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December 14, 2009

The state of ClimateGate today, Dec 14 2009. [krakatoa]

(A series of daily-ish roundups of the day's Climate news and commentary.)

This is by no means a comprehensive recap. The stories come from a variety of sources, and I highly recommend exploring the linked sites for more breaking news.

An early one today. The wife and I need to spend some quality time together. Which apparently means "shopping".

(after the break...)

As more raw data is analyzed and found incompatible with AGW conclusions, it's worth taking another look at Natural Fake's essay on Fruits of the Poison Tree and the fallacy of directing policy based on worst-case scenarios regardless of probability.

In the end though, NF discovered that Science can be a goldmine and now offers insurance for financial protection in case of high-risk catastrophes such as the dreaded Hamster Apocalypse.

From the Headlines, Copenhagen Negotiations hit a brief stumbling block. Developing nations walked out of the morning meetings, protesting the hesitancy of developed nations to cut emissions. That's the meme anyway. Reading a little deeper, we find it's actually rooted in the hesitancy of developed nations to give even more money to the third world than they have already committed. After getting assurances that the gravy train would continue, talks resumed.

They point out that the Kyoto Protocol is the only international legally binding instrument that has curbed carbon emissions, and also that it contains functioning mechanisms for bringing development benefits to poor countries such as money for investment in clean energy projects.
(emphasis mine)

Newsbusters notes that not only has CRU lost its old data, it seems to have misplaced its current data. Any search for that data gets you redirected to the CRU Media Relations page.

Tony Blair demonstrates the difference between a Politician and a Scientist:

“It is said that the science around climate change is not as certain as its proponents allege. It doesn’t need to be. What is beyond debate, however, is that there is a huge amount of scientific support for the view that the climate is changing and as a result of human activity."

“Therefore, even purely as a matter of precaution, given the seriousness of the consequences if such a view is correct, and the time it will take for action to take effect, we should act. Not to do so would be grossly irresponsible.”

AGW sciencytists have apparently homogenized the differences between science & politics.

AP whitewashes after "exhaustive" study of emails.

via UN's militant response to inconvenient question at a UN press

Also: AGW sciencytist defends odious "denialist" label.

Climate scientist Jim Salinger, who featured in the leaked Climategate emails, offended listeners to a national talk radio show last night by saying that, as a Jew, he regards climate change skeptics as morally the same as Holocaust deniers.

James Delingpole unravels (via multiple sources) IPCC chair and Cricket afficianado Dr Rajendra Pachauri's economic interests in advancing Global Climate policy, particularly as it relates to Carbon trading schemes.


Some start to admit that the Arctic Sea Ice has been growing since 2007. But...but... it's "rotten" ice, see?

Also: A snapshot of all the new cold & snow records set this past week.

via Climate Depot:

Poll News:

73% of Canadians against Copenhagen treaty. Cite economic concerns and scientific uncertainty.

And in the U.S., rating global warming as High Priority drops 15% in latest CBS poll. From 52 to 37 in 2.5 years. Still, 70% consider global warming to be a "serious problem". Expect that second number to drop precipitously as the Media whitewash of ClimateGate falters.

And thanks to TexasJew, whose comment filled in a memory gap for something I'be been meaning to bring up, but kept forgetting.

In regards to using Tree-ring data as a proxy for temperature, there is an agrigultural principle that essentially states that a plant's growth isn't limited by the total of resources available, but by the scarcity of the least available resource.

It's called Liebig's Law of the Minimum, and is an interesting bit of geek-info to fill out your understanding one of the big problems in using plant growth as proxy data for temperatures.

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