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Michael Mann’s climate-change hockey stick continues its bad case of brewer’s droop. As part of its call for a new climate policy, the prestigious German weekly Wirtschaftswoche lists Dr. Mann’s stick as No. 2 on its hit parade of Die gröbsten Schnitzer des Weltklimarats — ”The Worst Blunders of the IPCC“:

2001 veröffentlichte das IPCC die berüchtigte Hockeyschläger-Kurve. Sie sollte zeigen: Die Erdtemperatur auf der Nordhalbkugel war über Jahrhunderte weitgehend konstant. Erst mit der Industrialisierung und dem damit verbundenen verstärkten Ausstoß von CO2 stieg sie steil an. Bald korrigierten neuere Rekonstruktionen der Klimahistorie das eingängige Bild. Sie zeigen, dass die Temperaturen auch früher stark pendelten. So war es vor 900 Jahren schon einmal annähernd so warm wie heute. Es entstand der Verdacht, dass Forscher um den US-Klimatologen Michael Mann die Kurve zum Klimaverlauf „geglättet“ hatten, um die Dramatik zu betonen.

Which my somewhat creaky German reads as:

In 2001 the IPCC released the infamous hockey-stick curve. It’s supposed to show that the earth’s temperature in the northern hemisphere was largely constant over the centuries, and that it rose sharply only with industrialization and increased emissions of CO2. Subsequent reconstructions of climate history soon corrected the catchy image. They show that temperatures previously oscillated sharply. So 900 years ago it was nearly as warm as it is today. It was suspected that researchers around the U.S. climatologist Michael Mann had “smoothed” the curve in order to play up the drama.

I wonder if Wirtschaftswoche will be hearing from Dr Mann’s Düsseldorf lawyers – or does Germany’s media now enjoy more freedom of expression than America’s?

(P.S. Headline corrected, after a careless typo.)

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