More Junk Science From Peter Hannam And The Sydney Morning Herald

On December 21, Peter Hannam and the Sydney Morning Herald printed some spectacular misinformation about the climate.

  • Arctic sea ice is retreating due to record heat
  • He implied that Arctic sea ice will be extent will be at a very low level when the sun returns in three months
  • He said NOAA satellite records only go back to 1979
  • He said Antarctic sea ice is at a record low
  • He implied Australia being wet is a sign of climate change

Weird weather 2016: Year of melting ice, monster storms and Australia’s big wet

Since he wrote that article one week ago, Arctic sea ice has grown 500,000 km² and is very close to where it has been in all recent years. Arctic sea ice has grown rapidly and is 250%   of what it was three months ago. There is no absolutely way of knowing what extent will be at its peak in three months, and anyone who claims they know is a fraud.

Ocean and Ice Services | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

NOAA sea ice satellite records go back to 1973, not 1979. This is important because 1979 was right at the peak, and sea ice extent was nearly two million km² lower in 1974. Ignoring the years before 1979 is extremely dishonest.

1990 IPPC Report Chapter 7

As far as Hannam’s claims about Antarctica go, they are equally as wrong. Satellites showed that Antarctic sea ice was nearly gone in January, 1976 – much less than the amount of ice currently in Antarctica. (Again note the pre-1979 satellite imagery, disproving Hannam’s claim the satellite record began in 1979.)

National Geographic : 1976 Nov, Page 578

Around most of Antarctica, sea ice extent is normal or above normal. The only deficiency is in the Weddell Sea.


Antarctic sea ice has been growing for decades, and was recently at a record high. This year is an outlier, not a trend.


As far as the wet weather in southeast Australia goes, nine years ago The Sydney Morning herald said southeast Australia was in a permanent drought. They have no clue what they are talking about.

This drought may never break – Environment –

Australia has always had alternating droughts and floods.


Journalists have been blaming white men for climate change in Australia for 170 years.

11 Mar 1846 – ON THE CHANGE OF CLIMATE. – Trove

Australian journalists have been imagining climate change for hundreds of years, and using incorrect statistics for at least 145 years to justify their claims.


THREE consecutive years of drought, while they have stimulated the inventive resources of practical agriculturists, have had the natural effect of calling forth a plentiful crop of speculation from weather prophets and projectors, and half-instructed meteorologists, and all the philosophic tribe of Laputa in general, to whom the periodical press now affords such fatal facilities. We have often noticed that in the tabular statements of those compilers of weather records who write to the Times, useful and welcome as their communications are, every season is sure to be “extraordinary,” almost every month one of the driest or wettest, or windiest, coldest or hottest, ever known. Much observation, which ought to correct a tendency to exaggerate, seems in some minds to have rather a tendency to increase it.


I have examined several Peter Hannam articles about climate, and they are pretty close to 100% incorrect. Peter can kiss the climate scam goodbye on January 20, 2017.

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15 Responses to More Junk Science From Peter Hannam And The Sydney Morning Herald

  1. gator69 says:

    “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
    -Ronald Reagan

  2. Daniel Zielinski says:

    Once again, you’ve delivered a teaching moment. Silly me, I assumed the satellite records on ice started in 1979! Thank you. Again. Happy New Year!

    • AndyG55 says:

      NO, that is when the GAW scammers choose to start it. 1979 was actually an extreme year, with a sea ice level nearly as high as during the Little Ice Age

  3. BobW in NC says:

    It is my sincere hope that Trump SHREDS the “Climate Change” scam into tiny little bits and pieces that could be squashed under foot like garden slugs, never to crawl in a trail of slime again…

    There. Now I feel better.

  4. TA says:

    I love that Brisbane Courier, 1871, article. It could be written today and would still be applicable.

  5. AndyG55 says:

    NSIDC today gives the Arctic sea ice area as only -0.018 Wadhams below previous low in 2010.. I suspect that this is well within any margin of error.

  6. Cam says:

    He’s also trying to claim the hurricanes this year were terrible, though the global ACE is coming in at a whopping 103% of normal.

  7. Brian G Valentine says:

    Over the years I have heard from numerous awful climate columnists and catastrophists, and I think the worst I have seen are from the following countries (in ranked order):

    – UK
    – USA
    – Australia
    – Germany

    Australia has a long way to go before their awful columnists reach the level found only in the UK

  8. Robert says:

    Yes, Melbourne had a goodly dose of permanent drought yesterday.

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