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Due to involvement in another climate project for the next few weeks, blog posts may be a little irregular for a while. In the mean time, don’t forget to check the Live Blog Roll in the sidebar for all your sceptical needs!

Simon

North Koreans embrace "Earth Year"


A backward, communist, pariah state dictatorship seems to do well at Earth Hour, in fact “Earth Year”, because it’s like this every hour up there in swinging North Korea. Compare with affluent, successful, democratic South Korea, with lights burning across the country:

That one bright spot is the capital…

And this is what we are trying to emulate in Earth Hour? Heaven help us. At least it’s over for another year.

Photo thanks to WUWT.

ABC: presumption of bias


Biased unless proven otherwise

It has now reached the stage with the ABC that there must be a presumption of bias, towards Labor and climate alarmism. And, as in its legal analogue, where there is a presumption, that presumption must be rebutted on each and every occasion. That is the position from we have to view the ABC today. So when we read an alarmist article on climate change, we presume bias unless it can be rebutted. When we read an article critical of the Opposition, we must again presume bias, unless it can be rebutted. Unfortunately, since that rebuttal is almost never there, this means that our nationally funded broadcaster has ceased to be a serious media organisation, and is now nothing but a cheap shill for Labor and environmental pressure groups.

So it is no surprise that the ABC is still quite happy to use the derogative term “denier” in an article on climate sceptics published this morning (five times, no less). The story relates to a paper by John McLean, Chris DeFreitas and Bob Carter, originally published in July 2009 in Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR), challenging the theory of human-induced global warming. This is a peer reviewed journal, and the article was accepted for publication at that time, following the peer review process. In January 2010, a critical response was prepared by a team of consensus scientists, which was also published in JGR. The original authors put together a response to those criticisms, which … JGR refused to publish. Understandably, the original authors were furious not to have the right to respond to criticisms of a previously published paper. They have subsequently published on SPPI a paper claiming censorship:

“The practice of editorial rejection of the authors’ response to criticism is unprecedented in our experience. It is surprising because it amounts to the editorial usurping of the right of authors to defend their paper and deprives readers from hearing all sides of a scientific discussion before they make up their own minds on an issue. It is declaring that the journal editor – or the reviewers to whom he defers – will decide if authors can defend papers that have already been positively reviewed and been published by that same journal. Such an attitude is the antithesis of productive scientific discussion.”

You can read the full SPPI paper here. This is how ABC’s reporting of this story begins:

The latest debate on climate science to emerge centres on a paper that suggests humans played no role in the recent warming trend and that El Nino activity is mostly to blame.

But a group of climate scientists say that is false, misleading and that the data has been manipulated by climate deniers. [Well, they should know. Alarmist climate scientists are experts in manipulation of data - Ed]

Central to the paper, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research last July, was that the southern oscillation index, which is a measure of El Nino activity, was the most likely influence on global temperatures changing.

The senior author of the report, IT analyst [just thrown in to remind you he's not a climate scientist - Ed] John Mclean, says man has had little impact on global warming.

The major force seems to be probably the southern oscillation, though you’ve also got to think that maybe that is just an indicator of something else. Whatever’s driving the southern oscillation therefore drives temperature,” he said. (source)

They give McLean a quote of just 83 words to explain the paper’s position. They then proceed to give Kevin Trenberth (of Climategate fame), a quote of 237 words, nearly three times as much, criticising it (did I mention anything about bias earlier?), and in total there are 369 words critical of the paper compared to just 164 words explaining it. You can read all that in the source article if you wish.

The ABC article then deals with the censorship claim, but fails to identify the key point, that this was a response to a criticism of an originally peer-reviewed, and published, article in JGR. To not give authors the opportunity to respond to criticism sure sounds like censorship to me.

Presumption of bias? Tick. Rebuttal? None.

Media hysteria over "Earth Hour"


Switch 'em back on

Not a single mainstream media outlet has called out “Earth Hour” for the pointless gesture it really is – celebrating darkness and backwardness and abhorring human progress and achievement. The Australian and the ABC are wisely not touching it. Here are a few examples.

