Friday, 24 February 2012

The truth about Coral Reefs

Image: Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg confesses an "early fascination with the ocean" which led to his involvement with the Coral Reef Ecosystems group and subsequently Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

On The Conversation, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg wrote:
Peer review is the basis of modern scientific endeavour. It underpins research and validates findings, theories and data.
Submitting scientists' claims to peer review is a straightforward way to assess their credibility.
The Climate Commission was established by the Australian government to help build consensus around climate change.
Chief Commissioner Professor Tim Flannery handed the first major report, The Critical Decade to Julia Gillard on May 23.

Journalist Donna Laframboise's book The Delinquent Teenager... exposes how little peer review and how much activism advocacy is involved in the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's Assessment reports. As Economist Ross McKitrick reports:
Canadian investigative journalist Donna Laframboise released her book The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert, a superb exposé 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.

This has not phased Advocates like Professor  Hoegh-Guldberg. I am not sure if they still believe the falsified hypothesis that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming. One would have to believe, with all the evidence of stalled warming and peer reviewed papers (inter alia here, here and here), that they would at least be questioning their long held tenets.

Professor  Hoegh-Guldberg then writes of "rising temperatures..." however, all the major temperature records show that, (as mentioned above) temperature rising has stalled whilst atmospheric Co2 continues to rise.

The graphs below are from Professor Ole Humlum's Climate4you site. They show the data from HadleyCRU and NASA:GISS. These are the two main bodies behind the AGW hoax. Do you think that Professor  Hoegh-Guldberg can really still believe that temperatures "are rising?"

 Activist group - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) commissioned a report in 2008 on the Coral Triangle and Climate change. The research was lead by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and identified that Coral reefs could disappear entirely from the Coral Triangle region of the Pacific Ocean by the end of the century, threatening the food supply and livelihoods for about 100 million people in the region.

Peter Ridd (Professor of Marine Physics at James Cook University): "All the corals that live on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) already live in New Guinea where the temperatures are at least one or two degrees hotter.. IN PNG they grow faster and are more healthy as well.."

Andrew: Are you telling me (if the seas rises) we are going to get MORE corals?

HadCRUT3 shows temperature falling since 2002

NASA:GISS data also show falling temperatures.

World headed toward mini ice age?

Global warming as seen in Versoix, Switzerland
in James Hansen's hottest year ever, 2005

Physicist Luboš Motl on his blog The Reference Frame analyses the RSS data for the last twenty years.

We've been emphasizing for a few years that in the last decade, the global warming trend wasn't statistically significant and according to most datasets, it was actually negative: linear regression produces a cooling result.

However, aside from 10 years, there's always been an interesting discussion about the last 15 years. Some skeptics were happy when Phil Jones admitted that there was no statistically significant warming trend in the last 15 years.

Now, the times are changing. The debates about the statistical significance of the 15-year warming trend are gradually becoming irrelevant. Even when we talk about 15 years, the trend has actually been a cooling one!

For the data see the Reference Frame - link.

Mauna Kea; Image USGS

From Our Amazing Planet, we read of the snow in Hawaian Mountains:
Snow covered the tops of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, two of the five volcanoes that form Hawaii, as seen in photos from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level, making it the highest peak in Hawaii (if measured from the seafloor, it's the tallest mountain in the world). This mountain is known for snow — its name means "white mountain" in Hawaiian. According to Hawaiian mythology, Poli'ahu, a goddess of snow, lives here. Mauna Loa is slightly shorter.
Atmospheric Co2 values are derived from in situ air at Mauna Loa.

The Washington Spokesman has a story headed:    World headed toward mini ice age?
A report released at the end of January by British climate scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit showed that the Earth’s average temperatures have dropped to the same levels seen back in 1997 before the so-called “big warmup.”
The average global temperature in 2011 was 0.68 degrees above normal. In the previous decade, the average temperature on this planet was 0.81 degrees above normal.
The British scientists agree with many Russian and Japanese climate scientists that the world could be headed toward a mini ice age sometime in the near future.
The new climate study suggests that the next significant cycle of cooling may rival the 70-year period in the mid-1600s that saw “frost fairs” held each winter season in London on the Thames River, which froze solid in January and February.

Steve Goddard (Real-Science)
The eight coldest days of the last decade have all occurred in the first seven weeks of 2012. Temperatures are currently 0.4 degrees colder for the date than any other year in the past decade. Temperatures have dropped almost a full degree since 2010.
Meanwhile, the hockey team continues to ramp up the lies about rising temperatures, and Phil prepares to throw any remaining integrity out the window with HadCRUTv4.