The Lost Climate Integrity of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

“What We Really Know” and What the AAAS Failed to Mention.

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University

Climate scientist Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr. recently posted that the AAAS has ignored “the recent recognition of the heightened importance of natural climate forcings and feedbacks” and condemned AAAS media release as “an embarrassment to the scientific community.”

It is not just natural climate forcings that the AAAS ignored. As a biologist who has studied the impacts of regional climate change on wildlife in California’s Sierra Nevada for 3 decades, the AAAS’s simplistic and misleading discussion of extinctions and ecosystem collapse is simply shameful fear mongering. I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Pielke. It is an embarrassment to the scientific community.

All my red flags (marked with icons) were raised when the AAAS woefully wrote “As the world has gotten hotter, many of the world’s plants and animals, on land and in the oceans, have begun moving toward the poles. Where possible, some terrestrial species are moving up mountainsides, and marine species are moving to deeper depths and higher latitudes. These changes are happening on every continent and in every ocean”.

To “inform the public” about their fearful conclusions, they cited 2 outdated peer-reviewed articles1,2 written by Camille Parmesan, who not surprisingly was one of the 13 scientists writing the AAAS’ media release. The section on “Ecosystem Collapse” also refers to a 2013 report by the National Research Council titled “Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises,” which not so coincidentally cites the same 2 Parmesan papers purporting climate caused “extinctions” and “ecosystem collapse”. If we peruse those papers, we find that one of those 2 papers1, cites 11 other Parmesan papers, creating a consensus where Parmesan agrees with Parmesan. Not only are the AAAS’s argument very inbred, they are outdated and contradicted by more recent peer-reviewed studies. Below are the most salient examples from Parmesan’s 2 suspect publications showing how they have shaped the AAAS’ narrative on climate change and biological catastrophes.

1. In one cited example from 1996,3 she claimed the Edith Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha) was moving northward and upward from Mexico to Canada, consistent with global warming. This paper had evoked great fears and was touted by over 500 consensus scientists as proof of global warming disruption, and got her invited to the White House.

clip_image002 Although the AAAS authors gallantly profess that they write because it is “increasingly urgent for the public to know,” Parmesan did not take this opportunity to inform the public about the good news: Many of the populations she had declared extinct in 1996 have now fully recovered. She also failed to mention that only the statistical average moved northward and upward because the urban sprawl in southern California decimate souther populations and dominated the statistics. Actual butterflies never moved. The preponderance of evidence by several experts indicates landscape changes, not climate change, were the driving force of the extirpated populations. Read more here.

2. In another paper,4 she had claimed global warming was causing extreme weather that resulted in butterfly extinctions, and that was the mechanism driving butterflies upward and northward.

clip_image002[1]Again she never reported the good news, (either originally or in this AAAS report), In their natural habitat the butterflies had thrived better than ever during the same supposed “extreme weather”. However to create the illusion of a climate catastrophe, she only published that butterflies just 10 meters away in a recently logged area were extirpated by the mountain weather, a logged area in which the food plants and the microclimate had been drastically changed. Due to such a sin of omission, I requested an official retraction but the editors of the AMS excused the deception of telling such half truths. Was the refusal to retract bad science affected by political pressure because Parmesan’s papers have been the foundation of so many biological climate catastrophe stories like this AAAS media ploy??? Read more here.

3. The AAAS cited Parmesan’s IPCC paper, “A Globally Coherent Fingerprint of Climate Change Impacts across Natural Systems”,2 in which she reported that her model could distinguish between ecological disruptions due to landscape change versus climate change, and she argued that the evidence was clear that a multitude of species were undergoing a pole-ward expansions due to climate change.

clip_image002[2]First she failed to mention that the very species she used as a definitive example of climate change was moving northward as it recovered thanks to conservation efforts. More efficient animal husbandry had reduced grazing and the extermination of most of England’s rabbits by an introduced virus had caused the grasslands to become overgrown. The shaded grasslands had extirpated warmth­­­‑loving butterflies, relegating them to southern England. To save them from extinction, conservationists mowed critical habitat and encouraged more grazing, and soon warmth­­­‑loving butterflies expanded northward. But the good news was metamorphosed into a climate catastrophe, and perpetuated by the AAAS. Read more here

