IT should come as a wake up call to the MSM who so blindly follow the climate change fanatics’ doomsday prognostications. This is the news that Michael Mann, the litigious climatologist at Penn State University who created the ‘hockey stick graph’ (which appears to show global temperatures taking a noticeable swing upward in the era when humanity has been burning fossil fuels and dumping CO2 into the atmosphere), has lost his lawsuit against climate change sceptic Dr Tim Ball, and has been ordered to pay his costs. You can read all about it here.
The infamous graph was first published in 1998, and featured prominently in the 2001 UN Climate Report, firing part of Al Gore’s 2006 movie An Inconvenient Truth. Its methodology and accuracy have been hotly contested ever since.
Only this summer the distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, John Christy, reiterated that the discrepancy between empirical measurements and computer predictions has been confirmed at the global level.
‘The global warming trend for the last 40 years, starting in 1979 when satellite measurements began, is +0.13C per decade, or about half of what climate models predicted.
‘An early look at some of the latest generation of climate models reveals they are predicting even faster warming. This is simply not credible.’ He said lessons were not being learned and criticised the lack of due scientific method involved in the modelling.*
Meanwhile the Mann vs Steyn climate-change hockey stick case – yes, Mark Steyn has been on the receiving end too for daring to be a ‘denier’ – will shortly be entering its eighth year and is heading for the US Supreme Court. It will be the most consequential free speech case of the day. We pray that Steyn will be victorious too.
Steyn has asked, with the journal Nature in his sights, ‘if there’s a more effective way to silence your critics? Say, by proving scientifically that they should be expelled from polite society.’ You can read his post here on the detailed and devastating comparison between Nature’s ‘politicised science, something we used to leave to the Soviets and other totalitarians’ and the genuine climate change scientists who are ostracised.
He refers to the beleaguered Professor Will Happer, Professor Richard Lindzen and Professor Judith Curry. He tells us that the latter, though ‘former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, member of the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science sub-committee, etc, etc – and, while we’re at it, author of some 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers’ is none the less listed in an ‘ignominious cabal’ of contrarians.
* Professor Christy’s paper The Tropical Skies: Falsifying climate alarm can be downloaded here.