You have to admire such delusional comments. The USA, the UK and many other parts of the world have been reporting cold weather records broken left, right and center. Yet some climate scientists are claiming, no, it’s been hot, damn hot, this winter.
Climate scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the hottest January the world has ever seen.
Don’t they understand that such comments just make a mockery of their AGW theory?
“Last November was the hottest November we’ve ever seen. November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen.” Veteran climatologist Professor Nicholls was speaking at an online climate change briefing, added: “It’s not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven’t warmed in the past 50 years.” Source: Daily Express
Who is Professor Neville Nicholls? He’s a climate scientist at Monash University, and is a Lead Author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report chapter focusing on understanding and attributing climate change.
Uh oh – this scientist has been debunked before, and now he appears to be just plain trying to make a laughing stock of himself, with some degree of success. His contribution to the 4th assessment report highlighted his ignorance of fundamental physics.
Study Finds IPCC had Temperature – Drought Connection Backwards
As I mentioned in last week’s IPCC: International Pack of Climate
Crooks, in Chapter 9 of Assessment Report 4’s (AR4) Working Group One
(WG1) Report, the IPCC claimed that manmade CO2-driven higher
temperatures drive higher evaporation, and thereby cause droughts. As
readers are all too aware, droughts are favorite ingredients in most
alarmists’ recipes for manmade climate disaster
Later in the paper, Nicholls concluded that “the warming has meant
that the severity and impacts of the most recent drought have been
exacerbated by enhanced evaporation and evapotranspiration.”
Not surprisingly, as with many other AR4 irregularities that have
recently surfaced, this too has a non-peer-reviewed World Wildlife
Fund link to it. So then, the basis for the claim that anthropogenic warming causes droughts put forth in the IPCC’s AR4 was a WWF report and its follow-up written the next year.
But that basis, conclude Natalie Lockart, Dmitri Kavetski and Stewart
W. Franks, authors of On the recent warming in the Murray-Darling
Basin: Land surface interactions misunderstood, is bogus. As stated
in its opening, their study “demonstrates that significant
misunderstanding of known processes of land surface – atmosphere
interactions has led to the incorrect attribution of the causes of the
anomalous temperatures, as well as significant misunderstanding of
their impact on evaporation within the Murray-Darling Basin.” And
after deconstructing the claims of both Nicholls and Karoly, concludes that:
As coauthor Stewart Franks explained to me in an email, “this is a
confusion of the well known physics of evaporation – as higher air temperatures are driven by the lack of evaporation (as occurs during drought).” He explained further in a subsequent correspondence:
Of course, when there is a deficit of rainfall, this tends to be
accompanied by less cloud-cover, hence more sunshine, which does
increase the energy available for evaporation, but as soil moisture is
low, the bulk of the energy goes into heating the near-surface
atmosphere and hence higher air temperatures.
But amazingly, the story doesn’t end with how wrong the chapter was.
Professor Franks also pointed out that Neville Nicholls was one of the chapter’s Lead Authors, and David Karoly, whose work was also heavily cited in WG1 Chapter 9, was its Review Editor.
Quipped Franks: “Hence they cite and review their own papers as part of the clearly flawed IPCC process.”
Source: American Thinker
It’s reached a stage where if the IPCC makes a statement, you know it must be wrong or stupid, and that’s where the whole bandwagon breaks down.
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