Climate

Climate change: What can’t it do?

Featured image I believe the adage that nature abhors a vacuum applies to politics. Hillary Clinton has striking weaknesses as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. As she continues her death march to the Democratic nomination for president, the Democratic field lacks a plausible alternative to her. Bernie Sanders has demonstrated the market for such an alternative, but he is not the man. At this point in our history, a »

The Eight Stages of Scam

Featured image Taking note of the fact that the long-held conventional wisdom about cholesterol has been overturned, the proprietor of the wonderfully named Barrel Strength blog over in the UK offers up the “Eight Stages of Scam” as applied to climate change. This one is worth marking down: The cholesterol scam bears a strong relationship to the anthropogenic global warming scam. 1) it is propagated by scientists on a non-scientific mission. 2) »

Back to the Ice Age—Again?

Featured image Just when you think the science of climate change is all settled and comfy, along comes news from the scientific community that we may be on the brink of an imminent “mini ice age.” Haven’t we seen this movie before? How long until a sequel to the population bomb comes out, and a remake of Soylent Green? (Previous attempts to remake Soylent have fizzled, but who knows. . .) