:
Platform Operator Accuses BP Of Cover-Up  and on August 20: 35 Kilometer Oil Slick

All these reports claimed that BP and officials were premature in calling off the emergency, and that the oil slick was far greater than the public was led to believe. There’s much more oil out there and the problem is still an environmental catastrophe, they all insisted last week.

What did these enviro-bedwetting journalists base their stories on?

They were based on a study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute describing an undersea oil cloud observed June 19 to 28. Here’s the Wood Hole press release. These media outlets were too lazy to check out the source.

So is there still lots of oil out there? No.

The Washington Post wrote yesterday on a Study: Petroleum-eating microbes significantly reduced gulf oil plume that according to the newest findings by a team of scientists led by Terry C. Hazen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, the oil plumes are today practically gone, and on how microbes and bacteria have…

…reduced the amount of oil amounts in the undersea “plume” by half about every three days, according to research published online Tuesday by the journal Science.

The Washington Post also mentions how the Woods Hole study was based on observations from June.  The WaPo writes:

In the Woods Hole study, scientists described finding an undersea oil cloud June 23 to 27 similar to the one Hazen and his colleagues found between May 25 and June 2 – which was similar to one found soon after by people from the Monterey√ Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

And so the mystery of the missing oil is explained:

The findings, by a team of scientists led by Terry C. Hazen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, help explain one of the biggest mysteries a mystery of the disaster: Where has all the oil gone?

‘What we know about the degradation rates fits with what we are seeing in the last three weeks,’ Hazen said. “We’ve gone out to the sites, and we don’t find any oil, but we do find the bacteria.”

The oil is gone. The WaPo report also shows that the feared oxygen depletion catastrophe is also all hype:

One thing that many scientists feared – severe depletion of oxygen as microbes consumed the oil – apparently hasn’t happened. The Woods Hole study published last week found no decrease in oxygen in the oil plume, and the new study found only a slight one.

No plume could be found in the past three weeks, however. The oil that remains appears to be too diluted to be detected.

There it is folks. Another bout of incontinence by the German media. Listening to them last week, you’d think the Gulf of Mexico was sloshing with crude. Bad reporting is a great way to wrongly scare away tourists at a time the Gulf coast needs them the most.

Arctic Sea Ice Highly Likely To Fall Below Last Year’s Extent

The blogosphere is now filled wth Arctic sea ice projections and opinions, and why not? It’s a game that adds fun to the science. For example Steve Goddard at WUWT projects 2010 will finish above 5.5 million sq km.

My forecast remains unchanged. 5.5 million, finishing above 2009 and below 2006. Same as it has been since May.

August 22, 2010: Source: UI Atmos-Cryosphere

I’d be happy if that became true because it would be real sand in the gears of the death-spiral worshippers. But seriously I doubt it will keep above or at the 5.5 million mark. That’s a real long shot.
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China’s Projected CO2 Emissions

In my last post I wrote about China’s aggressive, yet legitimate, expansion of its energy supply. I wonder what the western climate hand-wringers think about the following graphic? Will they ask China about this in Cancun?

My bet is that they’re going to ignore it and focus instead on USA’s and Europe’s emissions.

What I find particularly entertaining is that even if the USA did cut its CO2 emissions by 2o% by 2030 (to about 4.7 million tons annually), Chinese growth would wipe out the savings in just 1o years (2020) or less.

Germany wants to put its entire country through economic hardship to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020. That’s a drop of about 250 million tonnes. China’s growth would wipe out the alleged benefit of that in just a matter of months.

And if small countries like Canada, Australia,  Denmark or New Zealand all make their cuts, China’s emissions growth will offset their reductions in a matter of days or hours.

While China Opens The Throttle, Environmentally-Hypnotized USA Chokes Itself

Greenie organisations and experts are hoping China will take steps to curb its voracious appetite for energy and wondering whether it will meet its emissions reduction targets.

The answer to that question is NO. China isn’t going to meet any CO2 targets. China is booming and on track to easily surpass the USA in economic might in as little as 15 years.

In 50 years, it’s not even going to be close. That’s the one and only target – period.

Not only will China soon dominate the world’s energy markets, but as its biggest creditor, it will have the USA on its knees. Why? Because China is fueling its economy, while the USA chokes its own. Nothing makes this clearer than a report of  the Institute for Energy Research here:

I)  China is wheeling, dealing, and positioning itself globally-
USA is putting the green EPA shackles on itself.

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The Phytoplankton Are Starving

The reduction in phytoplankton is not due to oceanic warming, but instead to overfishing. Guest writer Ed Caryl digs into the subject of phytoplankton.

Phytoplankton clouds shown in light green. Source: NASA

The Phytoplankton Are Starving
By Ed Caryl

A recent press release from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, announced an article published in Nature (behind a pay-wall) that we’ve been losing 1% of our phytoplankton each year dating back to 1899, meaning 40% since 1950. The article blames it on ocean warming. The article was discussed in July on WUWT and here. Let’s pull our heads back a bit more and look beyond warming.

Why are phytoplankton important?

Phytoplankton or algae are single-celled, photosynthesizing creatures at the “bottom” of the ocean food chain. They take in sunlight and CO2 and produce carbohydrates, just like plants do on land. They are the source of the biomass that all larger animals and fish feed upon. Without them, life in the ocean would not exist. Yet, much of the literature makes no mention of any dependence in the other direction, i.e. phytoplankton depend on the creatures higher up in the food chain.

