In a secular society that is a democracy, government policies would be based on evidence. Governments might rely on scientists to provide this information, and citizens would expect journalists to be a little sceptical of everyone and to honestly report corruption especially of the evidence so critical to good policy.
None of this happens anymore. Not at all. Not where I live, in Australia. Rather our society is increasingly conformist and corporatist, with legitimacy and authority held by special interest groups with decisions made through constant negotiations between these groups and government. Meanwhile many scientist just make it up; their peer-review publications are as good as fiction. It doesn’t matter whether the issue is Covid, the state of the Great Barrier Reef or the historical temperature record.
It was back in November 2017 that I showed there was a lack of equivalence between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s temperature measurements from platinum resistance probes in automatic weather stations and traditional mercury thermometers for the weather station at Mildura. My more recent transcribing and analysis of the data from Brisbane Airport confirms that the probes can be calibrated to measure warmer than a mercury thermometer.
Before that, beginning back in 2014, I showed that official temperatures are often remodelled by the Bureau, so the present appears as much as 2 degrees warmer for the same weather. I have also shown that limits were placed on how cold temperatures could be recorded. There is also the issue of scratching record hot days that occurred more than 70 years ago.
These are the same temperature measurements that underpin the faux temperature reconstructions compelling entire economies to switch to renewables with far reaching implications. These are the measurements that are being used to tell young women they should not have children, because the world is overheating and there will be no future for their children.
Very few people understand how temperatures are measured, yet they will appeal to this data when making important life decisions including the car they aspire to drive and how many children they won’t be having. In a recent blog post, I try and explain something about the history of temperature measurements using Cape Otway Lighthouse as an example, and how this long and continuous series was compromised with the abrupt change to a probe, and how the Bureau have further homogenised that part of the record that probably did have some integrity through its routine, industrial scale remodelling of all the temperatures series that it uses to report on climate variability and change. The only true way to lead a no-regrets life is to put sometime into testing core underlying assumptions, I challenge everyone to do that by reading ‘Parallel Temperature Data, Except for Cape Otway lighthouse’. My link is to the article at WattsUpWithThat.com, as the comments thread is also worth scanning.
‘The Twitter Files’ confirm what many have suspected for years: that governments and much of the mainstream media actively work with social media giants to censor and de-platform those they disagree with and push particular agendas.
Many of our once trusted institutions are now engaged in little more than keeping us, the public, in a state of unnecessary and constant fear.
Managers at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have for years misled the public on the state of the climate. It is not getting drier, nor are rainfall events more extreme, and the extent to which some coastal locations may have warmed over the last hundreds years is unclear because of all the changes to the measurement methods. The extent of the remodelling of the temperature record can be explored through an interactive table, unique to this website, with maximum and minimum annual series for all 112 ACORN-SAT sites (versions 1 and 2) juxtaposed against the real data.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last decade researching a technique for forecasting rainfall using artificial neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence. The technique is detailed in a series of peer reviewed papers with most listed at ClimateLab.com.
I’ve published on a great diversity of topics, as you can see if you sort through the list of my publications at Google Scholar, click here.
I’ve also made some short films over the last few years. Mostly about coral reefs, but also one very short film about sea level change in Noosa National Park.
I am so proud of our film ‘Finding Porites’ and ‘Bleached Colourful’ is something of a work in progress, with the legendary underwater cinematographer Stuart Ireland.
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