Lomborg: New York Times environmental journalist Justin Gillis is wrong

Guest essay by Bjørn Lomborg

Justin Gillis tells NPR how much sea levels will rise:

“experts believe sea levels will rise at least 3 feet in the next century, and that number could be as much as 6 feet.”

(91cm to 183cm, http://n.pr/ZOxRKF.)

The leaked upcoming UN Climate Panel report will likely increase its sea level rise estimates (leaked here: http://bit.ly/12ybRHI, the numbers are very similar to the new June leak of the summary for policy makers).

It estimates the average sea level rise over 95 years at 40-62cm (1.31-2.04ft, it is the average 1986-2005 till 2081-2100) Looking at the entirety of the likely ranges, the range could be as wide as 29-82cm (0.95-2.69ft).

So, Gillis tells us the one end of the spectrum is 3 feet and the highest 6 feet, while the the UN says 1 foot to 2.7 feet. His *lowest* estimate is higher than the *highest* of the UN Climate Panel’s new, higher estimate.

Yet, he justifies his numbers with “experts.” Justin Gillis seems to listen to an extremely skewed set of experts.

In an interview with Columbia Journalism Review, Justin Gillis has clearly indicated that he writes about climate because he wants to push for action:

“the more I learned [about climate], the more I thought to myself, “This is the biggest problem we have—bigger than global poverty. Why am I not working on it?” From there, the question was, how do I get myself into a position to work on the problem?”

(http://bit.ly/H9b0Ee)
As Roger Pielke Jr.  has demonstrated going through this interview and many of Gillis’ other articles: “The notion of “working on the problem” is a fine ambition, but is clearly much more aligned with advocacy for action rather than reporting a beat. Rather than informing his readers Gillis is in the business of making an argument.” (http://bit.ly/1dcslMJ)
Justin Gillis last year wrote what Roger Pielke called “worst piece of reporting I’ve ever seen in the Times on climate change.”

It is worth reading Pielke’s takedown here: http://bit.ly/14s4jrq.
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Just to be clear, there are many good environmental journalists on New York Times. But this clear example of severely skewed information is not worthy of the Newspaper of Record.

‘Temperature Rising': Will Climate Change Bring More Extreme Weather? : NPR

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Justin Gillis writes about climate change for The New York Times.

In a series for The New York Times, environmental reporter Justin Gillis has been exploring whether harsh weather events are connected to global warming or if they are simply the random violence nature visits upon us.

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79 Responses to Lomborg: New York Times environmental journalist Justin Gillis is wrong

  1. Kurt in Switzerland says:

    Maybe Justin means the NEXT century, as in from 2101-2200. Curious writing, in any case!

    Kurt in Switzerland

  2. arthur4563 says:

    I saw this in a Bloomberg article this morning:

    “Temperatures already have climbed about 0.8 degree Celsius and seas have risen about 17 centimeters (7 inches) since the industrial revolution, according to the UN. When temperature gains reach 1 degree, the world will be committed to sea levels about 2.3 meters higher over two millennia, according to the study in the journal of the Washington-based National Academy of Sciences.”
    Over two millennia – that means the rising will be half the rate it now is. No worries on that score.

  3. Tom Trevor says:

    It is very sad how many people who call themselves journalists say they got into the business because they wanted to go something about some issue, and not because they wanted to report on issues.

  4. Latitude says:

    oh good grief…go on and say it’s a 1000 ft and get it over with
    …f’in nut jobs

  5. The Iceman Cometh says:

    Tom Trevor said “It is very sad how many people who call themselves journalists say they got into the business because they wanted to go something about some issue”
    I have just taken a decision to abandon Scientific American after nearly 60 years of subscription. The latest issue is on food, and every article was by a ‘science writer’. Scientists used to be proud to write for them. Then came the Lomborg Affair. Since then it has been downhill.

  6. Justin Gillis is wrong…?
    Isn’t that in the “Dog Bites Man” Category of headlines?

  7. Larry Hamlin says:

    There is simply no NOAA tide gauge sea level rise data at coastal locations around the world that supports any notion that global sea level rise is accelerating. The rate of sea level rise has remained linear for more than 100 years at a rate of about 1 foot per century according to this empirical data. Likewise satellite sea level rise measurements which are not applicable to any coastal locations but instead represent measures of global ocean volume show no acceleration of sea level rise since these measurements started in 1992 again with the rate of sea level increase remaining linear at about 1 foot per century.
    Alarmists claims of sea level rise accelerating have no support in empirical data and are based on unvalidated models which provide unproven information clearly not appropriate for policy making actions.
    This situation in sea level rise claims is quite similar to the situation in global temperature rise where empirical global temperature data has undermined climate model results of ever increasing global temperatures which the empirical data shows is wrong.

  8. John M says:

    So “journalists” interviewing “journalsts” is what passes a news today.

  9. Old Hoya says:

    Again you people are getting hung up on science and numbers. Climate is about feelings and a desire for an ever so better world. Why should a stubbornly empirical minority get to trample the positive energy of The Consensus?

    If hypothetical visions of drowned polar bears being washed up on doorsteps in Kansas during weekly Cat 6 hurricanes is a necessary part of the world-creating process, why should we let denialists drag us down with grubby demands for proof? It just drains the buzz from the narrative.

