BBC: The most curious piece of evidence of institutional AGW bias

From “Yes, John: Steve Jones Is Wrong And The BBC Totally Unbalanced On Climate Change“, 1 year 3 days ago on this site – see what happens when everybody including the Head of Comedy is pushed to insert climate change / global warming in their BBC output:

[…] I can now present […] the most curious piece of evidence yet of BBC’s institutional bias in favor of AGW proponents and away from skepticism.

And yes, this evidence makes a mockery of Steve Jones’ allegations too. Introducing Spiked Online and Patrick West’s experience with various language courses in Italian, and in particular the words dedicated to the BBC (my emphasis):

I’m currently on the second volume of the BBC’s Active Talk Italian Course. The two books and CD companions contain some bizarre diversions, Talk Italian 2 (2007) especially so. This volume is rich fare for those convinced that the BBC is governed by a liberal-left cabal, aging hippies and proselytising environmentalists.

Much of Talk Italian 2 is concerned with asking for directions in the rustic campagna of Tuscany and Umbria, where one would expect BBC bigwigs and well-to-do liberal-left champions of the corporation to take their vacations. A chapter is devoted to renting and buying luxury property (In zona panoramica e comoda… quattro camere, due bagni, cantine di 50mq, garage e giardino… Prezzo: €840,000). This no doubt appeals to Italy-loving Islingtonians who think holidaying in Spain is for the ghastly hoi polloi and that the south of France is a repository for the vulgar bourgeoisie.

The section in Talk Italian 2 on telling the time casually envisages a scenario of ‘Jorge’ and ‘Alessandro’ co-ordinating a meeting at a climate-change conference: Il cambiamento climatico: rischio per la biodiversità marina. The reader is invited to insert the Italian for ‘we start’ in the following ominous sentence ‘_____ alle dieci e un quarto con il discorso del Ministro sul cambiamento climatico’ (answer:Cominciamo) (1). Whatever happened to time-keeping dialogues simply based on railway enquiries?

On visiting the doctor, a further chapter asks you how to recognise notices for ‘alternative solutions’: medicina olistica, agopuntura, omeopatia, meditazione. Would you like to mettere in armonia le dimensioni fisiche, emotive, spirituali e sociali della persona? When ‘Simona’ complains of having l’influenza and asks for some painkillers, you, her hypothetical friend, are inveigled to suggest a superior alternative: Io ho un prodotto omeopatico molto efficace (2). Simona ought to reply Che stronzata! (3)

Some translation to help:

(1) “We start at quarter past ten with a speech by the Secretary of State for Climate Change”

(2) “I’ve got a very effective homeopathic medicine”

(3) “What a load of bull!”

[…]

Cretins United For Climate Change

I have seen replies from several warmists today claiming that 28Gate, the revelation that the list of the Jan 26 2006 participants to a BBC/CMEP seminar has been on the ‘net all along. is a non-story. Well, let’s agree with them, shall we.

The BBC has spent untold amounts of money to prevent the non-story from happening. Evidently, those warmists believe that there is no story in discovering the BBC wasting a lot of money on lawyers for no reason at all.

The BBC has fielded six lawyers against a lawyer-less pensioner to defend its right not to do anything about a non-story. Evidently, those warmists believe that there is no story when a Big Corporation tries the squash the Little Guy.

The BBC Trust has disseminated untruths: either the Jan 26 2006 meeting was not as important as claimed by the Trust (so, the Trust’s story was not true) or the participants were not as scientifically expert as claimed by the Trust (so, the Trust’s story was not true). Is this a non-story? If it is, those warmists are saying it is so common for the BBC Trust to mislead the public, there is no news about it.

There we have it then: if 28Gate is a non-story, the BBC Trust is revealed as usually untrue, the BBC as a public-money-wasting machine, and the democratic rights of the individual as betrayed without anybody worrying about them. What a nice description of the world the average CAGWer inhabits.

ps not a single pingback from warmist blogs in the day this site got 20,000 visitors. Plenty of shock to recover from, hence the lack of arguments.

Why the List of Participants to the BBC CMEP Jan 2006 Seminar is important

updated Nov 13 23:29: those four were not actually “low level”

updated Nov 18 10:20: added direct link to Bruce’s comment

Yesterday night this site has seen the second large journalistic scoop of my life (so far): “Full List of Participants to the BBC CMEP Seminar on 26 January 2006” (here’s the first one: “World Exclusive: CIA 1974 Document Reveals Emptiness of AGW Scares, Closes Debate On Global Cooling Consensus (And More…)“).

