March 4, 2016

The Trib Editorial Board une-Review Misleads On Climate Science. Again

They're still spinning the science in an attempt to say it ain't happening.

Take a look:
There's a chill in the hot air spewed by “mainstream” scientists, who now acknowledge that the global warming hiatus — they call it a “slowdown” — over 15 years-plus is real.

But even more stunning, the prognosticators of climate calamity now admit their cherished models were — GASP! — wrong.

“There is a mismatch between what the climate models are producing and what the observations are showing,” says John Fyfe, a Canadian climate modeler and lead author of a new paper on this subject. Says Penn State's Michael Mann, inventor of the questioned “hockey stick” temperature graph, “We shouldn't sweep the early 2000 warming slowdown under the rug.”
Well let's go see what they actually said.  Once you see that, you'll see that the braintrust put the quotation marks around the wrong word.  "Hiatus" should get the quotation marks - as that's the term that's not true.

From Nature Magazine:
The latest salvo in an ongoing row over global-warming trends claims that warming has indeed slowed down this century.

An apparent slowing in the rise of global temperatures at the beginning of the twenty-first century, which is not explained by climate models, was referred to as a “hiatus” or a “pause” when first observed several years ago. Climate-change sceptics have used this as evidence that global warming has stopped. But in June last year, a study in Science claimed that the hiatus was just an artefact which vanishes when biases in temperature data are corrected.

Now a prominent group of researchers is countering that claim, arguing in Nature Climate Change that even after correcting these biases the slowdown was real.

“There is this mismatch between what the climate models are producing and what the observations are showing,” says lead author John Fyfe, a climate modeller at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis in Victoria, British Columbia. “We can’t ignore it.”

Fyfe uses the term “slowdown” rather than “hiatus” and stresses that it does not in any way undermine global-warming theory. [Emphasis added.]
Ah.  Something the Trib braintrust decided you didn't need to know.

It's interesting that they were absolutely silent on this:
January 2016 was not only Earth's warmest January on record, but also featured the largest warm departure from average for any month, according to two separate analyses released this week.
But when some scientists look at the numbers say that there, in fact, was something of a slowdown that's when they pounce and announce that the "climate cluckers" must be wrong and might need to eat some crow.

The scientists in the field agree that the earth is warming up and that we're a significant cause of it.  What's going on in the report above is a scientific discussion as to how fast.

But it's still happening.  Denying it (either from the braintrust or Donald Trump or Senator Toomey) won't change that.

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