Now living in Middle Tennessee, that was going to make our drive to the beach a whole lot shorter...but along came Santa Obamista who famously declared that "this is the day the oceans levels began to fall..." And unlike all the rest of the hopey change stuff he palavered about, on this one, he has actually delivered! We here at the Rumbler Report are keen to acknowledge success when it occurs - it's getting way to easy to highlight the failures. Guess what, the IPCC in a continuing string of retractions has now declared that the sea levels are in fact stable and not rising:
Announcing the formal retraction of the paper from the journal, Mark Siddall, from the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Bristol, said: "It's one of those things that happens. People make mistakes and mistakes happen in science." He said there were two separate technical mistakes in the paper, which were pointed out by other scientists after it was published. A formal retraction was required, rather than a correction, because the errors undermined the study's conclusion.
"Retraction is a regular part of the publication process," he said. "Science is a complicated game and there are set procedures in place that act as checks and balances."
Nature Publishing Group, which publishes Nature Geoscience, said this was the first paper retracted from the journal since it was launched in 2007.
The paper – entitled "Constraints on future sea-level rise from past sea-level change" – used fossil coral data and temperature records derived from ice-core measurements to reconstruct how sea level has fluctuated with temperature since the peak of the last ice age, and to project how it would rise with warming over the next few decades.
In a statement the authors of the paper said: "Since publication of our paper we have become aware of two mistakes which impact the detailed estimation of future sea level rise. This means that we can no longer draw firm conclusions regarding 21st century sea level rise from this study without further work.
Way to go Barry - you didn't even have to raise your hand to bring this miracle about.