....or the cutting and pasting unverifiable theories for fun and profit

Documenting climatology's fascination with regurgitation. Here is a popular example to get you started: Luterbacher and Jones borrow their text from the Mann.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Another Copied Introduction

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A direct copy of the introduction from one chapter recycled into another chapter.



"Mountain systems cover about one-fifth of the earth's continental areas and are all inhabited to a greater or lesser extent except for Antarctica. Mountains provide direct life support for close to 10% of the world's population, and indirectly to over half. Because of their great altitudinal range, mountains such as the Himalayas, the Rockies, the Andes, and the Alps, exhibit, within short
horizontal distances, climatic regimes which are similar to those of widely separated latitudinal belts; they consequently feature high biodiversity. Indeed, there is such a close link between mountain vegetation and climate that vegetation belt typology has been extensively used to define climatic zones and their altitudinal and latitudinal transitions (cf. for example Klötzli, 1984, 1991, 1994;
Ozenda, 1985; Quezel and Barbero, 1990; Rameau et al., 1993)."

And strangely - the later publication does not cite the earlier publication.

Steve Jones, the Ice Cores, and What They Shows

As posted at Bishop Hill. I suppose this is what happens when you consider that you are paid by the page. I guess that Steve Jones and climatologists share this 'consensus' as to the true value of science.

How to make money the Professor Steve Jones (easy) way...

From the Steve Jones 'impartiality' report: "Ice cores shows [sic] that for half a million years before the Industrial Revolution its level fluctuated between 180 and 300 parts per million."

see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/our_work/science_impartiality/science_impartiality.pdf (2011)

From the New Scientist: "Ice cores show that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have remained between 180 and 300 parts per million for the past half-a-million years."

see: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11638-climate-myths-human-co2-emissions-are-too-tiny-to-matter.html (2007)


"Analysis of air bubbles from polar ice cores shows that the atmospheric concentration of CO2 has remained between 180 and 300 parts per million (ppm) during the past 420,000 years ..."

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Global_material_cycles (2007)

So Professor Steve Jones' contribution is to jumble up the words a bit and introduce a small error (similar then to Phil Jones contribution to climatology).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Rioting for Beginners

From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8702412/Mother-of-13-year-old-who-smashed-up-shop-blames-government.html

"He then crawled inside and used a £100 golf club he had stolen to smash windows. The shop suffered £20,000 in damage.

His mother [...'She is on benefits, does not live with the boy's father and has 10 other children, the court heard'...] described him as a ''good lad'' who had never been in any trouble before and had gone out to visit his grandmother when he got caught up in the violence."

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Steve Jones, Jean Richer, and the London/Paris Pendulum

As posted on http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/8/2/professor-jones-is-angry.html in reference to a Steve Jones story posted here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/steve-jones/8675729/Scientists-always-anger-those-who-prefer-the-Earth-to-be-flat.html, it appears that Steve Jones copied a misconception about Jean Richer from the world of geology into a recent article in the Telegraph.

Is it possible that Professor Geoffrey Boulton (the world famous geologist) has been feeding Professor Steve Jones garbled geological folklore to cut-and-paste into his tall tales?!

Here is what I posted on Bishop Hill:

Jones: "He was told by a sailor that his ship's pendulum clock, accurate in London, lost two minutes a day at the equator."

Geology undergraduate html text on gravity from the web: http://gretchen.geo.rpi.edu/roecker/AppGeo96/lectures/gravity/latitude.html: 'Newton based his assessment of the earth's shape on a set of observations provided to him by a friend who happened to be a navigator on a ship, named Richer. Richer observed that a pendulum clock that ran accurately in London, consistently lost 2 minutes a day near the equator.'

Likely closer to the truth: http://books.google.com/books?id=uHNEAAAAcAAJ&pg=PT11#v=onepage&q&f=false

...which says: "In 1672, M. Richer, going to Cayenne, in order to make astronomical observations, found, that his pendulum clock, which at Paris had been regulated to the mean motion of the sun, when carried to this island, which is about five degrees distant from the equator, lost every day two minutes and twenty eight seconds."

Perhaps there should be a Steve Jones award for cut-and-paste scientific story 'creation'?