Sunday, September 15, 2013

David Rose's latest myths courtesy of UK's "Mail"

I made a mistake in labeling Rupert Murdoch as owner of the Daily Mail and Sunday Mail.  It is the Rothermere clan that owns the Mail.  Although, their pedigree is as frightening as it gets - and it's no wonder they feel so comfortable misrepresenting serious science:

It appears David Rose is at it again.  Here Peter Hadfield summarizes  the latest in a four minute video.  Following that I link to a few articles that detail the reporter's many recent deceptions.  It goes back to something I was complaining about in my previous post - the more overwhelmingly clear the science and Earth observations get, the more extreme and outlandish denialists claims are becoming.
David Rose's latest myth from the Mail on Sunday: Arctic ice has returned

Published by potholer54 on Sep 13, 2013 

Surprise, surprise, the Daily Mail got it wrong.... again. Sorry if this video sounds condescending towards those who believed yet another Daily Mail story that the Earth is cooling, based on one year's worth of Arctic ice data. It's not that I'm smart or even think I'm smart -- I promise you I'm not -- it's just that a simple check of the story shows how laughably stupid it is, and people who believe it without checking have all the appearance of being equally stupid.


00:50 National Snow and Ice Data Center 
1:08 European Space Agency press release announcing CryoSat data, Sep 11 2013 
2:11 Monckton Bunkum #1 -- Global Cooling and melting ice


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The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report
Climate contrarians appear to be running damage control in the media before the next IPCC report is published

Rupert Murdoch 
The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th, and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change. In anticipation of the widespread news coverage of this auspicious report, climate contrarians appear to be in damage control mode, trying to build up skeptical spin in media climate stories. Just in the past week we've seen:
  1. The David Rose Mail on Sunday piece
  2. that treated scientific evidence in much the way bakers treat pretzel dough.
  1. Dr. John Christy interviewed by the Daily Mail;
  1. Christy's colleague Dr. Roy Spencer in The Christian Post;
  1. Andrew Montford in Rupert Murdoch's The Australian;
  1. Matt Ridley in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal; and
  1. Bjorn Lomborg in The Washington Post.

Interestingly, these pieces spanned nearly the full spectrum of the 5 stages of global warming denial. ...
Stage 1: Deny the Problem Exists
Stage 2: Deny We're the Cause
Stage 2b: Consensus Denial
Stage 3: Deny It's a Problem
Stage 4: Deny We can Solve It
Stage 5: It's too Late
{It's an informative, if frightening, article. Link here.}
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No, the World Isn't Cooling 
By Phil Plait | Posted Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 
When I heard that the Mail on Sunday ran a climate change article over the weekend, I knew it would be bad. But when I clicked the link and saw it was written by David Rose, I braced myself for the worst. 
Man, sometimes I hate being right. 
Rose is a guy who denies climate change in the way creationists deny evolution, and flat-Earthers deny the Earth is, well, not flat. That is to say, with claims so ridiculously wrong it’s charitable to call them "ridiculously wrong." 
The article in the Mail bears this out. In it, Rose makes a lot of jaw-dropping statements. To pick three, he says the world is cooling, Arctic sea ice increased 60 percent over last year at this time, and the International Panel on Climate Change is under so much attack they had to hold a "crisis" meeting. ... {link here}
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Doubling Down on Climate Change Denial 
By Phil Plait  | Posted Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 
Oh, those wacky professional climate change deniers! Once again, they’ve banded together a passel of people, 90 percent of whom aren’t even climatologists, and had them sign a nearly fact-free opinion piece in the Financial Post, claiming global warming isn’t real. It’s an astonishing example of nonsense so ridiculous I would run out of synonyms for “bilge” before adequately describing it. 
The Op-Ed is directed to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who has recently, and thankfully, been vocal about the looming environmental catastrophe of global warming. The deniers’ letter takes him to task for this, but doesn’t come within a glancing blow of reality. 
The letter itself is based on a single claim. So let’s be clear: If that claim is wrong, so is the rest of the letter.  
Guess what? That claim is wrong. So blatantly wrong, in fact, it’s hard to imagine anyone could write it with a straight face. It says: 
“The U.K. Met Office recently released data showing that there has been no statistically significant global warming for almost 16 years.” 
This is simply, completely, and utterly false. ... {link here}
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Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming 
By Joe Romm | October 15, 2012 
Perhaps you thought that the whole “planet isn’t warming” meme was killed by this summer’s bombshell Koch-funded study. After all, it found ”global warming is real,” “on the high end” and “essentially all” due to carbon pollution. 
Sadly, denial springs eternal. Long-debunked denier David Rose has an article in the Daily Mail, “Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released … and here is the chart to prove it.” 
The piece is so misleading, even the UK Met Office felt a need to instantly debunk it with a blog post that included this chart. ...     {link here}
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To close here are a few thoughts to bring things back down to Earth and what we do know.

What We Knew In 1982

Published by greenman3610 on Mar 26, 2012 
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In 1982, Mike MacCracken, then a senior researcher at Livermore Laboratory, gave a lecture at Sandia Labs on the subject of global climate change. 
I talked to Dr. MacCracken not long ago at the University of Michigan,and asked him, if he were to give the lecture today, what would be changed, and what would be the same.
check out this video and more at 
Mike's lecture starts here, 1 of 6 
James Hansen at TED 
More on Global Sea Ice 
Dr. Julienne Stroeve on Polar ice, Spokane Community College, 2009 
Andrew Dessler on Water Vapor feedback 
Andrew Dessler on Water Vapor and Clouds


ligne said...

fwiw, the Mail is owned by the Rothermere family (via the Daily Mail and General Trust), not Murdoch. still a pretty disgusting rag by any standards.

citizenschallenge said...

Thanks for the information, I fell on my face with that fact check - guess I should have WIKI'ed it:

I see what you mean about the Rothermeres:

"Lord Rothermere was a friend of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, and directed the Mail's editorial stance towards them in the 1930s."