Thursday, November 08, 2007
Climate Change - Is CO2 the cause?- pt 4 of 4
The last bit of the lecture by climatologist Bob Carter, but by no means the least. He discusses the problem with the placement of weather stations and the probable skewing of the temperature record to hotter than it really is. Another outstanding part of his lecture. You get the feeling that this is what real science should look like.
"Professor Carter, whose background is in marine geology, appears to have little, if any, standing in the Australian climate science community. He is on the research committee at the Institute of Public Affairs, a think tank that has received funding from oil and tobacco companies, and whose directors sit on the boards of companies in the fossil fuel sector.
A spokesman for Senator Minchin yesterday defended the credibility of the material sent to Mr Kiernan. "The senator stands by his comments in that letter," the spokesman said.
Professor Carter told the Herald yesterday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had uncovered no evidence the warming of the planet was caused by human activity. He said the role of peer review in scientific literature was overstressed, and whether or not a scientist had been funded by the fossil fuel industry was irrelevant to the validity of research.
"I don't think it is the point whether or not you are paid by the coal or petroleum industry," said Professor Carter. "I will address the evidence."
A former CSIRO climate scientist, and now head of a new sustainability institute at Monash University, Graeme Pearman, said Professor Carter was not a credible source on climate change. "If he has any evidence that [global warming over the past 100 years] is a natural variability he should publish through the peer review process," Dr Pearman said. "That is what the rest of us have to do." He said he was letting the fossil fuel industry off the hook.
Of Senator Minchin's letter, he said: "I am worried that a federal minister would believe this crap."
Pay no attention to upward movement of climate zones on mountains. Pay no attention to melting permafrost in Siberia. Ignorance is knowledge, er I mean bliss."
And no offense, but you're a...., no, I won't do it.