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Archives for October, 2009

Reflecting on crakar and snowman

(why am I thinking about cocaine now?) So recently two very prolific climate contrarian commenters picked up their toys and went home. Skip did a nice piece on that surprise event. crakar was one of my most prolific commenters, contributing about 100 comments per month since last December. He always struck me as a congenial…

Another week of GW News: October 25, 2009

Logging the Onset of the Bottleneck Years This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H.E.Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup

How to talk to crakar – point 5

Crakar said: The peer-reviewed literature is unanimous in finding that the residence-time of CO2 in the atmosphere is about 7 years. The UN’s climate panel, however, chooses a complex and unsatisfactory definition of residence-time that allows it to pretend that the residence time is in fact 100 years. This is one of many respects in…

How to talk to crakar – point 4

Crakar said: Sea level is scarcely rising: The average rise in sea level over the past 10,000 years was 4 feet/century. During the 20th century it was 8 inches. In the past four years, sea level has scarcely risen at all. As recently as 2001, the IPCC had predicted that sea level might rise as…

How to talk to crakar – point 3

Crakar said: The 3300 Argo bathythermograph buoys deployed throughout the world’s oceans since late in 2003 have shown a slight cooling of the oceans over the past five years, directly contrary to the official theory that any “global warming” not showing in the atmosphere would definitely show up in the first 400 fathoms of the…

How to talk to crakar – point 2

Crakar said: We are shown the results of computer model programmes that predict an apocolyptic future, these programs are based on modelling 16 (yes thats right only 16) parameters, many are considered by the IPCC as having a very low and low level of scientific understanding. Do the models incorporate the ocean cycles? or the…

How to talk to crakar – point 1

Crakar said: We are told that increasing CO2 levels cause/are causing the temps to rise, however the geological record shows this to be the opposite. Even if we look at the past 70 years (post 1940) when mans activity is supposed to be most pronounced we find that CO2 has risen for all 70 years…

Let’s continue the Hockey Stick Open thread, as suggested by skip, under a new title. A great place to pick it up is skip’s most excellent response to a comment from crakar. He totally nailed all of crakar’s various diversions and strawmen. This thread is about how and why people choose their positions in the…

Another week of GW News: October 18, 2009

Sipping from the internet firehose… This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H.E.Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup

Consensus, what is it good for?

There is an overwhelming consensus supporting the basic tenets of anthropogenic global warming theory. Those tenets are that CO2 levels are rising, this rise is caused by human activity, this rise is causing a rapid warming trend and this trend will continue unless CO2 levels stabilise. Contrarians still like to deny this, but the existence…