School Seminars and Colloquia

Great is the Power of Steady Misrepresentation

Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems Seminar

by Professor Ian Enting


Institution: MASCOS/Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the University of Melbourne
Date: Mon 2nd August 2010
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: The science of climate change has come under public attack through what has been described as asymmetric warfare. Public communication
has been flooded with a deluge of misinformation. In parallel there have been attempts to distract, intimidate and gag climate
scientists. In 2009 Ian Plimer's book, "Heaven + Earth - Global Warming: The Missing Science", claimed to demolish the theory of
human-induced global warming due to the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. A careful reading of "Heaven + Earth" reveals extensive examples of fabricating numbers, distorted and misattributed graphics, misrepresentation of the content of cited references and a sprinkling of plagiarism. In spite of its blatant flaws "Heaven +
Earth" has gained considerable political traction in Australia.

The Speaker:

Ian Enting is a Professorial Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS). He formerly worked in carbon cycle modelling at CSIRO Atmospheric
Research. He was one of the lead authors of the "CO2 and the Carbon Cycle" chapter of the 1994 IPCC Report on "Radiative Forcing of
Climate Change". In 2007 he wrote "Twisted: The Distorted Mathematics of Greenhouse Denial". Over 2009 he undertook an extensive analysis of the errors, misrepresentations and fabrications in Ian Plimer's
book "Heaven+Earth". This can be found at:
http://www.complex.org.au/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=91

For More Information: contact: Nathan Clisby. email: n.clisby@ms.unimelb.edu.au