Gergis made to order IPCC zombie climate science

gergis_zombieSteve McIntyre points out how climate science errors return from the dead as zombies:

PAGES2K, Gergis and Made-for-IPCC Journal Articles

March 15, 2013 was the IPCC deadline for use in AR5 and predictably a wave of articles have been accepted. The IPCC Paleo chapter wanted a graphic on regional reconstructions and the PAGES2K group has obligingly provided the raw materials for this graphic, which will be published by Nature on April 21. Thanks to an obliging mole, I have information on the proxies used in the PAGES2K reconstructions and will report today on the Gergis reconstruction, of interest to CA readers, which lives on a zombie, walking among us as the living dead.

The PAGES2K article has its own interesting backstory. The made-for-IPCC article was submitted to Science last July on deadline eve, thereby permitting its use in the Second Draft, where it sourced a major regional paleo reconstruction graphic. The PAGES2K submission used (in a check-kited version) the Gergis reconstruction, which it cited as being “under revision” though, at the time, it had been disappeared.

The PAGES2K submission to Science appears to have been rejected as it has never appeared in Science and a corresponding article is scheduled for publication by Nature. It sounds like there is an interesting backstory here: one presumes that IPCC would have been annoyed by Science’s failure to publish the article and that there must have been considerable pressure on Nature to accept the article. Nature appears to have accepted the PAGES2K article only on IPCC deadline eve.

The new PAGES2K article contains reconstructions for all continents and has an extremely long list of proxies, some of which have been discussed before, but some only now making their first digital appearance. Each regional reconstruction is a major undertaking and deserving of separate peer review. It seems impossible that these various regional reconstructions could themselves have been thoroughly reviewed as re-submitted to Nature. Indeed, given that the PAGES2K coauthor list was very large, one also wonders where they located reviewers that were unconflicted with any of the authors.

Of particular interest to CA readers is the zombie version of the Gergis reconstruction. Previous CA articles are tagged gergis.

CA readers will recall that Gergis et al 2012 had stated that they had used detrended correlations to screen proxies – a technique that seemingly avoided the pitfalls of correlation screening. Jean S pointed out that Gergis et al had not used the stated technique and that the majority of their proxies did not pass a detrended correlation test – see CA discussion here (building on an earlier thread) reporting that only 6 of 27 proxies passed the stated significance test.

Read it all here: PAGES2K, Gergis and Made-for-IPCC Journal Articles

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April 20, 2013 6:11 am

Fortunately Gergis, along with Flannery and Karoly, will be out of a job come September 14th.

Gary Pearse
April 20, 2013 7:04 am

Is there any chance that paleo proxies are also manipulated and “corrected” like temperature and sea level? Huge problems for the future of climate science are: the egregious complicity of Nature and many other journals in the perpetration non-science and the data cooking of scientists of sworn allegiance to the; CO2 politics. The fact that the data chickens are being cared for by Colonel Sanders scientists makes for an intractable problem for science unless a thorough cleaning is done. Somehow we need new stainless journals for this science, a total reassessment of raw data, generation of new instrumentation, asterisking and re-education in the scientific method for thousands of PhDs, and a non-partisan committee and custodian of it all. .

Rob Soria
April 20, 2013 7:40 am

Patrick: unfortunately not, Gergis won’t be out of a job on Sep 14. She used her flawed paper as the basis for a new ARC grant application last year, without disclosing that the paper had already been rejected by the time the ARC grant applications were assessed by the referees. She acknowledged that her paper had been rejected only immediately after the ARC outcome. So, she won another $351,805 of taxpayers’ money from the ARC (2013: $118,785; for 2014: $115,920; for 2015: $117,100). This despite the fact that 90% of the ARC application (most of them based on honest research) do not succeed.

April 20, 2013 8:21 am

Gary Pearse’s analogy of data chickens being cared for by Colonel Sanders is creative and quite smart. With that in mind, CFC’s original recipe used a pressure cooker.

Pamela Gray
April 20, 2013 8:48 am

Sounds like the next report will be a smörgåsbord of easy pickins. My guess is that weird weather and modern proxi measures of temperature (IE ocean changes, some kind of new statistic on weather pattern variations, etc) will take the place of the uncooperative temperature sensors at and above ground level. This oughta be fun! Hell, they may even haul out the sleeping sun to explain the pause. I hope they do. I do so hope they do. I love reading the dry wit of our esteemed solar expert.

