Stephen Hume: 4,675 stories on global...

Stephen Hume: 4,675 stories on global warming ... and we're covering up the issue

There are 4 comments on the Vancouver Sun story from Apr 8, 2013, titled Stephen Hume: 4,675 stories on global warming ... and we're covering up the issue. In it, Vancouver Sun reports that:

In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo Serbian farmer Radovan Krstic shows the poor quality of his corn crop in the village of Trstenica, some 40 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia.

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Thornton, TX

#1 Apr 9, 2013
So far, I count 84 columns of my own dealing with global warming in some way, somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 words. That would be a couple of books up in academia. Only thing is, at a university they’d cost $95 each and the only way you’d be able
"to get people to read them would be assign them as course material".

Gee he doesn’t believe his own material.

Houston, TX

#2 Apr 9, 2013
Did he cover this?

On November 17, 2009, Mann awoke to find out that private correspondence he and other scientists had sent to the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in the United Kingdom had been hacked and individual phrases disseminated in a way that implied they had falsified their findings. Climate contrarians focused on the words “trick” and “hide the decline”—which some said indicated that Mann had erased data that had shown a decline in twentieth-century temperatures. This was the smoking gun proving climate change was a hoax, critics asserted. The media, for their part, lapped it up.

The reality is different. The e-mail with the words “trick” and “hide the decline” was sent by Phil Jones, head of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. It read,“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e. 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”

The “trick” Jones was referring to was Mann’s decision to show two kinds of data on the same chart—data from temperature proxies (like the tree rings) and actual temperature data (from thermometers). This was a trick in the sense of a clever move, not a deception: all the data were labeled, so readers could see where the proxy data end and the temperature records begin.

As for “hide the decline,” Jones wasn’t referring to declines in temperature; he was referring to a drop seen in certain types of tree-ring data after 1960. And he wasn’t referring to Mann’s work—but to that of another scientist, Keith Briffa of the University of East Anglia. Pre-1960, Briffa’s tree-ring density records track the temperature records. Post-1960, there is a decline in the response of certain trees to temperature (possibly due to pollution): the actual recorded temperatures are consistently higher than what the tree-ring data would predict. The temperature records are the more important and reliable data, so Briffa had to discard the tree-ring “decline” records. But the decline wasn’t hidden. It was clearly discussed and labeled in Briffa’s paper. And Mann’s paper didn’t rely on any of those data.

Since then, a half dozen independent inquiries in the United States and United Kingdom have cleared the climatologists involved of scientific wrongdoing.

Lynnwood, WA

#3 Apr 9, 2013
The writer for the Vancouver Sun didn't have to refer to Serbian farm crop losses.

All he had to do was walk the fields & forests of the Pacific Northwest to see the devastation of AGW. Never have the corn crops of the Pacific Northwest been so totally brown & lost. & that occurring after a good wet spring that gave the soils a good beginning for excellent crop yields.

However, the jet stream was driven dramatically to the north & stayed north at the critical time for crop growth. Plus, soils dried out very quickly, indicated by forest fires which burst out less than a month after the jet stream was driven north.

Our Pacific Northwest was not burned up only
last year, but a trend is developing towards really dry weather at the critical crop growing period.

Yeah, the Pacific Northwest...... known for its abundant waters & greenery. Washington state is losing its motto as the Evergreen state.

Toronto, Canada

#4 Apr 9, 2013
SpaceBlues wrote:
Did he cover this?
"Most of us don’t see eye-to-eye and couldn’t agree about a cup of coffee, let alone a global warming cover up."

If they just got some education, they wouldn't have problems with understanding the same facts with the same level of comprehension.

Kinda silly for a journalist to be celebrating ignorance in support of 'viewpoints'.

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