Here goes one of those global warming denialists again:
“We are told that the sea level is rising and will soon swamp all of our cities. Everybody knows that the Pacific island of Tuvalu is sinking. Al Gore told us that the inhabitants are invading New Zealand because of it.
“Around 1990 it became obvious that the local tide-gauge did not agree — there was no evidence of ‘sinking.’ So scientists at Flinders University, Adelaide, were asked to check whether this was true. They set up new, modern, tide-gauges in 12 Pacific islands, including Tuvalu, confident that they would show that all of them are sinking.
“Recently, the whole project was abandoned as there was no sign of a change in sea level at any of the 12 islands for the past 16 years. In 2006, Tuvalu even rose.”
Who is this heretic?
Why it’s New Zealander Dr Vincent Gray who has worked relentlessly for the IPCC as an expert reviewer since the early 1990s.
Dr. Gray is one of the 2000 to 2500 top scientists from around the world whom the IPCC often cites as forming the basis of its findings. No one has been a more faithful reviewer than Dr. Gray over the years — he has been an IPCC expert almost from the start, and perhaps its most prolific contributor, logging almost 1900 comments on the IPCC’s final draft of its most recent report alone.
But Dr. Gray, who knows as much about the IPCC’s review processes as anyone, has been troubled by what he sees as an appalling absence of scientific rigour in the IPCC’s review process.
Get the feeling that an awful bloody big brick wall is beginning to crumble? From the base.
There’ll be no shades of Gray in this debate, Colorado State University has decided.
The university has effectively silenced Dr Gray’s namesake, professor emeritus of CSU’s atmospheric department Dr William Gray.
In a memo to colleagues after CSU officials informed him that media relations would no longer promote his forecasts after 2008, Gray wrote: “This is a flimsy excuse and seems to me to be a cover for the department’s capitulation to the desires of some who want to rein in my global-warming criticisms.”
And critical he has been. At last year’s National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, Gray called Gore a “gross alarmist.” “He’s one of those guys that preaches end-of-the-world type of things,” Gray told AP. “I think he’s doing a great disservice, and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”