“Here's what Phil Jones of the CRU and his colleague
Michael Mann of Penn State mean by "peer review".
When Climate Research published a paper dissenting from
the Jones-Mann "consensus," Jones demanded that
the journal "rid itself of this troublesome editor,"
and Mann advised that "we have to stop considering
Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal.
Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate
research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers.”
[Quoted from ocregister.com]
Mark Steyn is
free to write for whom he wishes, so why not Jones and Mann?
Meanwhile, just about no-one is meeting
Kyoto. Do you really believe Copenhagen will pan out much
Anyone who believe the tosh about the reliability
of ‘peer review’ has never done serious research.
The ‘peer reviewed journals’ are just specialist
and in-house magazines. If someone doesn’t get their
rubbish published, they are just as likely to start another
magazine with them as editor! And then try to charge outrageous
amounts for copies or articles.
You cannot rely on anyone, let alone the
‘peer reviewed mag.s’. You have to cross check
and cross check and cross check and still you canno't be certain
In this situation, that there are some
idiots behaving like idiots does not ‘disprove’
global warming [AGW] any more than it ‘proves’
it, and Steyn falls straight into that mind trap. Good science
and reasoning is hard. That is why so few are much good at
it, and Steyn is not one of them. He is just a useful voice
Go spend a few months reading the psychological
‘journals’ or the pharmaceutical ‘journals’,
or the logic ‘journals’. It’s the same the
whole world over, most of it is pap.
Or go and look at publishing 300 years
ago. Much of it is fourth form schoolboy tripe, most of it
has long been burned. All most people now remember is Shakespeare
and a few others. It will be exactly the same with the ‘journals’.
Only some nerd like me will still be hunting out or collecting
such stuff in 300 years, long after a bit of allegedly ‘lost’
data from the CRU is long forgotten. Why those reading this
article in 300 years will not even know what CRU stands for,
and that will be really irritating!
From the article
by Mark Steyn:
“And that's what Andrew Revkin did, week in, week
out: He took the words out of Michael Mann's mouth and served
them up to impressionable readers of the New York Times
and opportunist politicians around the world champing at
the bit to inaugurate a vast global regulatory body to confiscate
trillions of dollars of your hard-earned wealth in the cause
of "saving the planet" from an imaginary crisis
concocted by a few dozen thuggish ideologues. If you fall
for this after the revelations of the past week, you're
as big a dupe as Begley or Revkin.”
Is that dishonesty or merely hysterical
“..."Who peer-reviews the peer-reviewers?"
Mann peer-reviewed Jones, and Jones peer-reviewed Mann...”
And most of the tripe that is published
day by day is puffed by their mates in the game, just like
Tracy Emin and Saatchi tell each other that rubbish is ‘art’
and worth good money from dopes.
The readers of this in 300 years will also
scratch their heads and wonder ‘Tracy Emin’, ‘Saatchi’
And by the way, delenda
it isn’t about computer models [uea.ac.uk press release]
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
in its 4th Assessment Report (AR4) published in 2007 concluded
that the warming of the climate system was unequivocal.
This conclusion was based not only on the observational
temperature record, although this is the key piece of evidence,
but on multiple strands of evidence. These factors include:
long-term retreat of glaciers in most alpine regions of
the world; reductions in the area of the Northern Hemisphere
(NH) snow cover during the spring season; reductions in
the length of the freeze season in many NH rivers and lakes;
reduction in Arctic sea-ice extent in all seasons, but especially
in the summer; increases in global average sea level since
the 19th century; increases in the heat content of the ocean
and warming of temperatures in the lower part of the atmosphere
since the late 1950s.
“CRU [Climatic Research Unit] has also been involved
in reconstructions of temperature (primarily for the Northern
Hemisphere) from proxy data (non-instrumental sources such
as tree rings, ice cores, corals and documentary records).
