Kevin Trenberth, head of NCAR in the USA, is not happy.
He also wasnt happy some while ago, when he wrote to Michael Mann and expressed his dismay that the world wasnt warming.
“The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t”
So Kevin hatched a theory that said the missing heat is deep in the oceans, it has to be because they can’t find it anywhere else.
These leaked emails got he and Michael Mann, mr hockey stick himself, kicked of the IPCC AR5 team.
So now he has cracked the shits, and here is an interview with the Brisbane paper expressing dismay too many scientists having an input can’t reach consensus easily.
AS THE world’s elite global warming experts begin poring over the drafts of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report this week, one leading scientist doesn’t believe the process should be happening at all.
”I think it will be less successful than the last assessment, and I think it will be blander – I’m disappointed in what I’ve seen so far,” said Kevin Trenberth, the head of the climate analysis section at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research.
Professor Trenberth’s misgivings are not based on doubts about the strength of the science underpinning human-induced climate change, but on frustration with the bureaucratic nature of the IPCC.
Dozens of Australian scientists are among hundreds of international experts who started reviewing the IPCC’s fifth summary report this week, with the final version to be published next September. The previous report, released in 2007, declared global warming ”unequivocal” and said it was ”very likely” to be being driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases.
Two other scientists involved with the IPCC process, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Age the upcoming report contained many improvements on the previous edition, but that few ”breakthroughs” would be included.
”What you are dealing with is some superb work, and some that’s not so relevant or current, but the process makes it difficult to weight these appropriately,” one said.
Professor Trenberth is a bruised survivor of the so-called ”climategate” scandal, which involved the theft and publication of thousands of emails that had been sent between some of the world’s most influential climate researchers.
While he and his colleagues were cleared by a series of investigations, the people who hacked the email system at Britain’s University of East Anglia have never been caught, and the case was closed, unsolved, earlier this year.
Professor Trenberth believes it had a big impact on public debates about climate science. ”It made an immense difference – the level of vitriol and hate we received,” he said. ”Not only do we have waves of attacks when we publish and it ends up on a denialist website, but it has affected politicians.”
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently had its climate change-related research budget slashed by a fifth, affecting Professor Trenberth’s peers, as a result of online campaigns against climate scientists, he said. He believes uncertainties in climate change models scientists rely upon is being falsely inflated as a general uncertainty about the status of climate science.
”With the links between weather and climate for instance – we know they are there, but the specific numbers need work,” Professor Trenberth said.
Maybe instead of having a sook because the budget got slashed for researching something that doesn’t exist, maybe he should stick to his original comment about why the hell we havent warmed in 16 years??