  10. Henry Clark says:

    Sea levels fell in 2010, falling instead of rising then, and the few percent change in GCRs then was little compared to the tens of percent which will occur once the Modern Maximum of solar activity gets followed in coming decades by levels more like the LIA. The past, as in the synchronized change in rates in http://s24.postimg.org/rbbws9o85/overview.gif over prior decades (and centuries), is informative for how to really predict the future.

  11. nickshaw1 says:

    So Justin Gillis is not any different than his “boss”, Al “misleading hyperbole” Gore?
    If Algore can get away with Force 6 hurricanes, surely his sycophants can get away with tweaking stuff for his benefit, no?

  12. Kaboom says:

    Not only is he dead wrong about the problem, he’s also bad at advocating it? That’s gotta sting.

  13. Theo Goodwin says:

    “the more I learned [about climate], the more I thought to myself, “This is the biggest problem we have—bigger than global poverty. Why am I not working on it?” From there, the question was, how do I get myself into a position to work on the problem?”

    Really? Justin needs to get out more. There is no groundswell of complaint about warming. In fact, warming polls as barely significant. Recently, a groundswell of complaint from victims caused the CDC to increase its estimate of the rate of infection from Lyme Disease by a factor of ten. Justin might want to wait for such a groundswell on warming.

  14. JimS says:

    I heard that sea levels fell in 2020-2011, and it was because Australia absorbed in all.

    http://iceagenow.info/2013/08/sea-levels-fell-2011-australia-soaked-water-sponge-scientist/

    I had no idea that Australia would act as one great big sponge. Is Australia the savior of rising sea levels caused by climate change?

  15. JimS says:

    Make that 2010-2011.

  16. John Trigge (in Oz) says:

    I recently sent the following to an Oz, publicly-funded radio station:

    Sonia Feldhoff – ABC sea level rise complaint
    Whilst driving this afternoon I heard a Paul(?) Willis on Sonia Feldhoff’s program refer to sea levels rising one metre by 2050 if they continue at the current rate. This would require a rate of 27mm/year.
    From the CSIRO (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/sealevel/sl_hist_last_15.html) the global mean sea level trend for the last 20 years is 3.2mm/year, only around 10% of the claimed current trend.
    I suggest the ABC in general and Sonia Feldhoff in particular broadly promulgate a retraction of Mr Willis’ false statement and give the public the real figures.
    You might also refer to http://www.cmar.csiro.au/sealevel/sl_hist_intro.html where they show sea level rising for the past 20,000 years, long before mankind was burning fossil fuels and driving SUVs, as Mr Willis went on to blame mankind for his exhorbitant sea level rise claims.
    As a regular ABC listener, I am disappointed that you unquestionably allow such distortions to be broadcast.
    I apologise in advance if I have Mr Willis’ name wrong as I was driving at the time and could not record his details.
    If there is a podcast or transcription of this segment of Sonia’s programme I would appreciate you advising a link to it.

    [ABC is Australian Broadcast company, right? Mod]

  17. Jimbo says:

    Talking to experts is one thing, providing the evidence of worsening trends is quite another. Sometimes a worsening trend is caused by natural climate factors. Here are the experts in action:
    Expect warmer winters due to global warming.
    Expect an ice free Arctic in 2008, errrr 2009, errr 2013, errr 1015, errr 2016, errr 2020, errr 2040, errr2050, err 2100, errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    19 April 2013
    The student who caught out the profs
    This week, economists have been astonished to find that a famous academic paper often used to make the case for austerity cuts contains major errors. Another surprise is that the mistakes, by two eminent Harvard professors, were spotted by a student.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22223190

    “Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts” – Dr. Richard Feynman, renowned physicist.

  18. Other_Andy says:

    @John Trigge

    Good luck with that John.
    I emailed a complaint a while ago about a newspaper article which was not even remotely concerned with the facts.
    I asked the ‘journalist’ how he could get it so wrong and gave him links from reputable sources to the data.
    He wrote back (verbatim):
    “Thanks for your feedback. You may be right, but I wrote it as I saw it (and still see it).”

    They aren’t journalists, they are activists with an agenda.

  19. R.Shearer says:

    Lying is apparently correlated with shaving your face with a chainsaw.

    [? Mod]

  20. Speed says:

    According to the World Health Organization, hunger is the single gravest threat to the world’s public health. The WHO also states that malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality, present in half of all cases. Undernutrition is a contributory factor in the death of 3.1 million children under five every year. Figures on actual starvation are difficult to come by, but according to the FAO, the less severe condition of undernourishment currently affects about 925 million people, or about 13.5% of the world population.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starvation

    How many children die of global warming every year?

  21. George Turner says:

    Well, there’s a calculation I’ve done numerous times that says you could just take the power output of three years worth of China’s new coal plant installation, and use that power to run centrifugal water pumps at 85 percent efficiency, perhaps using the waste heat to distill and heat seawater, then pump the warm water against about a thousand feet of head pressure to dump it either in Antarctica, Greenland, or Northern Canada or Siberia, where it won’t be seen again for a thousand years.

    You can easily do it at a rate that exceeds the alarmists’ projections of sea-level rise, and do so for about $20 billion a year in coal costs. You could go nuclear, but the up-front costs are greater and the likelihood that the whole scheme will be abandoned as unnecessary is quite high, and if you use coal or natural-gas fired pumps you can just quit buying fuel.