Here’s a summary of why such a list if very important, thanks to Bruce Hoult in a Bishop Hill comment I wish I knew how to link to:

  • This is incredible. In Jan 2006 the BBC held a meeting of “the best scientific experts” to decide BBC policy on climate change reporting (t)
  • The BBC has been in court blocking FOI attempts to get the list of the 28 attendees, but it’s just been discovered on the wayback machine (t)
  • It turns out that only 3 were current scientists (all alarmists). The rest were activists or journalists (t)
  • The BBC sent four low level representatives: Peter Rippon, Steve Mitchell, Helen Boaden, George Enwistle. All have since risen to power. (t)
  • Amazingly, those are also the exact four who have thus far resigned this week over the false paedophilia accusations against Lord McAlpine. (t)

For more background read Andrew Montford’s “Conspiracy of Green” and Andrew Orlowski’s recent article “FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named“.

Full List of Participants to the BBC CMEP Seminar on 26 January 2006

This list has been obtained legally.

This is for Tony, Andrew, Benny, Barry and for all of us Harmless Davids.

January 26th 2006,

BBC Television Centre, London
Specialists:
Robert May, Oxford University and Imperial College London
Mike Hulme, Director, Tyndall Centre, UEA
Blake Lee-Harwood, Head of Campaigns, Greenpeace
Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
Michael Bravo, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Andrew Dlugolecki, Insurance industry consultant
Trevor Evans, US Embassy
Colin Challen MP, Chair, All Party Group on Climate Change
Anuradha Vittachi, Director, Oneworld.net
Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation
Claire Foster, Church of England
Saleemul Huq, IIED
Poshendra Satyal Pravat, Open University
Li Moxuan, Climate campaigner, Greenpeace China
Tadesse Dadi, Tearfund Ethiopia
Iain Wright, CO2 Project Manager, BP International
Ashok Sinha, Stop Climate Chaos
Andy Atkins, Advocacy Director, Tearfund
Matthew Farrow, CBI
Rafael Hidalgo, TV/multimedia producer
Cheryl Campbell, Executive Director, Television for the Environment
Kevin McCullough, Director, Npower Renewables
Richard D North, Institute of Economic Affairs
Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Labs
Joe Smith, The Open University
Mark Galloway, Director, IBT
Anita Neville, E3G
Eleni Andreadis, Harvard University
Jos Wheatley, Global Environment Assets Team, DFID
Tessa Tennant, Chair, AsRia
BBC attendees:
Jana Bennett, Director of Television
Sacha Baveystock, Executive Producer, Science
Helen Boaden, Director of News
Andrew Lane, Manager, Weather, TV News
Anne Gilchrist, Executive Editor Indies & Events, CBBC
Dominic Vallely, Executive Editor, Entertainment
Eleanor Moran, Development Executive, Drama Commissioning
Elizabeth McKay, Project Executive, Education
Emma Swain, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual
Fergal Keane, (Chair), Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Fran Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering
George Entwistle, Head of TV Current Affairs
Glenwyn Benson, Controller, Factual TV
John Lynch, Creative Director, Specialist Factual
Jon Plowman, Head of Comedy
Jon Williams, TV Editor Newsgathering
Karen O’Connor, Editor, This World, Current Affairs
Catriona McKenzie, Tightrope Pictures catriona@tightropepictures.com

BBC Television Centre, London (cont)
Liz Molyneux, Editorial Executive, Factual Commissioning
Matt Morris, Head of News, Radio Five Live
Neil Nightingale, Head of Natural History Unit
Paul Brannan, Deputy Head of News Interactive
Peter Horrocks, Head of Television News
Peter Rippon, Duty Editor, World at One/PM/The World this Weekend
Phil Harding, Director, English Networks & Nations
Steve Mitchell, Head Of Radio News
Sue Inglish, Head Of Political Programmes
Frances Weil, Editor of News Special Events

At the BBC it is mostly a matter of (lost) trust

(comment originally left at the LSE “Polis” blog)

[Charlie Beckett] speaks of a “systematic problem of leadership and accountability at the BBC“. I don’t understand how such a problem wouldn’t translate in mistrust by the public?

