Adam points out in a comment that Monbiot is now saying (in the comments) …what happened to the debate with Christopher Monckton. A good question. So far my attempts to challenge him have been met with threats to sue for libel. While the Guardian can cope with this, I’m in a more exposed position when posting material on my own sites. This is why I have not yet posted my original article about his paper on monbiot.com, let alone any rejoinders. Which is interesting.
Because… over at the wiki page about Moncktons errors, someone claiming to be James Rowlatt, Clerk to Lord Monckton is complaining about the page and threatening libel too. Note, BTW, that the wiki page is in the user space of [[User:Dbuckner]] and so has a slightly curious status; it may get deleted soon so read while you can. Since its shifting, it may help that this is by “James Rowlatt” (actually anon IP 126.96.36.199, which appears to locate to London… errm although another one says Energis UK ooop North. Can anyone do better? Note BTW that Lord M does indeed appear to have a clerk by that name) and this is the other sides. They seem to have done a fairly good job of reading M’s references and discovering that many of them don’t quite say what M wants them too; they aren’t so good at lambda – they should just read RC for that.
The anon/clerk has been trying to make the wiki page more favourable to Lord M; even (rather oddly) asserting that Lord M correctly allows for feedbacks as well as forcings in his S-B stuff when what he does is hand-wave about why the positive and negative feedbacks might balance (oddly enough no refs for that bit).
Ive just noticed (trying to make some kind of sense of his lambda and failing) in his extended gunk; p26 that M things that forcing-proportional-to-ln-CO2 is “a heuristic derived from the climate models”: it isn’t, of course: it comes from more basic radiative physics and is an input to the GCMs. M compounds this error by assuming it applies to all the GHGs (with a delightful “To generalize the equation to cover forcings from all greenhouse gases, multiply both sides by g, the ratio of forcings from all greenhouse gases including CO2 to the forcing from CO2 alone,”) thereby forgetting (or never knowing) that not all GHGs are in the log regime.