    So yes, we can easily control the sea level if we really want to, the project is easy to cost and schedule, and it doesn’t require a single new invention or new idea, or even a really new piece of equipment that isn’t already commercially available.

    But nobody will ever seriously suggest we do it, because the alarmists would much rather have the silly threat, aren’t people in hard hats who would make any money off the project, and non-alarmists aren’t really worried anyway.

    But it might be fun to seriously push the idea and budget money set aside for “studies” to apply to this new, actual solution to sea-level rise, and then listen to the shrill screaming that ensues.

  22. David Schofield says:

    I emailed the UK times this week re an article saying that some London hotel with a planted wall absorbed 10000 litres of rainwater which would reduce the chance of nearby Buckingham palace being flooded. That’s about the volume of 3 compact cars! Journalists have a very poor sense of scale.

  23. JimS says:

    Journalists should stick to journalism by reporting the news rather than creating the news with false information and nonsense.

  24. OldWeirdHarold says:

    Ever notice these alarmists talk about sea level rise the same way guys in the locker room talk about their thangs?

  25. Fred says:

    Truly clueless.

    Justin Gillis is to Journalism what Al Gore is to Climate Expert.

    Walter Duranty would be proud of him.

  26. Arno Arrak says:

    The most believable data on sea level rise come from Chao, Yu and Li (Science April 11th 2008). They corrected available reports of sea level rise measurements for water held in storage by all dams built since 1900. When these corrections were applied the sea level curve became linear for the previous eighty years, with a slope of 2.46 millimeters per year. This works out to 24.6 cm per century, a little under 10 inches. Satellites have been reporting a rise of about 3 mm per year, quite close to Chao Yu & Li. I don’t know what corrections they applied, if any, for water held in storage. I don’t believe that single reading of sea level drop. It is probably an instrumental or software error because there is no record of anything like that for at least a century. I look forward to a centennial sea level rise of 24.6 centimeters, not that twenty feet of Al Gore’s he got from James Hansen, or any other number of feet.

  27. JimS says:

    According to Jim Hansen, the oceans are going to all boil away like they did on Venus… LOL!… so I wonder what the concern is about rising sea levels.

  28. Jon Jewett says:

    “………there are many good environmental journalists on New York Times”

    Ok, just out of curiosity, name half a dozen (“many”) that I can trust. Or one, even.

    Regards,
    Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin)

  29. On the subject of poor and biased reporting. I just came across this example by the BBC. Describing the origin of the Norfolk Broads. They couldn’t bring themselves to say they were created by sea level rises a thousand years ago, and used the ridiculous phrase, ‘When tides began to rise’.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/norfolk/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8200000/8200123.stm

  30. Louis says:

    “the more I learned [about climate], the more I thought to myself, This is the biggest problem we have—bigger than global poverty.”

    So Mr. Gillis thinks that sea levels slowly encroaching on the beach homes of the rich is a bigger problem than global poverty. What does that tell us about him?

  31. ikh says:

    Anthony has recently posted re a couple of Alarmist papers (Last couple of weeks, I think ) where new papers claimed a climate sensitivity of 4+ and 5+C..

    Now we are getting exagerated claims for sea level rise.

    Excuse me for being synical, but this smells like a diliberate campaign. We have had a substancial number of recent papers showing a climate sensitivity of of between 1 & 2C. We have also seen recent papers showing sea level rise of between 15cm and 30 cm to 2100.

    This looks, to me, to be a deliberate attempt to produce high ball values to counter the much lower values coming from good science, so that the IPCC report, when published, can claim to be the middle ground.

    Yuk!

    /ikh

  32. Max Hugoson says:

    Misattributed
    Misattributed to Gobbles:
    But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.
    Actually from “War Propaganda”, in volume 1, chapter 6 of Mein Kampf (1925), by Adolf Hitler
    Attributed to Goebbels in Publications Relating to Various Aspects of Communism (1946), by United States Congress, House Committee on Un-American Activities, Issues 1-15, p.19, no reliable source has been located, and this is probably simply a further variation of the Big Lie idea

    Now the above has been lifted from Wiki. However, I must make an addition to help put things in perspective. Modern sedan automobilies, properly running, put out 99.7% CO2 and Water. They have enough excess oxygen to generally allow one to survive, breathing an auto exhaust (When I say 99.7 CO2 and Water, I mean as exhaust products. ALSO N2 and O2 come out. Because of TWO reasons, when asked, “What would happen to you if someone strapped a breathing mask on you and made you breath the output of a modern car…” About 90% of everyone says, “Oh, you’d die.” When quizzed why, they will say, Carbon Monoxide poisoning.” When you explain the real mixture of gasses, some people (who THINK they are quick and intelligent, but really..NOT..!) will say, “How do people commit suicide with their cars? I heard of a case..(fill in the blank) last month, week, year..etc.” Answer: They run the car in a closed garage. As the O2 is used up, the combustion shifts to CO and Water, but then engine runs long enough to make enough CO to kill a human. QED.

    The point here is that it’s NOT JUST the repeating of these “enviromental myths” which engrains them in the “first level thinking” of the common person. It’s also the sad human tendancy to THINK WE KNOW MORE THAN WE REALLY DO. (I might add, sardonically, that since the advent of the air bags in cars, a LOT of these folks survive to reproduce…where in the past, they could have had a more deliberate choice to not contribute to the gene pool. Woe are we!)

