Yamal, the northern Russian territory I discussed in yesterday's article
means 'The End of the World.' There's deep symbolism here for those on both sides of the global warming mud-slinging match. For AGW believers, Yamal buttresses their claims of speedily advancing global warming. For skeptics, it signifies the end of the scientific techniques used to create what they believe is an illusion--the global warming that never was.
For at least part of the argument (I do believe that human generated CO2 has caused some of the global warming we saw between 1976 and 1998, and may well do so in the future), I am with the skeptics. This needs to draw a line in the sand about how science is conducted and communicated going forward. We have already spent too much money and interfered with the lives of too many people based on what now looks like a botched lab experiment that a student is trying to hide in his locker, and the proposals being deliberated in the halls of the great and the mighty make our efforts to date look like peanuts.
A new age of scientific journals, journalism and scientific communication was born with the Internet. There was an explosion of new journals, new editors, new rules, new owners and new readers. A lot of rules got lost in the shuffle. Some of those rules need to come back. Some new rules are needed, as well.
Keith Briffa and his fellow scientists have published a series of articles in scientific publications since 2000, all of them saying that warming is occurring faster than predicted, and all of them misusing statistical analysis and referring to data that they have resisted making available to others who would like to check their work.
Source Link: examiner.com