Following up on our recent post on Michael Mann's defamation lawsuit against National Review et al., we note this: Mann Vs. Steyn: Steve McIntyre Weighs In, in response to an item posted by the Volokh Conspiracy, a 'libertarian' online legal issues blog at the Washington Post (Steve McIntyre: was Michael Mann “exonerated” by the Oxburgh Panel?).
We've been posting some of the court documents on developments in this very interesting lawsuit, along with some informational commentary. As we've said, we don't intend to litigate the case here, in either posts or comments. But when the Washington Post gives online real estate to a one-sided item related to the case, based on channeling Steve McIntyre, we thought it worthwhile to call attention to a response.
Also, for scientific perspective on the underlying research issue, see Stefan Rahmstorf, Co-Chair of Earth System Analysis, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Most Comprehensive Paleoclimate Reconstruction Confirms Hockey Stick (July 8, 2013):
The past 2000 years of climate change have now been reconstructed in more detail than ever before by the PAGES 2k project. The results reveal interesting regional differences between the different continents, but also important common trends. The global average of the new reconstruction looks like a twin of the original “hockey stick”, the first such reconstruction published fifteen years ago.
78 researchers from 24 countries, together with many other colleagues, worked for seven years in the PAGES 2k project on the new climate reconstruction. “2k” stands for the last 2000 years, while PAGES stands for the Past Global Changes program launched in 1991. Recently, their new study was published in Nature Geoscience. It is based on 511 climate archives from around the world, from sediments, ice cores, tree rings, corals, stalagmites, pollen or historical documents and measurements (Fig. 1). All data are freely available. ... [read the full post, which very concisely synthesizes the state of paleoclimate science understanding, with several illuminating graphics.]
Earlier CSW post: