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Picture post: ‘hottest April ever’

Picture post: ‘hottest April ever’

Cross-posted by Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond April this year was the hottest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced. The combined surface temperatures on land and at sea averaged 14.5 °C, some 0.76 °C above the 20th century average. Average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for April and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record for the month. NOAA also says that Arctic sea ice was “below normal for the 11th consecutive April” while “based on NOAA satellite observations, snow cover extent was the fourth-lowest on record” since  … Read more

How a computer expert corrected the Met Office

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Another day, another fault discovered in the climate change catechism? This time it’s not the usual suspects claiming a grand global conspiracy though. It’s a bit more interesting than that. At the heart of this story is professional computer programmer John Graham-Cumming, who decided to write some software to number crunch temperature data released by the UK’s Met Office. “I thought it would be a fun hobby project to use those records to reproduce the worrying charts that show the increase in global temperatures,” he wrote on his blog last week. “Because  … Read more

Nature editor resigns from ‘climate-gate’ review

Nature editor resigns from ‘climate-gate’ review

Cross posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Nature’s editor in chief has stepped down from the Russell Review inquiry into aspects of the ‘climate-gate’ emails, just hours after the inquiry team was unveiled. Philip Campbell stood down after it emerged he told a Chinese reporter last year that the scientists at the centre of the climate-gate row “have behaved as researchers should”. A key aspect of the review headed by Muir Russell is whether scientists at the University of East Anglia followed proper scientific procedures. In a statement released to the media yesterday, Campbell said “I made the  … Read more

Director of East Anglia climate unit steps aside

Alex Witze; cross-posted from The Great Beyond Phil Jones, the embattled director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, stepped aside today from his post. It is the highest-profile fallout yet from the flap over leaked e-mails among prominent climate researchers, including Jones. The university’s statement quotes Jones as saying: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world-leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible. After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the director’s role” while the  … Read more

Updated: More heat, less light in CRU hacking ‘scandal’

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond Update:The CRU has now reponded to Daniel Cressey’s request for comment on the Sunday Times article discussed below. See the CRU statement below the fold. The fallout from the hacking of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia continues this week, with huge attention still focused on the controversial content of leaked emails between leading climate scientists. The university said on Saturday that 95% of the CRU climate data set concerning land surface temperatures has been made available to the public for “several years” and that all data will be  … Read more

CRU scientists in leaked data row respond

The online publication of sensitive material from a British climate centre is brewing into one of the scientific controversies of the year, causing dismay among affected institutes and individuals, reports Quirin Schiermeier over on Nature News [subscription].  Read more