Thursday, 24 November 2011

ClimateGate 2 as reviewed by "The Delinquent's" Donna LaFramboise

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Hot on the heels of her best-seller, The Delinquent Teenager.. Donna Laframboise looks at the new leaks to continue her exposee of the IPCC and their "experts."
In this e-mail the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) informs scientist Mike Hulme that his services are no longer required  – not because it has found someone with more experience and expertise to replace him, but because the IPCC feels a
need to maintain a balance in geographical representation…
and because its governing body, the plenary, has decided it should swap out “about half of the membership.”
To those of us who’ve already deduced that the IPCC does not, in fact, consist of the world’s top scientists there’s nothing earth-shattering here. But it’s yet one more bit of evidence that IPCC insiders have been fully aware that the reality of the IPCC differs rather dramatically from the marketing message being delivered to the rest of us.

Read more from Donna Laframboise HERE.

Imagine there's no Global Warming...

Imagine -

Talk to the trees | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

Talk to the trees | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

Damien Carrick: Are the actual islands sinking into the sea? Are you seeing loss of land at the coastline?
Maryanne Loughry: Yes, I was given a tour of one of the main islands by three young boys, and it was very interesting because as we walked around, and it took some time to walk around, they would point out to me where sea walls had been and now were out in the water. They would also show me coconut trees that used to be upright that were now fallen over...
Science? Asking YOUNG boys and looking for fallen coconut trees....

Earth's Marine Life Not Going "Quietly Into the Night" of Ocean Acidification

The latest paper on Ocean Acidification - from CO2 Science

Hurd, C.L., Cornwall, C.E., Currie, K., Hepburn, C.D., McGraw, C.M., Hunter, K.A. and Boyd, P.W. 2011. Metabolically induced pH fluctuations by some coastal calcifiers exceed projected 22nd century ocean acidification: a mechanism for differential susceptibility?  
Global Change Biology 17: 3254-3262. 

The authors observe that "most ocean acidification studies so far have been simplistic," in that they have not "jointly considered physical, chemical and biological interactions." They note, however, that "the emerging discipline of marine ecomechanics (Denny and Helmuth, 2009; Denny and Gaylord, 2010) provides a valuable framework in which such inter-disciplinary research can be conducted." The old experimental approach, as they describe it, "overlooks the existence of a discrete micro-layer (i.e., diffusion boundary layer, DBL) at the surface of many aquatic organisms that buffers them from the surrounding mainstream seawater (Vogel, 1996)." This feat is achieved by metabolic processes that alter the water chemistry within the DBL, with photosynthesis increasing pH, and calcification and respiration reducing pH (Hurd et al., 2009). Therefore, as they continue, "the chemical environment within the DBL differs from that in the mainstream seawater just micrometers away, with implications for both the dissolution of, and formation of, calcium carbonate (Borowitzka and Larkum, 1976; Ries et al., 2009)."

What was learned
The seven scientists determined that coralline seaweeds encounter a wide range of pH values over each daily cycle; but they found that they are able to increase their pH substantially due to photosynthesis and to successfully withstand periods of very low pH (relative to the present day and comparable to values predicted for coming centuries) under low flows. In the case of sea urchins, they found that they are currently subjected to -- and readily survive -- very low pH values (7.5) at their surfaces in slow seawater flows, which values are also akin to those that are predicted to occur in times to come. And in the case of abalone, they say they "have a very thin DBL and hence their outer surface is subjected to the pH in the mainstream seawater, in all flow conditions," yet they too persist, probably because they are "internal calcifiers" and "the reduced pH predicted for future oceans may not directly alter their rates of calcification."

What it means
In concluding their report, Hurd et al. say their findings "support the view that although the role of chemistry on OA is well understood, the biological responses to OA will be complex," citing their own work and that of Fabry et al. (2008), while noting that "both the site of calcification and the ecomechanics of the biota, i.e., the interactions between their morphology, physiology and the surrounding hydrodynamic environment, must be considered." And it would appear that that consideration suggests that earth's marine calcifiers are much more robust to OA than most people had originally thought.

IPCC - Fix it or fold it

Leading Economist, Ross McKitrick has said, in the Financial Post,

If the IPCC’s flaws can’t be corrected, we should leave....
For many years, attempts to encourage debate on global warming science or policy have run into the obstacle that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued definitive statements, and therefore—the reasoning goes—the era of debate is over. The IPCC is made up of thousands of the world’s top scientists, it has one of the most rigorous and exhaustive review processes in the history of science, and the oversight by 195 member governments ensures balance, transparency and accountability. Or so we are told.
These claims about the IPCC are not true, but until relatively recently few were willing to question what they were told. Things began to change in 2009 with the leak of the Climategate emails, which prompted some observers to begin questioning their assumptions about the IPCC. Then this fall, Canadian investigative journalist Donna Laframboise released her book The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert, a superb expos√© of the IPCC that shows convincingly that the IPCC has evolved into an activist organization bearing little resemblance to the picture of scientific probity painted by its promoters and activist allies.