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he answer that question?

The heck he will.

nd it is, again, I say, the height of bad manners not to

answer the very straightforward question which has been put to you, but you can’t answer it because you

have made up the facts.

I N PLIMER: scientists. . . .

nd

why

does

Mr

Monbiot

use

blog

sites

where

the

bloggers

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paid

to

smear

GEORGE MONBIOT: gain, pure distraction. You are again evading the question, you are evading the issues. It’s just a fascinating exercise in evasion and distraction. Why won’t Professor Plimer ever answer the straightforward questions that are put to him?

I N PLIMER: Well let me give you a straightforward question. TONY JONES: OK, I’m sorry. I’m gonna have to cut it off there . . .

dditional information

The RealClimate website provides links to various critiques of Heaven + Earth. http://www.realclimate.org/wiki/index.php?title= an_Plimer

The

ikipedia article on Heaven + Earth has links to many comments on the book.

Temperature data

Normal practice, appropriate for a scrupulous and scholarly analysis, is to reference the original sources of data that are used. One reason for this is to simplify the process of checking — facilitating the usual and genuine scepticism in science. The other reason is to ensure that those who did the real work get the credit. This is becoming increasingly important as computer- generated metrics are increasingly applied to decisions on funding and career advancement.

Several of the analyses in this document use data downloaded from: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/

  • file hadcru3gl.txt, downloaded 2009/6/1, is monthly global mean temperature anomalies.

The website from which the data were downloaded indicates that the appropriate scientific citations for these data are:

  • Brohan, P., J.J. Kennedy, I. Harris, S.F.B. Tett and P.D. Jones, 2006: Uncertainty esti- mates in regional and global observed temperature changes: a new dataset from 1850. J. Geophysical Research 111, D12106, doi:10.1029/2005JD006548 — vailable as PDF.

  • Jones, P.D., New, M., Parker, D.E., Martin, S. and Rigor, I.G., 1999: Surface air temper- ature and its variations over the last 150 years. Reviews of Geophysics 37, 173-199.

  • Rayner, N. ., P. Brohan, D.E. Parker, C.K. Folland, J.J. Kennedy, M. Vanicek, T. nsell and S.F.B. Tett, 2006: Improved analyses of changes and uncertainties in marine tempera- ture measured in situ since the mid-nineteenth century: the HadSST2 dataset. J. Climate,

19, 446-469.

  • Rayner, N. ., Parker, D.E., Horton, E.B., Folland, C.K.,

lexander, L.V, Rowell, D.P.,

Kent, E.C. and Kaplan, ., 2003: Globally complete analyses of sea surface temperature, sea ice and night marine air temperature, 1871-2000. J. Geophysical Research 108, 4407, doi:10.1029/2002JD002670.

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