4. In “Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change” cited by the AAAS, Parmesan relayed the story of another climate disruption, “In the most-extreme cases, the southern edge [of a butterfly’s range] contracted concurrent with northern edge expansion. For example, the sooty copper (Heodes tityrus) was common in the Montseny region of central Catalonia in the 1920s, but modern sightings are only from the Pyrenees, 50 km to the north. Symmetrically, H. tityrus entered Estonia for the first time in 1998, by 1999 had established several successful breeding populations.”

clip_image002[3]Again she failed to mention that southern Montseny population was ironically extirpated due to conservation efforts not climate change. The Montseny region had been designated a natural preserve and grazing was prohibited. As a result the Sooty Copper lost its warm open grasslands as it converted to shady forest and shrub land. More disturbing was Parmesan altered her story. She had originally reported5 that the Sooty Copper’s northern expansion had been documented “first” in Estonia by 1942 – not 1998.

5. Again in “Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change” cited by the AAAS, Parmesan had argued global warming was causing amphibian extinctions writing, “Documented rapid loss of habitable climate space makes it no surprise that the first extinctions of entire species attributed to global warming are mountain-restricted species. Many cloud-forest-dependent amphibians have declined or gone extinct on a mountain in Costa Rica.”

clip_image002[4]Despite the AAAS’ stated intentions “that it is important and increasingly urgent for the public to know”, Parmesan and the AAAS did not report that virtually every shred of evidence has attributed those amphibian extinctions to a novel chytrid fungus spread by the pet trade and researchers. Amphibian extinctions were occurring in a pattern exactly opposite to global warming theory. Population of amphibians species were thriving in warmer habitat, but extirpated in cooler high elevations, or during the winter. Despite the consensus that virtually all amphibian deaths can be attributed to lost habitat or the spread of the deadly chytrid fungus, Parmesan continues to argue climate change killed the Golden Toad and other amphibians.6 If amphibian extinctions were truly their concern, this would be a good time for the AAAS to warn the public that moving tadpoles and frogs from one place to another spreads the disease and is a much bigger problem than climate change.

clip_image0046. Again in “Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change” cited by the AAAS, Parmesan argued Adelie Penguins were being decimated by climate change highlighting that “Adelie Penguins have declined by 70% on Anvers Island. “

clip_image002[5] The AAAS and Parmesan chose not to inform us of more good news of penguins nd climate change. Across 95% of coastline, the number of Adelie penguins has multiplied.10 Parmesan’s cherry-picked data focused on declines from just 5% of the Antarctic coastline, a coastline which is most sensitive to cycles of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Nino. Changes in the wind’s direction caused shifting patterns of snow accumulation, and the populations unaffected by heavier snow still remained on Anvers Island. At Dumont D’urville, Adelies increased “between 1984 and 2003 at a rate of 1.77% per year.” In the Ross Sea, home to 30% of the world’s Adelie penguins, populations tripled between the 1960s and the mid-1980s.16

7. In both papers cited by the AAAS,1,2 Parmesan had reported marine life was moving northward due to global warming. She wrote, “Decades of ecological and physiological research document that climatic variables are primary drivers of distributions and dynamics of marine plankton and fish”

clip_image002[6]Parmesan had cited papers that had indeed reported dramatic shifts in marine communities, but she failed to report that those authors had suspected or predicted those “climatic variables” were natural cycles. She and the AAAS failed to share with the public recent research that has now verified those natural cycles.

For example in both Parmesan papers she had cited the paper “Seventy Years’ Observations of changes in Distribution and Abundance of Zooplankton and intertidal Organisms in the Western English Channel in relation to Rising Sea Temperature,” in which she implied it was a fingerprint of CO2 warming. However the author had actually warned that northward movement could be cyclic writing, “To fully prove the effects of global warming, future changes in the marine biota must exceed those recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.”

To date the northward extension of cod and other well documented marine organisms have yet to reach the northern extent observed earlier in the 20th century.

Both papers also cited “Changes in an Assemblage of Temperate Reef Fishes Associated with a Climate Shift.” However the authors never attributed the changes to CO2 warming as Parmesan again implied. The authors reported that before 1976, there was no warming trend in the California Current, and ocean temperatures fluctuated around a lower average. Then after 1976, temperatures jumped higher and then fluctuated around a new higher average, but with no further warming trend. Holbrook cautioned, “The steep abundance declines on all levels were events that are not obvious predictions from present models of climate change.” In contrast to Parmesan’s interpretation, the authors suggested the climate shift was cyclical and they predicted the California Current would revert to cooler temperatures. They concluded the following decades “would provide a natural ‘test’ of our hypotheses” And indeed their prediction has come true.