From the Herald Sun:

Australia powers down for Earth Hour

FROM the nation’s red heart to the tip of Tassie, Australians will flick a small switch on Saturday to make a big statement.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity for people around the world to speak in one voice on the issue of climate change,” said Greg Bourne, CEO of Australia’s World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Australia will be among the first places in the world to turn the power down, with some of the nation’s biggest companies and organisations committed to turning off their lights for 60 minutes from 8.30pm on Saturday. [When nobody's at work anyway. I'd like to see them do it at 11 am on a Monday morning - Ed]

Ferries will blast their horns in Sydney – where the first ever Earth Hour was staged by WWF in 2007 – to signal the start of the event, which will see the lights go out at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. (source)

From the Sydney Moonbat Herald (Fairfax is a sponsor of Earth Hour, because that’s the kind of organisation Fairfax is):

Millions to go dark for Earth Hour

World-famous landmarks including the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and Beijing’s Forbidden City will go dark on Saturday as millions turn out the lights for Earth Hour, a rolling grassroots movement aimed at tackling climate change.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign promises to be the biggest yet with thousands of cities and towns in 125 countries – 37 more than last year – pledging to take part in the aftermath of a failed climate summit last year.

December’s fractious Copenhagen summit has done nothing to dampen public hopes for meaningful action to avert catastrophic global warming, according to Earth Hour founder Andy Ridley.

“There appears to be some fatigue to the politics around it… But people are far more motivated this year than they were last year,” he told AFP.

Now run by the WWF [extreme green environmental advocacy and pressure group, which wrote half of the IPCC's AR4 report - Ed], Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007 when 2.2 million people switched off the lights in their homes, offices and businesses for 60 minutes to make a point about electricity consumption and carbon pollution.

The campaign went global the following year, and this Saturday, more than 1,200 of the world’s best-known landmarks will kill their lights at 8:30pm local time in what organisers describe as a “24-hour wave of hope and action”. (source)

Pass the sick bag. And of course, because Fairfax is a sponsor, all the Fairfax local papers are plugging it for all they are worth. Here’s the Armidale Express:

City lights dim as Earth Hour nears

Armidale Dumaresq Council will join with more than one billion people in 4000 cities around the world and switch off non-essential lights and electricity uses during the fourth annual Earth Hour, tomorrow night.

In 2009, with business involvement, Earth Hour became the world’s biggest mass participation event. This year’s Earth Hour, which starts at 8.30, hopes to eclipse that success.

“Earth Hour is an Australian initiative of WWF Australia that began in Sydney in 2007,” Armidale Dumaresq mayor Peter Ducat said. (source)

The Southern Highlands News:

Lights out for Earth Hour in the Southern Highlands

SOUTHERN Highlands residents, schools and businesses will be switching off the lights and turning on to Earth Hour 2010 tomorrow night.

From 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, Peppers Manor House and Craigieburn will join the global campaign and plunge into darkness to strengthen public awareness for climate change.

The energy-conscious retreats will demonstrate their commitment to environmental responsibility through a series of interior and exterior energy saving initiatives such as extinguishing feature lighting, holding a candlelit reception, turning off appliances in unoccupied rooms and neutralising air conditioning by a few degrees to consume less power.

Guests are encouraged to join in by turning room lights out, and they will be given glow sticks at check-in. (source)

Sounds romantic. The Yass Tribune:

Go to the light in Yass, after flicking the switch

People in Bangladesh are doing it; people in London are doing it; and people in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are doing it. Many, like Australia, have done it before, while others are first-timers. What could possibly unite such a disparate group of people from all over the world? Concern for climate change, of course. They have all signed on to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday.

Momentum for the global initiative is gaining speed in the Yass Valley. Residents are starting to reach for the candles and embrace the concept of Earth Hour, now in its fourth year. In 2009, families and individuals from across the region flicked the switch for an hour. This year, the Earth Hour message goes beyond the gesture of turning out the lights.

The wildlife preservation group WWF [wildlife preservation group? Sorry, you've got it completely wrong there - Ed] which created the event in Sydney in 2007, is encouraging people to also change their daily habits (see page 2 of today’s edition for tips on how you can reduce the size of your footprint!). (source)

Enough. Don’t sit in the dark with the hippies. Forget Earth Hour, celebrate Human Achievement Hour.

