Again I am embarrassed by this poor science coming from fellow Australians. There is enough evidence by now that there are educational failings in parts of Australia’s tertiary and related institutions receiving government grants for research. These problem types were not apparent in my career years. They seem to have become common in the last 2 decades and are often in association with the global warming theme.
So can I please ask again for readers not to assume that all Australian science is poor. I can’t produce hard evidence in support, but I can note for example that there is discussion about world class research on medical/immunology themes at present. (Geoff Sherrington)
In today’s post, I will look at a new Naturemag climate reconstruction claiming unprecedentedness (h/t Bishop Hill): “Evolution of the Southern Annular Mode during the past millennium” (Abram et al Nature 2014, pdf). Unfortunately, it is marred by precisely the same sort of data mining and spurious multivariate methodology that has been repeatedly identified in Team paleoclimate studies.
The flawed reconstruction has been breathlessly characterized at the Conversation by Guy Williams, an Australian climate academic, as a demonstration that, rather than indicating lower climate sensitivity, the recent increase in Antarctic sea ice is further evidence that things are worse than we thought. Worse it seems than previously imagined even by Australian climate academics.
the apparent paradox of Antarctic sea ice is telling us that it [climate change] is real and that we are contributing to it. The Antarctic canary is alive, but its feathers are increasingly wind-ruffled.
In other comments, a new word enters the vocabulary, ‘clusterf’ along with other imaginative and relevant descriptions. Perhaps it’s time to stop calling these institutions Universities.