Scientists have now documented the effects of Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) reported “the transition between the strong El Niño event in 1997–1998 and the 1998–1999 La Niña was possibly the most dramatic and rapid episode of climate change in modern times.” Mean summer ocean temperatures off the coast of Oregon decreased by 2°F beginning in 1999. Temperatures at some locations off the California coast fell by nearly 18°F between 1998 and 1999, and coastal sea levels were the lowest in at least 65 years. As the PDO persisted into its cool phase during the new millennium, warm-water fish like sardines declined moving southward and the more cold-loving anchovies and smelts increased by an order of magnitude.9 The natural regime shift hypothesis was confirmed. It is also noteworthh the AAAS did not mention that the consensus derived from Argo data, now reports the upper 300 meters of the oceans have not warmed or cooled since 2003.13

8. In the paper cited by the AAAS, Parmesan reinforced her illusory claim about global warming driving butterflies northward and upward by cherry-picking a Eric Beever paper that claimed global warming was driving the pika upward. She reported “in the Great Basin of the western United States, 7 out of 25 re-censused populations of the pika were extinct since being recorded in the 1930s.” She failed to mention that the paper only represented a small group of previously known populations, located in isolated habitat and not readily re-colonized, and in all sites vegetation was heavily grazed.

clip_image006clip_image002[7]We now know far more about the pika, and again the AAAS failed to convey the good news that would assuage any climate fears. There are now more known pika populations than ever before, and they are being found in hotter habitats and at lower elevations. “In total, 19% of the currently known populations are found at lower elevations than ever documented by any study during the early 1900s”14 Even 2 of Beever’s original “extinct” populations have now returned.

Dr. Andrew Smith is one of the world’s leading pika experts and he recently testified against listing the pika as endangered by global warming writing, “I grimace at the hyperbole of the current PR campaign to make the pika an endangered species, as I similarly decry the loss of scientific objectivity and/or the failure of those embarking on this campaign to recognize that the USFWS, State of California and IUCN have all objectively not listed the pika as endangered.”

9. Again in “Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change” cited by the AAAS, Parmesan had reported that, “polar bears have suffered significant population declines at opposite geographic boundaries. At their southern range boundary (Hudson Bay), polar bears are declining both in numbers and in mean body weight (Stirling et al. 1999).”

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clip_image002[8]Again Parmesan and the AAAS avoided telling the public the good news. They failed to mention that in same paper (Stirling et al. 1999), polar bears had nearly tripled since the 1980s when hunting stopped, and by 1987 had reached the region’s carrying capacity of between 900 and 1100 bears. Despite predictions that the bears should have declined to just 600 by now, the most recent survey reveals the bears are still at carrying capacity with more than 1000 bears.15 All indicators show the productivity of the Arctic food web has improved from phytoplankton, to cod to ringed seals to bears. Although Parmesan cited another Stirling paper,12 she failed to mention that he reported it is heavy ice causing food web declines, “Heavy ice conditions in the mid-1970s and mid-1980s caused significant declines in productivity of ringed seals, each of which lasted about 3 years and caused similar declines in the natality of polar bears and survival of subadults, after which reproductive success and survival of both species increased again.”

And they failed to update us on more good news that since 1997 the condition of polar bears in the Hudson Bay has been steadily improving

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As the Inuit steadfastly argue, “It is the Time of the Most Polar Bears,” and as Daniel Shewchuk, Nunavut’s Minister of Environment, wrote in 2010 “No known environmental or other factors are currently posing a significant or immediate threat to polar bears overall.”

Far from alleged ecosystem collapse due to global warming, the biological icons of climate catastrophe have either recovered and are now thriving, or their demise has been clearly due to non-climatic factors like the introduced chytrid fungus and landscape changes, or the their fluctuations have been caused by changing weather associated with natural cycles. The AAAS report fails to honestly relay “What We Know” regards the climate and the state of our ecosystems. They simply rehashed outdated stories to promote fear of ecosystem collapse. The report would be more accurately titled, “What Alarmists Want You to Believe”.

Dr. Pielke nailed it. The AAAS report as “an embarrassment to the scientific community.”

