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Steig story on Spectator cover

The cover story of the latest edition of the Spectator is about the Steig/O'Donnell rumpus. I can't see it anywhere online, but the cover art looks like this:

The headline is:

The Ice Storm: Nicholas Lewis and Matt Ridley expose the bias and bluster behind the latest set of shaky global warming data.

(Nic Lewis is of course one of the authors of the O'Donnell et al paper.)

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a brilliant take on the debate. Worth the price of admission.

Feb 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterMarcH

There's a summary by Mr Nelson here

Feb 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterChris

"Lewis and Matt Ridley have joined forces to tell the story in the cover issue of this week’s Spectator. It’s another powerful, and depressing tale of the woeful state of climate science. Real science welcomes refutation: with global warming, it is treated as a religion."

Feb 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaulM

I've finally found a reason to read RC; laughing at some of their old posts.

From the Spectator link (thanks Chris):

Feb 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterSimonW

"the bias and bluster behind the latest set of shaky global warming data"

I love that phrase. brilliant.

Feb 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

This is a significant development. Fraser Nelson has picked up what should be a big story and given it the publicity it merits. Shame the Spectator doesn't have more readers...

Feb 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Hallam

Were any of the hockey team involved with the peer review of Steig 09?

Whether the answer is yes or no, it is fairly damaging for the science of climatology

Feb 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

The Spectator is hosting a debate entitled "The global warming hysteria is over. Time for a return to sanity" on Tuesday, 29 March at the Royal Geographical Society. For the motion will be Nigel Lawson and Benny Peiser and against Tim Palmer (Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics, Oxford) and Simon Singh. Sounds interesting - although the motion is, in my view, poorly worded: it's unfortunate that it uses the pejorative "hysteria" and "sanity". Far better to have kept it neutral. Details here.

Feb 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

Am I wrong here? The Spectator doesn't allow non-British to purchase single copies? That seems silly. I wanted to give them $10.00 US (or £1.99) for a copy.

Feb 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Bish check your email, I've sent you a copy

Feb 17, 2011 at 5:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Watts

"Were any of the hockey team involved with the peer review of Steig 09?"

The reviewers are unknown. Some of the hockey stick team were actually authors of S09 (Mann and Rutherford)

"The Spectator doesn't allow non-British to purchase single copies?"

They say that while the Spectator doesn't dispatch to overseas addresses, anyone can read online, on ipad or buy in the shops where it’s sold.

Feb 17, 2011 at 7:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterNic Lewis

I new volcanoes put out a lot of CO2, but never understood the source. Someone named Cogito on the Spectator tells me succinctly "We have known since about 1970 that the Earth recycles its crustal rocks in the process called plate tectonics."

Cool, I now understand the organic and inorganic carbon cycles. Thanks guys.

Feb 17, 2011 at 9:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreg Cavanagh

Re Jeremy

I've seen the Speccie on sale in large newsagents overseas, but if you want a copy and can't find one, I can post you one if the Bish facilitates address info.

Feb 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

If you have a Kindle/Kindle for PC and live outside the UK you can buy the current digital edition of The Spectator here ($2.49):

For UK residents: .

Feb 18, 2011 at 7:36 AM | Unregistered Commenterharold

Interesting article. Pity that the issue also contains an article by James Delingpole which gives some credence to homoeopathy...

Feb 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered Commentermikep

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