Sunday, February 14, 2010

More Climate Gate Fallout

I've always been taught that science is about questioning, not faith. When discussing science, skepticism is healthy, as other scientists must be able to replicate an experiment and get the same result to validate it, or examine collected data, analyze it and come up with their conclusions.

Professor Phil Jones, The academic at the center of the ‘Climategate’ affair, has basically admitted he's been lying for years.

He blames his fabricated missing data on poor paperwork, but there's a lot more to it.
Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.
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He also agreed that there had been two periods which experienced similar warming, from 1910 to 1940 and from 1975 to 1998, but said these could be explained by natural phenomena whereas more recent warming could not.

He further admitted that in the last 15 years there had been no ‘statistically significant’ warming, although he argued this was a blip rather than the long-term trend.
If we had warming trends from 1910 to 1940 and 1975 to 1998 (the second one, by the way, shattering the global cooling scare similar to the current global warming charade), then why are 30 year and 23 year trends meaningful but a 15 year period simply a blip?
Sceptics believe there is strong evidence that the world was warmer between about 800 and 1300 AD than now because of evidence of high temperatures in northern countries.

But climate change advocates have dismissed this as false or only applying to the northern part of the world.

Professor Jones departed from this consensus when he said: ‘There is much debate over whether the Medieval Warm Period was global in extent or not. The MWP is most clearly expressed in parts of North America, the North Atlantic and Europe and parts of Asia.

‘For it to be global in extent, the MWP would need to be seen clearly in more records from the tropical regions and the Southern hemisphere. There are very few palaeoclimatic records for these latter two regions.

According to the records we do have, however, the Medieval Warming Period was quite real, and global warming true believers have been trying to cover it up, as indicated in the earlier climategate e-mails.

Go a bit farther back and ice core analysis says drastic global temperature change has occurred long before humankind could have had anything to do with it.

Here's the truth: The only constant in global climate is change. That change in the past has much more to do with solar activity and other natural factors than any human activity. To claim with certainty that any global climate change is anthropogenic isn't scientific, it's the act of a person trying to protect his funding or a fanatic protecting his faith.

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