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News Briefs 30-06-2005

Is it getting warm in here?

Quote of the Day:

For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions — largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.
Rudyard Kipling

  1. The Outsiders
    Hi “Cernig”,

    Excellent article about the most brilliant members of society.I’ve read that about Newton, what a shame, but that’s the price you pay for your intellect I suppose.
    Or some do, anyway.

    I enjoyed the links, thanks.

    Hope all is OK with you,

    love shadows

  2. Oliver James and Facts
    For many people climate change is too depressing to think about, and some prefer to simply pretend it doesn’t exist but this issue is too big to ignore. (Part of the Guardian’s special supplement on Global Warming)

    This links to a Guardian article by Oliver James. James believes that many people cannot face the “fast-approaching apocalypse that is global warming” and thus repress the facts. There are links at the bottom of the page that presumably explain the global warming “facts”. One link under ‘Interactive’ titled Climate change is a slide show. One of the slides addresses the Vostok ice core samples and states that “Data collected from the Vostock (sic) ice core in Antarctica found a close correlation between between temperature and carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.”

    No it did not. In fact, the Vostok ice core blew CO2-Global Warming out of the water.

    Quarterly Science Review 20 (2001) 583-589, The phase relations among atmospheric CO2 content, temperature, and global ice volume over the past 420 ka :

    The phased relations (leads/lags) among atmospheric CO2 content, temperature, and global ice volume are the key to understanding the causes of glacial-interglacial (G-IG) climate transitions. Comparing the CO2 with other proxy variables from the Vostok ice core and stacked marine oxygen isotope records, allows the phased relations among these variables, over the last four G-IC cycles, to be estimated. Lagged, generalized least-squares regression provides an efficient, precise technique for this estimation. Bootstrap resampling allows account to be taken of measurement and timescale errors. Over the full 420 ka of the Vostok record, CO2 variations lag behind atmospheric temperature changes in the Southern Hemisphere by 1.3+/-1.0 ka, and lead over global ice volume variations by 2.7+/-1.3 ka. [my emphasis]

    Thus we have the CO2-cycle lagging the temperature by about 1000-years or more. There is no “close correlation” between CO2 and temperature. If anything, the data suggest that a rise in temperature causes a rise in CO2 level rather than the opposite. The Vostok data proves that past warm cycles were independent of the CO2 variations and that the GW-theory is pure, bogus nonsense.

    The GW-folks tried to explain this away, but the explanations approached absurdity. Now they usually ignore the Vostok data or lie about it. I suggest it is Oliver James that can’t face the truth – the climate may be changing but it is not due to CO2 emissions. Or maybe he’s simply uninformed.


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