  33. Curt says:

    If you accept the higher-end estimates for recent sea-level rise rates of 3mm/year, even the UN estimates mean that they believe there is less than a 2.5% chance these rates will hold steady or decline over the next century. According to the “experts” that Gillis quotes, there is less than a 2.5% chance these rates will only triple (on average!) or less over the next century.

  34. Dale Hartz says:

    So Gillis says we don’t know much about hurricanes. Perhaps he is lazy or doesn’t bother to check the NOAA site “Tropical Cyclone Climatology 1950-2011″, or the EOS (American Geophysical Union) report “Counting Atlantic Tropical Cyclones Back to 1900″. Makes one wonder about the rest of his evidence backing up his statements.

  35. u.k.(us) says:

    Leak, or a test release ?

  36. Felflames says:

    JimS says:
    August 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I heard that sea levels fell in 2020-2011, and it was because Australia absorbed in all.

    http://iceagenow.info/2013/08/sea-levels-fell-2011-australia-soaked-water-sponge-scientist/

    I had no idea that Australia would act as one great big sponge. Is Australia the savior of rising sea levels caused by climate change?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    As an Australian who has seen much of my country, I can tell you that it is entirely possible for this to have happened.
    A great deal of central Australia is either semi desert or desert.
    And we also have an odd geography where most of the rivers tend to flow towards the center instead of the coast. Decades can pass with no significant rainfall , followed by enough rain to turn huge areas green in a matter of weeks.
    High rainfall on the coastal areas will flow into these areas. I have seen dry riverbeds that have become raging torrents in a matter of hours , all caused by rain hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of kilometers away.

    I am not willing to say that this alone could explain a drop in ocean levels, not without a lot more research on the subject, but it could have been a contributing factor.

    And on a slightly related note , if you are planning a visit, PLEASE do not camp in dry river beds, the water can come up so fast, you will never have a chance to get out of your tents before you are swept away.
    Australia is beautiful yes, but can also be deadly if you are not aware of the dangers.

  37. sirboabtree says:

    Simple really. Truth doesn’t sell newspapers. But exaggerated hyperbole does and the bigger the shock, horror, gasp factor the bigger the sales. I treat most newspapers now as works of barely literate and incomplete fiction, written by those who haven’t got the ability to write a full blown novel and as such are relegated to making up stuff and nonsense to confuse, confound and down right bullshit the readers. In Australia our press is controlled by two families so we only ever get two viewpoints on any subject, neither of which is true.

  38. John Bell says:

    But you can darn well bet that GIllis keeps using carbon anyway!

  39. Steve from Rockwood says:

    If we can’t agree on such a basic measurement as sea level rise then how can we predict future temperature changes?

  40. Chad Wozniak says:

    @moderator –
    Yes, ABC also stands for Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    @Speed –
    About 200,000 children a year die from global warming – alarmism (the ethanol program’s diversion of grain from food).

  41. David Riser says:

    Here is a link to an article by Nils-Alex Morner concerning sea level rise; he is an expert on the subject having studied it for over 35 years. Critics think he is a bit of a crackpot, but I have read enough of his 546 papers and 10 books to know that he is at least sane when it comes to sea level science. I have a sneaky feeling there is a smear campaign against him since he is outspoken in his criticism of the IPCC.

    http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/Articles%202007/MornerInterview.pdf

  42. Betapug says:

    “I don’t really waste my time on something unless I’m reasonably confident I can get it onto page one. Then, it becomes a question of what’s the right framing to get it there and can I actually pull it off..”
    Those University of Georgia Journalism degrees must be pretty good. Gillis gets 9 out of 10 onto the Times A1.
    And he sees himself just doing “remedial education”.

    http://www.cjr.org/the_observatory/qa_the_nyts_justin_gillis.php?page=all

  43. Ron House says:

    JimS says:
    “I heard that sea levels fell in 2020-2011, and it was because Australia absorbed in all.

    http://iceagenow.info/2013/08/sea-levels-fell-2011-australia-soaked-water-sponge-scientist/

    I had no idea that Australia would act as one great big sponge. Is Australia the savior of rising sea levels caused by climate change?”

    The eastern half of Australia sits on top of the Great Artesian Basin, the biggest artesian water storage system on the planet. Many years of drought and water extraction for agriculture had severely depleted it. Perhaps the best way to look at it is that the seas rose so much earlier because the water from the Basin was extracted and ended up in the oceans?

  44. David Ritson says:

    David Ritson,

    The following incident throws liight on Justiin Gillis’s mode of operation.

    In his article on 5/14/13 on page 1 of Science Times Justin Gilles stated, relative to Svante Arrhenius’s work on carbon doubling, that in the 1900s Arrhenius had predicted that
    “the average temperature of the earth would rise by something like nine degrees Fahrenheit” .

    I wrote him that a correction would be in order stating that
    “This is incorrect.Arrhenius subsequently amended the figure to 1.6 degrees Centigrade or 2.9 degrees Fahrenheit.” and referred him to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svante_Arrhenius

    While only of historic value Gillis had used Arrhenius’s high preliminary value to make a point that modern values were conservatively much lower. This seemed a trivial enough correction but the Times editor replied that Gillis had been fully aware of the later value but because of space limitations had simply not included it, and therefore no correction would be made.

