What they said

So, AR5 SPM is out. The obvious place to start is RealClimate or perhaps you could even read the SPM itself. Here’s a quote:

Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any
preceding decade since 1850 (see Figure SPM.1). In the Northern Hemisphere, 1983–2012 was
likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 1400 years (medium confidence)

And there’s even some nice pictures; here’s one of them:

But enough of this insightful but tediously detailed analysis, I hear you say, what about the reactions? (Actually I hope to read the thing properly sometime and maybe even comment on the bits I understand).

The MSM seems to be “on message”, for example U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions from the NYT or IPCC report: global warming is ‘unequivocal’ from the Torygraph, not normally a friend to pinko lefties. The denialists are fulminating, as you might expect and indeed hope (AW had eight posts on it at last count) but no-one seems to be listening; just as their various attempted “spoilers” have been ignored. So we’re where I thought we were: its easy, when you’re touring the incestuous blogosphere, to see controversy; but in the outside world there is much less.

Here’s google trends on IPCC, NIPCC, and stoat (not me, I fear):

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Stoats are not as popular as the IPCC, I’m sorry to say, but we totally wipe the floor with the NIPCC (who?).

8 thoughts on “What they said”

  1. Well, reading something seriously thick and tedious is work. There has to be a payback, like learning something that is both new and true.

    (BTW I once found myself scanning through the NIPCC report, to check if one particular lie had changed between versions.)

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  2. You asked why anyone should want energy efficiency regulations, in the older topic that’s closed. The answer is, to avoid wrecking the climate, raise the lowest efficiency level across the board, removing the short term profitability that all the manufacturers agree is a longterm mistake. In this, individuals, with inadequate information about the marketplace, are given only bad choices by companies that have better information but are by law not allowed to cooperate -outside- of the regulatory system.

    http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/01/energy-efficiency-bill-goes-from-no-brainer-to-life-support-to-plan-b/

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