Station(s) of the
(30th November 2002)
|Each week, the
temperature history of a weather station(s) somewhere in the world will be
presented. Most will be from rural sites or small towns, not the big
cities to reduce the impact of errors from urban heat islands. Here
is `Global Mean Temperature' for the 20th century, based on an
averaging of mostly city-based surface stations. Note the post-1970s
warming, a warming not evident in the satellite record of global
temperature (as shown on the main
See if the `Station of the Week' has a record like the global one claimed here. Both this global average and the `station of the week' originate from the same data source, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies
All stations previously shown here are also available at the Stations Page
This Week - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
Moore said in part - "We need to be serious about this. Kyoto is a start - I don't know if it's all we have to do. But for our children and our children's sake, we need to deal with this because we caused this."
Note the usual emotive propaganda appeal to "the children's sake" as if he and his ilk had a monopoly on having children. But more to the point, `caused what?' What exactly does he think we have `caused'? His team finds warming from 1850, a full century before anthropogenic greenhouse gases were even significant, which means that particular warming was entirely natural, not caused by man.
So must he mean recent warming? That's easy to determine - check the station record from Whitehorse east of Mount Logan. That way we have real scientific data, not environmental rhetoric, no appeals to children or grandchildren.
Here is annual mean temperature for Whitehorse, 1942 to 2002
The warmest year was 1944, the coldest 1972. 2002, the end year in the series, is coming in at virtually the same temperature as the start year, 1942.
Breaking that record down into the seasons, we have this -
As we can see, there is nothing there - no long term warming, just big inter-annual swings, which is normal for high latitude locations like this.
We can safely conclude that the real significance of Moore's paper and the `international team of scientists' who participated in the ice core study, is not the data contained in the study, but the timing of the publication - just in time to influence the Kyoto Protocol ratification debate in the Canadian parliament.
Any science which so blatantly engages in politics in this way is not science at all, but ideology.
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