Segments of this essay are Adapted from several chapters in Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism by Jim Steele

Literature Cited

1. Parmesan, C. (2006). Ecological and evolutionary responses to recent climate change. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 37, 637669.

2. Parmesan, C. and Yohe, G. (2003). A globally coherent fingerprint of climate change impacts across natural systems. Nature, 421, 37-42.

3. Parmesan C. 1996. Climate and species’ range. Nature 382:765–66

4. Parmesan C, Root TL, Willig MR. 2000. Impacts of extreme weather and climate

on terrestrial biota. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 81:443–50

5. Parmesan C, Ryrholm N, Stefanescu C, Hill JK, Thomas CD, et al. 1999. Poleward

shifts in geographical ranges of butterfly species associated with regionalwarming. Nature 399:579–83

6. Parmesan, C., et al. (2011) Overstretching attribution. Nature Climate Change, vol. 1, April 2011

7. Holbrook, S., et al., (1997) Changes in an Assemblage of Temperate Reef Fishes Associated with a Climate Shift. Ecological Applications, vol. 7,p. 1299-1310

8. Southward, A. et al. (1995) Seventy Years’ Observations of changes in Distribution and Abundance of Zooplankton and intertidal Organisms in the Western English Channel in relation to Rising Sea Temperature. J. Thermal Biology. vol. 20, p. 127-155.

9. Peterson,W., and Schwing,F., (2003) A new climate regime in northeast pacific ecosystems. Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 30, p. 1896, doi:10.1029/2003GL017528

10. Ainley, D., et al., (2010) Antarctic penguin response to habitat change as Earth’s troposphere reaches 2°C above preindustrial levels. Ecological Monographs, vol. 80, p. 49–66

11. Stirling, I. et al. (1999) Long-term Trends in the Population Ecology of Polar Bears in Western Hudson Bay in Relation to Climatic Change. Arctic vol . 52, p. 294-306.

12. Stirling, I. (2002) Polar Bears and Seals in the Eastern Beaufort Sea and Amundsen Gulf: A Synthesis of Population Trends and Ecological Relationships over Three Decades. Arctic, vol. 55, p. 59-76

13. Xue, Y., et al., (2012) A Comparative Analysis of Upper-Ocean Heat Content Variability from an Ensemble of Operational Ocean Reanalyses. Journal of Climate, vol 25, 6905-6929.

14. A. Smith, C. Millar, R. Westfall and D. Hik. (2009) North American pikas: population status, thermal environments, and periglacial processes. 2009 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

15. Atkinson, S. (2012) Western Hudson Bay Polar Bear Aerial, 2011. Government of Nunavut, Department of the Interior.

16. From the chapter “Top Ten Reasons Why Rising CO2 Has Not Harmed Adelie Penguins, in in Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism by Jim Steele

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Scientists are doing to Science in only a few short years what the Church couldn’t accomplish in centuries.

RB

Parmesan? Looks like a real life example of “Do you want some cheese with that whine?”

Francois GM

I think most would agree that this essay is very important. Well-written and well-researched. There is tons of information to digest. Any chance of making it a stickie for a few days ?

For Jim Watson: Science has actually become the new church, with as many as not more of the evils that the old medieval church had.
Institutions change, but people never do. It’s the same old serpent, as Lincoln said.
It’s worth looking at Lincoln’s words, because he understood the nature of the beast intimately. Now in this passage he was discussing the evil of slavery; but it clearly applies to anyone who would think themselves “superior” enough to decide what’s best for people in spite of what THEY want. The attitudes toward the “inferior race” of his day are the exact same attitudes that the environmental movement has towards the average working class people of today.
“Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world.
“You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it.
“Turn it whatever way you will—whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of his country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent.” — Abraham Lincoln. Speech at Chicago, Illinois | July 10, 1858

It seems ironic anyone skeptical must pay money be a member of the AAAS in order to be both ignored as a skeptic and also to be unwillingly associated with their integrity reduction on climate science.
For a skeptic it is sort of like pay-as-you-go scientific masochism.
John

gregjxn

Wow, that was great! This is the kind of info that it is nearly impossible for the novice follower of these issues to figure out for himself.

William McClenney

Jim Watson says:
March 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm
&
RB says:
March 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm
Both, well said. I have terminated memberships now in every scientific society I have ever been a member in, They are not science related anymore, they are churches.

Greg

Parmesan cheese stinks, So does Parmesan science.