UPDATE: The ABC is covering it, but amazingly is half critical in an environmental blog post, and even mentions HAH – see here:

The subtleties of the Earth Hour message - that it’s not about saving electricity, it’s about the symbolism – have been well and truly lost.

If you need evidence, look to the group that has started in opposition to Earth Hour. “Human Achievement Hour” is an invention of US think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute. It encourages participants to celebrate this hour, which coincides with Earth Hour, by turning on all their lights and using as much electricity as possible to celebrate the fact that they can.

“We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible,” Myron Ebell, CEI’s Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy is quoted as saying.

CEI Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer says, “Those who wish to celebrate Earth Hour should sit in the dark, turn off the heat, and breathe as little as possible.”

Sitting in the dark is not sustainable for more than a symbolic hour. And if anyone is going to understand the concept of sustainability it ought to be the green groups.

The fact that the chief of the WWF himself is mixed in his messages is proof that the Earth Hour message is well and truly scrambled. A global audience of over 50 million people have been led to believe they have to sit in the dark to be green.

Forget "Earth Hour" – celebrate Human Achievement Hour


Turn your lights on

Let’s leave the hippies sitting in the dark whilst we celebrate human achievement, thanks in a very large part to plentiful and cheap energy.

During Human Achievement Hour, people around the world will be recognising the incredible accomplishments of the human race.

Originally conceived by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2009, Human Achievement Hour coincides with the earth hour campaign but salutes those who keep the lights on and produce the energy that makes human achievement possible.

Millions of people around the world will be showing their support for human achievement by simply going about their daily lives. While earth hour activists will be left in the dark, Human Achievement Hour participants will be going to the cinema, enjoying a hot meal, driving their car or watching television.

There is really no limit to how you can support Human Achievement Hour just like there is no limit to what mankind can achieve.

Human Achievement Hour 2010 will be between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 27 March.

See here to download flyers.

"Disappearing island" in Bengal nothing to do with "climate change"


Nearest tide gauge - less than 1 mm per year…

Although you surely wouldn’t believe it by reading the mainstream media, trumpeting as they are the fact that an “island” has disappeared because of rising sea levels “caused by climate change”. The Sydney Morning Herald does a brilliant job of getting it all wrong:

In an unusual example of the effects of global climate change, rising sea levels in the Bay of Bengal have helped resolve a troublesome territorial dispute between two of the world’s most populated countries, a leading Indian oceanographer says.

Sugata Hazra, the head of oceanography at Kolkata’s Jadavpur University, says a flat muddy patch of land known as South Talpatti in Bangladesh and New Moore Island in India has disappeared under the Bay of Bengal. The landmass had been claimed by both countries but Professor Hazra says satellite images prove it has gone.

”It is now a submerged landmass, not an island,” Professor Hazra told the Herald.

”Only small parts can be seen in very, very low tide conditions.”

Sea-level rise caused by climate change was ”surely” a factor in the island’s inundation, Professor Hazra said.

”The rate of sea-level rise in this part of the northern Bay of Bengal is definitely attributable to climate change,” he said.

”There is a close correlation between the rate of sea-level rise and the sea surface temperature.”

The island was once about 3.5 kilometres long and three kilometres wide and situated four kilometres from the mouth of the Hariabhanga River, the waterway that marks a stretch of the border between south-western Bangladesh and India.

Scientists believe the disputed island was formed following a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal in 1970 and both countries laid claim to the land. (source)

Right, so what’s the reality? It’s not an island, as in a rocky outcrop, it’s a sand bar. As the article says, it was created following a cyclone just 40 years ago. It is in an estuary, an area of rapid erosion and deposition. “Islands” such as this are being created and destroyed on a regular basis all the time. Look at the sea level rise from the nearest official gauge – just 0.54mm per year.  Whatever caused this sandbar to disappear, it sure as hell wasn’t “climate change.”

Thanks to Anthony Watts.

Daily Bayonet GW Hoax Weekly Roundup


Skewering the clueless

As always, a great read.

