Professor Dr Vincent Courtillot addressing the International Energy & Climate Conference in Berlin, December 2010. Some quotes:
There is regional warming in Europe but the shape of that warming is not at all what was expected by us…there is ZERO WARMING between 1900 and 1986 in Europe.
In the US the temperature rise from 1910 to 1930 has the same value and slope as the recent global warming..
Global temperature rise has STOPPED for 12 years..none of the models predict that…
He mentions a 2008 paper by Grudd that says for proxies one should not measure tree thickness but rather tree wood densities.
Temperature in Europe at least in the twentieth century is not exceptional..... it has been encountered at least five times in the last 1500 years…
National Post report (link in title) on Courtillot under the banner:
CRU’s average temperature data doesn’t jive with that of Vincent Courtillot, a French geo-magneticist, director of the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, and a former scientific advisor to the French Cabinet. Last year he and three colleagues plotted an average temperature chart for Europe that shows a surprisingly different trend. Aside from a very cold spell in 1940, temperatures were flat for most of the 20th century, showing no warming while fossil fuel use grew. Then in 1987 they shot up by about 1 C and have not shown any warming since. This pattern cannot be explained by rising carbon dioxide concentrations, unless some critical threshold was reached in 1987; nor can it be explained by climate models.