I’m left wondering how and why papers like these could have been published in the first place, when it was known at the time that they were incomplete. Any competent peer reviewer would have known about the other relevant papers and therefore that the facts were being misreported. It suggests that the journals were at fault, yet I see Nature as the main one in which these papers were published. Has Nature really sunk so low as to choose incompetent reviewers who were unaware of the state of the art in these research areas?

Bruce Cobb

They should now be called the AAAP – American Association for the Advancement of Pseudoscience.

Sounds to me that this “scientist” needs to be arrested for fraud.

Mark Besse

This blog highlights the great problem with climatic change: defining what is normal. Be it temperature, weather or species populations and ranges. Our perspective is so narrow.
While there is plenty of real scientific inquiry available in these fields the current alarmist antics will ruin these true science research for years to come.

She’s nothing but a HACK & I emailed her & told her so. What a shame she’s teaching this crap to the kids @UT, who believe what they are told by these lying professors.

Jimbo

Now if this essay was to be narrated on a documentary on the BBC tomorrow at 7pm, what would people say? Ha ha, this is why they don’t like debating, their fabrications would be easily found out.
Polar bears, penguins, butterflies, pikas, why are they all so cute AND declining? Why not declining numbers of rats, fleas, wasps, cockroaches, poisonous jellyfish, Black Widow spiders, termites, blood sucking mites, ticks, teeth plaque, bed bugs???

geran

Thank you Jim Steele for putting this together–a most valuable read!

Jimbo

British butterflies hate climate change. Last summer they were decimated dontcha know. They panicked and ran uphill!!!

BBC – 16 September 2013
Hot summer helps boost butterflies
…Conservationists described the results as a relief following the washout summer of 2012….
…The sustained warm weather over the summer provided “perfect” conditions for a boom in butterflies and day-flying moths according to experts….
“Put simply, butterflies are cold-blooded creatures that rely on the warmth of the sun in order to be active,” said Butterfly Conservation’s survey manager Richard Fox.
“The hot summer this year meant that some butterfly species, which were in their early life cycle stages when the heat wave began were able to capitalise on it giving rise to high numbers of adults during the count in late July and early August.”
Flying in the face of recent worrying declines, sightings of small tortoiseshells and peacocks rose by a staggering 388% and 3,500% respectively on 2012 figures.

UK butterflies are just a thing of the past. Children cannot possible know what a butterfly is. And it’s all for the grand kids too.

Peter Ward says: I’m left wondering how and why papers like these could have been published in the first place.
I would suggest the problem is partly due to the misapplication of meta-analyses that erroneously combine several local studies to create a virtual average change. For example, to use a fanciful analogy, let’s say a man places his head in the oven and his feet in the freezer, and then calls the doctors to determine his pain. One doctor examines the head and suggests he remove his head from the oven. The other examines the feet and suggests he remove his feet from the freezer. However the third doctor sits at home on his computer and asks the other doctors to send him their analyses, and after performing a meta-analyses tells the patient that he is just imagining his because on average the patient is doing just fine, and advises him to see a shrink.
Mis-applied meta-analyses create false virtual realities because the resulting average statistic is a chimera of unrelated dynamics. Statistics 101 tells us an average is only meaningful if it sampling a homogenous population. Averaging the toes in the freezer to get an average body temperature at that location is a valid average. However averaging the head and the feet violates all statistical rules. That’s why the doctor’s meta-analyses of the patients condition was not just worthless but damaging.
Likewise CO2 driven global climate models are built to recreate a chimeric global average that conflates landscape changes, natural ocean and atmospheric cycles, and grenhouse gases to create a global average. However as in our analogy, those models fail miserably to replicate local temperatures. Similarly those global climate models underestimated the loss of Arctic sea ice while simultaneously failing to predict the growth of Antarctic sea ice. (See why the local sea ice dynamics are so different http://landscapesandcycles.net/antarctic-sea-ice–climate-change-indicator.html)
The Parmesan studies cited by the AAAS are meta-analyses that mistakenly conflate several local dynamics into a an erroneous average change, that is then blind to the original local conditions. Nature Climate Change just published another meta-analyses of shifting marine life “Global imprint of climate change on marine life” by by Poloczanska, and it appears Parmesan was involved in mentoring in the art of bad meta-analyses, misinterpreting the effects of natural ocean oscillations.

bladeshearer

Unsurprisingly, Dr. Parmesan is one of the host of climate scientists falsely claiming to be a “Nobel Prize winner.” These people have no shame.

Jimbo

A Globally Coherent Fingerprint of Climate Change Impacts across Natural Systems

It was written in 2003! What are their geographic positions today? Ah well, maybe they are now headed downhill and back towards the equator due to bitter recent winters.
Ecosystem changes are just a thing of the present. Children of the past won’t know what an ecosystem change is.

Abstract
The regime shift of the 1920s and 1930s in the North Atlantic
During the 1920s and 1930s, there was a dramatic warming of the northern North Atlantic Ocean. Warmer-than-normal sea temperatures, reduced sea ice conditions and enhanced Atlantic inflow in northern regions continued through to the 1950s and 1960s, with the timing of the decline to colder temperatures varying with location. Ecosystem changes associated with the warm period included a general northward movement of fish……
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2006.02.011

True Conservative

Peter Ward
You can bet these were all “peer reviewed” papers [Parmesan’s], too! Of course, they’re peer reviewed by other members of the cult of warmists that publish this fetid stuff. I’m guessing that Steele needn’t be worried about being asked to peer review any of the cult’s future papers? :>)

a jones

Ah but did you know that the original English word was FLUTTERBYE. It seems to have changed sometime in the 17th century to butterfly. Me i Iprefer flutterbye.
Kindest Regards

Alan Robertson

Mr. Steele,
Thank you for bringing this information to light. Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many examples of this sort of malfeasance from the “scientific community”.

Jimbo

Parmesan stinks to high heavens.

R. de Haan

All this doesn’t prevent Hillary Clinton to call for a mass movement to fight Climate Change.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/22/hillary-clinton-climate-change_n_5015203.html
There is something substantially wrong with Hillary.
Her quest for money has affected her ability to think.
Why else would she compare Putin with Hitler and tell the world the truth about the Benghazi Attack doesn’t matter?
No doubt many Americans will vote for her if she participates the next Presidential run.
Clinton is not the only person who obviously has lost her ability to think.

milodonharlani

Jim Watson says:
March 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm
CACA acolytes are jealous of the power of the Church to burn heretics, which is what they’ve made clear that they’d like to do to skeptics, ie “deniers”. At a minimum. Hanging until not quite dead, castration, drawing & quartering would be preferable for those who dare challenge the CACA orthodoxy.

Jimbo

Parmesan had argued global warming was causing amphibian extinctions writing, “Documented rapid loss of habitable climate space makes it no surprise that the first extinctions of entire species attributed to global warming are mountain-restricted species.

Of course Parmesan is correct. Now check out my previous rebuttals here, here and here. Tip: it’s on the boots and tires of concerned researchers. So sad.

Jimbo

Abstract
Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change
[Camille Parmesan]
http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.37.091305.110100

That was written in 2006! The weather, as opposed to the climate, might have changed since then.I don’t know about Adelie Penguins but I do know about their Emperors without clothes. It really is getting much worse than we thought. We must act back in the day!

Live Science – April 13, 2012
Emperor Penguin Numbers Double Previous Estimates, Satellites Show
…”It surprised us that we approximately doubled the population estimate,” said Peter Fretwell, a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey and lead author of a paper published today in the journal PLoS One….
http://www.livescience.com/19677-emperor-penguin-numbers-double-previous-estimates-satellites-show.html

R. de Haan

Talking about “an embarrassment to the scientific community” and MSM, in this case the loss making Guardian claiming that Climate Change is as certain as Auswitz.
Who is going to sew this BBC dependance and make the Guardian pay for all the BS they send into the world.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/03/23/Climate-Change-As-Certain-As-Auschwitz-claims-Guardian

James Strom

Thanks for putting all this stuff together, Jim. The refutation relies on a level of detail that would probably not come to the attention of the lay reader, or even of a biologist who didn’t happen to work in exactly the right field. What’s more, it’s an indication that other similar population studies should be put under the microscope.

Bill Illis

There is just a large group of people who believe in this theory and, in the case of the AAAS, the money that it delivers.
The theory will continue until 30 years or so of no temperature increases occur and the AAAS-type people will remain in place as long as the money keeps flowing.
Where are temperatures going. Flat for 17-25 years depending on how one views the impact of the volcanoes. But there may be a very large El Niño coming. It could just as easily be cooled off by the generally cool water conditions in the eastern Pacific, but if that does not happen, temps will be heading up in short order.
When will the flow of money stop or slow down. One needs to have non-left-wing parties in power for several years. Given the general demographics, this is probably not going to happen without very popular leaders for the ring-wing parties. If you want to stop the flow of money to global warming, help the leaders and the parties.

