Category Archives: Spot the Hockey Stick!

The Mann Hockey Stick is out there, disguised in news articles and serious scientific publications. Our aim is to find it.

Spot the Hockey Stick! #12 – The Canadian Government

This was sent to me by Ross McKitrick, a man who knows how to ruin an Englishman’s afternoon with a single e-mail. The Canadian Government, fresh from doubling its estimate of how much the Kyoto Protocol will cost the Canucks, and without a clue as to what to do about crashing the Canadian economy mitigating […]

Spot the Hockey Stick! #11 : Ulrich Cubasch

In human behavior, when people have stated a position that they believe to be true, they are subsequently loath to admit error, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. To be wrong, is in a sense, to sense shame or failure. But the fact is, we’re all wrong from time to time. […]

Spot the Hockey Stick #10: The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Here on climateaudit, it never fails to amaze us how many different ways that the Hockey Stick appears in various guises. But on the other hand, its use in the context of "greenhouse warming", "anthropogenic climate change" or the Kyoto Protocol appears almost universal. For all the bleating about "other studies" which "confirm the Mann, […]

Spot the Hockey Stick #9: Andrew Weaver

It’s been too long since our last round of Spot the Hockey Stick! but despite the impressive backpedalling of some that the Mann, Bradley and Hughes study is sooo old hat and soooo last millennium, it’s still being cited at breathtaking pace as the best thing in climate science since the thermometer. Thus we come […]

The Significance of the Hockey Stick

Recently, as the hockey stick looks more and more splintered, some climate scientists have argued that the hockey stick graph was merely incidental in Kyoto promotion.

Spot the Hockey Stick #8: The Freeserve Brighton Website

Here’s a blast from the past. This particular site was used zillions of times on Usenet whenever global warming was "discussed". I use the "scare quotes" because to describe what goes on on Usenet as "discussion" is like describing global thermonuclear war as "a mild case of suntan" Anywho, here’s the graph of temperature and […]

Spot The Hockey Stick #7: The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

I know what you’re thinking: Who, they? Me too. According to the website: IGBP is an international scientific research programme built on interdisciplinarity, networking and integration. It addresses scientific questions where an international approach is the best or the only way to provide an answer. We add value to a large number of individual, national […]

Spot the Hockey Stick #6: New Zealand

One of the fun parts about finding the Hockey Stick is the many guises in which it appears. If you didn’t know what you were looking at, you could easily miss the significance of the information provided for you by people in authority. Today’s scientific authority is the government of New Zealand.

You too can play "Spot the Hockey Stick!"

While Steve McIntyre gets his visage on international TV (and, so rumors say, have his front door widened), here on the weblog we can still play our game of "Spot the Hockey Stick", the temperature reconstruction that, according to William Connelley, was made into a totem of global warming by skeptics and not by the multi-billion […]

Spot the Hockey Stick #5 – The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

Another instalment of our favorite game. This time it’s from the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, which was published with big fanfare and a slew of scary headlines and quotations in October 2004. The documents are stowed in the AMAP documents database and contain some of the slickest, glossiest presentations that I can remember. They’ve obviously got […]