Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Someone, Please Give Will Happer an Orchard

I started reading Will Happer's recent piece in the WSJ -- the man should be a farmer, becasue he is quite the cherry picker!
"What is happening to global temperatures in reality? The answer is: almost nothing for more than 10 years. Monthly values of the global temperature anomaly of the lower atmosphere, compiled at the University of Alabama from NASA satellite data, can be found at the website http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/. The latest (February 2012) monthly global temperature anomaly for the lower atmosphere was minus 0.12 degrees Celsius, slightly less than the average since the satellite record of temperatures began in 1979.

"The lack of any statistically significant warming for over a decade has made it more difficult for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its supporters to demonize the atmospheric gas CO2 which is released when fossil fuels are burned."
Here are the actual trends, with their 95% confidence level error bars, for the UAH lower tropospheric data, starting for the last 8 years and going to the last 30 years:

I notice Happer's bio at the end of the article doesn't say that he's the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the George C. Marshall Institute, and an Academic Advisory to The Global Warming Policy Foundation. I wonder (in the interest of full disclosure, of course) what those positions pay, and where that money comes from.

1 comment:

charlesH said...

So for the last 15yrs or so the trend is 0.1/decade or 1oc/century?