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Sunday
Jan062013

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A couple of posts that I simply must point out to readers. Firstly, Steve M is back in the saddle at Climate Audit, reviewing his recent visit to the AGU and making some disturbing revelations about the AGU's welcoming back of Peter Gleick into the fold.

Gleick’s welcome back to AGU prominence – without serving even the equivalent of a game’s suspension – was pretty startling, given his admitted identity fraud and distribution (and probable fabrication) of a forged document. Last year, then AGU President Mike McPhadren, a colleague of Eric Steig’s at the University of Washington, had stated on behalf of AGU that Gleick had “compromised AGU’s credibility as a scientific society” and that his “transgression cannot be condoned”. McPhadren stated that AGU‘s “guiding core value” was “excellence and integrity in everything we do” – values that would seem to be inconsistent with identity fraud and distribution and/or fabrication of forged documents, even by the relaxed standards of academic institutions.

Meanwhile, Tallbloke and his readers have uncovered a downwards revision in the Met Office's temperature projections. It's interesting to wonder why a statistically insignificant rainfall trend was worthy of a Met Office press release while a major reining back on the projections wasn't.

 

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How that's a strange coincidence. Yesterday, having read Steve's post, I was playing in my mind with the surnames Gleick, Lewandowsky and Mann and wondering what one might call this AGU trioka of ethical and statistical excellence. The best I could come up was The GLuMs. And now Russell uses the very same term about me!

That isn't an argument for or against being glum about climate or about those who pronounce on it. Steve's already made his points very well, as has Andrew. It's just a strange coincidence.

It shouldn't have taken a decade, Prof Russ, but that's not a function of the critics. And Nic Lewis has turned up something much more central, beginning less than a year ago, on the IPCC's cavalier treatment of sensitivity. Everyone should read up on that.

Jan 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

The Met Office story made the radio 4 headlines at 06:30 this am. A breath of change?

Jan 8, 2013 at 6:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterdr slop

dr slop - i heard this too. Nothing on the bbc website though, and an interesting take on the reason being due to the recent cooling....

Jan 8, 2013 at 8:40 AM | Unregistered Commenteral

Harrabin on the BBC extrapolating the latest MO projection into warmist business as usual once the temperature standstill ends. Interesting he should know that in the face of the MO limiting their decadal forecast to 2018.

Jan 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

Ssat and al, still nothing on the BBC website. I assume the harrabinger was following up on the headline on Today -- is that right? Sniffs a bit of divvying up the demographics so that they (i) can claim they did report this, but (ii) not let the news of it escape to the masses.

Any sightings on other channels?

Jan 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterDr Slop

Dr Slop:

Yes it was Harrabin on the Today prog - toward the end once they had him out of bed. Still available on iPlayer although I didn't notice at what time exactly.

Jan 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

And let the bunnies not forget how Steve went down to the lumber yard and only picked out those "random" hockey sticks which were the curviest. Boom Boom Geoffrion would have approved.

Jan 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterEli Rabett

Russell a teacher? God help his students.

Jan 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterVenter

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