The deniers have been trumpeting an atrocious study that made it into the July 23 edition of Journal of Geophysical Research, “Influence of the Southern Oscillation on tropospheric temperature.” The top anti-scientific blog, WattsUpWithThat crowed, “Surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean”:
A new peer-reviewed climate study is presenting a head on challenge to man-made global warming claims.
But let’s not waste time quoting that “atrocious paper,” as RealClimate puts it, with a couple of debunking links here. The occasional atrocious denier paper sometimes makes it through the peer-reviewed process. What’s truly remarkable here is that some of the top climate scientists in the country already have a response submitted for publication in JGR — see full article here.
Last year saw “A new Olympic record for retraction of a denier talking point,” but this would seem to be some sort of a world record for scientific rebuttal.
The 9 (!) rebuttal authors span the globe from Japan to the UK to New Zealand to Colorado and New York, reading like a who’s who of global climate science: G. Foster, J. D. Annan, P. D. Jones, M. E. Mann, B. Mullan, J. Renwick, J. Salinger, G. A. Schmidt, and K. E. Trenberth. Here’s the abstract: