Sunday, August 10, 2014

No Change In Temperature Rate

$30,000 Challenge Submission – No Change in Temperature Rate

1. Michael Mann’s data shows global warming started in 1800’s (not mid-1900's

2. Phil Jones said the rate is the same (0.16 ± 0.05 oC/decade) for: 1860 to 1880, 1910 to 1940, 1975 to 1988, and 1975 to 2009. Two natural warming periods before post-1950 increases in C02.

3. Total thermal energy of a system can be defined as Q = mcT. Assumes no phase change. Energy inside system is not dependent on the method of heat transfer in (conduction, convection, or radiation).

4. Temperature record from GISS show a cyclical pattern of periods of cooling (1880 to 1916, 1945 to 1963, and 1998 to present) followed by periods of warming (1917 to 1944 and 1964 to 1998).

5. Rate was the same for both pre-1950 and post-1950 period at 0.16 ± 0.05 oC/decade. Any temperature increase due to man-made CO2 emissions is less than the ± 0.05 oC/decade uncertainty and cannot be detected in the global temperature record alone.

6. Heat transfer rate must be the same for both periods using t = q/mc.
- (q(natural 1917) + q(CO2 1917))/mc = 0.16 ± 0.05 oC/decade = (q(natural 1964) + q(CO2 1964))/mc
- q(natural 1917) - q(natural 1964) = q(CO2 1964) - q(CO2 1917)

7. Analogy: 4 buckets of water at different temperatures represent the 4 components above. Mix together into a common container which represents the global temperature record. You can measure the temperature in the combined container, but you cannot determine the input from each bucket based on the single temperature measurement. Mathematically, you cannot solve for 4 variables in 2 equations. Scientific method is based on data which can be measured.

8. "The sum of the natural cycles is that we are in a naturally cooling phase, not a warming one. If it was not for man-made greenhouse gas emissions, the climate would be much cooler than the long-term average." - Christopher Keating

9. No rate difference means there is no increase in heat. If the pre-1950 rate and post-1950 rates are the same AND there Earth is in a cooling mode, the global warming due to man-made CO2 must EXACTLY match the natural cooling.
10. What are the odds that the sum of 4 separate heat calculations cancel each other out and show no net overall change? Pre-1950 CO2 heat cannot be zero because Guy Callendar's 1938 paper is the origin of the Callendar equation describing the relationship between temperature and CO2. Post-1950 natural heat transfer cannot be zero because we know that volcanoes, solar activity, and El Nino affect global temperatures.

11. No rate difference means there is no acceleration in temperature change,

12. Comparing pre-1950 and post-1950 temperature graphs (using GISS data) normalized to the same 0,0 start, we see that the pre-1950 & post-1950 temperatures have similar curves. The first 13 years of both periods are almost identical. This would be expected if both following a natural cycle. Differences after year 13 can be attributed to volcanoes (which reduce temperature) and El Nino (which increase temperature).

13. The pre-1950 period contributed more to overall temperature rise than post-1950 period. Percentage of global temperature change pre-1950 to overall 1917-1998 period (using GISS data)
- (T(1944) - T(1917) * 100)/(T(1998) - T(1917)) = (0.13 - (-0.44) *100)/(0.61-(-0.44) ) = 54% despite a shorter time period (28 years vs 35 years)

14. Global temperature change is not uniform because much of the temperature change occurred within first 17 % of each period.
- pre-1950 (4 of 28 years) = (T(1921) - T(1917) *100)/(T(1944) - T(1917) ) = (-0.20 - (-0.44) *100)/(0.13-(-0.44) ) = 42%
- post-1950 (5 of 35 years) = (T(1969) - T(1964) *100)/(T(1998) - T(1964) ) = (0.06 - (-0.20) *100)/(0.61-(-0.20) ) = 32%

15. Two articles which refute claim that “missing heat” is going to deep oceans.


1. Here is a reconstruction of the surface temperature for the last 1100 years:
Source: National Academies

Here is the data for the period starting in the late-1800s:

This data indicates we started coming out of the Little Ice Age sometime in the 1800s. If you wanted to state that, I would not have any problem. But, you indicated some real bias by stating "Michael Mann's data" showed "global warming" started in the mid-1800s. First, Mann is just one of many scientists involved in reconstructing the temperature record. It is a disservice to the thousands of scientists involved in the effort to give Dr. Mann full credit. And, yes, global warming started, or I should say, continued (global warming is real and natural) in the mid-1800s. But, manmade global warming (anthropogenic global warming, which is also real, but not natural) became a large enough effect in the latter part of the 1900s to have a sizable impact on the global climate. The natural global warming continues, but is being added to by the man made effects.

