Four go a-court, with a hey, nonny-no

Four lawyers went to court today, among a total of 13 people: the judge and a clerk, four lawyers conducting business, one sceptical witness (yours truly – Bob was busy), two senior NIWA scientists, a friendly David Wratt and slightly sullen Brett Mullan, the friendly Tim Mahood (their general counsel), and three others who appear highly prosperous and might be lawyers. Six for them and one for us (not counting working lawyers).

From time to time one or two female journalists sit to one side tapping on their laptops. Just before lunch a fellow turned up and sat beside me. I introduced myself and he said he was a sceptic (“from way back”) who heard of the court case only yesterday and couldn’t wait to come along.

Today was the second day of the Coalition’s action against NIWA. Our counsel, Terry Sissons, was still taking Mr Justice Venning through our statement of claim. It should have been NIWA’s turn by now, but Terry wasn’t finished yet.

It was necessarily detailed, as every assertion must be evidenced by a document and every document must be produced in an approved fashion. Each side has produced a surprisingly impressive pile of folders. Most of them were ready to hand (it’s under tab 83, page 597, Your Honour).

But sometimes the page required could not be found, which led to periods of silence as the Coalition’s legal team flicked through large binders before announcing the reference.

The Coalition’s second cause of action is the 11SS. This was the temperature series hurriedly cobbled together in rebuttal by Jim Salinger and James Renwick after we published “Are we feeling warmer yet” — the paper that started the controversy over the national temperature record.

It was funny, though, because we said what are the adjustments and they said of course it needs adjustments. We went: huh?

Anyway, Terry quoted from the email in which Jim Salinger informed James Renwick, at NIWA, that these 11 weather stations were “pristine sites” and therefore formed an ideal temperature series to support the 7SS, which we’d criticised.

Then he itemised its deficiencies. Only three sites began in 1931 and it wasn’t until 1955 that all 11 existed, so they don’t constitute a series. Several stations (I think about five of them) had multiple years with multiple missing months; the literature specifically says such stations don’t constitute a series. The majority of sites were far from pristine — in fact, some were unusable.

When the methodology of Rhoades & Salinger (1993)(RS93) is used correctly, the warming claimed plunges to about 0.28°C (I think!) per century.

Terry described the criticism NIWA offered of Bob Dedekind’s statistical audit of NIWA’s 7-station review. They made two points:

1. He was too strictly formulaic and too rigid in using K=2, or two years before and after in comparing stations. Terry mentioned he had set out specifically to use RS93. I think he meant it’s little surprise he therefore used it consistently.

2. He had an incorrect approach to missing data. I didn’t catch NIWA’s argument here.

NIWA had no problem with Bob’s calculations or the principle of his using RS93. Even with NIWA’s criticisms, his paper shows they make sufficiently significant mistakes in calculating the new temperature series to justify a remedy.

After finishing with the scientific matters Terry moved on to legal issues. They refer to the legal responsibilities and status of crown-owned entities.

1. Is the pursuit of excellence an enforceable duty or something less than that?
2. In research, is good quality mandatory?
3. In the pursuit of excellence, what is the effect of a breach?
4. Mistakes of fact (I’m unclear what this means).
5. The effect of unreasonableness.
6. Whether or not a recent decision concerning Mercury Energy has any effect here.

Some of these questions seem astounding. For example, why do they seem to be considering “good quality” as an optional extra in a scientific research organisation?

The matters arise between the plaintiff’s (the Coalition’s) Statement of Claim (SOC) and the Defendant’s (NIWA’s) Statement of Defence (SOD). NIWA counter-claimed they had no obligation to pursue excellence or to use best-quality scientific practices and also that the national temperature record was not only not official, but they themselves had no obligation to produce or maintain it.

Never mind that nobody else had one, or that every time NIWA needed a national temperature record, say, in official court testimony, or at a planning hearing, or to answer questions in the Parliament, they pulled out the 7SS. It still wasn’t theirs and they still have no duty towards it.

Incredible.

Anyway, lunch was taken just after this and, as I had an appointment elsewhere, I missed the afternoon’s work. At the morning tea break I paid substantial coin for an application to access the documents in the case. If approved by the judge, I get to sift through the mountain and copy those documents I wish to keep. Then you get to hear more of the authoritative detail. Something to look forward to.

It’s late, I’m up early tomorrow, so that is all.