NikFromNYC

The graphical red flags are ingeniously effective.

Jimbo

Pika this and pika that.

Abstract
Seasonal thermogenesis and body mass regulation in plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae)
Changes in photoperiod, ambient temperature and food availability trigger seasonal acclimatization in physiology and behavior of many animals. In the present study, seasonal adjustments in body mass and in several physiological, hormonal, and biochemical markers were examined in wild-captured plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae) from the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. Our results showed that plateau pikas maintained a relatively constant body mass throughout the year and showed no seasonal changes in body fat mass and circulating levels of serum leptin……..
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-006-0469-1

Jimbo

Peter Ward says:
March 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm
I’m left wondering how and why papers like these could have been published in the first place,….

It’s a circle jerk with lots of bollocks.
• A ‘proposal’ linking shite to climate,
• money paid into an account,
• pal review of a very nudge, nudge and friendly kind
• published and paid for results
• we must act now on the ever changing climate. It’s as simple as that.

eyesonu

Excellent presentation and very well written. Thank you.
I hope this travels far and wide. Parmesan’s employers past and current would be a good start.
I will send a link to my Congressional Senate Reps but it will be a waste of time. Their staffers seem to do a lot of screening. Would be nice to see a big upset in November.

michael hart

Global warming Bolognese, or just a load of AAAS?

John V. Wright

“Actual butterflies never moved.” The line that says it all. Nice research. And for Ms Parmesan, what an absolutely crushing humiliation.

Brad

If we were discussing financial ( it really is financial, right?) misdoings, wouldn’t the person(s) responsible be in jail?

milodonharlani

Excellent essay on the corruption of science that began in the US with the population bomb & nuclear winter movements. Both promulgated by Marxists who wanted to establish Lysenkoism in the US as soon as it was discredited in the USSR:
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-end-of-science.html
The astronomical Dr. Sagan at least had the decency to die upon falsification, unlike his comrade Ehrlich.

kim

Great Flutterbyes drank
Deep of poisoned flowers.
Wings flap, flag, flawed.
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Ossqss

Nice Job!
How many pieces of this climate puzzle do those models take into Consideration properly again?
They do set policy……..
Do they actually account for anthropogenic relocations?
Does anyone actually know how the climate models are coded? I think it a legitimate question…

dp

It makes me suspicious when they say plants move. Plants don’t move – they die in place. New plants of a type will emerge where conditions for life and reproduction exist – just like the current and previous plants. Plants won’t survive where there are no pollinators. They may try, but it lasts a single generation. Plants have little to say about where their seeds will germinate. They need a distribution system. It may be as simple as the wind or it may need to be carried in the bowels of an animal. Plants just don’t move. It isn’t just a matter of confusing language. There are no ambulatory asters. I’m reminded of the butterfly die-off hoax.
If this has only been their awkward way of saying the range of some plants is moving up slope at both the high and the low elevations then that is an interesting science fact. Does anyone doubt this is designed into the plants for their survival, and that this characteristic has been exploited by plants all over the globe during times of true and extreme climate change as when the Holocene began? That they are expanding into areas where life is good? All the trees in my neighborhood moved in after the thousands of feet thick Cordilleran ice sheet receded. Thank God they had that capability. Does anyone think it is the end times because corn and wheat can adapt to the prairies of Canada? Just as aside, the fellow who planted the trees on my property brought many of them as seeds from Germany (alpine spruce) and California (giant redwoods) – not trees one associates with Seattle. They’re doing fine at 55 years of age.
Life has one other cruel truth – nothing is forever. The mega fauna are gone. Life is like that. Only cockroaches and sharks get a pass.

bones

Sloppy scholarship is not just a recent problem with AAAS. I dropped my membership ten years ago.

““As the world has gotten hotter, many of the world’s plants and animals, on land and in the oceans, have begun moving toward the poles”.
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In the early ’70s when the global cooling scam was in full swing, there was an article in the Christian Science Monitor claiming that armadillos in the US were migrating southward to escape the encroaching cold.
Equator or poles – equator or poles! What’s a species to do?