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Joe Bastardi On Hurricanes: It’s Astounding How Quiet It’s Been – So Far

At his latest video , Joe Bastardi gives his latest hurricane forecast.

Joe compares 2010 with 1950, a year the hurricane season started off late, but then did so with a vengeance. It produced 8 major hurricanes in 6 weeks. He sees 2010 having very similar conditions, and so he predicts the same pattern as 1950.

Joe also explains his theory that with global warming, the tendency will be less tropical storm activity because there will be less of a need to redistribute heat and pressure to the higher latitudes. That’s what hurricanes do.
So far for this year, Joe says:

Yet, we’ve had globally the weakest start to a hurricane season, Pacific basin and Atlantic basin, through the month of August so far. It’s just astounding how quiet it’s been – so far.

Joe doesn’t expect it to stay quiet. He’s telling you to fasten your seatbelt, because we are very likely in for some rough riding.

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Mass Exodus From Al Ron Gore’s Church Of Climatology

The end of summer is approaching, and so it’s a good time to look back at this year’s developments in public opinion on the topic of climate change.Germany’s sceptic site Readers Edition has posted a short note on the dwindling belief in manmade catastrophic climate change globally. The piece is titled: Der Klimahype Ist Vorbei! (The Climate Hype Is Over!), by Michael Krueger.

Indeed the once faithful are leaving the Church of Climatology in droves. The drones are waking up. I recap as follows:

In USA the Pew Institute says the number of Americans who believe global warming is a big problem dropped from 44% in April 2008 to just 35% in October 2009  (before Climategate!).

In Britain the BBC recently reported the number of Britons who believe in “man-made climate change went from 41% last November to a ghastly 26% now.

– In Germany Der Spiegel reported that the faithful have diminished from 62% in 2006 to only 42% today. And, as I reported yesterday, a website supported by the German Ministry of Environment released a graphic (see above) showing a stunning plummet in public interest when it comes to climate protection.

As mentioned at Readers Edition, the above figures are reported here at Die Welt online in a report titled: The Constant Climate Warnings Are Making Us Complacent. The truth is that they are sounding old and people don’t want to hear them anymore.

– In Australia, a recent Gallup poll shows the number of faithful has slid from 52% in 2008 to 44% in 2010.

These percentages mean that just in the four influential countries named above, 55 million people have stopped believing the hoax.

And now Republican candidates in USA are discovering that the hoax is indeed becoming an effective campaign issue for attacking warmist control-freak Democrats. With tough economic times and a host of other far more pressing issues bearing down on regular citizens, expect the exodus of people leaving Al Gore’s Church to continue.

German Shock Readings: Climate Interest Barometer Plummets

German public’s interest in climate protection dwindles.

The German website Climate Seeks Protection, supported by the German Ministry of the Environment, presents its quarterly Climate Barometer Report. It measures German public interest on the topics of climate protection, climate change, the energy situation and interest in related projects. Here’s how it looks:

German climate barometer: Index of public interest in climate protection

Source: http://www.klima-sucht-schutz.de/mitmachen/klima-barometer/klima-barometer-index.html

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. People reading this website and looking at opinion polls around the world know that the public is sick and tired of all the hype about so-called climate change.
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Were Warmist Scientists Set To Do Arctic Oil And Gas Exploration Under The Guise Of Arctic Research?

The German online Die Zeit reports here that a Canadian court has ruled in favour of the Inuit Indians, forbidding a planned Arctic expedition by Germany’s alarmist Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in the Lancaster Sound. Reports show that the German expedition may have included Arctic oil and gas exploration.

The AWI’s Polarstern research vessel was ordered to pack up and leave. Now it’s off the coast of Greenland.

Die Zeit writes:

A historic victory will be celebrated in Nunavut. This is the first time a Canadian court recognises the cultural and territorial rights of the Inuits, says a pleased Okalik Eegeesiak, President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association in Canada.

What makes the story interesting is that the German scientists were not only getting ready to conduct sea ice and water studies, but appear to have been commissioned to conduct oil and gas exploration.
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German Die Welt Newspaper: Enough With The Panic!

A heat wave in Russia, a flood in Pakistan and a calving glacier in Greenland were enough to trigger mass hysteria in Germany. The warmists pulled out their hair, socialites fainted, re-insurers went bezerk and the German media screamed bloody climate murder. Really.

Meanwhile the rest of Germany relaxed on their long holidays and yawned. So it’s only fitting that somebody step up and offer a message of calm to the bedwetters.

German online Die Welt has a piece by Ulli Kulke titled Enough with the Panic Slogans of Climate Chaos. It’s an attempt to deliver a message of calm and reason, one that is sorely needed by Germany’s irrational media.

First he explains that this year was a warm one, but so was 12 years ago – 1998, due to a strong El Nino effect. And he points out that the blazing heat in the northern hemispehere strangely could not stop Arctic sea ice from increasing in size compared to the years before. The Antarctic sea ice is growing too.
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Of Ice And Science: Curry And Half-Knowledge

The dreamers of global warming calamity always have to find imaginative explanations for inconvenient truths and paradoxes. Today’s German papers are reporting on the recent study by Judith Curry and Jiping Liu, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The paper is an attempt to provide an explanation for the paradox of increasing Antarctic sea ice in a warming climate.You see, there’s a simple explanation for everything.

The latest explanation is a brainstormed hypothesis at most, and nothing more. Hypotheses are important in science of course, but they are only its very raw trial material. They are not fact.

Yet today, in climate science, we are expected to accept half knowledge and computer-generated scenarios as “finished” science. Folks, it’s a farce.
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