    Such selective quotation is of course just dishonest journalism and calibrates Gillis’s credibility.

  45. Other_Andy says:

    @Ron House

    Just for comparison…..
    The Antarctic ice sheet is currently estimated as 24.7 cubic kilometers; melting of the entire ice sheet would raise sea level approximately 56.6 m.
    The Greenland ice sheet is currently estimated as 2.9 cubic kilometers, and melting of the entire ice sheet would raise sea level approximately 7.3 m.

    The Great Artesian Basin is estimated to contain 64,900 cubic kilometers.

  46. Other_Andy,

    You lost a few zeros there. Antarctic ice volume is 26.5 million cubic km.

  47. chris y says:

    Latitude says-
    “oh good grief…go on and say it’s a 1000 ft and get it over with”

    Already done. In meters, not feet. By guess who? Jim the jester jousting adjuster Hansen-

    In 2005, James Hansen told Tim Radford of The Guardian that the current 1 W/m^2 energy imbalance will raise temperatures 0.6 C by 2100, and over 10,000 years would raise sea levels by 1000 meters.

  48. chris y says:

    JimS says-
    “According to Jim Hansen, the oceans are going to all boil away like they did on Venus… LOL!”

    But do I count this as a sea level rise of 4000 meters as the ocean vapors fill the lower troposphere, or do I count this as a sea level drop of 4000 meters?

  49. JimS says:

    @Other_Andy
    I think you mean the Antarctic ice sheet is currently estimated as 27,700,000 cubic kilometers, and the Greenland ice sheet as 2,900,000 cubic kilometers; as compared to the Great Artesian Basin containing 64,900 cubic kilometers? If those ratios are correct, as compared to impact upon the sea levels, then the Great Artesian Basin would have a potential maximum impact of 15 centimetres on sea level? Therefore the claim that sea level dropped by 7 millimetres is well within the range, if that much water fell upon Australia for that 18 month period between 2010 and 2011. But did it?

  50. ROM says:

    I note that all the commenters on this post are quoting a long term past and expected future sea level rise averaging around 3 mms plus per year.
    The satellite data is indicating a sea level rise of just 1.2 mms to 1.6 mms / year as per below.

    The Satellite project below will be an attempt to base all sea level measurements on the geo centre of the mass of the Earth thus eliminating the effects and errors inherent in using tectonically affected tide gauges currently used in the GMSL measurements

    To quote from the following;
    ‘The “Geodetic Reference Antenna in Space” (GRASP):
    “A Mission to Enhance GNSS and the Terrestrial Reference Frame”
    [ http://www.gps.gov/governance/advisory/meetings/2011-06/bar-sever.pdf ]
    From frame 3 of the above GRASP pdf.
    >>>> “Impact of TRF [ Terrestrial Reference Frame ] on GMSL Record from Tide Gauges:
    Competing approaches for TRF realization yield estimates for sea-level rise ranging from 1.2 to 1.6 mm / yr.
    Desired accuracy for measuring global mean sea level (GMSL) rise is 0.1 mm/yr <<<<<

    Note that current 1.3 mms / year to 1.6 mms / year rise in global sea levels relative to the earth's center of mass.
    The GRASP satellite has a projected launch date of 2016 / 2017
    There are now known to be very systematic errors in a lot of global satellite data due to inaccuracies in establishing the satellite's Reference Frames relative to their Terrestrial positions.
    The GRASP project seeks to eliminate systematic satellite data positional errors so as to establish the satellite's positions to a sufficient accuracy now sought across a whole range of satellite data measurements .
    Sea level measurements being just one such example where it is intended for GRASP as per PDF frame 3, to reduce the Reference Frame based sea level measurements errors relative to the Earth's center of mass, the Geocentric location, from 0.45 mms / year down to 0.1 mms / year
    A further paper ; Global sea-level rise and its relation to the terrestrial reference frame"
    [ http://sas2.elte.hu/tg/msc_gravi/collilieux_sealeverise.pdf ]
    Also provides tables of the GMSL from many locations and that tide gauge data also shows that sea level rises have only been in the range of 1.3 mms / year to 1.6 mms / year.

    Quote below from the paper indicating both the current error rate in sea level satellite measurements and the ranges of current sea level rises;
    The preferred reference frames for scientific applications that require a very high degree of accuracy are the realizations of the International Terrestrial Reference System (ITRS) which are named International Terrestrial Reference Frames (ITRF).
    The two latest, ITRF2000 and ITRF2005, are assumed to be expressed with respect to the Center of Mass(CM) of the entire Earth, including the oceans and atmosphere.
    Both origins were constrained using Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) data, which is recognized as the most accurate technique for CM determination.
    However, these two frames differ by 1.8± 0.3 mm/year for the drift in origin in the Z component, and 0.5± 0.3 mm/year (0.08 ± 0.05 ppb/year)for the radial scale change (Altamimi et al. 2007).
    Such differences mostly explain the different rates of observed global sea-level rise obtained by Wöppelmann et al. (2007, 2009), 1.3± 0.3 and 1.6 ± 0.2 mm/year, respectively.
    Improving our understanding of sea-level rise and variability, as well as reducing the uncertainties associated with the estimates of change, critically depend on our ability to realize a stable terrestrial reference frame.
    The accuracy of the origin and scale rates of the frame is one of the main factors limiting the determination of geocentric sea level trends today.