Sanity returns to the London Science Museum


Climate sanity

All I can say is “bravo” to the Science Museum for having the guts to stand up to alarmism, to abandon propaganda and instead champion impartial science (see original story here):

The Science Museum is revising the contents of its new climate science gallery to reflect the wave of scepticism that has engulfed the issue in recent months.

The decision by the 100-year-old London museum reveals how deeply scientific institutions have been shaken by the public’s reaction to revelations of malpractice by climate scientists.

The museum is abandoning its previous practice of trying to persuade visitors of the dangers of global warming. It is instead adopting a neutral position, acknowledging that there are legitimate doubts about the impact of man-made emissions on the climate.

Even the title of the £4 million gallery has been changed to reflect the museum’s more circumspect approach. The museum had intended to call it the Climate Change Gallery, but has decided to change this to Climate Science Gallery to avoid being accused of presuming that emissions would change the temperature.

Chris Rapley, the museum’s director, told The Times that it was taking a different approach after observing how the climate debate had been affected by leaked e-mails and overstatements of the dangers of global warming. He said: “We have come to realise, given the way this subject has become so polarised over the past three to four months, that we need to be respectful and welcoming of all views on it.” [ACM editor falls of chair in shock - Ed]

“You can argue about how much effect the carbon in the atmosphere will have on the system and what we should do about it,” he said. “The role of the museum should be to lay out honestly and fairly what the climate science community has found out about the science.

“There are areas of uncertainty which are perfectly reasonable to raise and we will present those. For example, the extent to which the climate is as sensitive to the CO2-loading that humans have put in or not.”

I almost cannot believe I am reading that. This is all the sceptics are really concerned about. All we want is to see a balanced, honest and fair portrayal of climate science: what we know and what we don’t. ACM is very, very impressed. Now we wait for the inevitable backlash of alarmists crying foul.

Read it here. (h/t Andrew Bolt)

AFL to campaign on climate change


On the climate bandwagon

Coming from the UK, and at the risk of alienating some readers, I am afraid I see nothing to recommend AFL (nor NRL), filled, as they both are, with overpaid, oversexed, overrated bogans. As if to confirm my initial impression, the meat-heads at the AFL are about to lower themselves even further in my estimation by threatening to campaign on climate change:

THE AFL has already campaigned for a raft of social causes, headed by its anti-racial vilification stance, its testing for illicit drugs, respect towards women and measures encouraging responsible drinking and gambling. [And look how far they have got! - Ed]

What could be the next great cause for Andrew Demetriou and the clubs? Demetriou has hinted that it could be one of the most debated issues of our time – climate change.

Demetriou this week said that football had not reached its limit for involvement in social issues [thanks for clarifying that, we all knew that climate change was just a vehicle for social change - Ed], suggesting that the clubs now had a greater interest in climate change. Asked what, if any, issue football might next take on, the AFL boss said: ”I guess there is. Something else will emerge. I think our clubs have got an awareness of issues around climate change and wanting to do the right thing by, you know, helping raise awareness around climate change.

Stick to, you know, footy.

Read it here.

Wind contributing to Arctic sea ice loss


Arctic ice

From The Science is Settled Department: any fule kno that the Arctic is melting solely because of global warming, right? Wrong. A large part of the sea ice loss is due to changes in wind patterns, which even the Guardian acknowledges, despite putting a disclaimer at the start of the article:

[Guardian Standard Alarmist Disclaimer] New research does not question climate change is also melting ice in the Arctic, but finds wind patterns explain steep decline.

Much of the record breaking loss of ice in the Arctic ocean in recent years is down to the region’s swirling winds and is not a direct result of global warming, a new study reveals.

Ice blown out of the region by Arctic winds can explain around one-third of the steep downward trend in sea ice extent in the region since 1979, the scientists say.

The study does not question that global warming is also melting ice in the Arctic, but it could raise doubts about high-profile claims that the region has passed a climate “tipping point” that could see ice loss sharply accelerate in coming years.

The new findings also help to explain the massive loss of Arctic ice seen in the summers of 2007-08, which prompted suggestions that the summertime Arctic Ocean could be ice-free withing a decade. About half of the variation in maximum ice loss each September is down to changes in wind patterns, the study says.

Read it here.

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