The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

More from Sinclair Davidson on the question of whether the world is warming

First, by way of refresher, refer to Rory Robertson's arguments here (the charts in particular) and here. Second, in response to my question below, Professor Sinclair Davidson comments:

"We probably are talking at cross-purposes. Taking the temp anomaly series at face-value, the world is warmer now than it was 30-50 years ago. I don't think that is controversial - mind you I'm sure to be corrected on that point. The point about whether of not there has been 'a trend break' isn't IMHO addressed by the paper. Even if there has been a trend break the temperature would still be warmer now than it was 30-50 years ago. As I understand it there is no argument (or evidence) that the world has cooled over the past ten years or so, rather that there is no statistically significant warming trend since 1995 - that is what Phil Jones told the BBC in 2010. Whatever else we think of him Jones is one of the world experts in precisely this area. What Phil Jones has said is consistent with Trevor Breusch and Farshid Vahid's findings. But what we're really interested in is further exploration of Jones' argument. John Quiggin and I have posted on this quite extensively. Some good background here."