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Is the Western Climate Establishment Corrupt? Part 2

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The establishment barks “cherry-picking” at skeptics who claim a particular year was cold, or quiet, or less stormy, but where are the caveats when the mass media churns out record single “hot year” headlines as if they matter: 2010 is hottest year EVER!

What’s not obvious is that breaking those records depends on the data set. According to satellite data there have been no “hottest year ever” records since 1998, though as it happens, NASA doesn’t seem too keen on using data recorded from space. Go figure.

With ground stations, every single station requires hand-made “adjustments” and many stations are ignored completely. The results from ground stations are “interpreted” to cover anything from zero kilometers right up to 1200 km. I guess, only a God of Science would know which thermometer has that magic-1200-gift. Meanwhile, the satellite records are a massive collection of data recorded continuously 24/7, year after year and covering all round the globe, land and sea.

Part II of this series is about those “adjustments” and the different data sets.

— JN

Part 2: Air Temperatures

The public might not understand the science, but they do understand cheating

Dr. David Evans
4 October 2010

[A series of articles reviewing the western climate establishment and the media.
The first article discussed thermometer placement tricks.]

Click to download a pdf file containing the whole series

More Thermometer Tricks

There are lots of ways to find “warm”. More tricks from the climate establishment:

Why would the climate establishment play these tricks, if their case and data were strong?

Don’t these tricks strongly imply that their case is weak or wrong, and that they know it?

What Difference Do Their Tricks Make?

The climate establishment always quotes the land-thermometer temperature records as the global temperature, usually the one by NASA GISS:

Figure 13: From the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) at NASA, run by Jim Hansen, the “father of global warming”. (In 2009 Hansen endorsed a book which claims “The only way to prevent global ecological collapse and thus ensure the survival of humanity is to rid the world of Industrial Civilization.”) From land-based thermometers (such as those in Figure 1 – 12) and a few ocean thermometers, but no satellite data (despite the “Space” in GISS). Same timeframe and format as the satellite data in the next figure, for easy comparison. Source (updated monthly).

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The main features:

But there is an alternative method of measuring global temperatures—with satellites.

Satellites measure the temperature 24/7 over broad swathes of land and ocean, across the whole world except the poles. While satellites had some initial calibration problems, those have long since been fully fixed to everyone’s satisfaction. Satellites are mankind’s most reliable, extensive, and unbiased method for measuring surface temperatures.

There are two independent satellite records, and they agree with each other. Here is one:

Figure 14: Satellite data from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), using the NASA AQUA satellite. Same timeframe and format as the land-based thermometer data in the previous figure. Source (updated monthly).

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The main features:

Obviously this has different political implications from the land-based thermometer data.

The satellite data is inconvenient to the climate establishment, and they never refer to it. But they appear to have a strategy for dealing with it in the future: they underfund the temperature satellites and do not fix flaws as they arise.

An important admission. Shortly after the ClimateGate scandal broke, a leading member of the climate establishment, Dr. Phil Jones, Director of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in the UK, in an interview with the BBC, agreed that:

“from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming”.

Jones also noted that it has been cooling since 2002, but that this trend was too short to be statistically significant.

Their thermometer tricks create the picture of ever-rising temperatures that they need politically, but contrasts with the superior and unbiased satellite picture that shows global warming paused around 2001.

Why do the climate establishment use the land- thermometer temperatures in their communications with the public, when they could use the satellite data instead?

They have tacitly admitted their land-thermometer data is deeply flawed by setting up a new network of properly sited thermometers (which won’t report for 50 years) and by ceasing to use individual thermometers that get ridiculed on the Internet. Obviously this goes beyond mere incompetence.

Is the Western Climate Establishment Corrupt?

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Summary | PART I | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PART 9 | PART 10 | PART 11 Full PDF versions for printing and emailing are available from the summary page.

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