The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature algorithm seems to work quite well, with coverage by the Economist, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the London Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Los Angeles Times, US News and World Report, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent and CNN.
Here is the BEST algorithm:
- State that “reported global warming may be biased by poor station quality“.
- Collect funding from Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.
- Make the utterly predictable finding that warming is not a product of poor measurement.
- Brief reporters.
If only I had used the BEST algorithm, then my own analysis would be in all the papers.
You may have heard this joke before: Q: What’s the difference between a computer salesman and a used car salesman? A: A used car salesman knows when he’s lying.
Decide for yourself which of the following are more like the computer salesman and which more like computer salesman.
Earlier Anthony Watts said: “I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.”
He’s not accepting their results because 1. they haven’t passed peer review (yes, that’s hypocrisy) and 2. they used a 60 year period instead of 30 years. Trouble is, BEST can easily recalculate and show that a 30 year period gives the same results, and when the results are published in a journal, Watts won’t have a leg to stand on.
James Delingpole has taken a different approach:
In the first half of his piece, Professor Muller sets up his straw man. He does so by ascribing to “skeptics” views that they don’t actually hold. Their case, he pretends for the sake of his wafer-thin argument, rests on the idea that the last century’s land-based temperature data sets are so hopelessly corrupt that they have created the illusion of global warming where none actually exists.
No it doesn’t. It has been a truth long acknowledged by climate sceptics, deniers and realists of every conceivable hue that since the mid-19th century, the planet has been on a warming trend – emerging, as it has been, from a widely known phenomenon known as the Little Ice Age.
Compare with one James Delingpole, just last year:
Global Warming: is it even happening?
Check out this magisterial report by our old friends Joseph D’Aleo and Anthony Watts and judge for yourself. In brief: the surface temperature records are such a mess that they simply can’t be trusted.