Sunday, June 30, 2013

NIPCC IN CHINA



The Heartland Opera Of The Deaf 
debuted in Beijing last week with
 heroic counter-factual tenor Joseph Bast playing  Turandotcom in
  
SINGER IN CHINA 

THE LYRICS BEGIN :

“This is a historic moment in the global debate about climate change,

The translation and publication of Climate Change Reconsidered 













By the prestigeous Chinese Academy of Sciences 

follows strong statements by the Russian Academy of Sciences 

                         
dissenting from claims that global 
warming is either man-made or a crisis"

ACT TWO
 STARRING RENOWNED FALSETTO PROFUNDO FRED SINGER AS HIMSELF

            LEADING THE K-STREET CAVALRY CHORALE IN:

'The trend toward skepticism 
and away from alarmism 
is now unmistakable!


The Chinese Academy Of Science will present the new publication in a 
'Ceremony of Climate Change Reconsidered and the Workshop on International Climate Change Science Viewpoints' 

on Saturday, June 15 in Beijing with the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) 

Researchers from home and 

abroad are warmly welcomed to attend the conference Venue' 

AFTER A SHORT INTERMISSION 










 THE RED ARMY CHORUS BROKE DOWN THE DOORS SINGING THE GREAT ANTIREVISIONIST ARIA:
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"The claim of the Heartland Institute about

 Chinese Academy of Science endorsement

 of its report is completely false.

 If the Heartland Institute does not withdraw its false news or refuse to apologize, all the consequences and liabilities should be borne by the Heartland Institute."
  AND AS THE CURTAIN FELL ON HEARTLAND'S GRAND OLE OPRY, 
THIS HEADLINE APPEARED TO THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE :
No Mandate of Heaven for this lot. The sham 'ceremony' played to an empty room, leaving Heartland's advance man to post the only media coverage--in English, not Chinese!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Taylorosaurus rex

Philanthopist James Taylor praises the efforts of his fellow Heartland Institute hacks to restore CO2 to its golden age,  when the dinosaurs were in flower:

" the net effects of carbon externalities are beneficial rather than harmful.....

As we add a little carbon dioxide to the trace amounts already in the atmosphere, crop production increases, trees and grasslands flourish and deserts recede..... 

a warmer planet has always benefited human welfare more"

Though too modest to dwell on the cultural benefits of coal combustion, Taylor deserves homage for opening the evolutionary future to a new genre of environmental art that seems sure to incorporate his namesake, Taylorosaurus rex : 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

WATTS WAKES THE DRAGON : THE WEEK THAT WASN'T

While the Chinese Academy of Science has made clear its contempt for Fred Singer's 'NIPCC Report,' Heartland's ambassador to Beijing doesn't seem to realize he's persona non grata, witness his newsletter's bizarrely clueless Quote of the Week:





WUWT's reposting of Singer's bombastic newsletter provoked many WTF ? comments. Here is Watt's diplomatic reply to the first :
Margaret Hardman says   June 16, 2013 at 11:16 pm  
I see the CAS/Heartland links don’t work and the “news” has rather unravelled.  Should you be repeating it when it turned out not to meet the hype? 

REPLY: Oh, a concern troll, how nice. The press release was removed because people like yourself created “hype” where there was none and bullied the CAS into a position. Typical warmers, they can’t handle it when any attention of any kind is given to alternate works, so they sling mud, and play bullies.For example, one of the hypes was that Heartland claimed that CAS “endorsed” the work, where no such claim was made. Try to find it in this press release. You won’t because it never existed.If Heartland wants me to remove it I’m sure I would have heard about it and will do so if they ask, but I don’t give a rats butt about the opinion of concern trolls or the activist bullies that made a non-issue of endorsement into a fake issue.The fact remains that the work was indeed translated, and no amount of whining will change that fact.- Anthony

Really? Here's Beijing's rejection of Singer & Heartland's claims:

                   Chinese Academy of  Sciences, June 14, 2013

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The claim of the Heartland Institute about CAS’ endorsement of its report is completely false.
To clarify the fact, we formally issue the following statements:
(1) The translation and publication of the Chinese version of the NIPCC report, and the related workshop, are purely non-official academic activities the group of translators. They do not represent, nor they have ever claimed to represent, CAS or any of CAS institutes...
Since there is absolutely no ground for the so called CAS endorsement of the report, and the actions by the Heartland Institute went way beyond acceptable academic integrity, we have requested by email to the president of the Heartland Institute that the false news on its website to be removed. 
We also requested that the Institute issue a public apology to CAS for the misleading statement on the CAS endorsement.
(4) If the Heartland Institute does not withdraw its false news or refuse to apologize, all the consequences and liabilities should be borne by the Heartland Institute. We reserve the right for further actions.
      Information Center for Global Change Studies,
Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment, 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

GUNS AND BUTTER

Having banned butter from the city's school cafeterias, New York's diminutive mayor struck another blow against criminal obesity today by outlawing the sale of candy handguns containing more than 
16 ounces of high fructose corn syrup,
including these banana and cherry models. 
                

Thursday, June 13, 2013

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Heaven is high, and the emperor far away. The ever credulous Anthony Watts reports roving Heartland Institute Ambassador S. Fred Singer, former science advisor to this noted oriental potentate             -->                      

has been sent off to Beijing, or maybe Nanking, to present a puzzled Chinese audience with a translation of Heartland's downmarket parody of an IPCC report. :

Heartland’s NIPCC report to be accepted by Chinese Academy of Sciences in special ceremony 
Posted on June 12, 2013 by Anthony Watts
Note: I’ve been aware of this effort being underway for sometime, and I’m happy to be able to report it today. The fact that the Chinese undertook the effort speaks volumes. – AnthonyHere is the Heartland press release from their website:The Chinese Academy of Sciences in June 2013 translated and published a Chinese edition of Climate Change Reconsidered and Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report, two hefty volumes containing more than 1,200 pages of peer-reviewed data on climate change originally published by The Heartland Institute in 2009 and 2011.The two books present a sweeping rebuttal of the findings of the United Nations’ controversial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose reports were widely cited as the basis for taking action to stop or slow the advance of climate change. More recently, the IPCC has been surrounded by controversy over lapses in its quality control and editorial bias.The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the world’s largest academy of sciences, employing some 50,000 people and hosting more than 350 international conferences a year. Membership in the Academy represents the highest level of national honor for Chinese scientists.
A little Rectification of Names seems in order, because Heartland is trying to pass off this staged event as an endorsement of the bogus report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

The wheeze works like this. As a very emeritus Professor Singer has long preyed upon academic courtesy by asking universities to invite him to speak. Many oblige him on the strength of his 1984 thesis that the Earth captured the Moon ,  a theory that so fascinated Reverend Moon that he made Singer The Washington Times' Science Guy. This academic schmoozing led to a deal with a Chinese university press of sorts , the Lanzhou branch of the National Science Library, to translate parts of the 800 page  anthology Heartland paid Singer $100,000 to concoct.

The reality is that the Chinese Academy of Science has nothing whatever to do with this book, and that the launch party isnt even at Beijing's University of Chinese Academy of Science, which in any event  no more speaks for the prestigeous Chinese Academy than the American University in Beirut represents America's National Academy of Science. 

The CAS views on climate forcing are so antithetic to the report that its authors  might as well have claimed Royal Society endorsement by hiring the Academy of St. Martin In the Fields to sing it aloud, on the grounds that it's an Academy, and its royal warrant is as good as the RS's down the road.


University  and academic library presses provide translation services for all comers, including think tanks fronting for PR firms (such as  Mrs. Fred Singer's- she's a registered lobbyist and former Moon employee as well) but Heartland's latest chinese fire drill recalls Reverend Moon at his most delusional - he once had himself crowned King of Peace in the Capitol building. 

