A widely circulated piece of climate denial nonsense purports to use legitimate evidence from greenland ice cores to debunk the record of global warming

Displaying temperature records out of context, and making the claim of legitimacy by citing the data, and it’s primary author, Dr Richard Alley, this popular propaganda piece pretends to be based on actual evidence, when it is anything but. (a lengthier discussion is up at Skeptical Science)

Dr. Alley has become a popular fixture in many of my videos, and is a great, down to earth presenter of climate science, see below for more from him.

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This is an Outrage, I tell you!

Yet another investigation, and yet another clean slate.

The US Department of Commerce Inspector General has written to Senator James Inhofe (R-Exxon) pursuant to the Senator’s request for an investigation of the so called “Climate Gate” emails and any related wrong-doing that might have taken place in NOAA’s climate research.

That investigation is complete, and the results are in:

The Inspector General’s report states specifically:

·         “We found no evidence in the CRU emails that NOAA inappropriately manipulated data comprising the [Global Historical Climatology Network – monthly] GHCN-M dataset.” (Page 11)

·         “We found no evidence in the CRU emails to suggest that NOAA failed to adhere to its peer review procedures prior to its dissemination of information.” (Page 11)

·         “We found no evidence in the CRU emails to suggest that NOAA violated its obligations under the IQA. (Information Quality Act)” (Page 12)

·         “We found no evidence in the CRU emails to suggest that NOAA violated its obligations under the Shelby Amendment.” (..which essentially authorizes federally-funded research data derived from institutions of higher education, hospitals and non-profit institutions to be accessible under the Freedom of Information act)(Page 16)

Most hilariously, Politico noted that one of the items investigated was a satirical image of the Senator himself…(above)

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In a major article highlighting global food crisis, Business Week lays it out:

The hunger that has roiled the Middle East was not caused by the whims of autocrats and cops. It began last year with crippling drought in Russia and later Argentina, and torrential rains in Australia and Canada…..

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It’s spreading.

The infectious spirit that Tim DeChristopher brought to the climate movement is moving others to examine what they can do in their lives to make clear the importance and urgency of action on climate change. In the week leading up to his trial date on monday, we’ll continue to examine how a lobbying movement morphs into a social movement

A teacher tells her story….

Ok, I finally got this one right.

Here is the National Climatic Data Center has released the January 2011 global temperature results. (mark this page – it’s a great one to refer to from time to time, and will help you win a lot of bar bets..)

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature anomaly for January 2011 was 0.38°C (0.68°F) above the 20th century average, resulting in the 17th warmest January since records began in 1880. Separately, both the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere land and ocean temperatures were also 0.38°C (0.68°F) above the 20th century average, resulting in the 21st warmest January for the Northern Hemisphere and the 15thwarmest on record for the Southern Hemisphere.