International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


Antarctic Warming Derangement Syndrome

cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Antarctic Warming Derangement Syndrome. Intl. J. Inact., 2:11–12

So, news just broke out that a new study shows that Antarctica has actually been warming, not cooling, for the past 50 years. And what do the folks at the freedom-loving Heartland Institute do? Well, they go apoplectic:

Antarctic Warming Claims Should be Greeted with Skepticism

[…] Adding to the dubious nature of the study’s conclusion is the authors’ self-interest in silencing an embarrassing mountain of raw temperature data that contradict the authors’ global warming theory. […]

So in Heartland’s view, when someone sees a new study and immediately responds by throwing out conspiracy theories, he’s practising “skepticism”.

Personally, I’ll also caution against simply using the paper as evidence that “Guess what! Antarctica is warming! You global warming deniers are wrong! Haha!” Indeed, the fact that the research findings are so easily misinterpreted — I just read a news article which got it pretty garbled — seems to show that a more careful reading is needed, to more clearly understand what they say, and what they mean for climate science.

But I still feel no need to wish the study away with conspiracy theories.

(There’s more discussion on the paper at RealClimate.)



  1. The discussion at RealClimate is by two of the authors of the paper in question and contains their lay-person accessible summary of the findings.

    Comment by lgcarey — 2009/01/23 @ 18:54 | Reply

  2. lgcarey: Indeed.

    (Carl: It’s clear you didn’t even bother to read my blog post and you’re just regurgitating talking points. No go.)

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/01/24 @ 08:23 | Reply

  3. […] But now that Antarctica has been shown to be warming, according to their own test (inadequate as it may be) climate change must now be false.  Obviously a true deniers cannot admit to that and thus they begin to develop what frankbi over at the International Journal of Inactivism calls the ‘Antarctic Warming Derangement Syndrome’. […]

    Pingback by Antarctic warming derangement syndrome » — 2009/02/12 @ 20:31 | Reply

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