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these, the collapse of the climate critics’ last real bastion, namely that satellites and ra- diosondes show no significant warming in the past quarter century. Reference 1910 de- scribes the issues with the satellite and sonde data that gave the incorrect appearance of no trend.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2009/s2772906.htm gives the transcript (and link to vodcast) of a debate broadcast by the BC, where Plimer was accused of fraud on the

basis of turning the content of his cited reference to Keller through 180 degrees.18

77. p. 382: In fact, satellites and radiosondes show that there is no global warming.1918


erence 1918 is the same reference as 1910 and so the comments in item 76 apply equally here — [TL].

78. p. 398: attempts to use only stalagmite ring widths to ascertain climate variation shows that there is no relationship between stalagmite ring width and tree rings in the same area.199 when in fact reference 1990 makes no mention of tree rings — [email contribu-


7 9 . p . 4 0 1 : I c e c o r e s a l s o r e c o r d h u m a n a c t i v i t y . . . . T h e i n c r e a s e i n C O 2



and methane2


is also recorded. Reference 2001 refers to measurement of samples from the atmosphere, not from bubbles in an ice core.

8 0 . p . 4 0 2 : M e a s u r e m e n t s o f C O 2 m e t h a n e a n d t e m p e r a t u r e i n i c e c o r e s s h o w a s a w - t o o t pattern2 5. Reference 2005 [Dahl-Jensen et al., 1998] presents no data on CO2 or methane. The longest temperature record is 50,000 years – to short to show the 100,000 year saw- tooth pattern. h

8 1 . p . 4 0 2 : T h e r e w a s n o t i p p i n g p o i n t a n d t h e t e m p e r a t u r e - C O 2 p l o t s c l e a r l y s h o w e d t h a t t h e r i s e i n t e m p e r a t u r e w a s s t o p p e d b y s o m e t h i n g o t h e r t h a n C O 2 . 2 7 c o m p a r i s o n w i reference 2007, a paper by Wunsch, reveals that the paper does not discuss any aspect of CO2. t h

82. p. 402: New high resolution studies over the last 450,000 years of ostok core show that a t a l l t i m e s o f c o l d t o w a r m t r a n s i t i o n s , t e m p e r a t u r e r i s e i s f o l l o w e d b y a r i s e i n C O 2 s o m e

800 years later.2


Reference 2009 [Caillon et al., 2003] only analyses a period between

230,000 and 255,000 years ago (spanning ‘Termination III’), thus does not analyse the last 450,000 years and so does not justify claims about all times of cold to warm transitions.

83. p. 407:

ctual measurements for 2007 show that it was one of the coldest years this

century and the coldest since 1995. Compare to figure 1 on page 11 of Heaven + Earth. The claim ‘coldest since 1995’ is clearly untrue. Calling it ‘one of the coldest this century(i.e. not even the coldest) is fairly insignificant with only 8 or 9 years (depending on whether you regard the century as beginning on 1/1/2000 or 1/1/2001).

18The transcript notes the page as 383, rather than 381, 382 (as reference 1918), or my original incorrect 379. This may indicate a different edition of the book.


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