Climate Change Weekly #84
The mainstream media is reporting in breathless fashion about a new paper claiming current temperatures are their warmest in 4,000 years. Already, however, scientists are reporting serious flaws in the paper. The media may wish to paint a picture of runaway global warming, but the science tells a completely different story.
Recently graduated Ph.D. student Shaun Marcott has published a paper claiming he compiled a proxy temperature reconstruction indicating current temperatures are their warmest in at least 4,000 years. Proxy temperature reconstructions require careful scrutiny because the proxies are not direct temperature measurements, but represent other data and factors that may or may not have a close correlation with past temperatures. Some proxies are better than others. Also, an agenda-driven researcher can easily cherry-pick certain anomalous proxies that support a predetermined conclusion while ignoring a much larger set of proxies that tell a different story.
Although scientists have had little time so far to dig into the meat of Marcott’s data, methods, and conclusions, their initial observations are devastating. Don Easterbrook, geology professor emeritus at Western Washington University, has published two papers summarizing and documenting many of the already-discovered flaws in Marcott’s reconstruction. Easterbrook reports at least one more paper is on the way exposing flaws and areas of concern in Marcott’s reconstruction.
Easterbrook points out 80 percent of the data used by Marcott reflect oceanic data, not atmospheric temperatures. “Thus, they may reflect temperature changes from ocean upwelling, changes in ocean currents, or any one of a number of ocean variations not related to atmospheric climates,” Easterbrook writes. Marcott’s heavy dependence on oceanic rather than atmospheric proxies “in itself means that the Marcott et al. temperatures are not a reliable measure of changing atmospheric climate,” Easterbrook reports.
Easterbrook also notes Marcott recycled Michael Mann’s proxies to help compile the small portion of Marcott’s land-based proxies. Discredited proxies by any other name are still discredited proxies.
Perhaps most damaging, Easterbrook observes many other published studies and data, including analysis of extremely reliable Greenland ice core data, contradict Marcott’s asserted proxy data.
When many temperature studies, including studies presented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, indicate current global temperatures are cooler than the vast majority of the past 4,000 years, and then an outlier study with quickly identified serious flaws claims the opposite, one would think the media would make note of the discrepancies. Unfortunately, the media has demonstrated little interest in doing so.
IN THIS ISSUE
New batch of Climategate emails on the way … Obama to federal agencies: weigh climate concerns … Krugman suggests skeptics will go to hell … Antarctic sea ice sets more records this week … Polar sea ice remains above the long-term average
NEW BATCH OF CLIMATEGATE EMAILS ON THE WAY
An anonymous whistleblower released a third batch of Climategate emails this week. The whistleblower did not release the emails to the general public, but instead asked trustworthy global warming experts to review the emails and sift scientifically noteworthy emails from those that are personal or off-topic. The Climategate 3.0 emails are likely to be released during the upcoming weeks and months.
SOURCE: Watts Up With That? 
OBAMA TO FEDERAL AGENCIES: WEIGH CLIMATE CONCERNS
President Barack Obama is preparing to tell U.S. federal agencies they must take global warming into consideration before approving any major projects. The directive will place a wide range of projects in jeopardy, including road construction, energy production, and coal and natural gas export facilities.
SOURCE: Bloomberg 
KRUGMAN SUGGESTS SKEPTICS WILL GO TO HELL
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman spewed more venom at global warming skeptics, suggesting they will be sent to hell for their “denial.” In his March 15 column K