April 20, 2013 8:50 am

This is starting to remind me of the steroid era in baseball. There will be asterisks on records and people left out of the Hall of Fame based on their cheating through the use of steroids on the data.

April 20, 2013 9:26 am

The Pearse’s metaphor of “the data chickens” is absolutely great, the analogy more vivid than I heard on this subject in recent years. +1000

April 20, 2013 9:53 am

a strong testament to the weakness of climate science and the intellectual abilities of the Climateers.

Peter Whale
April 20, 2013 10:25 am
Follow the link and you will see a scientist has gone to prison for faking tests. Its a precedent climatologists should beware of.

Bill H
April 20, 2013 10:28 am

Reminds me of that ship in the movie pirates of the Caribbean.. The Black Pearl??? Any way, the ship of the dead which surfaces only to take on new ship mates… Sounds like the ship has surfaced again..

April 20, 2013 12:25 pm

It is interesting to see that the new Australasian reconstruction includes the Palmyra Atoll Coral Proxy present in the discredited Gergis paper. Despite this proxy being 1300 miles outside the study area, and not corresponding to any temperature reconstruction I have ever seen, its inclusion suppresses the medieval warm period.

April 20, 2013 12:32 pm

An earlier comment by Rob Soria on Gergis new ARC grant at
“After their paper was officially rejected, they kept this information secret to everyone for several weeks, so that the referees of their ARC grant application wouldn’t know. (It was precisely the time when ARC grant proposals were assessed). It was their legal and more duty to inform the ARC panel that the paper on which they based their new grant application had been rejected. Perhaps a FOI request is needed to find out whether they did so.”
More by Rob/Robbo on
Is it already clear whether Gergis had informed the ARC panel on her paper retraction? Has anyone filed an FOI request?

Rud Istvan
April 20, 2013 12:42 pm

If, when the Nature paper appears, the same detrended criterion for proxy selection is claimed, and if it was not followed (as appears probable based on McIntyre’s leaked proxy list,
Then why don’t you all do something. Specifically, ask in writing for the paper to be retracted in those grounds, supplying the evidence Steve has worked up.
I have asked Science to retract the Marcott paper, providing the editors with more than sufficient written cause. They have acknowledged the complaint in writing, and said they are studying the matter in light of the damning FAQ compared to Figure 1a and the abstract. I have told them that if they do not respond in a reasonable time, I will escalate in multiple fora. And absolutely will. The MSM appears to be getting more receptive, even in the UK. An EConomist article would be quite lovely, following on the Harvard economics kerffuffle.
War is hell. It is about time the other side suffered a mounting casualty count. Gergis deserves to be such a casualty owing to blantant past misrepresentation about ‘lack’ of selection bias, rather than receiving more grant funds.

April 20, 2013 12:48 pm

This thread seems like the perfect place for an observation that has been troubling me for a while. All the talk about the various publications finally willing to point out that the actual temps and models do not square nor do the models fit would proven components of climate remind me a great deal of what happened when Outcomes Based Education (OBE) became controversial all over the world. There was a consistent practice of “We hear you. We are stopping” and then a breaking up of the components and simply renaming them.
The idea that “they are finally listening to us and paying attention to the facts” simply does not square with what is being pushed on K-12 all over the world. And with much of the curriculum being on databases that no parent can see and assessments based on vague open-ended problems, this battle is shifting completely into the schools. There the Predatory Statists who fully intend to mooch for life as Tax-Consumers and never produce anything of value are perfectly free to foster false beliefs on Climate to their hearts content. Which is precisely what is planned.
So please be careful in assuming anything but a 21st century game of possum and diversion of attention is going on.

Crispin in Waterloo
April 20, 2013 1:25 pm

I hear ya. One of the strange things about the USSR’s educational system was a blend of great attention to the theoretical and philosophical side of sciences: why and how the theories developed into laws and practical methods. It was combined with what boiled down to an arbitrary evaluation process where brilliant students would be given mediocre grades because they either asked hard questions with vaguely political opinions in them, they were judged to be to uppity or had an ‘attitude’, or they were simply thinking outside the box and thus presented a danger to any top-down status quo. On the other hand good grades could be bought with smiles, influence, money or toadying.

