Monday, December 14, 2009

Climate Bits and Pieces - December 14, 2009

George Monbiot and Ben Goldacre assess the damage rampant privatization has done to America's energy prospects.

Another sort of religion than we've become to accustomed to here in the US.

The AP's assessment of those hacked e-mails.

Gorbachev on climate change.

Andrei Sakharov on the rule of reason.


Anonymous said...

The reason that the AP's "inquiry" falls short is that it doesn't focus on either the data or the software. Correspondence doesn't necessarily prove anything, but it does lead to suspicion.

The code, on the contrary, shows a very definite manipulation of the data to produce a hockey stick. Remove that code, and the global warming scare isn't so scary.

Cheryl Rofer said...

The "hockey stick", so indicative of the problems we face in climate, has been the target of the denialists for some time.

Now we have this claim that the code is somehow rigged.

The National Research Council investigated the earlier claimed errors and found that they had little effect.

I would think that in such a scrubbing, someone would have found that the code itself was fraudulent, as is now being claimed.

What "anonymous" doesn't realize is the degree of competitiveness among scientists and their eagerness to show up their peers. The NRC report was an opportunity for that. It didn't happen. That most likely means that the now-claimed problems with the code are made up, as is so much of the denialist claptrap.

Cheryl Rofer said...

Here's another way to get to the "hockey stick" that treats the data entirely differently.