I have personally experienced the BBC’s willingness to distort its news reporting. Just [on Friday], we’ve learnt of a pensioner having to argue for a very simple FOI request against _six_ lawyers fielded by the BBC exactly to avoid “accountability”.

I have learned to trust very little of the statements expressed by BBC journos. They’re invariably wrong, late and/or half-blind to the news. Plus on an insane competition with Sky News regarding which outlet can broadcast the more scare.

To this foreigner this story reminds of the demise of the Empire, to which everybody kept swearing allegiance even as it could no longer possibly exist. But don’t lose hope, the Corporation will circle the wagons and continue to fail pretending nobody’s noticing.

A More Appropriate Job For Shashank Tripathi

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy and a lot of malfunctioning neurons, Shashank Tripathi has ended up in the dubious category of stupidest/most evil Twitter user ever for idiocies like these:

  • BREAKING: Confirmed flooding on NYSE. The trading floor is flooded under more than 3 feet of water.
  • BREAKING MT @jhlipton: Con Ed shut down lower Manhattan system due to high tides
  • BREAKING: Con Edison has begun shutting down ALL power in Manhattan
  • BREAKING: CON EDISON SHUTTING OFF ALL POWER IN NEW YORK CITY AT 3AM IN ANTICIPATION OF POWER SURGES FROM HURRICANE SANDY

This is a real pity for two reasons. First of all it makes me wish quartering were back. Secondly, Mr Tripathi could have simply chosen a more appropriate career, for example writing the following for eager audiences at Grist, 350.org, SkepticalScience and/or The Guardian:

  • BREAKING: Confirmed threat of future flooding on NYSE. The trading floor might be flooded under more than 3 feet of water by the end of the century
  • BREAKING MT @jhlipton: Con Ed could shut down lower Manhattan system due to high tides in 2080
  • BREAKING: Con Edison will possibly begin shutting down ALL power in Manhattan in the 2100′s
  • BREAKING: CON EDISON MAY BE FORCED TO SHUT OFF ALL POWER IN NEW YORK CITY AT 3AM ON OCTOBER 4, 2124 IN ANTICIPATION OF POWER SURGES FROM HURRICANE WHATEVER

See? Bill McKibben couldn’t have said it better…

The Unknown Skeptic – My Essay at WUWT

Anthony Watts of WUWT has been kind enough to host “The Unknown Skeptic – Journalism, awaiting to be freed“, a rather long essay of mine of the work done by James Painter and others in order to identify what makes climate change skeptical voices audible and readable more or less often in six countries.

The original and twice-as-long essay, divided in seven parts, was published on this site at the beginning of February 2012 (starting point here).

Finally and BTW, let me top this shameless self-promotion and elevate this comment left at WUWT:

John Whitman says:

Maurizio Morabito (aka omnologos ),

Your piece is a feast of ideas that I think will fertilize others to write an avalanche of additional posts on the virtues of hard core scientific skepticism toward the IPCC ‘consensus’ / ‘settled’ alarming climate science.

I really liked your, “Rather differently than Isaac Newton, Dr Painter might have found himself not on the shoulder of giants, but under the boots of minions.”

I really like your sense of style.

Thank you.

John

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-11

  • Food price hike? @BBCr4today simply cannot resist "upcoming disaster" news porn. #
  • Victims didn't have to wait for abusing priests to die. Is the @BBC worse than the Catholic Church? #JimmySavile #
  • Comune #ReggioCalabria sciolto per prevenire infiltrazioni mafiose future. Regione #Lombardia già infiltrata, dunque niente scioglimento 8-( #
  • When American friends try to make fun of bunga-bunga Italian politics, I have now an answer: BIG BIRD. Thank you @BarackObama @MittRomney #
  • D'Alema in barca. @matteorenzi in jet. Il PD in becille. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-10

  • Dimmi @EnricoLetta condividi l'idea di Monti di perseguitare come evasore fiscale chi non paga allo Stato l'IVA che non ha mai ricevuto? #
  • Non fosse per un piccolo particolare, il Min. Cancellieri potrebbe oggi proporre il modello-carcere come cura dimagrante. #Cuffaro #
  • Wikipedia's obsession with journalistic references means all contemporary articles are half-truths and misguided exaggerations. #
  • La decisione del Min. Cancellieri riguardo #ReggioCalabria è politica e non tecnica, ed è anche insensata. http://t.co/EviboKyq #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-09

