New Zealand’s government via its National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has announced it has nothing to do with the country’s “official” climate record in what commentators are calling a capitulation from the tainted climate reconstruction.
NIWA’s statement claims they were never responsible for the national temperature record (NZTR).The climb down is seen as a dramatic legal triumph for skeptics of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition (NZCSC) who had initiated their challenge last August when petitioning the high court of New Zealand to invalidate the weather service’s reconstruction of antipodean temperatures.
According to NZCSC, climate scientists cooked the books by using the same alleged ‘trick’ employed by British and American doomsaying scientists. This involves subtly imposing a warming bias during what is known as the ‘homogenisation’ process that occurs when climate data needs to be adjusted.
The specific charge brought against the Kiwi government was that it’s climate scientists had taken the raw temperature records of the country and then adjusted them artificially with the result that a steeper warming trend was created than would otherwise exist by examination of the raw data alone.
Indeed, the original Kiwi records shows no warming during the 20th century, but after government sponsored climatologists had manipulated the data a warming trend of 1C appeared.
New Zealand Government Abandons ‘Official’ Climate Record
The NZCSC story reports that the NZ authorities, “formally stated that, in their opinion, they are not required to use the best available information nor to apply the best scientific practices and techniques available at any given time. They don’t think that forms any part of their statutory obligation to pursue “excellence.”
NIWA now denies there was any such thing as an “official” NZ Temperature Record, although there was an official acronym for it (NZTR). However, the position now taken by the NZ government is that all such records are now to be deemed as unofficial and strictly for internal research purposes.
The article urges that if the government will not affirm that their temperature reconstruction is official then, “Nobody else should rely on it.”
Researcher from Climategate University Implicated in Data Fraud
As reported in a Suite101 article by the same writer of April 2010 ‘Kiwigate is a Carbon Copy of Climategate’ it was shown that the scientist who made the controversial “bold adjustments” is none other than Jim Salinger who is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Salinger was dismissed by NIWA earlier this year for speaking without authorization to the media. The discredited researcher originally worked at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), the institution at the center of the Climategate scandal.
Salinger was also among the inner circle of climate scientists whose leaked emails precipitated the original climate controversy in November 2009. In an email (August 4, 2003) to fellow disgraced American climate professor, Michael Mann, Salinger stated he was “extremely concerned about academic standards” among climate skeptics.
Bogus Data Destroyed before it could be independently verified
In circumstances strangely similar to those witnessed in the Climategate controversy Kiwigate appears to match Climategate in three key three facets. First, climate scientists declined to submit their data for independent analysis. Second, when backed into a corner the scientists claimed their adjustments had been ‘lost’. Third, the raw data itself proves no warming trend.
Treadgold, R., ‘Observations on NIWA’s Statement of Defence,’ (October 6, 2010), Climate Conversation Group (www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz: accessed online: October 6, 2010)
Costa, A.C. and A. Soares, ‘Homogenization of Climate Data: Review and New Perspectives Using Geostatistics,’ Mathematical Geoscience, Volume 41, Number 3 / April, 2009.
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, ‘NIWA Challenged to Show Why and How Temperature Records Were Adjusted’ (February 7, 2010), accessed online April 26, 2010.
NZCSC & Climate Science Conversation Group; Press Statement of December 18, 2009; accessed online ( April 26, 2010).
Salinger, J. Climategate email Filename: 1060002347.txt. (August 4, 2003).
In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is ending carbon trading this year — the very purpose for which it was founded. CCX will remain open for business, however, as it transitions into the murky world of dealing in carbon offsets.
Outside of a report in Crain’s Chicago Business and a soft-pedalled article in the certain-that-cap-and-trade-will-happen trade publication Carbon Control News, the media has ignored the demise of the only voluntary U.S. effort at carbon trading.
• Termites produce more Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each year than all living things combined.
• Termites alone produce ten times as much carbon dioxide as all the fossil fuels burned in the whole world in a year.
• Pound for pound, the weight of all the termites in the world is greater than the total weight of humans.
• Worldwide, termites may release over 150 million tons of methane gas into the atmosphere annually. In our lower atmosphere this methane then reacts to form carbon dioxide and ozone.
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“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Gerald Ford
Robert Hanson says:
One of my early lessons as a barrister was given to me by a couple of House of Lords judges over lunch at Lincoln’s Inn – ‘the law is not about discovering the truth’. I once saw a similar quote in an American film where two police guys look at TV news bulletin re a case they are investigating and one says to the other “The truth is what people see on TV – it has nothing to do with the facts’. Or for an academic perspective, “History is what the writer tells you, since he decides what ‘facts’ he will lend to the page’.
My big concern with this conference is that science (and debate) have been sidelined, and that once you have a legal system at the core, this spreads rapidly outwards and into everyone’s life, through subordinate laws – regulations and practice directives – you cannot choose your own lightbulb in England [OR AUSTRALIA, FOR THAT MATTER] – the debate is almost practically irrelevant – the most important factor is not to let ‘them’ get to the legal system.
Once ‘they’ have the legal system it is game over. And I think the game is for HKU to copy the department at UCL (the UCL law group on global warming is hugely influential – Professor Richard McCory QC, from UCL, writes most of the European and British policy documents which then become law) – i.e., set up a specialist department in HK to promote man made climate change law and link it to European law.
Being academic – academics are nice furry harmless creatures only concerned with the truth and have no bias!!! – So in a sense this conference has potential to be hugely significant.
IT IS ALWAYS THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO WATCH OUT FOR – YOU CAN WIN EVERY DEBATE, BE RIGHT ON THE SCIENCE – BUT IF THE LAW IS SET IN MOTION AGAINST YOU – BASED ON INACCURATE DATA – GAME OVER.
October 5, 2010: “ABC Radio fails listeners in climate change interview”, by Tom Harris, Quadrant Online, Balmain, NSW, Australia.
“What’s the worse radio interview ever conducted on climate change? Could it be Australian?
Maybe so. ABC radio’s Robyn Williams’ October 2, 2010 interview of UK-based public relations director Bob Ward is certainly a contender for the worldwide gold medal in the ‘worse ever’ category. The interview, broadcast on the nationally prestigious Science Show, is so bad that listeners don’t need to actually know anything about climate science to spot the most obvious flaws.”
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Hi Esther and Neil
Attached is a link to the 350 Aoteroa propaganda website. They are having a national day of action on 10/10/10 http://www.350.org.nz/about/10-10-10
People need to be quite wary of them as they have been funded by oil interests to promote global warming.