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February 17, 2010

The state of ClimateGate today, Feb 17, 2010. [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.

(after the break...)



Another day, another non-peer-reviewed claim found in IPCC report. In this latest scandal *, we find that the Antarctic sea-ice increase since the 70's has been underestimated by 50%.

The interesting hook here? The originator and likely author of the original claim found in IPCC AR4 that there was no significant increase claimed contrary findings in her actual peer-reviewed literature:

Based on a new analysis of passive microwave satellite data, we demonstrate that the annual mean extent of Antarctic sea ice has increased at a statistically significant rate of 0.97% dec-1 since the late 1970s.

* Can it really be called a scandal at this point? It's like watching a dog crap in its yard. AGW alarmist's lies aren't scandalous anymore -- it's just what they do.


As expected, US citizens, despite the media blackout on the continuing collapse of AGW claims, are becoming as skeptical of those claims as their counterparts in Europe & Australia.

Notch another victory for the alternative media in getting this story out, and getting it right via the informal yet brutally efficient peer-review system of an Army of Davids.

For more evidence of MSM's abdication of their responsibilities, see Arthur K's link in the Headlines demonstrating the radio silence in regards to the devastating (to the CRU & IPCC) Phil Jones BBC interview.


I had this on the back burner. It's a long-ish read by UK Prof Jerome Ravetz, guest posted at WUWTH.

Titled ClimateGate: Plausibility and the blogosphere in the post-normal age, he describes the rise and fall of AGW scientist's alarmist agenda, and discusses the path to the restoration of trust in the scientific community.

Of particular interest was the introduction of the concept of "post-normal" science, wherein facts are uncertain and data values are in dispute, but the perceived stakes and urgency are high.

In needing to treat Planet Earth like a textbook exercise, the climate scientists were forced to break the rules of scientific etiquette and ethics, and to play scientific power-politics in a way that inevitably became corrupt. The combination of non-critical ‘normal science’ with anti-critical ‘evangelical science’ was lethal.

Worth a read if you are into high-brow dissertations.


Also at WUWT, a new study places the blame for shrinking Greenland Glaciers on changes in sea currents, not air tempertatures.

Waters from warmer latitudes — or subtropical waters — are reaching Greenland’s glaciers, driving melting and likely triggering an acceleration of ice loss, reports a team of researchers led by Fiamma Straneo, a physical oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

And at The Briefing Room, another study finds that Antarctic ice collapse is linked to newly discovered wave patterns rather than temperature induced melt.


From JoNova, issue is taken with IPCC claims that Scandinavian temperature anomalies are at their highest level ever. Or at least that's what the "homogenized" data shows.

As is becoming a real pattern, the actual data shows otherwise. Scandis (who have only one word for snow, but a thousand ways to hump a snow-bank) are experiencing temperatures similar to what their great-grandicewops experienced in the 1930's.

She links the work done by the fine Nords at Hide the Decline.

I guess they aren't all bad.

Ugh. I think I need a shower after saying that.


Marc Morano of Climate Depot scores a rare televised debate on US Television.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend in the MSM.





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