Pen Hadow: Arctic Pillock – the comedy saga continues

Jo Abbess, BSc, WILL be pleased. After its all-too-brief flirtation with climate change reality, the BBC is back to its old ways.

Yesterday on the Today programme, one of its chief climate fear promoters (aka environment correspondent) Roger Harrabin reported the appropriately spine-chilling news that the Arctic sea ice is definitely going to melt by 2020. How do we know this? Because a Cambridge professor claims so based on ice measurements taken by Pen Hadow’s Catlin Arctic Survey.

Say what? Surely he doesn’t mean the same disastrous Arctic mission which has been described as the “scientific joke of 2009″?

They surely do.

The marvellous Watts Up With That website lists ten good reasons why the hard science provided by Catlin Arctic Survey’s research is roughly in the same league of predictive usefulness as tea leaves, chicken entrails or Gordon Brown’s treasury forecasting team.

They include, its “unrealistic vision of self-importance”, the failure of its ice radar sounding equipment “almost from day one” (a fact which the expedition only chose to reveal to the world on day 44), its presentation of false data to the world on its website (which, er, accidentally failed to mention that “live” biotelemetry data being sent straight from the Arctic wasn’t live at all) and  its blatant warmist bias which left it woefully unprepared for the colder-than-expected arctic weather that cut its expedition short.

My favourite, one though, is this cruelly brief dismissal by Dr Walt Meier of NSIDC – one of the world’s most prominent sea ice researchers.

“I don’t anticipate using the Catlin data.”