  • Anybody who's ever tried the BBC complaints procedure knows a culture of impunity is still strong @bbcr4today #
  • Will Paxo host a mirror in the studio tonight, give a grilling to somebody who chose silence over celebrity rape? @bbcr4today @BBCNewsnight #
  • You've left your Director General freely imply fellow journos made mistake over #Saville cover-up not the Organization. @bbcr4today #fail #
  • BBC journos free from pressure by BBC Organization? Only if they can't think of a career. Another reporting #fail @bbcr4today #
  • Don't know how well the USA will be steered for the next 4 years. But things are looking good if you're a Big yellow Bird! Rejoice! #usa2012 #
  • La demolizione di @GiancarloGalan sul @Corriereit da parte di Gian Antonio Stella riguardo lo scandalo #Girolamini appare proprio definitiva #
  • MT @PDLPrimarie: @ilfoglio_it @matteorenzi @ripartiredazero @PietroSalvatori 3 x tutti (p. es) @alesindaco @guglielmopicchi @GiorgiaMeloni #
  • Police to _random_ test UK motorists? We will soon have a good sample of drinking habits among Afro-Caribbean males… #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-08

  • Assurdo dare il voto in cambio di promesse e poi lamentarsi quando sono disattese. La #democrazia non è un Supermercato del Futuro. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-06

  • Summer heatwave in the making? http://t.co/ywqi8698 #mars #
  • Will you ask the Nobel Peace Prize committee about drone attacks? @bbcr4today #
  • 3-month contract available in NYC for #Datamart #Murex developer. Contact me if interested. NO AGENCIES please. #
  • . @antoniopolito1 Ho sentito che gli iscritti del PD politicamente fattivi si sono recentemente incontrati sui sedili posteriori di un taxi. in reply to antoniopolito1 #
  • Questo è il momento dell'impegno politico. E chi non ne abbia voglia non si lamenti poi dei risultati. Analogamente per il passato. #Italia #
  • Animusic HD – Resonant Chamber (1080p): http://t.co/fKPLnUNC via @youtube #
  • Napolitano: "Italia travagliata". Travaglio: "Italia napolitanata". Gli Italiani: "Italia montata". #
  • Would be funny if the POTUS disastrous debate appearance could be traced to four years of having been left mostly unchallenged. #USA2012 #
  • Come mai Monti, una volta scoperta l'evasione fiscale di Stato, non ha commesso seppuku? @chicago_blog #Italia #
  • Romano #Prodi inviato ONU nel Mali. Ma non sanno che al-Qaeda mal sopporta la mortadella? #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-05

  • Unsure about @MarsCuriosity "ancient riverbed" claims. Even impact craters have trouble surviving for billions of years. #mars #
  • Passengers often not smarter than managers on @Se_Railway with bodies squashing by the doors while rest of train has standing places aplenty #
  • RT @mobyoctopad: If you are stuck in traffic in a car, you ARE the traffic #
  • Feel free to tweet next how, according to the Pope, Luther was very wrong @pim_martens @BarryJWoods in reply to BarryJWoods #
  • RT @Scruton_Quotes: "It is the steadfast person who earns the abuse of the mob, and the weak-willed conformist who escapes their censure" #
  • It always comes down to anti-capitalism and keeping the Chinese poor doesn't it :( @kalahar1 @BarryJWoods @cwhope #agw in reply to kalahar1 #
  • If I grew wings would you follow my lead and basejump from Mt Everest? @BarryJWoods @cwhope Remember the Spartans: "IF!" in reply to BarryJWoods #
  • Next they'll ask for pictures of scantily-clad girls in scientific papers, to cheer up some readers @Keith_Laws @edyong209 in reply to Keith_Laws #
  • The @IHT just celebrated its 125th anniversary by forecasting end of capitalism, chaos and failure of China and India. Time for a shrink? #
  • Hmmmm…will they allow the use of teleprompters in next debates? :) @LeoHickman @keithkloor #usa2012 in reply to LeoHickman #
  • Senior software tester (banking, telecomms) available for work in Europe (not me). Reply if of interest. #jobsearch #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-04