2. Read what Dr. Jones has to say about that here.  But, it is irrelevant either way. So, there have been other warming periods. So what? You know how we know this? Because climate scientists did the hard work to discover this data. The point is, what caused the warming periods? The past warming periods can all be attributed to natural cycles and events. Today's warming period cannot. In fact, the naturally occurring events and cycles all lead to the conclusion that this should be a cooling period, not a warming one. The difference is the man made emissions we keep adding to the atmosphere.

3. This is not only fatally simplistic, but it is wrong to begin with. The equation is Q = mc(delta)T, where (delta)T is the change in temperature. And, yes, the way the energy gets into a system is extremely important. If all of the energy from the Sun was coming in as IR radiation it would all be absorbed by the atmosphere and we would be freezing on the surface. As it is, energy from the Sun is not all IR and some is coming in as sunlight which reaches the surface and heats it up. That hot surface then emits IR radiation.

4. Yes, I have said many times, there are naturally occurring cycles. So, what? Where is the evidence that this is a naturally occurring cycle?

5. Read the graph above. Between 1910 and 1940, the average temperature anomaly went from -.35 to +.1, yielding a rate of +.015 degrees C per year. Between 1980 and 2011 the average temperature anomaly went from -.1 to +.51, yielding a rate of .02 degrees C per year. That is an increase of greater than 30% over the earlier rate. And, note that I cherry-picked the "pre-1950" data to give you as big of an advantage as I could. The average between 1920 and 1950 was only about .007 degrees C per year. But, again, what does this have to do with anything? No one is claiming there have been no warming periods in the past. What does any of that have to do with man made global warming?

6. This is a false statement from beginning to end. There is NOTHING in nature that says the heat transfer rate has to be the same for both periods and the temperature average shows that. In fact, your own statements support that. Warming or cooling occurs when there is a difference between the amount of energy coming in versus the amount going out. If more comes in than goes out, warming occurs. If less comes in than goes out, cooling occurs.

7. What does this even mean? You cannot take the global average temperature of previous periods and mix it with the global average temperature of another period. That just does not make sense. This is like taking two football games and averaging your team's scores. If the score in one game was 7-10 against your team and 31-10 for your team in the second game, you can say your team averaged 19 points a game and, therefore, won both games because the other teams averaged only 10 points. A record of 1-1 becomes a record of 2-0. Taking data from 1920-1950 and mixing them with data from 1980-2010 is not a running average.

8. Yes, that is a correct statement, as I have stated in this response.

9. There is nothing in nature that says the warming rate has to exactly match the cooling rate. If the warming rate matched the cooling rate, then the average temperature would remain steady. Warming in the global average means we are warming faster than the cooling cycle is cooling. That is not a tough one.

10. The odds can be very high when you do the physics and math all wrong.

11. That statement, in general, is a correct statement, but is meaningless in this context. Again, your science and math are completely wrong, but in the event we had a situation like this at some point in history all you would be able to demonstrate is that the temperature rate in one period is changing at the same rate as in another period. This would not say anything to the cause and effect of those temperature changes. You could have two periods with the temperature changing at the same rate, yet have the change be caused by two different things.

12. The years immediately following 1950 reflect the natural cycle and man made effects began to first appear in the 1960s and to grow more and more apparent until the late-1970s when their effect began to have a sizable impact on the climate. Volcanoes and El Nino are part of the naturally occurring events and cycles that we spoke of before. Unfortunately, they are not responsible for the warming trend.

13. This is a false argument. You assume the amount of increase for the pre-1950 period plus the amount of increase for the post-1950 period has to be equal to 100%, but that does not include the cooling periods. If we take the greatest increase of the pre-1950 period (again, favoring your claim) we get that it went from an anomaly of -.35 in 1915 to +.1 in 1940. Then, in the post-1950 period, we get that it went from -.1 in 1965 to +.51 in 2011. Using your logic, the pre-1950 period saw an increase of (.1 - (-.35))/(.51 - (-.35)) = 52%. The post-1950 period saw a rise of (.51 - (-.1))/(.51 - (-.35)) = 71%. So, the period before 1950 that saw the greatest amount of warming experienced 52% of the amount of increase that was recorded between 1915 and 2011, while the period after 1950 that saw the greatest amount of warming saw an increase that was equal to 71% of the total amount of warming.

14. Who ever claimed global warming is uniform? And, why is it relevant?

15. OK, someone takes exception to the data. So, what? This does not demonstrate the data is not wrong, it only shoots down the claim by contrarians that there is no debate and that scientists are just all marching along to get government funding. Wow! Thanks for this reference. It will be useful.

In the meantime, they fail to address this data:
Global Ocean Heat Content 1955-present 0-700 m
Source: NOAA

Clearly, the heat content is continuing to rise. The heat content of the oceans is verified through many resources, including Argo in recent years. Argo is a great system, but has only been deployed since 2000.

In conclusion, you used a bunch of bad physics and erroneous math to make a claim that is irrelevant in any event. So what if the temperature change rate in two different periods do, or don't, match? You failed completely to show there was any connection between the two periods you discussed and you did not show that any kind of connection would show that man made global warming is not real. I at least commend you for putting some effort and using math and science in your submission, even as wrong as it was. That is noticeably better than some of the other submissions that consisted of government conspiracy claims.

You did not prove man made global warming is not real.


  1. Once again, you prove how misguided you are. The figure for the heat content uses just the top 2000 m. So, on one hand you talk about 5.4 x 10^24 joules, then you call it insignificant. Wow!

    And, just where does ocean heating come from, if not from the Sun, which is above the oceans, not below?

    By the way, if I wanted to pay the electric bil, then yes, I could heat a tub full of water using a hairdryer. It would take a long time and the dryer probably wouldn't last and it would cost a lot, but ignoring those issues, it would work. Are you really saying it wouldn't?

  2. Sure, the sun heats the atmosphere, then the atmosphere heats the ocean, but not the part of the ocean that touches the atmosphere. It skips that and goes straight to the bottom.

    Anything to keep the narrative alive. Like saying it was colder 50,000 years ago, but somehow the landscape was more lush.

  3. No. The Sun heats the surface and then the surface radiated IR radiation, which heats the atmosphere.

    This is so incredibly bad that I have finally come to the conclusion you are just here to hijack the blog. Go back to WUWT.

  4. Well initially I was here because I thought your challenge was real and I could win some money. Now I just tune in for the comedic farce of you defending the shoddiest half-baked pseudoscience around.

  5. The challenge was real, but there was no way you were going to win any money with that challenge of yours. You even admitted in your challenge that you did nothing to prove AGW was not real. Since, by your own admission, did not succeed in the challenge, how in the world did you ever think you were going to win any money? Like they say, if you don't buy a ticket you'll never win the lottery.

  6. As myself and many others pointed out, it is generally impossible to disprove a negative. What I did prove however is that man-made global warming falls somewhere between insignificant and non-existent. And without the ice core record to stand on, you have nothing to back up your case that CO2 is doing anything but following temperature. I gave you all you needed to understand why the shape of the ice core temperature graph is the way it is, and that once you account for solar insolation, the 327,000 year cycle, and the stages of growth and melt, it makes perfect sense. There are no triggers, tipping points or feedback loops. It is all a natural cycle of the earth warming and cooling. The effect of CO2 on our climate is essentially nothing. I went further than just proving that the climate changes. I showed you exactly how it changes, and backed that up with data of past sea level, not to mention the abundance of evidence that it was much warmer some 50,000 years ago, and not an ice age.

  7. And, as I and many others have pointed out, that is a false statement and is nothing more than a cheap cop-out by deniers. Simply put, if it is such an impossibility, then why do deniers keep claiming that they can prove man made global warming is not real. Why do they make that claim and then turn around and say you can't prove a negative?

    The fact is, you are always proving a negative, one way or another. The formal name for it is the null hypotheses and it is an essential part of any experiment - either explicitly or implicitly.

    As for your 'proof', I made it clear to you from the very beginning that it was fatally flawed, but you were extremely insistent that I accept it, so I did. The result? It was fatally flawed! There are entire libraries filled with scientific findings showing you are wrong. Your response to that was that all science that disagrees with you should be thrown out (your words, not mine). The only thing you have to support ANY of your claims is that you want it to be true, therefore it is.