  51. Robert Austin says:

    Speed says:
    August 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    The subject of this post is sea level, not starvation. What a bonehead!

  52. EW3 says:

    David Riser says:
    August 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the link to the interview. Very good reading.

    The people claiming the sea levels are rising remind me of an episode of Gilligan’s Island where the Professor had a stick (aka tidal gauge) to observe the tide patterns. Gilligan, unwittingly saw the stick and decided to use it as a device to anchor his fishing efforts. So of course wanting more fish he moved it further and further into the lagoon. The Professor not know of this used the ever increasing measurement of tides to declare the island was sinking.

    I suspect that the IPCC learned it’s sea level measuring techniques by watching Gilligan’s Island.

    Here’s a link to the episode. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1288877/

  53. daveR says:

    @ Philip Bradley

    Using the BBC’s ‘search’ facility has, for a long time, been a regular go-to source for all things ‘atmospheric catastrophic’. Near billions of fun-packed hours can be spent there, just clicking thro’ such luminary links as:

    The British Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, has held talks in Washington with the US Vice-President, Al Gore, about curbing emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

    Mr Prescott emerged from his meeting with Al Gore with no indication that he had succeeded in persuading Americans to adopt tougher goals.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_report/1997/sci/tech/global_warming/32961.stm.

  54. Other_Andy says:

    @Jim and Philip

    My numbers (For Antarctica and Greenland) come from the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie.

    http://www.mpimet.mpg.de/en/kommunikation/fragen-zu-klima/wie-stark-steigt-der-meeresspiegel-an.html

  55. Mike McMillan says:

    JimS says: August 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    According to Jim Hansen, the oceans are going to all boil away like they did on Venus…

    There is no evidence Venus ever had an ocean, judging from the radar mapping. By my back of the envelope figgerin’, even without the 90 bar atmospheric pressure, Earth temp would be right about boiling if we were as close to the sun as Venus is.

  56. SØREN BUNDGAARD says:

    Swedish geophysicist Niels Axel Mörner demonstrated that the sea level by the year 2100 most may increase by five to twenty centimeters.

  57. Brian H says:

    Divide all IPCC estimates by 3, or 7. Those are the min. and max. fudge factors they always sneak, bury, and embed in all their calcs.

  58. DKBRIT says:

    Oh no, it’s worse than we thought: The major Danish dailys and news sites are reporting a sea level rise of 2 cm a year, mainly due to Greenland ice melt:

    “De grønlandske gletsjere er lige nu den største grund til, at verdenshavene stiger med omkring et par centimeter om året”…translates to…..”The Greenland glaciers are right now the main reason why sea levels are rising by 2cm a year”

    http://politiken.dk/klima/ECE2057354/6-kilometer-gletsjer-er-forsvundet/

    I wonder how long it takes before it gets corrected…?

  59. Sensorman says:

    Although I work in a different industry, I happened to meet someone recently who works for the Dutch national body responsible for water supply/management. I asked him “so what about sea level rise?”. Answer: not more than 3 mm/year – did not look like a worried man. I’ll take that on trust…

  60. Stacey says:

    To even suggest that global warming is a greater threat to human beings than poverty shows how anti human this ecofascist clown is. Smug looking grubby man.

  61. Stacey says:

    OMG
    Have I just complied with Godwin’s law by using the word ecofacist. If so I apologise but really can’t think of an alternative. Sorry.

  62. In an interview with Columbia Journalism Review, Justin Gillis has clearly indicated that he writes about climate because he wants to push for action:

    “the more I learned [about climate], the more I thought to myself, “This is the biggest problem we have—bigger than global poverty. Why am I not working on it?” From there, the question was, how do I get myself into a position to work on the problem?”
    ————————————
    Gawd I’m sick of this kind of person. “This is the biggest problem we have—bigger than global poverty. Why am I not working on it?” What hubris!

    “…how do I get myself into a position to work on the problem?” Bend over for the warmunists.

    Looks like he did just that.

  63. Mike M says:

    Another day, another shill for eco-fraudulance is exposed.

  64. Speed says:

    Robert Austin wrote, “The subject of this post is sea level, not starvation. What a bonehead!”

    Justin Gillis was quoted in the post saying,

    “the more I learned [about climate], the more I thought to myself, “This is the biggest problem we have—bigger than global poverty. Why am I not working on it?” From there, the question was, how do I get myself into a position to work on the problem?”

    The subject of this post is Gillis and his inability to place “climate” in perspective.

  65. Bob Greene says:

    @Max Hugoson: The major component of spark ignited (automobile) engine exhaust is N2 (~71%) because it is the major component in air. H2O is ~12.5% and CO2 is ~13.5%. O2 is ~0.5%

    http://www.ecocatalysis.com/en/articles/Automotive-exhaust.html

    I’m not sure where the 99.7% number comes from unless it is a catalytic conversion value.
    Death by car exhaust in cars produced before catalytic converters could likely be from CO, but now it would be from simple oxygen depletion. If you breathed the auto exhaust, my guess is you would be unconscious from lack of oxygen very quickly. However, if you were in the garage, you would die from oxygen loss from combustion and the volume of low oxygen exhaust.