50 Thoughts on “Four go a-court, with a hey, nonny-no

  1. Andy on July 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm said:

    Thanks for the update Richard.

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  3. Richard C (NZ) on July 18, 2012 at 8:50 am said:

    First, thank you for taking time and expense to report this RT.

    I’m a little confused as to the status of the citations e.g. R&S especially. They’re not listed as evidence but the court is obviously admitting them and addressing them as you report:-

    “NIWA had no problem with Bob’s calculations or the principle of his using RS93″

    The paper seems to be accepted as evidence by virtue of citation. Odd then, that NIWA accept the principle of using R&S (as they promised to do as I understand) but didn’t do so themselves.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 18, 2012 at 10:16 am said:

      You make a contradiction RT. You say:-

      “NIWA had no problem with Bob’s calculations or the principle of his using RS93″

      But NIWA says:-

      “1. He was too strictly formulaic and too rigid in using K=2, or two years before and after in comparing stations”

      NIWA do have a problem with Bob’s use of R&S – he adhered to it too well for their liking.

      And three professional statisticians back him up.

    • Bob D on July 18, 2012 at 11:27 am said:

      Yes, their main criticism of RS93′s ±1 or ±2 year approach is that it excludes adjustments they’d really like to make, as they often increase the trend to an amount consistent with their confirmation bias.

      But the main issue, as RT has outlined above, is that NIWA appears to be heading down the track of: “We admit it’s a dog’s breakfast. Some of us say it’s based on a student’s thesis of 1981 (see answers in Parliament), others of us think we used RS93 (see Wratt’s affidavit), but we don’t know for sure ‘cos we lost the data and the programs we apparently used (then again maybe we never even had them) but we don’t hold ourselves to very high scientific standards, and so if anyone believes what we say it’s hardly our fault.”

      Now this approach may work in court in a legal sense, but I’m not sure most New Zealanders will warm to them (pardon the pun) as a result of it.

      The missing month issue is really a very minor one. In most cases in CliFlo, the month is labelled “missing” when even one day’s temperature is missing. This is the correct way to handle it, otherwise confusion ensues. But in most cases one can therefore simply work out the monthly average by downloading the daily temperatures and using the existing days, as long as only a few days are missing.

      Mullan found one month in my analysis where the whole month was missing (I think it was May 1920 at one station), and assumed (strangely) that I had used the following year’s May value as an estimate (ie: he assumed I took May 1921). Without checking, he then wrote various documents, gave presentations, etc. where he publicly labelled my approach ‘naive’, and showed how that approach produces incorrect values. Except it wasn’t my approach.

      For that one month, I had instead taken the average temperature for all the Mays of the overlapping years. In that case I think it was 1913-1927, but I don’t have the numbers in front of me. By pure coincidence, it produced the same value as the following May. In my response to his affidavit I mentioned this and spelled out the various methods I had used in other places too.

      Now suddenly the ‘naive’ label is being applied to the averaging technique, instead of the following year technique. It’s so difficult to keep up. Is there a better way to do it? Yes, one could use close neighbouring sites for the estimate, but there were no close neighbours for that site in 1920, if I remember correctly.

      I would just note in closing that to date NIWA have produced no decent RS93 analysis of their own, so to criticize ours seems somewhat premature.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm said:

      Can’t find access to David Wratt’s Affidavit Bob.

      SOD http://nzclimatescience.net/images/PDFs/statement_of_defence.pdf

      Just says:-

      10 (c) The 7SS is an appropriate and reliable series of temperature data and is based on widely accepted scientific methods and practices.

      What are those? Some citations would be good NIWA and the extent to which they were implemented. If that can’t be answered how can the 7SS be “appropriate and reliable”?

      And

      12 (d) The adjustments methodology for the 7SS is internationally accepted standard practice;

      That’s the problem. “internationally accepted standard practice” has fallen to disgraceful levels.

      For example:-

      How USHCN Hides The Decline In US Temperatures

      http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/how-ushcn-hides-the-decline-in-us-temperatures/

      New paper finds global warming over past century was only about half of IPCC claims

      http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/new-paper-finds-global-warming-over.html

      GIStemp a slice of Pisa

      http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/gistemp-a-slice-of-pisa/

      BOMs new data set, ACORN, so bad it should be withdrawn (954 min temps larger than the max!)

      http://joannenova.com.au/2012/07/boms-new-data-set-acorn-so-bad-it-should-be-withdrawn-954-min-temps-larger-than-the-max/

      To use an almost climatic phrase – Tip-of-the-iceberg.