    Go study the geology of geophysics of the subject matter and, if you live in the world of the rational, you will see very quickly how you are wrong and your claim does not conform to the world of science.

    Now, we are done. I am not interested in hearing any more of your comments.

  8. Yet you still can't direct me to a single set of data or study that back up your claims. You fall back on mythical "libraries filled with scientific findings".

    You are a charlatan, and this was never a real contest. But like I said, I only tune in for the comedy.

  9. Censorship? What a cunt you are!

    Wasting everyone's time with your fake challenge.

  10. You recommended that he go study something. I've noticed that attempting to educate global warming deniers, or suggesting that they educate themselves, typically inspires anger and insults.

    I have yet to understand why simply learning something is such an offensive idea to them.

  11. I agree with "Ordeal". Also, I find your explanations to be quite clear and based on simple concepts, such as the conservation of energy. One of many curious characteristics of many with the denialist mind set is how they point to natural cycles as if they somehow occur outside the laws of physics.

  12. They really expect someone else to do the homework for them and it offends them when they are told they have to to it themselves. It is an interesting phenomenon.

  13. Thanks. Unfortunately, there have been some people I have had to blacklist from this blog because they became so offensive about it.

  14. You can't just restate the same thing and have it be true the next time you say it.


  15. 1. You admit that natural global warming started in the 1800's prior to increases in man-made CO2.

    2. The equation for total specific heat is Q = mcT where Q is total heat in joules and T is temperature in C or K.
    When talking about rate, the equation is expressed as q = mct where there is a dot over the q and t to specify rate. q is in J/sec or Watts. t is in C or K/sec. When discussing global temperatures, t is usually expressed as C/decade. The constant c would need to be adjusted to convert seconds to decades.

    3. The definition of acceleration says no change in rate = zero acceleration of temperature.

    4. Is q = mct any simpler than climate sensitivity equation or the Callendar Effect?
    T = T(o) + s/ln(2) * ln(C/C(o)) where T(o) is original temperature and C(o) is original CO2 level?

    If we can combine all the world's temperatures to one temperature a year, why can't we combine the net heat transfer into 1 sum total as well? If q = mct is not a valid equation, what is the consensus equation relating heat and temperature?

    5. All Global Climate Models are based on some variation of the Callendar Effect which was postulated by a steam engineer, not a climate scientist. Using the "only climate scientists can talk about global warming" argument would force out the man who created the first equation to link CO2 and AGW.

    6. The Callendar equation predicts a slow temperature rise at the beginning which increases to larger temperature increases later as C/Co ratio increases. This does not match the actual data where we see large initial jump in the first few years.

    7. Using 1964 as starting point, global warming has actually been decelerating.

    Year Temp Rate from 1964
    1964 -0.20
    1965 -0.10 1.00
    1966 -0.04 0.80
    1967 -0.01 0.63
    1968 -0.05 0.39
    1969 0.06 0.42
    1970 0.04 0.37
    1971 -0.06 0.23
    1972 0.02 0.21
    1973 0.16 0.26
    1974 -0.07 0.17

    8. Imagine a room with 2 heaters representing q(natural) and q(AGW). You can measure the temperature in the room. In order to figure out how much heat comes from nature vs AGW, you need another measurable data point. Calculating q(AGW) is not the same as measured data.

    9. You state we are in a natural cooling period. What would global temperatures be if CO2 remained at 1917 level? Please provide peer-reviewed source.

  16. This one always gets me. How do people who seem to put a lot of time and effort into keeping up with denier blogs manage to never see anything else relevant to their concerns? The ocean heating one is amazing.

    You don't even need to dedicate yourself to reading scientific papers or even watching documentaries - all you need is to casually glance at travel ads or watch an occasional film to see tropical seas where corals and fish are in clear, daylit, _deep_ water. If you do watch documentaries, you'll see reasonably well lit waters at various latitudes other than tropical. Sometimes down to tens of metres.

    If the light and any perceptible warmth gets that distance into the water, what happens to all that energy? I realise that it's not obvious like, say, gravity, until you think about it. But once you've looked at it, voluntarily or otherwise, it's inescapable.

  17. You make a good point. If all of the light is getting down there, where does it go if not into warming the ocean?