  66. JimS says:

    @Other_Andy
    You wrote: “My numbers (For Antarctica and Greenland) come from the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie.”

    JimS writes: Yes, I looked at your source. Your source is wrong. The source neglected to add the word “million.” Instead of reading 24.7 cubic kilometres, it should have read 24.7 MILLION cubic kilometres. That word “million” makes the difference between the Antarctic ice sheet, which it pertained to, and an alpine glacier. Your source simply neglected to manage its publishing well. It is quite common for webpages to have gross errors like this. Such errors are not intended, but sometimes people are careless and they happen.

  67. CodeTech says:

    David Ritson, this sounds the same as a reporter, upon hearing of a car crash in which a famous person died, rushed to the front page news with the report. Later, upon learning that the celebrity was, in fact, alive, the editor replies “Yeah, he knew the guy lived, but there wasn’t time to change the story”.

    Bob Greene, good catch on the car emissions… I often tend to forget the N2 as well, since I always say an ideal car emits nothing but harmless CO2 and H2O. In fact, a three-way catalytic converter has three simultaneous functions:
    1. Reduction of nitrogen oxides into elemental nitrogen and oxygen. (NOx → Nx + Ox)
    2. Oxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. (CO + O2 → CO2)
    3.Oxidation of hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water. (CxH4x + 2xO2 → xCO2 + 2xH2O)

    A lean engine is a higher temperature combustion which tends to create more NOx, a rich engine tends to be cooler but dumps more unburned hydrocarbons out the back. It is undesirable to have an engine always running at stoichiometric (14.7 to 1, or richer for ethanol blends), but the electronic control system toggles between richer and leaner. The lean cycles keep the cat hot, too many lean cycles overheat it. The rich cycles cool it, but too many rich cycles clog it up.

    In fact, I believe that the catalytic converter was a GREAT invention, unlike some of my racer-type friends. It’s an almost painless way to eliminate unwanted emissions (although at first they were insanely expensive and did rob power). Now that virtually all car engines are operated by computer it’s possible to get great power AND lower emissions… but the timing of performance and mileage robbing EPA mandates plus the 70s “energy crisis” and embargo really made a lot of people hate emission controls.

    For point of interest, my own modified engine controller for my last car was able to tune emissions low enough to pass most state inspections with NO cat… so IMO catalytic converters are a band-aid, a crutch, a way to clean up a bit of extra slop in the control systems and manage bad gas or mechanical problems.

  68. JFB says:

    Justin Gilles is doing your job. We can not forget that “environmental journalist” is a profession specially created to serve the global warming hoax. Just to beat the drums on every report from official science. There are thousand of Justin Gilles around the world. They will make your day with the next IPCC’s report divulgation strategy. By 14 months this guys will beat the drums all days. Oh God.

  69. RobRoy says:

    Another Useful Idiot with a pen and a pulpit.
    He sleeps so well. His intention are so pure.
    The hook, the line and the sinker have reached his colon.
    Very useful indeed.

  70. SØREN BUNDGAARD says:

    DKBRIT says:
    August 25, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Oh no, it’s worse than we thought: The major Danish dailys and news sites are reporting a sea level rise of 2 cm a year, mainly due to Greenland ice melt:

    “De grønlandske gletsjere er lige nu den største grund til, at verdenshavene stiger med omkring et par centimeter om året”…translates to…..”The Greenland glaciers are right now the main reason why sea levels are rising by >2 cm a year”NOT QUITE TRUE The Greenland ice sheet bleed. Warmer weather makes the ice to melt faster than ever before, and it gets ice sheet to retreat. The Greenland glaciers are now the biggest reason that the oceans rising by about three >millimeters per year<.

  71. numerobis says:

    Most papers I’ve read describe change from preindustrial, not from the current. Subtract the observed change of one foot from the 3′ prediction Gillis claims to have heard, and you see 2′ left to go by 2100. Which is well within the bounds of the IPCC scenarios.

    The IPCC summary also mentions: “Larger values cannot be excluded, but current scientific understanding is insufficient for evaluating their probability” — in other words, some experts think it’s going to be a lot more than the IPCC ranges.

    Gillis is thus accurately representing what experts seem to believe.

  72. Max Hugoson says:

    Bob Green: No, typically there is 5 to 8% “excess oxygen” in the output. You are right, it’s “on the edge” of causing you to pass out. But, probably unless continued for a day or two, it would be “survivable”. My point is the exhaust gasses from current automobiles are NOT INHERENTLY lethal, yet most people believe they still are due to CO.

  73. Errbe says:

    The Swedish scientist Nils-Axel Mörner is one of few specializing in sea conditions, who pesonally has visited the most critical places like Bangladesh, the Maldives, Tuvalu, etc. During the last 50 years no noticeable sea rise has occurred. The claim of flooding is politically motivated with the aim to receive more development aid money. However, in some places topsoil is washed away due to new irreponsible cultivating practises.

    The IPCC data does not sufficiently take into consideration that the land, on which the tide guages are situated, moves upp and down. The tektonic plates move up and down. All deltas formed by silt from rivers like the Mississippi, Ganges and Mekong tend to sink. Most of them have large cities with guages. The IPCC makes statistics with figures they do not undrtstand properly.