    • Mike Jowsey on July 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm said:

      …or… “It’s worse than we thought!”

    • Bob D on July 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm said:

      >Can’t find access to David Wratt’s Affidavit Bob.
      It’s been presented in court, but we’ll have to wait for Richard T to provide it here for us.

    • “I would just note in closing that to date NIWA have produced no decent RS93 analysis of their own, so to criticize ours seems somewhat premature.”

      Or even naive…

    • “It’s been presented in court, but we’ll have to wait for Richard T to provide it here for us.”

      I have no decision yet, so I have no material yet, so yet I wait…

  4. Rosie on July 18, 2012 at 10:14 am said:

    Many thanks to all of you at CSC for pursuit of the truth.

    We are following this court case with interest and pleased to be able to read your updates online.

  5. Andy on July 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm said:

    I’m just trying to imagine (as someone who has to work with technical data as a job) stating on my CV or website that “quality is not important to my business”.

    • Once you’ve passed the political requirements for the post, quality is a side issue. Just remember the bureaucratic oath – “Masters come and masters go, ’tis one’s butt one must ne’er show”.

      Sorry, it’s been a long day in the orchard pruning – my cynicism is showing! I’m not on a government salary – just working towards the future possibility of having an income around Christmas. Maybe. After expenses and taxes. But I do love my cherries.

      Anyhoo, Richard T, may I echo those comments of gratitude to all your hard work to bring this out into the public arena. It is most appreciated. Tomorrow NIWA begins their defense – how exciting! Richard C’s points above foremost in my thoughts.

    • Thanks, Mike.

      “Tomorrow NIWA begins their defense – how exciting!”

      What makes you say they begin tomorrow?

    • Mike Jowsey on July 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm said:

      It’s in the Harold so it must be true!!!

      The defence is due to begin its evidence on Thursday.

      at bottom of article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820276

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  7. Gary on July 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm said:

    A big thank you to the team that has taken on a not so honest government organisation.

  8. I can’t help but feel it’s relevant noting that one in four temperatures recorded in the NIWA series was a rounded Fahrenheit temperature, creating an unknown bias that was probably down. I’ve no idea why this wouldn’t be relevant to a court challenge against the accuracy of recorded historic temperatures … http://www.waclimate.net/round/new-zealand-temperatures.html

    • That’s interesting work, Chris, thanks for the link. The quality of the readings is certainly important, but we’re not making a big deal out of it, as our case is more about NIWA’s duties as a state organ and how they performed those duties. Though it concerns the science, the case won’t determine the science. It’s used just to show what NIWA said and what they did; they were often different things.

  9. Just curious why you are challenging the temperature record in court rather than through peer reviewed papers?

    • Bob D on July 20, 2012 at 11:22 am said:

      Nick, can you point us to the peer-reviewed paper that contains the temperature record, so we can challenge it?

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm said:

      They ARE “:challenging the temperature record ……..through peer reviewed papers” Nick.

      Just read the Audit and Manfred Dedekind’s Affidavit and you will find citation of those papers and the rationale that incorporates them,

      Statistical Audit of the NIWA 7-Station Review

      http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/docs/Statistical%20Audit%20of%20the%20NIWA%207-Station%20Review%20Aug%202011.pdf

      Dedekind Affidavit

      http://nzclimatescience.net/images/PDFs/dedekind%20affidavit%20scan.pdf

      Then read the SOC and evidence exhibits to see how NIWA agreed to use of said papers (R&S93) then went back on their word. Start here:-

      http://nzclimatescience.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=14&Itemid=47

      Or remain ignorant – your call.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm said:

      BTW Nick, note that in Dedekind’s Affidavit the audit was vetted by THREE independent professional statisticians.

      I think you will have some difficulty finding similar in NIWA’s defense documents.

    • So was your paper published in peer reviewed literature or just on this web site?

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm said:

      It’s a statistical review (read it) that’s itself reviewed by 3 independent statisticians. As I’ve stated before, the peer-reviewed papers cited in it, support it. That is no different than any IPCC Assessment Report.

      The court if it so desires was free to call those statisticians for examination (it didn’t) . It seems that everyone (NIWA, NIWA’s Counsel, the Judge etc) were satisfied with their professional expertise.

      That’s what it’s about Nick, the statistical method employed – not climate science.

