So, let's kick off with the ongoing crisis at NASA.
First up is the ongoing trail of devastation and disaster wrought by NASA's climate guru James Hansen. Having been humiliated by the revelations about his "Y2K" error, having had his bizarre method of combining station records revealed, and having been forced to release his code after years of refusals (see Climate Cuttings 9), he has now actually managed to make things worse. This time he has chosen to make unannounced adjustments to the basis of the NASA temperature record - presumably in a bid to raise the temperatures of recent years relative to earlier ones. Professor John Brignell says that "whatever it actually is, [it] smells remarkably like Fraud".
Who woulda thunk it? Next up is all the excitement over the opening of the Northwest Passage which, as you'll recall, the Beeb reported was open for the first time in recorded history, i.e. since 1978. Er...
Freeborn John noted that the Beeb had also reported the North-West Passage has being open in 2000. Power and Control blog gave an embarrassingly long list of all the previous traversings of the North-West Passage.
Of course, whilst many maintain that the Arctic is melting faster than ice in a warm G&T, the Antarctic is actually putting on ice.
Fewer people were inclined to mention the record maximum recorded for Antarctic ice. In some ways this is probably just as well, because shortly after this started to be widely pointed out, Cryosphere Today, who maintain the sea ice record discovered "a glitch" in their software and adjusted the figure downwards - result: no more record. Surprise, surprise. Attentive readers may remember another extraordinary adjustment made by Cryosphere some months ago. What a lot of errors there seem to be in their output.
And, as we all know, it is ice on the land surfaces, e.g. the Antarctic, that we need to worry about because the Artic ice, which floats on the sea, like the melted ice in my G&T, will not actually make any difference to liquid levels.
And how sensitive is our climate to CO2 levels? Well there appears to be something of a disagreement over this really rather crucial question.
Argument over the Schwartz paper on climate sensitivity (it's less than previously thought) continues. There's a good summary here.
There's lots more good stuff there—including more analysis of the surface measuring stations, and news of an open Source temperature record—so do wander over. We'll finish off this edition with a wee bit of outright lying in a children's book, shall we?
Everyone who follows climate knows that temperature leads CO2 in the paleoclimate records. Al Gore associate Laurie David has mislabelled a graph intended for US schoolchildren to show the opposite.
It'll be interesting to see if, as should be the case, the books are all pulped and a reprint, with the graph corrected, is issued; I'm not holding my breath.
For fuck's sake, guys, if you are going to continue lying to us, could you not be a little more subtle about it? You know, give us a bit of a challenge or something?