April 20, 2013 1:51 pm

Crispin–I wrote a story this past week explaining that about 1960 the Soviets came up with an updated version of Dialectical Materialism that they inserted into their education system and into Eastern Europe. In education it was called Ascending from the Abstract to the Concrete and a Finnish prof by the name of Engestrom who speaks all over the world giving keynote addresses to groups like the International Society of the Learning Sciences inadvertently tipped me off how it has now been exported to the West. is the story.
When I was following up on the story I discovered that ISLS had its first conference in the Pacific Rim or Asia last year. Sydney, Australia. But still alarmingly sponsored by the US National Science Foundation.
Between what NSF has said they are doing with education to squelch climate skepticism and blend the human and natural sciences coupled to a recent Rand report that is part of the new Global Cities Education Network, I have no doubt that CAGW will be front and center in the real world problems students are to develop solutions for. In addition NSF is funding a program at Harvard Ed School called Understandings of Consequences that are bad science being brought to the classroom via multi-user videogaming.
Really no way for the student to know it is bad science and all the visuals will simply reenforce false beliefs. Influential false beliefs.
I am very worried for good reasons.

David Jones
April 20, 2013 3:10 pm

Patrick says:
April 20, 2013 at 6:11 am
“Fortunately Gergis, along with Flannery and Karoly, will be out of a job come September 14th”
For those of us not parties to the inner circle, a slightly more expansive explanation of WHY this might be the case would be helpful!.

April 20, 2013 3:43 pm

“For those of us not parties to the inner circle, a slightly more expansive explanation of WHY this might be the case would be helpful!.”
Because that’s the date of the Australian General Elections and the current Labour Government is on track for a massive political defeat. That could well see the end of funding for the proponents of CAGW.

Nicholas Drinnan
April 20, 2013 3:55 pm

There will be an Australian election on September 14.

April 20, 2013 4:29 pm

I’ve said it before and will say it again…Abbott will NOT repeal the carbon tax…..
Might change the name but there will be no reduction in the tax base…..

April 20, 2013 4:33 pm

They are playing with the deckchairs of the Titanic … let them play!

April 20, 2013 5:02 pm

@Stuart McL –
Let’s hope those swine are dispossessed! And then we can go after the US Kleptocrat party’s AGW funding.

April 20, 2013 5:29 pm

What Rut Istvan is saying here and you should all listen LOUD and CLEAR nothing will happen by ranting here you need to get onto Nature, Climate Journals, Universities employing these people etc with the evidence and threaten to make it much much BIGGER in the media. The MSM is now coping on and will jump on it if there a big story behind all this and there is of course. Cheers

April 20, 2013 6:56 pm

Global Warming causes zomibes!
We’re doomed!

April 20, 2013 7:26 pm

The early bird has found the worm, fat with arrogance and overconfidence.

Mickey Reno
April 20, 2013 7:35 pm

This is unbelievable that a so-called scientific journal would accept this paper after all the crap that Gergis and Karoly have mismanaged. What about Neukom’s admission that “not enough data” is left when they actually follow the methodology they developed? What about McIntyre’s criticisms of their selection bias?
Oh well, this will end up tainting them all, like Glieck. The climate tar baby is staining more IPCC connected people.

Chuck L
April 20, 2013 8:50 pm

As the real world temperatures continue to “defy” the model predictions the eco-fascist climate alarmists will get more shrill and desperate. There will soon be a paper showing how CO2 causes a decline in solar activity.

April 20, 2013 9:11 pm

It is hard to believe that this has only been out for five days…

April 20, 2013 10:33 pm

Mike Haseler says:
April 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm
They are playing with the deckchairs of the Titanic … let them play!
Yeah, except they want to have the rest of us locked below deck while they play….

April 21, 2013 12:01 am

“jones says:
April 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm”
I agree. Abbott won’t repeal the Carbon Price (Tax) because the legislation introduced by the ALP makes it practically impossible for any alternate Govn’t to do so. An alternate Govn’t might be able to set the price to $0.0, but that leaves millions to find for those that receive compensation. Then there is the nasty little problem of the 10% of the revenue raised going to the UN Climate Fund. Unfortunately, the carbon tax is here to stay, regardless what Abbott says.

April 21, 2013 12:16 am

“David Jones says:
April 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm”
Funding for various climate related study/advisory groups has been culled here in Aus.
PS. Karoly, Melbourne University. Notorious for shouting down any alternate voice. Has been absent in the climate “debate” in Aus for some time. Flannery, $180k p/a 3 days per week Climate Change Commissioner. Almost every state and territory now have very expensive, moth-balled, de-sal plants, his word used as justification. We know why Gergis will be gone, she is an embarrassment to science here in Aus with her recent paper being ridiculed world-wide and then retracted. The damage done, their salaries and retirement funds secured. But Aussies don’t like being taken for a ride, and their voice will be heard on the 14th of September (Could be sooner if continues her “performance”).