  • US conservatives and liberals are so much alike. Only diff, conservatives believe a Disaster already happened; liberals, are waiting for it. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-03

  • Ironically, the @iht "Global CLEAN Energy Report" infomercial is printed on heavier sheets than the rest of the newspaper #
  • Violent parents and spouses might be the only cases when torture on live TV should be considered a fair punishment and deterrent #
  • Police-sponsored effective rape of young #eco activists by the likes of Mark Kennedy shows greens considered easy to fall for dishonesty. #
  • Don't cave in @Maria_MillerMP to the Murdoch-hating @Avaaz bullies. UK newsmedia problem much bigger than RM's business. #
  • Fiorito in carcere. La magistratura si unisce allo spettacolo. Come sempre. #Italia #
  • Mobbing in corso su Twitter contro @gasparripdl . Ma se gli fosse importata la popolarità proverrebbe da PCI o DC, no? Oppure PSI. #
  • Ma perché @donnadimezzo @SpioneValerio ce l'avete con Greggio, Sposini e "i froci"? in reply to donnadimezzo #
  • Meschini pauperisti parlano di stipendi e politici. Intanto, come dice Maugeri ad @alinomilan, il 'malloppo' resta in mano alle Regioni. #
  • If you want to be part of the solution, hope it's not caustic soda. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-02

  • Lunga parentesi di Monti sembra disegnata per fare in modo che @pbersani e il #PD soliti conigli, non si assumano responsabilità alcuna. #
  • Fini per Monti-bis cioè imbalsamatura elettorato. Prossimo #FLI che incontro meglio che indossi occhiali perché devo sputargli in un occhio. #
  • Anybody talking of "ocean acidification" is like a scammer who repays 1/10th of a debt and then claims to be a creditor. #agw #acidification #
  • Main lifestyle difference England/Continent is that in the latter a classy comfort isn't something to frown upon #
  • Daily Telegraph "100 cods" story shows @davidshukmanbbc + BBC Science crew not alone in attempt to kill off reputation of #science reporting #
  • If I were naughty I would suspect even more product placement at the BBC here… http://t.co/l2xTK2lW #
  • Impossibile "proteggere" un figlio di Sindaco di Roma dai giornalisti @AlemannoTW -non ci riuscì neanche Clinton. Urge strategia nuova. (!!) in reply to AlemannoTW #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-10-01

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-29

  • Pakistan is in such a dire situation, Ministers of State have to get to the bottom of the barrel in the scramble for support. @BBCR4Today #
  • Shi'a are persecuted in Sunni countries. Sunni are persecuted in Shi'a countries. Idea of "Islamic" conspiracy is beyond contempt @Paratisi in reply to Paratisi #
  • Vi assicuro che non seguo @24america @MarioPlatero per sapere delle gravidanze di Beyoncé. in reply to 24america #
  • Nostalgia Prima Repubblica riguardo #Fiorito @alinomilan …non ricordi più la storia di De Lorenzo??? #
  • "Dhimmitude" is a concept for scared Israelis, paranoid Lebanese Christians and dim rest-of-the-world'ers. #
  • Social radio <> social TV perché la radio va in podcast @MarioPlatero – ho appena ascoltato la puntata del 25 #
  • Hi @LeoHickman – are you getting tired of bombastic #climate claims too? Finally! in reply to LeoHickman #
  • How's it going @hari have you been _corrected_ yet? On the pos side none of the 18,000 seems planning violence -so far http://t.co/AbNQhexy #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-28

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-27

  • Even more product placement on @BBCR4Today today… #
  • You @BBCR4Today could've asked Ed Davey why not kickstart the economy by breaking all windows and then manufacturing them again. #
  • Giornalisti con spina dorsale bloccherebbero l'ingresso di @alesallusti in carcere con il loro corpo. Ma ce ne sono troppo pochi. #
  • Forza @lucatelese fammi ridere un po' raccontami dopo la storia di @alesallusti come la magistratura non sia ormai senza alcun controllo. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-26

