Letters to the Editor

Another alarmist temperature lie

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To the Editor
Climate Conversation

27th January 2015

2015 is the make-or-break year for climate alarmism, with a crucial battle planned for Paris in November, so we can expect regular bursts of global warming propaganda.

The year started on cue with a breathless announcement from the US National Climate Data Centre: “2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record” (their records start in 1880).

The Little Ice Age ended in about 1880, therefore it is no surprise that global temperatures have generally risen since then, and warming reveals nothing about the cause of warming.

Moreover the announcement hides more than it reveals.

Firstly, the alleged new peak temperature is just 0.04 ℃ higher than 2010. Who are they kidding? No weather recording station can measure to that accuracy. Once the likely error bars are added to the averaged data, the story changes to “recent global temperatures remain flat.”

Secondly, what does “average” mean? Almost every place on Earth has a different average temperature, and the averages range from 34℃ to -58℃, a range of 92℃. With large daily and seasonal variations, an unevenly scattered and variable set of temperature recording stations, plus frequent “adjustments” to the raw figures, their calculated “global average” is a mathematical abstraction with no meaning.

Trends are more important than spot values. Satellite data and proxies such as ice core data give more reliable long-term “average” temperature trends; both records say that 2014 is NOT unusually high.

Moreover, information on global temperature trends go back far beyond 1880—ice core data go back 800,000 years. They show there were several periods in the last 10,000 years with global temperatures significantly above that for 2014.

So the “warmest year on record” is just another warmist temperature lie.

Viv Forbes

Rosewood,
Queensland,
Australia.

forbes [at] carbon-sense [dot] com

5 Thoughts on “Letters to the Editor

  1. Alexander+K on January 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm said:

    Richard T,
    I am pleased that your professional life is thriving but a little sad that you have such monumental problems with the blog.
    Long, long ago, I was employed infrequently to illustrate the occasional academic thesis.
    The very first job I did was for an Australian scientist’s Phd thesis on growth stats for wheat crops on an international scale. He taught me about Lysenko and Lysenkoism, thus preparing me well to be aware of (and wary of) the MSM’s habit of fawning upon charlatans! ,

  2. Richard Treadgold on January 30, 2015 at 11:04 pm said:

    Thanks, Alexander. How did the media form such a habit?

  3. Richard C (NZ) on January 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm said:

    Must read category at ClimateChangePredictions.org (H/t JN, BH):

    hardest hit
    http://climatechangepredictions.org/category/hardest_hit

  4. Richard Treadgold on February 1, 2015 at 11:43 am said:

    Yes, priceless.

  5. Alexander+K on February 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm said:

    Wow! As the old fairground pitch has it ‘Every one a winnaahh!!’

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