    • Nick on July 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm said:

      So why didn’t you get it published? you had done all the hard work by the look of things but no ones going to take it seriously unless you publish. Have any peer review papers cited it?

    • Bob D on July 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

      So why didn’t you get it published?

      That may still happen. Or not. It’s up to us.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

      Nick, here’s the NIWA equivalent to the NZCSET statistical audit (i.e. what the audit was auditing).

      Report on the Review of NIWA’s ‘Seven-Station’ Temperature Series
      December 2010

      http://www.niwa.co.nz/sites/default/files/import/attachments/Report-on-the-Review-of-NIWAas-Seven-Station-Temperature-Series_v3.pdf

      Note that it was NOT published in peer-reviewed literature but it was in the scientific and public domain.

      However, BOTH were reviewed. NIWA’s review (not report) was reviewed by BOM (but not statistically and it wasn’t a technical review) but NZCSET’s was reviewed by three independent professional statisticians.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm said:

      “…..no ones going to take it seriously unless you publish”

      They will if the judge rules in favour of it.

    • So that is my question, why put yourself at the mercy of the judges decision and some obscure legal point rather than let the work stand on it’s own merits in a peer reviewed publication?

  10. I don’t think it needs to be in a peer-reviewed paper for you to challenge it in peer reviewed literature yourself.

    Then at least you would have something in the formal scientific arena that would be on a par with or supersede NIWA’s work. I suspect NIWA would find it harder to ignore a peer reviewed paper that’s result was contrary to theirs and other organisations are more likely to take your work seriously and reference it next to NIWA’s work.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm said:

      Follow the thread Nick and you will find that there IS “something in the formal scientific arena”. Go back here and read down:-

      http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/2012/07/four-go-a-court-with-a-hey-nonny-no/#comment-106224

      Not only is that document (the Audit) in the scientific arena, it’s now in the legal arena – that’s what it’s all about Nick.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm said:

      Or to spell it out for you as usual, it’s about NIWA’s lack of statistical rigour and integrity, professionalism and quality that they espouse in public relations but neglect in practice (wrt the 7SS).

    • Hi Richard, I don’t think being published on a blog counts as the scientific arena.

      If no one has cited the paper then it has had very little impact on the state of the science, which is a pity because obviously a lot of effort has gone into it.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 21, 2012 at 8:34 am said:

      Nick, you say:-

      “I don’t think being published on a blog counts as the scientific arena”

      NIWA’s equivalent (as I pointed out) was “published on a blog” (NIWA’s website) i.e. the public and therefore scientific arena.

      As a result, both have ended up in the legal arena.

    • Nick on July 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm said:

      Hi Richard, I’m pretty sure describing NIWA’s web site as a blog is a bit fallacious. Anyway, just because the NIWA paper is on their web site doesn’t stop you from publishing in a peer reviewed journal.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm said:

      “….describing NIWA’s web site as a blog is a bit fallacious”

      I wasn’t. The NZCSET Audit was not posted “here” at this blog as you think. It was posted at the NZCSC website (a public interface same as NIWA’s) which was why I made the correction to your comment but you being you cannot grasp the details of this case so I don’t expect you to grasp that either. The fact that it was subsequently linked to at this blog is immaterial, the “Statistical Audit of the NIWA 7-Station Review” is catalogued by Google “About 36″ times on the Web so it’s readily accessible. “Report on the Review of NIWA’s ‘Seven-Station’ Temperature Series” is catalogued “About 238″ times on the Web so it’s readily accessible too.

      But neither can be accessed by Google scholar because neither is published in a Journal or suchlike. However, ‘Report on the Review’ has 3 citations therefore ‘Statistical Audit’ may also be cited too. Note that NSCSC did not have to post or publish the Audit at all, anywhere, in order for it to be submitted as evidence in a court of law.

      Now Nick, why are you not applying the same criteria to NIWA’s Review as you are to the Audit of it? Can you cite the Journal that ‘Report on the Review’ appears in? No. You say you are “not trying to be difficult” but you’re obviously on a vindictive and ignorant wind-up – give it a rest.

  11. Presumably if Nick is so keen on peer reviewed literature, he will also be dismissing the Stern report and the 30% of other non peer reviewed literature that gets referenced in the IPCC reviews

  12. Richard C (NZ) on July 21, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

    Yes Andy that has been put in front of Nick previously but I think we know Nick well enough now to guess his predilections.