Robert L
April 21, 2013 12:21 am
April 21, 2013 1:14 am

Robert L
Thats really interesting stuff. To think it comes from the same institution ( different section ) that Hansen used to work at.

Steve B
April 21, 2013 2:53 am

April 21, 2013 at 12:01 am
“jones says:
April 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm”
I agree. Abbott won’t repeal the Carbon Price (Tax) because the legislation introduced by the ALP makes it practically impossible for any alternate Govn’t to do so. An alternate Govn’t might be able to set the price to $0.0, but that leaves millions to find for those that receive compensation. Then there is the nasty little problem of the 10% of the revenue raised going to the UN Climate Fund. Unfortunately, the carbon tax is here to stay, regardless what Abbott says.
The government in power makes the rules. Abbott and company can repeal it and they can pay compensation over say 10 years. Serve em right for agreeing to fund this stupid idea.

Steve B
April 21, 2013 2:54 am

Oh and the UN Climate Fund can go without.

April 21, 2013 2:54 am

Robin says: Apr 20, 2013 @ 12.48pm:
battle is shifting into the schools….
Robin, the battle shifted into the schools over 20 years ago.
Here in the UK I found a book promoted by our BBC propaganda machine, available free through our public libraries (alongside racks of global warming brainwashing), & aimed at 7-13 year olds. It’s called ” The Horrible History of the World” by a chap called Terry Deary, a longtime BBC staffer, & producer of the childrens BBC comedy series of the same name.
Every foundation stone of Western Civilisation is denigrated. God, & all religions, the rule of law, Moses & Hammurabi are singled out. History is denigrated: ” Hegel once said….”We learn nothing from history.””. Lincoln is quoted on the same page:” We cannot escape history!”
The book’s purpose is to confuse young minds in preparation for the post democratic world that is planned.
Denigrated most of all is humanity itself: ” people – the most disgusting, evil, cruel & HORRIBLE creatures on earth”. ( Their italics). In order, no doubt, to reconcile our children & grandchildren to the mass slaughters planned to conform with the population reduction to approx 0.5 billion, which is at the core of the one world govt by force which is the motivation behind the global warming/climate change scam.
Horrible Histories were first published in 1993.
Lack of action by politicians, ministers & ex-ministers I have alerted to this insidious book, among other things, has convinced me that all 3 of our major political parties are complicit in their aim to hand this country, bankrupt & in need of a bailout, to an equally bankrupt EU, which the US President & the world banksters see as the forerunner for their one world govt.
I am now reconciled, like Ron Paul, to waiting for “The Catastrophe”, then working to pick up the pieces afterward.
Interestingly, Ron Paul’s efforts are now focused on homeschooling, after 20+ years of failing to get the Fed audited, & trying to get the US Empire back to sanity.
A picture of Greece under the heel of the banksters:
Coming to a city near you soon?
Protect your children.

April 21, 2013 3:05 am

This sort of behaviour might fool Joe public and politicians wanting press releases with good sound bites, however if you are a scientist sitting on the sidelines with a bunch of refused grant applications it is smelly and disgusting. It is interesting that you now have moles at the heart of the IPCC, I presume this is a new development. I also presume these are Scientists who are uncomfortable with the way their work is being mixed with junk by the IPCC.
I hope this outrageous anti-science behaviour is going to drive a small flood of real scientists into our way of thinking about Climate sciences and they will find it easier to be more open and vocal in their opposition to the flawed and made up findings of the IPCC.

April 21, 2013 3:14 am

Great video, dbs, @ 9:11 PM. ‘Denial! Denial! Moderator looks down at paper ‘Thank you’.

JB Goode
April 21, 2013 3:23 am

@jones says:
April 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm
‘I’ve said it before and will say it again…Abbott will NOT repeal the carbon tax…..’
Not only are you not parties(sic) to the inner circle,it seems you understand as much about Australian politics as the present government who are about to be slaughtered at the coming election by the biggest landslide in Australian history and quite possibly world history.

April 21, 2013 3:27 am

Rob Soria says:
April 20, 2013 at 7:40 am
Well, now, if Gergis has done that we might have a case of fraud pending.What does Australian law say about misrepresentation in efforts to secure government funding? If I were an Aussie I would certainly look intothe aspects of this.

