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The Copenhagen Synthesis Report: No, it ain’t so!

June 30, 2009

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I just finished reading this report, that makes one very angry: angry because of real disinformation, half-truths and fully blown lies, that seem to go unchecked by the parroting and copy/paste crowd.

The most annoying writings can be found in the “Key Message 1”  section called “Climatic Trends”.  The graph showing the sea-level rise conveniently uss a scaling that hides the non-rising of the last years clearly documented in the University of Boulder web-site does not show up. The graph of  the change in ocean heat content, in the same vain, hides that since 2003 there was no change (increase) in the observed (not modeled!) upper ocean heat content (as documented by Willis)!

Roger Pielke Sr.  writes an angry post on his website “Climate Science“. Let me just show this :

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1. “rising sea levels”

NOT TRUE;  e.g. see the University of Colorado at Boulder Sea Level Change analysis.

Sea level has actually flattened since 2006.

2.  “the increase of heat stored in the ocean”

NOT TRUE; see

Update On A Comparison Of Upper Ocean Heat Content Changes With The GISS Model Predictions.

Their has been no statistically significant warming of the upper ocean since 2003.

3. “shrinking Arctic sea ice”

NOT TRUE; see the Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly from the University of Illinois Cyrosphere Today website. Since 2008, the anomalies have actually decreased.

These climate metrics might again start following the predictions of the models. However, until and unless they do, the authors of the Copenhagen Congress Synthesis Report and the author of the Real Climate weblog are erroneously communicating the reality of the how the climate system is actually behaving.

Media and policymakers who blindly accept these claims are either naive or are deliberately slanting the science to promote their particular advocacy position.

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One really has to ask if these big political machines and maneuvers are trustworthy anymore, or if, as the German say “Der Zweck heiligt die Mittel”.

A politicised and activist science is not Science, and it should not be relied upon.

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