Monday, 7 June 2010

Lord Christopher Monckton got pwned by John Abraham

For the few people who missed the news : professor John Abraham has gone where no man has gone before. He looked at a presentation and started to look at all the claims Monckton made, if necessary he contacted the original authors of a paper Monckton quoted, etc. It must have been an incredible time-consuming business, or why no-one ever attemped to make a full rebuttal like Abraham did.
Abraham explains how he got involved in rebutting Monckton in this article in The Guardian. In the article he also demonstrates Monckton is misquoting scientists and misinterpreting science over and over and over again. An example :
For instance, Monckton's claims that "Arctic sea ice is fine, steady for a decade" made reference to Alaskan research group (IARC).
I wrote to members of IARC and asked whether this was true. Both their chief scientist and director confirmed that Monckton was mistaken.
They also pointed me to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) for a second opinion.
A scientist there confirmed Monckton's error, as did Dr Ola Johannessen, whose work has shown ice loss in Greenland (Monckton reported that Johannessen's work showed that Greenland "was just fine".)
Next, I investigated Monckton's claim that the medieval period was warmer than today. Monckton showed a slide featuring nine researchers' works which, he claimed, proved that today's warming is not unusual – it was hotter in the past.
I wrote to these authors and I read their papers. It turned out that none of the authors or papers made the claims that Monckton attributed to them. This pattern of misinterpretation was becoming chronic.
The original version of Abraham’s full rebuttal can be found here, but it’s also available on Youtube, the first part is given below. The list with references used can be found here

Chris Monckton wrote this reply which above anything else is embarrassing. It takes his Lordship exactly five words to drop the word “Goebbelian” and it only goes downwards further on, an example :
So unusual is this attempt actually to meet us in argument, and so venomously ad hominem are Abraham’s artful puerilities, delivered in a nasal and irritatingly matey tone (at least we are spared his face — he looks like an overcooked prawn)
John Abraham gave this polite response to Monckton’s bewildering rant.


  1. If someone could PLEASE beg Professor Abraham to reinstall his videos it would be much appreciated.

    These videos should be out so that those who reply to commentary sections that happen to mention the subject.

    A quick link to those videos would make an excellent rebuttal to the usual shenanigans that Deniers put up.

  2. You can find the entire Abraham presentation here

    i don't know why it's no longer on youtube but i asked if it will be reïnstalled. I'll keep you informed.