I’m sure it is in fact no surprise that a “peer review ring” was operating at an academic journal.
“Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal.
Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once.
The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and citation ring” was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published.”
Original article at Retraction Watch:
Arctic Sea Ice Extent has actually climbed 130,000 sq km over the last few days. Extent is now inside the one standard deviation mark again (by about 1000 sq km).
DMI’s temperature has been oscillating up and down but is sort of approaching normal.
On day 92, Antarctica Sea Ice Extent has been a daily record on 26 days. 92 out of 92 have been in the top 5. Of course the last daily record was only 630 sq km above 2008. Close, but still a record.
The following is all 92 days. A 1 is a daily record, a 2 is 2nd place etc. A . is lower than 9th. There are no . for Antarctica.
This is the extent just for the 92 day of each year.
Antarctic Sea Ice is still a long way to maximum, but as of Day 88, Antarctic Sea Ice Extent for 2014 is the highest ever for the day by 580 sq km.
Looking at the graph of Extent for day 88 only, I can see that when 2008 set its daily record by over 400,000 sq km that it would be a while before it was broken.
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is just under the 2013 track and slowly closing in. Extent is 887,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean, about 20% above.
Due to the government shutdown, sea ice extent data was unavailable for about 20 days. It is now available again here.
It appears that for the last 11 days Arctic Sea Ice Extent has been within one standard deviation. Not much of a death spiral.
“Climate change has forced professional snowboarder Forrest Shearer to go on the run. Over the past decade he’s seen the winter decrease from a six-month season (November to April) to a three-month season (January to March), so he has to travel to find the winter, wherever it may be. “Before we could go in our backyard,” says Shearer, a resident of Utah who has appeared in and worked on numerous snowboarding films. “
For the last 10 years (According to the NOAA) November to April temperatures in Utah fell -2F.
The highest mark for temperature was 2000.
The Canadian side of the Northwest Passage appears closed due to ice at both ends. Read about it here.
I checked on the Yong Sheng (famously trying to take cargo via the Northwest Passage).
It appears to be “confused” as to what to do next. It made a strange northwards turn.
I wonder if the same conditions are occurring on the Russian side causing trouble for the Yong Sheng?
At the bottom of this post is a screen capture of an article at NSIDC concerning some early satellite pictures of the Arctic and Antarctic.
The article is titled “Earliest satellite maps of Antarctic and Arctic sea ice”.
Go ahead an read it at NSIDC (link) or in the screen capture.
Some things jumped out at me right away:
1) The Antarctic data is very specific comparing September 1964 to September 2012 and August 1966 to September 1986.
2) Why did they compare August 1966 to September 1986? The lowest average for August is 1986, but it was 17 million sq km, not 17.5 million.
3) The 15.9 million sq km for August 1966 is 1.1 million sq km lower than the lowest “modern” mean for August. Which means Antarctic Sea Ice has been growing since 1966 (at least in August).
4) Why are they so incredibly unspecific about the Arctic? “early satellite data” for September is compared to “broadly similar to the 1979 to 2000 average”. Why not give values for specific years?
5) 6.9 million square kilometers for some September in the 1960s would be 700,000 sq km lower than the highest Arctic Sea Ice which occurred in 1980. Isn’t that evidence of Arctic Sea Ice being cyclic?
6) I smell a rat. Why so ambiguous about the years in the Arctic? What are they hiding?
Conservation groups in Southern California sued the Department of the Interior on Tuesday in an attempt to block construction of a wind farm they claim could cause nearby residents to develop health problems ranging from diabetes to cancer to attention deficit disorder.
“The project is an unnecessary industrialization of pristine wilderness areas,” they said in the complaint.”