    BTW I’ve been going over the recent US EPA decision to get a handle on judgment decisions re NZCSET v NIWA. In respect to IPCC reports and peer review the three judges say on page 26/27:-

    As an initial matter, State and Industry Petitioners question EPA’s reliance on “major assessments” addressing greenhouse gases and climate change issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.S. Global Climate Research Program (USGCRP), and the National Research Council (NRC). Endangerment Finding, 74 Fed. Reg. at 66,510–11. These peerreviewed assessments synthesized thousands of individual studies on various aspects of greenhouse gases and climate change and drew “overarching conclusions” about the state of the science in this field.

    http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/52AC9DC9471D374685257A290052ACF6/$file/09-1322-1380690.pdf

    One would hope that Justice Venning has a better grasp than SENTELLE, Chief Judge; ROGERS and TATEL Circuit Judges in that case.

    Suggest a mild sedative before reading the Opinion for the Court filed.

    • Nick on July 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm said:

      So can I take it that from your responses the reason why you did not try to publish your pdf in a peer reviewed journal is because you believe that having it hosted here gives it equal weight? Please correct me if I’m wrong because this seems a little naive.

      Can I also ask why there are no authors listed on the pdf?

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 22, 2012 at 10:10 am said:

      Are you hoping that what you think will influence the judges decision Nick?

      They’re essentially the same series (neither are “published” in the literature) but the “weight” is in the respective applications of R&S93 (peer-reviewed literature I think Nick). That’s what the judge will have to decide upon.

      That and the rest of NIWA’s conduct as per SOC.

  13. Nick on July 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm said:

    Hi Richard, no I’m not hoping that what I think will influence the judge. I’m just wondering why no one bothered to submit the paper to formal peer review and why nobody has seen fit to put their name on the paper.

    • Nick, it may yet be published. As Bob mentioned earlier, it’s not yet decided. Comment on the paper by all means, but please stop asking why it’s not published and why nobody has put their name to it. In his affidavit to the High Court, Bob Dedekind asserted that he was one of the contributors to the Audit and took responsibility for the statistical calculations in it.

  14. Nick on July 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm said:

    So why isn’t Bob’s name on the pdf? I’m not trying to be difficult but your pdf is a long way from the normal scientific standard so I’m trying to figure out why you didn’t follow more conventional procedures for publishing. I don’t even know how I should formally cite the pdf should I want to.

    • I’m not trying to be difficult

      That’s hard to believe when I’ve just told you it might yet be published and there is a named author. We don’t have a comprehensive plan, we’re not a university, we’re just responding to events. You’re not helping.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm said:

      “..your pdf is a long way from the normal scientific standard”

      As prescribed by whom for what purpose? The ‘Statistical Audit’ is essentially the same as NIWA’s ‘Report on the Review’ and a response to it and in turn reviewed by professional statisticians. For further deflation of your nonsensical reasoning see here:-

      http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/2012/07/four-go-a-court-with-a-hey-nonny-no/#comment-106634

      “….so I’m trying to figure out why you didn’t follow more conventional procedures for publishing”

      You haven’t got a clue have you Nick? Have you any idea what “fit for purpose” means? NZCSC followed the exact same “conventional procedures for publishing” as NIWA did except for the authoring but that’s no big deal. Here’s guidance from The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) in the standard writing guide (wrt citations) for psychology and other disciplines in the social sciences when the report has no author:-

      If a work has no author, use the title for the intext citation.

      http://www.glendale.edu/library/research/APAelec.pdf

      That is, cite the title because everyone will know what is being referred to and the fact that there’s no author named on the report or in the citation of it is of no consequence.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 23, 2012 at 11:30 am said:

      Here’s an interesting case study on report publication by ISBN (not journal), peer-review/non-peer-review, disclaimers, moral rights (careful with that), copyright and naming of reviewers:-

      Climate Change Adaptation
      in New Zealand
      ———————————————–
      Future scenarios and some sectoral perspectives
      New Zealand Climate Change Centre 2010.

      Edited by
      ————————————–
      Richard A. C. Nottage, David S. Wratt,
      Janet F. Bornman and Keith Jones

      February 2010
      ————————————–
      Referencing this report:

      Climate change adaptation in New Zealand:
      Future scenarios and some sectoral perspectives.
      Nottage, R.A.C., Wratt, D.S., Bornman, J.F.,
      Jones, K. (eds), Wellington, 136 p.