This just in:

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is not amused. 

It has issued a formal démarche, and demanded a retraction from The Heartland Institute and its minions:


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

USUALLY RELIABLE SOURCES


Who can Heartland turn to to deny that 97% of climate scientists agree on AGW, when 97% of its erstwhile climate experts turn out not to be climate scientists?

Here's a sample of their lineup.


1. Jay Lehr Ph.D.

Heartland Institute Science Director who speaks with great authority in denouncing climate science as a fraud and hotbed of criminal mischief, having himself been convicted and jailed for defrauding the EPA of $200,000 of the taxpayer's money, which led to the unicyle and Unabomber expert being defrocked as Director of the American Water Well Association. Lehr's wellwishers include


2. 'Chief Hydrologist'
Civil engineer and Simpson's fan whose WUWT screen handle celebrates Sideshow Bob's younger brother, whose segue from hydrologist to criminal mastermind recalls the Heartland Science Director's career trajectory. 

3. Oliver K. Manuel 
NASA dropout & author of the “Iron Sun” cold fusion thesis, whose Heartland conference presence has been somewhat reduced by his present house arrest for child molestation

4. Doug Cotton 
Monomaniac whose unique non-GHG-based theory of the Earth’s elevated temperature other wannabe Newtons can peruse at Prinicipia Scientific International.  

5.  Stefan “The Denier” Mikitch
Australian gulag survivor who denies the geochemical cycle of carbon on the grounds that methane must stay underground , because its moleculr weight is heavier than that of  nitrogen or oxygen. His 'METHANEGATE' website advocates the imprisonment of those who disagree with him.

6.William Hunt's book, ‘ Global Warming Challenged won WUWT endorsement until Anthony Watts actually read it and discovered Hunt's claim that :
Prior to the Little Ice Age, most of the areas where today’s core samples are taken, were not covered with ice. The ice that scientists have stated is hundreds of thousands of years old can be no more than a maximum of 650 years in age“ 

7. Harry Dale Huffman
Gained anti-Greenhouse moonbat status by trying to disprove the effect by eliding data from the planet Venus with terrestrial adiabats, and suggesting aliens altered the shape of the Australian continent to resemble an upside-down sheepdog. 

8. Girma Orssengo
Obsessive programmer who endlessly reposts a single graph that uses data scale compression to render the last 150 years of global warming invisible

9. Tony (climatereason) Brown
Believes qualitative anecdotes superior to quantitative statistics , and points to renaissance paintings of winter scenes as evidence of modern warming being natural.

10. David Postma
Claims radiative energy balance models are wrong because a factor of ½ was omitted from one printing of the basic computer code in 2003. Never mind the corrigendum- it’s part of the cover up too.

 11. Arno Arrack
 Self published author of  What Warming?” whose forward whines about its content’s rejection by Nature and Science while citing the good and great Trofim Lysenko in support of his work.

12. Nasif Nahle 
Claims reconstruction of Whewell & Arrennius’ Victorian lab gear provides laboratory proof that CO2 is not a greenhouse gas. http://principia-scientific.org/publications/Experiment_on_Greenhouse_Effect.pd

13. Herman Alexander Pope
Retired NASA scientist and epigrammatic bore:
“When the Arctic is liquid, Earth is cooling
When the Arctic is ice, Earth is warming
This is the Thermostat of Earth”

Prefigures Roy Spencer's insistance that excess CO2 in the atmosphere cannot come from human activity

14. Joachim Seifert                                  
Barely intelligible eastern European crank whose secret theory of climate change may or may not  relate to solar variations.

If you really want to find out you must purchase his pamphlet in the original German from Amazon. ISBN number, 978-3-86805-604-4  $50 a pop.

15. The Sky Dragons
Consensus-denying editorial collective indisposed to believe in electromagnetic radiation theory in general and radiative equilibrium in particular. 
  
Claes Johnson stirs the pseudoscience pot while pseudo-lawyer, John O’Sullivan markets  the Dragon's self-published book, one so gonzo that even Watts eventually figured out he was being conned.
  
16. Mike Haseler
Highly original Scottish author of the theory that photons are an elitist hoax:
“Over time I realised that:

1. There is no need for the idea of a “photon”.

2. That none of the raw evidence requires “photons”.

3. That the wave-particle theory of light is anti-scientific in the sense that it is impossible to disprove it “

17. Nicola Scafetta
Duke physicist who asks:
 “Does the Sun work as a nuclear fusion amplifier of planetary tidal forcing? A proposal for a physical mechanism based on the mass-luminosity relation”.
No, Nicola, it really, really does not.

18. Bob Tisdale
Data analyst who thinks, ENSO and sea level pressure can explain the warming of OHC, (ocean heat content) but somehow can’t explain how to the long suffering referees of the A, B, C, D, E , F, G, H and I -list journals that have serially rejected his submissions. 


19. Myrrh
Ane Austraelian who ridiculeth ye Climate-Philosophers in ane feeble parodie of ye thyrd  Personne of  Olde English:

So first Myrrh is saying that the greenhouse gases water/carbon dioxide cool the Earth by taking away the heat from the surface of the Earth through the Water Cycle and it is this cycle which has been expunged from the AGW world to pretend that greenhouse gases warm the Earth...

May be a Poe.

20. Spartacusisfree (aka  mydogsgotnonose , aka AlecM )
Engineer with a sock puppet problem who claims that the radiative properties of CO2 don’t apply to the atmosphere:

There is absolutely no experimental proof of any CO2…I became a ‘denier’ after I concluded there were 5 errors in IPCC physics.

I may be mad, bad and deluded, but I want a second option because I’m a scientist who believes no-one.”
In the interest of relative brevity some excellent fishing guides turned amateur climate scientists have been omitted. They can be found at WUWT  telling readers to boycott the heroic bloggers who have run lists of fisks such as this out to four score and N-- .


Rising Tide

All quiet on the climate front,  the cheerleaders  having gone to Colorado's Front RAnge for the Chapman Conference on Communicating Climate Science, reflexively panned unseen by Tony Watts.

Kudos to Simon Donner of Maribo, for Schneider-like candor in cautioning  Kiribati climate tourists
 to beware the difference between climate change, and things that merely look like it, such as half-meter local sea level fluctuations as the Pacific flows in response to El Nino's comings and goings .


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Rainbow Yawn

Rush Limbaugh's favorite climatologist, Roy Spencer has suffered another turn of the exploding headscrew for declaring victory for the seventh time in as many years on the strength of a rainbow yawn of a graph that purports to debunk every climate model extant:



Epic fail ? Alas for Roy, David Appell  has found  a fly in the ointment, or a quark in the soup , as the case may be: Roy has downshifted the data to empasize his own group's results :
But then there is this: the linear trend for the entirety of the two datasets on middle tropospheric temperatures in the tropics is
UAH MT 20S-20N:   0.030 ± 0.028 °C/decade
That's right -- their trends differ by a factor of three, with UAH by far the lowest -- a fact which is neatly hidden away in Spencer's graph by taking their average. (Added 6/8: How can Spencer claim"...the observations (which coincidentally give virtually identical trends)...."?)
Most people would consider that a failure of its own, and quite a bad one.
Maybe the people doing the measurements should be paying attention to getting their own piece of the science right, and they ought not be giving everyone else cause to wonder if perhaps their own data is extremely inaccurate or biased low.
RSS MT 20S-20N:   0.090 ± 0.028 °C/decade 
But if we cut through the spagetti, and highlight the real range of temperature observations, the graph looks more like this :
This isn't the first time  Roy has been caught trying to put his own dodgy modeling on a par with the real McCoy.