Archive for July, 2011

Where’s that warming?

July 14, 2011

Nova’s needs to cherry pick a new start year. Her handbook says:

Satellites circling the planet twice a day show that the world has not warmed since 2001.

Cherry picking short periods will always show surface temperatures dominated by short term variability caused by natural cycles such as ENSO. Surface temperatures are a 2-dimensional insight into the movement of heat in a 3-dimensional world. As to Nova’s non-scientific cherry picked claim, even that depends on the temperature record observed: Source

The take-home message for studying climate is to look at the longer term trend. (more…)

Carbon Tax – Nova misleads – Perhaps you won’t notice.

July 11, 2011

One of Nova’s politically motivated tactics is to try and scare the public into thinking they are wasting money on battling carbon emissions by presenting only short term effects. Her gullible reader are all too ready to complain about the carbon tax to even notice.

Instantly it’s obvious to the experienced climate scientist that Nova is not concerned about the long term effects of climate change because she cites 2020 as the year by which we should judge the carbon tax plan.

As any climate scientist will tell you, even shutting off ALL emissions will still leave CO2 levels at high levels for many decades, thus the planet will still continue to warm. Any short term look at temperature difference expected from changes in emissions is fundamentally flawed. It’s not the short term consequences we’re concerned about, it’s the long term warming. I suspect Nova knows this, but is hoping you are dumb enough not to notice.

Given that Nova cites the Garnaut 2011 report so much, it seems strange she doesn’t take heed of how this was explicitly stated in the introduction:

The costs of reducing emissions will come straightaway. The benefits of reducing damage from climate change will come later—many of them to later generations of Australians. In fact there will be more and more benefits for later and later generations.

Let’s examine her “alarmist” post “Gillard’s tax on “carbon pollution”: the facts”

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Nova – queen of contradiction on “Climate of Freedom”

July 7, 2011

Nova claims that “skeptics” are silenced because to discuss the science would expose AGW’s weakness. How amusing then she performs heavy one-sided moderation in order to silence debate in her own forums.

Only days ago Nova wrote:

We don’t ask to silence them. We know if people hear both sides of the story they’ll make up their own minds, and we look forward to that happening.

My how the queen of contradiction so quickly flips.

Posts blocked by Nova

Bob Carter – same old stuff

July 4, 2011

There’s one thing worse than “an old geologist making incorrect statements about AGW” and that is “an old geologist making incorrect statements about AGW after having been repeatedly made aware of the flaws in his arguments”. Either Bob Carter is a crap scientist, or he is deliberately being misleading.

Not surprising Nova swallows and promotes his errors in usual unskeptical fashion. http://joannenova.com.au/2011/05/bob-carter-speaks-wednesday-in-port-kembla/

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