      Published in February 2010 by:
      New Zealand Climate Change Centre
      c/- National Institute of
      Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
      Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie
      Wellington 6241, New Zealand

      ISBN: 978-0-473-16366-2 (print)
      978-0-473-16367-9 (online)

      Design and layout by Mike Sleyer,
      Moxie Design Ltd, Wellington

      Copyedited by Mike Beardsell,
      NIWA, Wellington

      http://www.nzclimatechangecentre.org/sites/nzclimatechangecentre.org/files/images/research/Climate%20change%20adaptation%20in%20New%20Zealand%20%28NZCCC%29%20%28A4%20low%29.pdf

      It’s in the manner of IPCC Assessment Reports (non-peer-viewed narrative combined with peer-review) so although the individual papers within the report are peer reviewed, statements like this in the Foreward are not:-

      Increasingly sophisticated projections point to
      a wide range of future impacts with the potential to become
      more disruptive, expensive, and challenging to address,
      as climate change progresses.

      Then at the top of peer-reviewed paper 08 Climate change & human health: Impact & adaptation issues for New Zealand we read:-

      Adaptation to climate change is important and
      necessary because climate change is already happening
      and substantial impacts in the future are inevitable
      . Successful adaptation will require individual as well as collective action at the community, national and international level in order to reduce the direct and indirect impacts on health. This paper briefly summarises the likely impacts of climate change on health, globally, but focuses on adaptive measures that might be undertaken in New Zealand.

      Climate change will have a wide variety of health impacts;
      many are predictable but some not. Higher maximum
      temperatures
      will lead to water shortages, occupational health concerns for outdoor workers, increased heat related deaths and illnesses, and contribute to an extended range of some pest and disease vectors.

      Apart from the suitably vague “climate change is already happening”, in the real world people are dying from cold events and govts are taking adaptive measures for those currently. Not much attention is given to that except for:-

      Because people in New Zealand increasingly understand that cold, damp winter weather is bad for their health, the prospect of rising temperatures may reduce their concerns around climate change.

      And the citation:-

      Parsons, K. (2003). Human thermal environment. The effects of hot, moderate and cold temperatures on human health, comfort and performance. New York, CRC Press, 527 p.

      I posit that “people in New Zealand” and other countries, especially those on very tight budgets and limited resources, are far more at risk from actual cold than speculative heat.

      Then of course, the disclaimer:-

      Disclaimer

      The information provided in this publication is for
      reference purposes only. Whilst the NZCCC, its members
      and authors have endeavoured to ensure the information
      contained herein is as accurate as possible, no expressed or implied warranty is given by the NZCCC (its members or the authors) as to the accuracy or completeness of the information. Whilst the individual papers have been peer reviewed, the authors are responsible for the content and should be contacted directly in relation to any matters concerning their paper.

      Neither the NZCCC, its members or the authors shall
      be liable for any claim, loss or damage incurred in relation
      to or as a result of the use

      So the obvious course of action is: don’t use this report people because if you do and incur loss or damage by it, you’re on your own with no recourse to justice.

  15. Nick on July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm said:

    I’m surprised you would raise a case in court without a plan. It seems like an expensive and time consuming thing to do and I would have thought you would have done everything you could to strengthen your case before you started.

    I had expected that there were some reasons you had discussed prior to beginning the case for deferring publication in a peer reviewed journal but if you are just making it up as you go along then that seems plausible.

    Sorry for wasting your time and I look forward to the judges decision.

    • Richard C (NZ) on July 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm said:

      Here’s the immediate plan Nick:-

      From the NZCSET SOC, they seek:-

      WHEREFORE the plaintiff seeks:

      A. A declaration that the New Zealand Temperature Record is not a full and accurate record of changes in the average surface temperatures recorded in New Zealand since 1900;

      B. An order setting aside NIWA’s decision to base the New Zealand Temperature Record on the Seven-Station Temperature Series;

      C. An order preventing NIWA from using the NZTR (or information originally derived from the NZTR) for the purposes of advice to any governmental authority or to the public until it has been scientifically re-determined and independently peer reviewed.

      D. An order requiring NIWA to publish a full and accurate climate record of changes in the average surface temperatures recorded in New Zealand since 1908.

      E. Such further order as may be just.

      F. Costs.

      http://nzclimatescience.net/images/PDFs/amended%20soc.pdf

      Until that’s decided, a plan beyond that is a bit preemptive don’t you think?

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