Fraud without consequences

Europe had a bit of a warm summer so the media was out in force riding the climate bandwagon with “tipping points” being flashed about all over the place.

Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian L?ning, authors of the book Die Kalte Sonne (The Cold Sun) have posted this on their blog.

They begin with a quote from a paper by?van der Hel et al. 2018: Quote.

Since 2005, the tipping point metaphor has been used deliberately by climate scientists to convey a warning that abrupt, irreversible and dangerous climate change is imminent. The metaphor was picked up by the news media (prior to the publication of the scientific articles) and developed into a commonly used metaphor about possible, grave dangers of on-going climate change. […]

Yet, partly due to these multiple meanings, the tipping point metaphor is also controversial, with critics pointing to the tone of alarmism that surrounds the concept (Hulme, 2008; Skrimshire, 2008), the deterministic language by which human agency appears defenceless against the risks of climate change (Nuttall, 2012), and the overly simplistic extension of the tipping point concept from the climate to the social domain (Russill, 2008; Russill & Nyssa, 2009). […]?End of Quote.

**Below is a Google translate of what they said in German that I have edited to make it read better. quote.

Temperatures can be measured from the ground and from satellites. Satellite data has two versions, UAH and RSS. The version of UAH (University of Alabama, Huntsville) makes a solid impression. The RSS version shows larger deviations and suggests stronger warming. How come? Both versions get their data from similar satellites. The riddle’s solution lies in the?“post-processing” of the measured values by the RSS group.

In the picture above you can see the old version in red. At some point from the middle of 2015, the RSS people have started pushing the temperatures from 2000 manually upwards.? So now the blue curve values are in the database. As a result of this subsequent data change, additional warming was generated at a speed of one and a half tenths of a degree. It does not sound very much, but it is very much, if you realize that the warming in the 20th century is only eight-tenths of a degree.

It is a little bit like if the high jump world record of 2.40 m set in 2010 is later set adjusted upwards by the International Athletics Federation to 2.45 m. This could also be called desktop doping, which would certainly not be a bad term for RSS interventions.

The RSS statisticians massively massaged their data under the radar, without the media being very interested in it. A few years later, surprisingly, new heat records are reported, but in many cases probably only through heat-promoting measures due to ‘desktop doping’. The changes affect exactly the hiatus phase, as it was apparently to do with the fear that the warming would not continue. So the values were simply raised. A classic case where the readings did not confirm the models. But instead of improving the models, you just changed the measurement data. There is hardly any other subject discipline that works in this way.

Once again, it becomes clear that we urgently need climate-related controls. The trust damage has already happened. Now only stricter checks can help and restricting employees, in cases of suspicion.

Proposal: Anyone who fabricates or falsifies climate data, or brings these to the public, should get two years in prison. End of Quote.

While it would be great to see the data fraudsters punished for their misdeeds, it would be even better if we had mainstream media in this country that were prepared to ask questions.? They should not, necessarily, be taking a position on the truth or otherwise of human-caused warming or human-caused climate change but they should be asking questions and showing a smidgen of balance.

Please do not hold your breath waiting.