The Hockey Schtick:
Reposted from Watts Up With That, NOAA scientists have “fraudulently” hidden ocean pH data showing no evidence of ocean acidification over the past 104 years, a
“…startling data omission that he told me: “eclipses even the so-called climategateevent.”
Could these lies of omission and commission by NOAA scientists be the beginning of the end of “Acidification-gate“?
Touchy Feely Science – one chart suggests there’s a ‘pHraud’ in omitting Ocean Acidification data in Congressional testimony
Anthony Watts / December 23, 2014
Willis Eschenbach tips me to a story by Marita Noon, titled:
What if Obama’s climate change policies are based on pHraud?
I’ve reproduced portions of it here, with a link to the full article. The graph with ALL the data is compelling.
“Ocean acidification” (OA) is receiving growing attention. While someone who doesn’t follow climate change science might think OA is a stomach condition resulting from eating bad seafood, OA is claimed to be a phenomenon that will destroy ocean life—all due to mankind’s use of fossil fuels. It is a foundational theory upon which the global warming/climate change narrative is built.
The science and engineering website Quest, recently posted: “Since the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, we have been mining and burning coal, oil and natural gas for energy and transportation. These processes release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. It is well established that the rising level of CO2 in our atmosphere is a major cause of global warming. However, the increase in CO2 is also causing changes to the chemistry of the ocean. The ocean absorbs some of the excess atmospheric CO2, which causes what scientists call ocean acidification. And ocean acidification could have major impacts on marine life.”
Within the Quest text is a link to a chart by Dr. Richard A. Feely, who is a senior scientist with the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)—which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Feely’s climate-crisis views are widely used to support the narrative.
Feely’s four-page report: Carbon Dioxide and Our Ocean Legacy, offered on the NOAA website, contains a similar chart. This chart, titled “Historical & Projected pH & Dissolved Co2,” begins at 1850. Feely testified before Congress in 2010—using the same data that shows a decline in seawater pH (making it more acidic) that appears to coincide with increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Is there a federal agency that hasn’t lied to us?
OK. When the rooster crows, day-light also appears. The correlation between the two is near 1.0. Therefore, do we now say that the rooster crowing causes day-light? If we accpt the co2 vs pH correlation, shouldn’t we also accept the rooster/day light correlation? This is a common response to the use of regression/correlation to try to prove a claim. But the point here obviously is that there is much more to consider than just the rise in co2, just as there is with respect to co2 vs “climate change”.
Of course the oceans aren’t acidifying and its simple to demonstrate how such claims fail the test. Oceans represent highly buffered chemical soups with high turbulence (mixing activity). Any acidification from CO2 would be quickly be distributed and buffered to the point of non-detectability. In addition, dissolved CO2 is absorbed out of the ocean by a) plankton, which converts it to living tissue, and b) shellfish and c) corals that convert it to calcium carbonate (i.e., limestone). That’s not to say there can’t be localized acidification in oceans, as are typically found in areas of submarine volcanic activity, but these are typically localized and sporadic phenomena. Finally, there is a dilution effect: the amount of buffered salt water on the surface of earth is astoundingly high, as compared to fresh water. Think of flying over the ocean in a jetliner and recognizing that there is about as much distance below the surface (in the deep trenches) as there is between the jetliner and the ocean surface. Contrast that with fresh water: fresh water ponds are shallow, non-turbulent chemically buffered systems. So, simply put, if there was any detectable acidification of the ocean, your fresh water pond down the street would be an acid bath, by now.
@Rob: Are you trying to tell us that rooster crowing does not cause daylight? Gosh.