Within hours of Anthony Watts talking about legitimacy, openness and honesty on his blog, he posted an utter rubbish "ice age cometh" article from Stanmore Coal director Viv Forbes (archived here). No openness about Viv's coal connections. Anthony might need more time to "research and write", however by promoting Viv's article he demonstrates that research and writing count for little at WUWT.
Viv claims "it's the sun", though he acknowledges there are also Milankovitch cycles. After dismissing decades of rapid warming as "weather ripples and waves", he wrote:
In the medium term, Earth temperature trends are influenced by variations in solar activities as evidenced by sun-spot cycles. These variations affect solar intensity, cosmic rays, clouds and Earth temperature, causing medium-term climatic events like the Little Ice Age and the Modern Warming. There are persuasive signs that recent solar activity has peaked. So we can expect cooler weather soon.
Curiously, immediately after that paragraph, there was a garish picture showing how the current waning solar cycle was considerable less strong than the previous one, which was also less strong than the one before it, yet global mean surface temperature is at record high levels.
Viv had to bypass most of the planet and travel to remote parts of Greenland and East Antartica to find somewhere where snow has been falling in greater quantities. That was so he could write:
There are many signs that Earth’s climate is gradually cooling (as Prof Carter shows in the video above).Yeah, he tried to include a video of the science denier Bob Carter (now departed), but it didn't work. Something must be wrong with the link. Not that any of the people commenting so far has noticed. (I did find the video that was meant to be posted. It was nothing more than another example of perfidious Bob Carter's fudgery and obfuscation and science denial.)
For example, snow and ice is accumulating.
Now about that accumulation of snow and ice - Viv cited some buried WWII aeroplanes in south east Greenland, and Mawson and Colbeck Huts in East Antarctica. Well, there has been a lot of snow in the normally dry East Antarctica in recent years and around Colbeck Hut in particular. And south-east Greenland is reported as the spot where "snow accumulation is the highest in Greenland" The fact that snowfall may be increasing in some areas could be a sign of a more humid atmosphere. It most certainly is not a sign that the world is cooling.
Despite the fact that most, but not all, Himalayan glaciers are shrinking, Viv claimed the opposite. He's an inveterate liar.
A lot of Viv's article was just links to nonsense on other denier blogs, like his claim that the world hasn't warmed in 58 years. His source? Arch disinformer "Steve Goddard" who specialises in falsely accusing scientists of faking data. Sheesh! See for yourself. The chart below shows that 58 years ago it was more than 0.8 °C colder than it was last year.
|Figure 1 | 58 years of rapid warming. Data source: GISS NASA|
From the WUWT comments
March 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm
Time will surely tell, and if the world goes into a cooling spell , there will be plenty of people who said ‘I told you so’.
John F. Hultquist wonders why the article was written as a Letter to the Editor. The only editing at WUWT is comment editing, not article editing.
March 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Letter to Editor? Who What Where
Viv Forbes — what is this a response to?
commieBob is delighted to find a prediction he likes, instead of the predictions of more warming to come. Here are some others he'll enjoy. None of them look like eventuating either.
March 11, 2016 at 3:29 pm
We have a prediction. That’s way better than the alarmists where everything is taken as proof of CAGW. The sun rises and sets; CAGW. (OK that bit was an exaggeration)
Anthony should wonder if he has a problem when one of his hard-core denier fans, Pamela Gray, is displeased with an article. She wrote:
March 11, 2016 at 4:34 pm
Lordy. Let’s hope this letter, with its main inyourface picture of solarcyclomania and statement that everythingcauseseverythingmechanism rides the road to the bottom of the webpage in a hurry. Embarrassing.
References and further reading
Rignot, Eric, and Pannir Kanagaratnam. "Changes in the velocity structure of the Greenland Ice Sheet." Science 311, no. 5763 (2006): 986-990. DOI: 10.1126/science.1121381 (pdf here)
- Denier weirdness: a collection of alarmist predictions from WUWT and elsewhere - July 2013
- Merry-go-round with shonky Steve Goddard and slayer HockeySchtick1 - March 2014
- Viv Forbes, coal company director, sez it's not really hot down under (when it is!) - January 2014
- Viv Forbes is caught red handed again at WUWT. - June 2014
- Viv Forbes gets a response to his silly letter to some editor at WUWT - October 2014
- Viv Forbes at WUWT takes a shot at Glencore and Tony Abbott - December 2014