Category Archives: Silliness

Man with one graph declares war on mosses (more on Miller et al 2013)

Miller et al’s (2013) study on very old dead moss emerging from beneath ice caps on Baffin Island, indicating unusual warming, must have touched a nerve with the so-called climate skeptics. I’ve previously shown that attempts by Anthony Watts and … Continue reading

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“Unprecedented” – skeptic flypaper

“Unprecedented” Nothing seems to attract the inverted love of fake climate sceptics like the word ‘unprecedented’. Perhaps they don’t like to be reminded that our shared climate trajectory is into unexplored and potentially dangerous space. Perhaps because they can often … Continue reading

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A climate skeptic cites Klemm et al 2013

I am a co-author of Klemm et al (2013), a paper discussing pollen-transfer functions and a Holocene length reconstruction. Yesterday, I needed to find it to enter it into the Norwegian research reporting system, and discovered that a climate skeptic blog had … Continue reading

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NIPCC’s Lake Greenland is brim-full of fail

As should already be clear from my previous posts, the “Not the IPCC” report is awful. It is not an evaluation of the science; rather it is a badly edited compilation of all the papers, regardless of quality, that the … Continue reading

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On the NIPCC, the sun, moths and flames

Thus hath the candle sing’d the moath: O these deliberate fooles when they doe choose, They haue the wisdome by their wit to loose. Merchant of Doubt Venice Climate sceptics are drawn to the sun as moths are to a … Continue reading

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Keenan’s test with added drift

Doug Keenan visited to defend his methods. His main arguments were argument from vicarious authority and argument by condescension, but he also left this: “The ARIMA model is specified to be driftless: this means that the drift (i.e. average of … Continue reading

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Testing Doug Keenan’s methods

Doug Keenan’s allegation that he has a confession from the Met Office that “statistically significant temperature rise can’t be supported” has been devoured with relish by the pigeons. But elsewhere, Lucia has argued that Doug is going on about the … Continue reading

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Red Herrings, Cats and Pigeons at WUWT

Hold the front page, Doug Keenan has a confession from the Met Office that “statistically significant temperature rise can’t be supported”. In a long post, more concerned with the details of which minister would not answer which parliamentary question than … Continue reading

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Von Neumann’s elephant’s trunk wiggles at WUWT

With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk Attributed to John von Neumann by Freeman Dyson via Enrico Fermi Von Neumann’s elephant has found fertile ground at WUWT, where today … Continue reading

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Glaciations might end: silliness at WUWT won’t

Apparently there was nobody available to write the daily silly post at WUWT yesterday, but Anthony Watts capably filled the void. Watts has been pointed to Archer and Ganopolski (2005), who argue that CO2 emissions of 1000 Gton C could … Continue reading

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