Latitude

Thank you Jim Steel……

TrueNorthist

I just bought Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism by Jim Steele. It joins my increasingly large collection of fine works by real scientists and will soon reside where my collection of Scientific American magazines used to be. Those found their way into my burn barrel some time ago. As appropriate an end for that pulp if ever there was one!

pat

R. de Haan says –
“Clinton is not the only person who obviously has lost her ability to think”
well, here is our Conservative Govt in Australia, which supposedly was voted in to get rid of all things “carbon”, ready now to LEAD the world in CAGW madness:
23 March: Guardian: Oliver Milman: Greg Hunt confident of ‘helping’ China, US, India and EU cut carbon emissions
Environment minister says Australia will use G20 presidency as catalyst for new deal
Hunt said Australia would use its presidency of the G20 as a “catalyst” to help the “G4” – the US, China, the European Union and India – complete the groundwork for a new deal to lower emissions.
But the minister faced scepticism and heckling as he argued for the government’s environmental credentials at a Melbourne forum…
Hunt said the annual G20 talks, to be held in Brisbane in November, would be used to facilitate a long-term deal even though climate change is not on the official itinerary for the event.
“As we head towards 2050 the great global challenge is to have a real and genuine agreement and that has to involve the G4,” he told the Doctors for the Environment conference in Melbourne.
“We are proposing bringing together the largest four sources of emissions as a catalyst for a 2015 agreement. I don’t think the US and China will bind themselves legally but I think they will make a real and genuine commitment.
“Our task is to work towards not just the 2020 outcome but towards a global agreement through to 2030 and 2040 and leading into 2050.”…
Dr Kingsley Faulkner, national chairman of Doctors for the Environment, told Guardian Australia that the healthcare sector was increasingly concerned about the prospect of worse heatwaves, and many doctors were critical of the Coalition’s climate-change policies.
“I think the Australian Medical Association will get more involved in lobbying on this, as they previously have with tobacco,” he said. “I made the point to [Hunt] that history will be very critical of him and this government if the country does not pull its weight”…
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/greg-hunt-confident-of-helping-china-us-india-and-eu-cut-carbon-emissions
2011: Doctors for the Environment: “Coal a Health Hazard” Say Doctors
Health advocate against tobacco, Dr Kingsley Faulkner has turned his sights on coal as a major direct and indirect health hazard.
“Australia is addicted to coal and we need to embrace alternatives to our reliance on it, as it is making many of us sick.” said Dr Faulkner…
Doctors for the Environment Australia is a voluntary organisation of medical practitioners who advocate that a change from coal generated power to renewable sources is vital to ensure that the health standards of present and future generations can be maintained.
http://dea.org.au/news/article/coal_a_health_hazard_say_doctors

RMF

We skeptics and questioners should adopt the pika as our mascot. Put one of those cuties on a nice poster that says, “we’re alive!” We can trout it out whenever we’re told, “the science is settled, there is no debate.”

CRS, DrPH

Thank you, Prof. Steele, that is a fine essay! As an environmental biologist by education, I get miffed when many of the effects we see (coral die-off etc) are blamed upon “climate change,” when in reality, other natural and anthropogenic drivers lay at fault. You correctly identify land-use patterns, and discharge of pollutants from sewage treatment and other sources drive many of these phenomena. Technological fixes for most of these are readily available, I wish the AAAS crowd and their ilk would stop distracting us from more cost-effective & valuable priorities to improve the environment.

kcom

Two points. One, this finally explains the line of butterflies and walking plants with little hobo bags on sticks slung over their shoulders that I see outside my house every day. They’re all heading north but they wouldn’t tell me why. Now I understand.
Point two, and much more seriously, chalk up 11 (or is it 13?) papers for Lewandowsky to count in his “97% support catastrophic man-made global warming” shtick. It doesn’t matter if anything in them is true or accurate, but hey, they support the idea of catastrophic man-made global warming so it’s a win all around.

dragineez

I thank you for pointing out my greatest fear about the global warming scare mongering. Those that tout this theory glory in portraying those that disagree as not being, shall we say, “environmentally friendly”. That couldn’t be further from the truth. My dismay is that, because they all too often advocate positions that cannot be defended, all environmental concern can also be summarily dismissed. They damage both environmentalism and science in general. If they were to adhere to scientific principal instead of political advocacy I – and everyone else – could take them more seriously.