  • Case against Abu Hamza sounds particularly weak. In the USA a violation of the First Amendment. #
  • I've shown you how @DECC misleads Ministers but all I've got back from you @mwt2008 is conspiracy theories. #fail in reply to mwt2008 #
  • MT @Nonleggerlo: Complotto contro @MatteoRenzi, dopo stima da Fede, Dell'Utri, Santanché, B, Briatore, Zanicchi, Minetti, oggi Lele Mora. #
  • La libertà di espressione è sacrosanta e per questo la lotta per difenderla non va sprecata dietro idioti provocatori http://t.co/KADcSj25 #
  • Ultimissime: moduli @AleniaAermacchi in progetto NASA per stazione spaziale in orbita translunare http://t.co/4oE43RC5 #
  • Or… "If you have wronged me I forgive you. I'll strive to take less offense and give less cause for offense in the war ahead." @CNNLADavid in reply to CNNLADavid #
  • È il momento dunque per scrivere l'autobiografia @emilio_fede invece di CORRERE in politica in reply to emilio_fede #
  • Facile lamentarsi dei politici che dicono di essere stati finanziati a loro insaputa @alinomilan ma voi giornalisti dove eravate? #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-25

  • Are you @BBCr4today into Product Placement now? #jkrowling #
  • Does anybody know of a Football (Soccer) Association anywhere in the world not managed by small-minded losers? #johnterry #
  • Today I looked for "cleb" in the Urban Dictionary @BBCr4today in reply to BBCr4today #
  • Il problema non è ascoltare @LaZanzaraR24 dall'estero @giucruciani @DAVIDPARENZO. Ma tefonare a un numero verde dall'estero è impossibile. #
  • Zero soldi in Emilia a causa delle nuove leggi. L'Italia dei tecnici incapaci sta morendo di incompetenza. #
  • L'Italia dopo una vittoria del PD con Primo Ministro @matteorenzi sarebbe resa ingovernabile. Dalla maggioranza stessa, naturalmente. #
  • Tutti a protestare in #Italia in difesa del film su Maometto, e poi @alesallusti rischia la galera? Ipocriti, curate prima voi stessi. #
  • So… @JudithCurry @ChairmanAl @hari has PBS realized yet that the "97% of climate scientists agree" sentence is a complete fabrication? #
  • Scott Carlson and @drgrist link climate fears to those neurotic and with too comfortable a life http://t.co/hGwtlrDS #
  • RT @andreadisorte: Ragazzi a #ottoemezzo c'è una replica di una puntata del 1990. C'è Massimo D'Alema…. #
  • RT @Ceskoz_: FUORI LA PADANIA DAL NORDEUROPA! PADANIA TERRONA IL NORDEUROPA NON PERDONA! #
  • . @LucaLombroso non hai ancora capito che le insalate di "could" e "might" non convincono più nessuno… #clima in reply to LucaLombroso #
  • Dozzine di firme del giornalismo stupidamente ignari di come il Disastro in corso li certifichi dilettanti idioti o complici. #Italia #
  • MY ONLY QUESTION ABOUT #JWSTscience IS: WHY ISN'T THE TELESCOPE UP THERE YET!!! @NASAblueshift @NASAWebbTelescp #astro in reply to NASAblueshift #
  • Mi candido a Presidente della Regione Lazio. Obiettivo unico: Abolizione della Regione Lazio. E delle altre. #
  • Fra le ragioni del Disastro, l'insana ossessione nel considerare programmi TV come politicamente rilevanti, invece che teatrini di mostri. #

Climate Scientists Are Always Right…Yes They Are!

(originally published on Nov 17. 2007. The Italian version is here.)

Read scientist Vincenzo Ferrara, former Climate Change advisor to the Italian Environment, explain how to become a famous Climatologist (from ”Rivista di Meteorologia Aeronautica”, Vol XLII n. 1, Jan-Mar 1982):

(The following is an abridged translation)

If you are a climatologist and you want to survive as a climatologist, perhaps even increasing your reputation, all you have to do is provide the exact diagnosis and prognosis that people expect.

To the question “Is the climate changing?“, by all means, never, ever reply “No, everything’s normal“, or “It’s just fakery pumped up by newspapers and on television“: because people would unanimously conclude that you understand nothing about metereology, and nothing about climate.

It would be the end of your career.

The only sensible answer is: “Of course it is changing! It’s a well-known fact, scientifically confirmed and one that none cannot argue against“. You can then launch yourself in forecasting for the next hundred years a climate identical to the current one, amplifying the latest phenomena to extreme consequences.