Similar temperature reconstructions have been developed
by numerous other groups around the world. The level of
uncertainty in this indirect evidence for temperature change
is much greater than for the picture of temperature change
shown by the instrumental data. But different reconstructions
of temperature change over a longer period, produced by
different researchers using different methods, show essentially
the same picture of highly unusual warmth across the NH
during the 20th century. The principal conclusion from these
studies (summarized in IPCC AR4) is that the second half
of the 20th century was very likely (90% probable) warmer
than any other 50-year period in the last 500 years and
likely (66% probable) the warmest in the past 1300 years.”
anyone caring about tree ring data [chapter 6 of IPCC
This is a 466 page .pdf and has
enough for all but the most enthusiastic excavator.
you can search it on terms like ‘tree’ or ‘tree
ring’ or ‘Mann’ if you don’t want
to read 466 pages ☺
“McIntyre and McKitrick (2003) reported that they
were unable to replicate the results of Mann et al. (1998).
Wahl and Ammann (2007) showed that this was a consequence
of differences in the way McIntyre and McKitrick (2003)
had implemented the method of Mann et al. (1998) and that
the original reconstruction could be closely duplicated
using the original proxy data. McIntyre and McKitrick (2005a,b)
raised further concerns about the details of the Mann et
al. (1998) method, principally relating to the independent
verification of the reconstruction against 19th-century
instrumental temperature data and to the extraction of the
dominant modes of variability present in a network of western
North American tree ring chronologies, using Principal Components
Analysis. The latter may have some theoretical foundation,
but Wahl and Amman (2006) also show that the impact on the
amplitude of the final reconstruction is very small (~0.05°C;
for further discussion of these issues see also Huybers,
2005; McIntyre and McKitrick, 2005c,d; von Storch and Zorita,
“ Much of the evidence used by Lamb was drawn from
a very diverse mixture of sources such as historical information,
evidence of treeline and vegetation changes, or records
of the cultivation of cereals and vines. He also drew inferences
from very preliminary analyses of some Greenland ice core
data and European tree ring records. Much of this evidence
was difficult to interpret in terms of accurate quantitative
temperature influences. Much was not precisely dated, representing
physical or biological systems that involve complex lags
between forcing and response, as is the case for vegetation
and glacier changes. Lamb’s analyses also predate
any formal statistical calibration of much of the evidence
he considered. He concluded that ‘High Medieval’
temperatures were probably 1.0°C to 2.0°C above
early 20th-century levels at various European locations
(Lamb, 1977; Bradley et al., 2003a).
“A later study, based on examination of more quantitative
evidence, in which efforts were made to control for accurate
dating and specific temperature response, concluded that
it was not possible to say anything other than ‘…
in some areas of the Globe, for some part of the year, relatively
warm conditions may have prevailed’ (Hughes and Diaz,
And much much more to delight those who
prefer reality to fossil media and denialist hysteria.
Note the black lines towards the end of the tree ring surveys, which represent
real temperatures. This represents attempts to examine the viability of tree rings as surrogates/proxies
for measured temperatures.
And on that alleged deleted data
For further reverberations on the disputed Briffa tree data.
Two versions of Briffa MXD temperature reconstruction,
the portion that was deleted from the NOAA archive in red.
is the so-called ‘deleted’ data, from NOAA.
UEA [University of East Anglia]
“Over 95% of the CRU climate data set concerning
land surface temperatures has been accessible to climate
researchers, sceptics and the public for several years
the University of East Anglia has confirmed.”
“The University will make all the data accessible
as soon as they are released from a range of non-publication
agreements. Publication will be carried out in collaboration
with the Met Office Hadley Centre.”
“As McIntyre points out: “YAD061 reaches
8 sigma and is the most influential tree in the world.”
”[Quoted from wattsupwiththat.com]
on the tree ring saga:
“ McIntyre therefore prepared a revised dataset,
replacing Briffa's selected 12 cores with the 34 from
Khadyta River. The revised chronology was simply staggering.
The sharp uptick in the series at the end of the twentieth
century had vanished, leaving a twentieth century apparently
without a significant trend. The blade of the Yamal
hockey stick, used in so many of those temperature reconstructions
that the IPCC said validated Michael Mann's work, was
and corruption in science
global warming, and ocean acidity
the web address for the article above is