    Mörner has a very good argument for the physical limit of sea level rise. When the last ice age was finishing, in the Stockholm area the ice sheet was advancing at a rate om 500 meters per annum, whilst its front retracted 300 meters. The loss of 800 meters ice caused the sea to rise a mere 10 mm.

    Today there are no landice sheets melting. The maximum possible rate of sea level rise ought to be in the order of 1 or 2 mm per annum.

    Anything more is fantasy. Or computer modelling.

  74. Lars P says:

    John Trigge (in Oz) says:
    August 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    … From the CSIRO (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/sealevel/sl_hist_last_15.html) the global mean sea level trend for the last 20 years is 3.2mm/year, only around 10% of the claimed current trend.
    John, nota bene, it is even worse than that, the satellite trend includes various modelling estimations in it and adjustments and does not intend to reflect a rise of the sea against an averaged real shore.

    This is why the 6 cm rise that one finds in the satellite sea level 1992 to present

    http://sealevel.colorado.edu/

    cannot be found in reality when one searches the tide gauges.

    http://www.psmsl.org/data/obtaining/

    In reality the average tide gauges do show about the half or less then half of the satellites adjusted sea level rise. I need to put the “adjusted” word here, as various adjustment make a significant part of the rise.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/7438683/rising-credulity/

    http://www.burtonsys.com/climate/MSL_global_trendtable1.html

    http://www.sealevel.info/MSL_global_trendtable4.html

  75. DKBRIT says:

    SØREN BUNDGAARD says:
    August 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Søren:
    At the same time as I posted I sent an email to the Danish newspaper of the original article (Politiken) informing them of their error. They replied very quickly and corrected the error from 2cm to 3mm, as I had informed them. Well done on their part. But their sentence :

    “The Greenland glaciers are right now the main reason why sea levels are rising by approx. 3mm a year” is still not correct! In 2007 the IPCC said regarding sea level rise contribution:

    —————————————————————————-
    Contribution [mm/year] 1961-2003 1993-2003
    Thermal Expansion 0.42±0.12 1.6±0.5
    Glaciers & Ice Caps 0.50±0.18 0.77±0.22
    Greenland 0.05±0.12 0.12±0.07
    Antarctica 0.14±0.41 0.21±0.35

    Sum 1.1±0.5 2.8±0.7
    Direct Observations 1.8±0.5 3.1±0.7

    Table 1: Individual contributions to global mean sea level rise for the periods 1961-2003, and 1993-2003 (Source: IPCC 2007, Table TS.3.).
    —————————————————————————-

    http://www.mpimet.mpg.de/en/kommunikation/fragen-zu-klima/wie-stark-steigt-der-meeresspiegel-an.html

    It has not got any colder so the main reason must still be: “Thermal Expansion”. Greenland only accounts for 0.12mm of the 3.2mm !!! It’s an uphill battle….

  76. Steven Archibald says:

    Given that the science is supposedly “settled”, how is it that two groups of experts can come up with such wildly different predictions?

  77. phlogiston says:

    A new word enters the English language, the ECOCHONDRIAC. This is a person who suffers from a
    persistent, neurotic and often paranoid belief that all forms of human activity cause damage and
    mortal danger to the environment, in defiance or wilful ignorance of evidence to the contrary (or
    lack of supportive evidence in the affirmative). It originates from a malevolent dislike of
    humanity in general and a desire to generate false environmental scares as a way of curtailing
    all forms of human ecomonic, technological and cultural development and, ultimately, the human race itself.

    This word is derived from the existing word HYPOCHONDRIAC. This means a person who constantly believes he or she is ill or about to become ill. One who has a false belief that he or she has a disease or abnormal condition.

    Word story
    Hypochondriac comes ultimately from the Greek word hypokhondria, which literally means “under the cartilage (of the breastbone).” In the late 16th century, when hypochondriac first entered the English language, it referred to the upper abdomen. The upper abdomen, it turns out, was thought to be the seat of melancholy at a time when the now-outdated medical theory of the four humors (blood, phlegm, yellow bile [choler], and black bile [melancholy]) was accepted as a basis for legitimate health practice. In the 17th century, hypochondriac referred to people who suffered from “depression and melancholy without cause,” though we might suppose from the name of this malady that many depressed patients complained of abdominal pains, which otherwise went undiagnosed. It wasn’t until the 19th century that hypochondriac described someone who suffered “illness without a specific cause”. In this sense it is still widely used.

  78. Philip Mulholland says:

    From the posted link to the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie.

    The world’s largest fresh water reservoir is the Antarctic ice sheet. Its volume is currently estimated as 24.7 cubic kilometers; melting of the entire ice sheet would raise sea level approximately 56.6 m. The second largest water reservoir is the Greenland ice sheet. Its volume is currently estimated as 2.9 cubic kilometers, and melting of the entire ice sheet would raise sea level approximately 7.3 m.

    Wow, just goes to show that you cannot trust Public Relations and Media

    Who’d ’ve thunk it?

  79. herkimer says:

    The claim that sea levels will rise by 3-6 feet in the next century is a gross exaggeration of the past 20 year rise of about 3.2 mm/year[ or about a foot in a century]. Looks like they are starting to regurgitate similar false claims made 20 years ago that never materialized.

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