Diary of a climate sceptic


'Diary of a climate sceptic' by Fiona Katauskas

Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

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I suppose the panel about the exceptionally cold winter across China and Russia was omitted due to space considerations.

HH | 23 January 2013  

I suppose the fact that the Met Office in England admitted that there had been no statistically significant warming for the last 16 years was an inconvenient truth.

MJ | 24 January 2013  

HH and MJ , you just show you are in the last panel with those comments. In the interest of simplistic replies, did you miss that the Arctic sea ice melted to its lowest ever point last year since records began. Did you miss Australia's hottest ever 2 week stretch a couple of weeks ago? And that Sydney had it hottest day on record. Did you miss the fact that the USA had it hottest ever year in 2012 . For the record, 2012 was the 10th warmest globally year since records began in 1880 (NOAA) In regards to the UK MET office, they said no such thing as warming has stopped. This is actually what they said "The latest decadal prediction suggests that global temperatures over the next five years are likely to be a little lower than predicted from the previous prediction issued in December 2011 .However, both versions are consistent in predicting that we will continue to see near-record levels of global temperatures in the next few years. This means temperatures will remain well above the long-term average and we will continue to see temperatures like those which resulted in 2000-2009 being the warmest decade in the instrumental record dating back to 1850" The science, facts, momentum and policy are against climate deniers. Get out of the way so the world can solve the climate crisis and move on.

Damo | 25 January 2013  

Damo, the world could not solve the climate crisis even if there was one! By the way a very insulting cartoon that does not represent the typical sceptic.

Michael Johnson | 25 January 2013  

Damo, the original article that I was alluding to was written by David Rose and was posted on the Daily Mail on 13 Oct 12. The UK Met Office replied. I think that I am correct to say that your excerpt from the UK Met office came from this response. A Dr David Whitehouse commented on the UK Met office's response with this article. http://www.thegwpf.org/the-mail-on-sunday-and-the-met-office/

Read it if you have the time, but the most telling quotation was this in his conclusion. "In an official response to comments on the Met Office website criticising the Mail on Sunday article by David Rose the Met Office have said regarding their trend of 0.05 deg C in Hadcrut4, “…the figure is not intended to show significant warming has occurred. We agree with Mr Rose that there has only been a very small amount of warming in the 21st Century.”

In other words, for all their spin, the UK Met office admitted that there was nothing alarming about the trend over the last 15 or so years.

MJ | 25 January 2013  

Damo, I accept that there are some heat records now. You and Fiona don't seem to accept that there are also cold records, too. Right now. Eg last autumn in the UK was the coldest since 1992. Etc, etc. China, Russia, etc. MJ is correct - there is no statistical significant warming for the last 16 years. That's something the scientists are acknowledging. And if the Met is correct, there's a good chance we'll be in the same place in five years time as now. Which means possible 20 years of no warming. Despite massive increases in CO2. Sure the years will be hotter than previous decades. But you can predicate that of just about every decade since the end of the little ice age well before the alleged cause of our recent warming was a factor. Also the gradient of the recent warming is no steeper than those of other decadal warmings over the last 160 years which suggests no forcing from recently introduced man-made causes.

HH | 25 January 2013  

Hey Damo, apart from HH, MJ and me, you can add 20 retired Apollo era NASA astronauts to the "deniers". Check out "The Right Climate Stuff" website. In a summary of a preliminary report they included the following points. 1.The science that predicts the extent of Anthropogenic Global Warming is not settled science. 2. There is no convincing physical evidence of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming. 3. Computer models need to be validated before being used in critical decision-making." I find the third point well worth considering. Many of the predictions of climate disasters are based on computer models that cannot account for the weather of the past. Yet when scientists use these very computer models in appeals for funding, we simply ask them "How much"? I am not so sure about who should get out of the way and move on, as you appear to be.

John Ryan | 26 January 2013  

Damo, you may like to consider this from the SMH from the ninemsn webpage.

"Drilling triggers rethink on ice"

Jan 25, 2013 1:09pm

"THE first complete ice cores drilled from the Greenland ice sheet that extend back more than 120,000 years to the Earths last great warming period reveal the ice sheet experienced surface temperatures about 8 degrees hotter than today and was 400 metres thinner.
THE first complete ice cores drilled from the Greenland ice sheet that extend back more than 120,000 years to the Earth’s last great warming period reveal the ice sheet experienced surface temperatures about 8 degrees hotter than today and was 400 metres thinner."

You and Ms Katauskas may be the ones with your heads buried in the sand.

Peter Henry | 26 January 2013  

MJ & co, you may be right. In the meantime, th very young and old are affected by the recent dramatic changes in our climate. so, what's wrong in doing something to reduce the dangerous and life-threatening effects of (according to you) the 'seasonal' climate change? It's like the link between smoking and cancer isn't it? I suppose you don't believe in that either.

Alex Njoo | 27 January 2013  

"MJ & co, you may be right. In the meantime, the very young and old are affected by the recent dramatic changes in our climate." Alex, you haven't understood. If we are right, then there have been no recent "dramatic" changes in our climate. There are floods, there are droughts, there's excessive heat (in Sydney Australia) and (in Russia, China and the UK now) excessive cold. But nothing to suggest dangerously anthropogenic global warming. The peer-reviewed Norwegian study that came out a couple of days ago is one of many papers that confirms this. We are gently defrosting from the Little Ice Age of a few centuries back. Nothing to be alarmed about.

HH | 28 January 2013  

Apologies, Alex: I've just learned that the Norwegian study I cited above is not peer-reviewed. So only time will tell as to its quality as a scientific piece. Nevertheless, I stand by the proposition that a growing number of papers are refuting the notion that we fact dangerous anthropogenic global warming, as opposed to a mild and indeed beneficial defrosting.

HH | 30 January 2013  


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