Rather than spending time archiving information from his various publications, Santer has placed his scientific priorities on introducing a remarkable cartoon (Youtube here), which ends (see 7 minutes on) with a ditty urging its audience to “do something about the power of poop”. The video ends with a close-up of a large odiferous dropping, with the narrator singing in one of the most annoying falsettos that you will ever hear:
we must do something about the power of poop,
the power of poop,
the power of poop,
the power of poop, poop, poop…
Who would have guessed that Santer’s interests were quite so scatological? And who says that the age of lyric poetry is over?
The closing remarks also provide a seamless segue to anticipated reviewer comments.
We learn at the opening of the cartoon that:
The snows of Kilimanjaro are over 10,000 years old.
Lonnie Thompson makes this claim in Thompson et al 2000, but the actual evidence is very slight and it’s not hard to contemplate circumstances in which the Kilimanjaro glacier is less than 10,000 years old, perhaps much less. We’ve discussed this point on a number of occasions in previous CA posts.
I’ve also observed that IPCC made this claim in the First Draft of AR4, but withdrew the claim in later drafts. I;ve discussed this before, but it’s useful to review in the light of Santer’s venture in amateur cartoons.
The IPCC AR4 First Draft (ch 6) stated:
There is only scarce information on the African glacier history, but ice cores retrieved from the Kilimanjaro ice cap reveal that the current retreat is unprecedented in the Holocene (Thompson et al., 2002)
One (and only one) IPCC reviewer questioned this claim in comment 6-1076:
Thompson’s dating of Kilimanjaro is very precarious. The assumed accumulation is implausibly low – it’s only 50 m thick (as compared to 160 m at Quelccaya), but is dated to 11700 BP versus start of AD440 at Quelccaya.
The IPCC Author Response apparently conceded the point and the claim was not made in the Second Draft and Final Report. The Author Response:
Noted, I know this point concerning the dating of Kili – we have to decide together shall we keep this reference or not – we cannot discuss the dating problem within the Holocene glacier box.
I guess that the IPCC reviewers did not fully anticipate the “power of poop”.