Welcome to the first official Rooted Reading List

Rather than writing, the biggest thing a journalist seems to do is read (at least that seems to be the case for me). There’s lot of great environment reading that I do during the week that I don’t get a chance to write about, so I’ve decided a weekly Rooted Reading List is a good way of sharing these articles. So check back every Friday arvo for it and feel free to add in your own top reading picks from around the web in comments.

First up a fascinating article in the University of St Thomas magazine about its professor Dr John Abraham, who garnered international attention in 2010 when he put together a 73 minute presentation that forensically pulls apart an entire speech made by well-known climate sceptic Christopher Monckton. This article examines the whole media fallout:

“Dr. John Abraham and his wife, Molly, packed up their kids and headed to Disneyland in July 2010 for the family’s first real vacation. Four-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Lilith fell in love with Disney’s dazzling King Arthur Carousel. They didn’t ride it once or twice, they went on it seven times. While his kids were having the time of their lives, the St. Thomas associate professor of mechanical engineering unfortunately had other things on his mind. Between carousel rides, Abraham kept checking his cell phone for messages. Headlines like this one – not only in the United States but in Europe, Australia and New Zealand – explain why: “The Monckton Files: Bombshell!!! John Abraham to be Sued!!!” Abraham had tangled with Scotland’s Christopher Monckton, one of the world’s most prominent global-warming sceptics and a sought-after speaker by the kind of organisations that share his scepticism.”

Well known climate scientist Dr Michael E. Mann — famous for his work at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the “hockey stick’ graph — just wrote a new book called The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. As always happens when climate scientists realise a new book, there’s been a backlash from the climate sceptic community. Scott Mandia, from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (which I wrote about recentlywrote on his blog about how sceptics are swarming the Amazon reviews for Mann’s book:

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  1. “The surprising finding… that there wasn’t any loss in ice mass between 2003 and 2010 in the wider Himalayan region has, again, been welcomed with much delight by climate sceptics.’

    And met with dismay by climate cult fanatics…

    Michael Mann et al are busy inventing new and varied hypotheses to explain the plateau in global temps…

    The tendentiousness of this blog is symptomatic of the damage done to the Left and environmentalism by the intellectual dishonesty generated by this messianic obsession.

    The arrogance of forcing extreme and premature policies is backfiring, as you all know in your 2PP hearts…rednecks are rejoicing; the simian priest scratches his crotch and grins;…feral capitalism gears up for a decade of untrammelled depredation…Not just here, but worldwide.

    by Frank Campbell on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  2. Hey Frank: It’s a (very) complex system. Of course there will be unexpected observations, non-linear trajectories etc.etc. However the underlying science is rock solid (it’s based on the same science that enables our civilisation).

    Framing it as some kind of “sceptic” (actually denier) versus blind millenarian thing is frankly an idiotic straw man.

    by kd on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

  3. KD: Two years ago here I suggested that True Believers would suffer much trauma after the inevitable collapse of climate millenarianism….I recommended an institutional retreat with intensive counselling, grief sessions, primal scream rooms, deep sleep therapy and, failing all else, electric shock treatment (powered by a wind turbine- all the more scary because you’d never know when you’d get a shock)…

    Expensive, but Medicare should cover it…

    by Frank Campbell on Feb 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

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