Friday, February 01, 2013

New paper finds climate change benefits Chinese agriculture
A paper published today in Global and Planetary Change predicts climate change will result in a significant increase of productivity for Chinese agriculture.
Roger Andrews: IPCC AR5 Climate Models – Another Bust « Tallbloke's Talkshop
My thanks to Roger Andrews for this succinct examination of the model-data comparisons from the leaked draft of IPCC AR5. He is absolutely right to draw attention to how poorly the models do in terms of tracking changes in sea surface temperature (SST). This metric is indicative of ocean heat content (OHC), which is the more important indicator of global change (though poorly understood and measured), because the ocean is the climate object with nearly all the heat capacity.
Tony Soprano Environmentalism | Coyote Blog
A while back, it was reported that environmentalists (featured in the movie "Crude" were captured in the outtakes of the movie discussing how they lied about the science to the courts in order to score a big payday (bonus points for Obama appointing one of the fraudsters to the National Academy of Sciences).
How Warm Were the 1930's? | Coyote Blog
I think most would agree that the heat waves of 1936 had about zero to do with man-made CO2 (since it preceded significant increases in Co2 since 1950). It was just freaking hot. When it happened in 1936, people treated it as a natural disaster. Today, we would likely treat it as an excuse to shut down the world economy.

PS - Most warming data you see is biased by the fact that it relies on a lot of thermometers that exist today but did not exist in the 1930's. If you limit the official government data set to only thermometers that have existed since at least 1920 you get this picture of us "warming". This last year was historically quite hot, but not unprecedentedly so (again, US data only)

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