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Claim: ‘With 2015, Earth Has Back-to-Back Hottest Years Ever Recorded’

MIT Climate Scientist Mocks ‘Hottest Year’ Claim: ‘Anyone who starts crowing about those numbers shows that they’re putting spin on nothing’

Climate Depot | January 20, 2016

NASA and NOAA today proclaimed that 2015 was the ‘hottest year’ on record.

Meanwhile, satellite data shows an 18 plus year standstill in global temperatures.

MIT climate scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen balked at claims of the ‘hottest year’ based on ground based temperature data.

“Frankly, I feel it is proof of dishonesty to argue about things like small fluctuations in temperature or the sign of a trend.  Why lend credibility to this dishonesty?” Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, told Climate Depot shortly after the announcements.

“All that matters is that for almost 40 years, model projections have almost all exceeded observations. Even if all the observed warming were due to greenhouse emissions, it would still point to low sensitivity,” Lindzen continued.

“But, given the ‘pause.’ we know that natural internal variability has to be of the same order as any other process,” Lindzen wrote.

Lindzen has previously mocked ‘warmest’ or ‘hottest’ year proclamations.

“When someone says this is the warmest temperature on record. What are they talking about? It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period,” Lindzen said in November 2015.

Lindzen cautioned: “The most important thing to keep in mind is – when you ask ‘is it warming, is it cooling’, etc.  — is that we are talking about something tiny (temperature changes) and that is the crucial point.”

“And the proof that the uncertainty is tenths of a degree are the adjustments that are being made. If you can adjust temperatures to 2/10ths of a degree, it means it wasn’t certain to 2/10ths of a degree,” he added.

“70% of the earth is oceans, we can’t measure those temperatures very well. They can be off a half a degree, a quarter of a degree. Even two-10ths of a degree of change would be tiny but two-100ths is ludicrous. Anyone who starts crowing about those numbers shows that they’re putting spin on nothing.”

Related: 

Satellites: No global warming at all for 18 years 8 months

January 20, 2016 - Posted by | Science and Pseudo-Science | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Simply because Al Gore wants a carbon tax doesn’t mean nothing is going on. Things are taking place nobody can do anything about and it is blamed on carbon. The government would tax anything if given a chance. Some of the ideas on climate change are very juvenile.

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    Comment by https://dublinsmick.wordpress.com | January 20, 2016 | Reply

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    Several years ago, many people all over the world were surprised to learn that permafrost poses a serious threat to the environment. The methane bomb that currently remains in the natural refrigerator of the planet may explode under the conditions of global warming to bring a plethora of problems to the whole planet. It’s all about gas hydrates.

    Soil erosion and the melting of massive ice formations that fill cracks in permafrost was observed on the Russian Arctic coast and in the mouth of the Lena River. These natural processes release methane in the atmosphere. We are witnessing a vicious cycle: the release of methane leads to the “greenhouse effect” and the warming of the atmosphere. All this triggers the melting of ice in permafrost thus intensifying the “methane attack.”

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    Comment by https://dublinsmick.wordpress.com | January 21, 2016 | Reply

    • Methane is a waste product of subsurface microbial life (now found as deep as 40,000′). It is being produced in vast quantity continuously and rises until it either meets a dome structure that traps it or until it freezes solid. Vast quantities enter the atmosphere and don’t accumulate over the eons. Science has yet to uncover all the processes by which it is converted to other forms or dissipated. Much of it ends up in space.

      There is no “runaway” “tipping point” at which methane takes over the atmosphere or climate system.

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      Comment by aletho | January 22, 2016 | Reply


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