Doug Huffman
April 21, 2013 3:31 am

@R.Shearer; N. N. Taleb uses the thousand days of a turkey to illustrate its Black Swan event. For a thousand days the farmer carefully feeds the turkey, daily increasing its confidence in the rosy statistics of the good life. On the thousand and first day the turkey meets its Black Swan bearing an axe.
Imagine the turkey epistemologist crying that he had a thousand data points as premises for inductive inference syllogism, and still it failed.

April 21, 2013 3:54 am

“Steve B says:
April 21, 2013 at 2:53 am”
I wished I shared your confidence however, I have no confidence in our politicians to do the right thing for the people they represent. A classic example of this is how Gillard came to power, with the help of the 3 independent MP’s (3 more people who will lose their seats and jobs in September and rightly so).

April 21, 2013 5:10 am

I talk a lot about the value of creating false beliefs. And doing that through history and not just so-called science is a huge part of the story. The 1993 date is consistent with the 2nd attempt to push all this through. As a 1992 book endorsed by Bill on back cover and read in the draft stage by Hillary per the Acknowledgments page put it “the West has an opportunity to redo it social institutions at the same time the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe are redoing theirs.”
False history just like misleading models and published papers all create widespread prevailing beliefs that guide future behavior. That’s the whole point. But it’s not enough to believe. It must be poignant and compelling in order to drive action that seeks to transform. Hate has that power so teaching that a group has been victimized works to compel action. Emergency works as well which is why Global Warming needs to be catastrophic and man-made.
I have written numerous times about David Orr and what he was writing during that same time period. If you have never seen Thomas Berry’s The Dream of the Earth from 1988 it is the blueprint of the Green Movement and Bioregionalism to this day. lays out what is sought by both.
The character education curriculum that is actually full of falsehoods about what led to the Holocaust Facing History has now gone international. And misunderstanding the causes of organized mass murder are very dangerous beliefs to instill. In the quest for politically powerful and compelling beliefs, I think we are truly playing with fire.
Adhering to Agenda 21 was expressly a part of the Global Citizenship curriculum Michael Barber implemented more than 10 years ago in the UK and Scotland and Australia. All at the same time. It is just chock full of insistences of creating beliefs to support economic, political, and social transformation.

April 21, 2013 5:24 am

after a half day of searching I still cannot find the original “PAGES2K, Gergis and Made-for-IPCC Journal Articles” paper that you all seem to have read..,.
someone can help me?

April 21, 2013 5:28 am

I assume you’re saying that there will be no carbon tax under a government he leads?

Beta Blocker
April 21, 2013 6:02 am

In 1966, there was Stan Freberg’s advertisement which asserted, “Nine out of ten doctors recommend Chun King chow mein.”
In 2013, there is evidently a powerful need for an IPCC advertisement which asserts, “Nine out of ten climate scientists recommend the hockey stick.”

Luther Wu
April 21, 2013 7:14 am

JB Goode says:
April 21, 2013 at 3:23 am
“Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again,

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss”
Who– “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

JB Goode
April 21, 2013 7:55 am

Yes Jones there will be no carbon tax under a government he leads and pretty soon under any government.I have been around long enough to see a few of these things come and go, the twist,hula hoops,global warming,the loch ness monster,communism,mini skirts, global cooling,ufo’s etc etc
@Luther Wu
I don’t care if the ‘Raving Loony’ party gets in so long as we get rid of this mob of incompetant fools.

April 21, 2013 8:57 am

jones007 says:
April 21, 2013 at 5:28 am
I assume you’re saying that there will be no carbon tax under a government he leads?

What a great campaign slogan that would be for Abbot: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead.”

Robert of Ottawa
April 21, 2013 11:06 am

Peter Whale says April 20, 2013 at 10:25 am
Let’s just fix that sentance for you
Follow the link and you will see a scientist has gone to prison for faking tests. Its a precedent climatologists CRIMATOLOGISTS should beware of.

April 21, 2013 2:31 pm

JB Goode says:
April 21, 2013 at 7:55 am
Yes Jones there will be no carbon tax under a government he leads
Are you a member of the inner circle to know such a thing?

April 21, 2013 2:50 pm

here is the article I asked for earlier, they were just a bit late::
and a short introduction by

JB Goode
April 21, 2013 3:12 pm

@jones says:
April 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm
Are you a member of the inner circle to know such a thing?
What inner circle,are you a climate scientist?

April 21, 2013 7:46 pm

Apologies JB I must have misunderstood your comment above.
Ah well…Time will tell all as always.

April 22, 2013 3:39 am

more from the crimatologists:

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