The UnAustralian

Sunday, May 11, 2003
When in Doubt, Just Make It Up

It's been a while since I've flamed anyone, and Aaron Oakley is as big a idiot as they come, so he's as good a target as anyone.

As of 5.49 pm on Sunday, the top post of his blog links to a paper by several global warming skeptics and then makes the following claim "[i]mportantly, the report puts paid to the idea (endorsed by the IPCC) that the medieval optimum was limited to Europe".

Rather relying on Aaron's claim that the IPCC view that the medieval optimum was limited to Europe, it is always good to read what is actually said, not a peusdoscientists summary of it. Here is a section from Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis, titled "Was there a Little Ice Age and a Medieval Warm Period".

Because of the detail contained within the section, I won't try to sumarise it, but will instead note that the IPCC note warming in areas such the Sargasso Sea (in Bermuda), and Eastern China in 9th to 13th centurys.

Unless my knowledge of geography is completely screwed, Bermuda and East China aren't in Europe, and Aaron's statement is simply a strawman.
| 6:52 PM