If it is cold you’ll therefore predict “ice ages“, if it’s warm a “torrid period“, and if there are signs of strong variability “short-term climatic extremes” and more-or-less the same climate in the long term.

You may be wondering, how can a serious climatologist provide impossible, mutually-excluding forecasts without looking silly? Fear not: science will provide all the support needed.

Because climatology has already thought of everything and will supply the right solution in every circumstance, even in the most hopeless cases.

So if it is cold, here’s what you will have to say: “The climate is changing and we are approaching an Ice Age.

This fact has already been scientifically assessed because since 1940, the average temperature of the northern hemisphere has diminished by approximately 0,4°C, probably because of a decrease in atmospheric transparency due to air pollution.

The cooling of the air causes an increase in the extension of glaciers and of snow fields, furthering lowering temperatures with their highly reflecting (high albedo) surfaces. Glaciers therefore increase even more, in a positive feedback that will bring us to a new Ice Age in a hundred years or even less“.

What if it is warm? Then the discourse becomes: “The climate is changing and we are approaching a Torrid Age.

This fact has already been scientifically assessed because since 1850 the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere has progressively increased and just in the last twenty years has gone from 315 to 334 parts for million. That means that in 2020 the accumulation of carbon dioxide will have more than doubled, taking into account the continuously increasing energy demands and consumption of fossil fuels.

The increase of carbon dioxide reduces the Earth’s long-wave emissions to space (greenhouse effect) so within half a century the average air temperature will increase by approximately 2 or 3°C; the polar ice will dissolve and a sizeable sea level increase will submerge several coastal cities“.


Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-24

  • Windows 7 updates would make the Sirius Cybernetical Society very proud. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-23

  • Hi @milesobrien could you please explain how the interview of a human being can be described a "horrible, horrible thing"? #
  • Un giornalista che blocca lettori su Twitter è un cretino fatto e finito. #
  • We'll discover on Monday what the PBS Ombudsman will choose betw/n defending journalistic freedom and bending over to the CAGW bullies @hari #
  • Il Papa a gamba tesa nella politica italiana: a dimostrare che a Porta Pia non vinse l'Italia. #
  • Dispiace per @alesallusti ma giornalisti e politici si sveglino cortesemente prima riguardo l'illiberalità diffusa in #Italia #
  • Alas @JudithCurry more able than Ombudsman at spelling out illiberal nature of anti-Watts protests @ChairmanAl @hari http://t.co/jsdYA4Ft in reply to ChairmanAl #
  • "There's a piece of your soul out there that you didn't know was missing": Song of the Rolling Earth http://t.co/pa3pt7lv h/t @greenman3610 #
  • According to 2-time Paralympics gold winner Alex Zanardi @lxznr the NYC Marathon @INGNYCMarathon is refusing his entry because he's too fast #
  • Monti e Grillo sono entrambi espressione del fallimento politico italiano @ricpuglisi @albertoinfelise @AngeloMellone @lanapoleoni in reply to ricpuglisi #
  • "Ci sono due modi per schiavizzare una nazione, uno è la spada l'altro l'indebitarla" – J Adams via @PositiveEnerG in reply to PositiveEnerG #
  • Two dozen Americans in Benghazi "consulate" when Amb. Stevens was killed. Suggests there's much more to the story than "terrorism". #Libya #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-22

  • La festa in costume "greco" è di due anni fa. L'ipocrisia regna al @Corriereit come al solito. #
  • The Y chromosome is worth at least $5,000 http://t.co/z0TTp2qt #
  • We cannot yet say that Lewandowsky's paper is a fraud. Out of respect for fraudsters, that is. @Foxgoose @skepticscience @BarryJWoods in reply to Foxgoose #
  • This is very funny http://t.co/yWWOf4Mq #muslimrage #
  • Come al solito tutto in #Italia è sottosopra: Monti la affonda, i questori non fanno domande, e la Casta non è assolutamente casta. #
  • Groupon just asked me to buy "Silentnight Pillows" – a waste of money, given the circumstances #
  • Manipulation of Wikipedia? http://t.co/nAHTb0gi – Jimmy Wales blind to the problem for too long. #
  • The FIrst Amendment is about Freedom of Speech. That's why so many people are fighting against freedom of thought. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-21

  • Qualcuno ha finalmente ricordato chi fosse il Presidente della Commissione Bilancio per la Regione Lazio? @alinomilan in reply to alinomilan #
  • Disaster attribution to GHG increases will lead to disaster attribution to GHG decreases and instigate war @RogerPielkeJr @GarthGodsman #agw in reply to GarthGodsman #
  • Monti è il pusher che pensa di stare aiutando uno Stato drogato trovando ancora più droga. #Italia #
  • Kate is differently topless (and differently pregnant) according to each newspaper's country of publication #
  • Twitter is forcing IFTTT to remove all its channels. Stupidity triumphs. #
  • Most puzzling in US politics the idea that voters still choose on the basis of promises about the future. #USA2012 #
  • Se Monti fosse stato Comandante del Titanic, dopo l'impatto avrebbe annunciato "una stima al ribasso della distanza dal centro delle Terra". #
  • Thank you Apple for iOS6 Maps!! http://t.co/5q4o3EOj #
  • Seventy pounds to see Jesus Christ Superstar. Literally, pointless. #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-20

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-19

  • Se vuoi perdere le elezioni per salvare il seggio di idioti e parassiti @angealfa dillo subito invece di far perdere tempo @guglielmopicchi #
  • MT @guglielmopicchi: cacciare ladri nani ballerine leccaculo.se lo facciamo con merito e trasparenza vinceremo ancora >> @ilpdl #
  • SOURCE OF PROBLEMS WITH LEW'S PAPER DISCOVERED: Internet Café he has to write and work from, doubles up as a restaurant. #agw #Lewandowsky #
  • Vauro non lo sopporto ma la polemica del Min. Fornero è vuota, insulsa, perbenista e ipocrita. La battuta squlli->Squillo ci sta tutta. #
  • Il #PD appoggia il Popolo Siriano. Adesso è certo, sono proprio 'fottuti' (entrambi…) #
  • Solo 630 Italiani reputano Camera dei Deputati ancora rispettabile @ricpuglisi @simonespetia @ivanscalfarotto @MarinaSereni @guglielmopicchi in reply to ricpuglisi #
  • The only fight worth having is against those who only live for a fight @OBAMA_CZAR in reply to OBAMA_CZAR #
  • Ma possibile @renatapolverini non ci sia stato un cane che abbia fatto mezza domanda sul Presidente della Commissione Bilancio??? #Fiorito #
  • None complaining about your Watts interview is your friend @NewsHour http://t.co/6KYmNRly – they want to control what you are allowed to say #
  • Don't bend over for the censoring crowd @hari – not one criticizing the Watts interview is a friend to you. They only want to control you. #
  • See @hari ? If you cave in to zealots like @Agent350 all you've done in your profession will be ruined by the stains of fear. All of it. in reply to Agent350 #
  • The Watts story exists @hari – but @Agent350 and his unfriendly cohorts don't want you to tell it. This can't be right, or journalism. #
  • Every journalist who stands up for journalism, is honoring the dozens of journalists that do and are killed every year because of it. @hari #
  • 97% claim has been long debunked – stop lying, Mandia @AGW_Prof @cindybax #agw #climate in reply to cindybax #

Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-09-18

  • Crowds of well-meaning useful idiots roam the Western world http://t.co/gSzfP4oW – no sh*t sherlock… #
  • If Bibi had wanted to attack #Iran he'd have done it already. It's just that now is the time for empty posturing to translate into votes. #
  • Where @LiveScience forgets Al Gore's "millions of degrees" http://t.co/hIsMZdtv (plus a 1985 study to reply to @RickSantorum?) #fail #
  • Curioso come #Fiorito e amici abbiano fatto la bella vita a Roma senza che alcun giornalista se ne accorgesse. @LaZanzaraR24 @Corriereit #
  • PG: "Se alle parole di @renatapolverini seguissero i fatti Grillo non sarebbe un problema neanche per il #PdL quot; – diglielo @guglielmopicchi #
  • "Globally, USDA is still projecting the 2nd-largest corn crop in history" http://t.co/9rjQE1Cu Any journalist with the courage to report it? #
  • Best comment so far: POTUS' foreign policy so successful, it fell because of a low-quality movie. #Libya #Stevens #
  • SECRET RECORDING OF MITT ROMNEY paraded on @BBCr4today – saying …not so much. "Embarrassing" yes but for journalism #

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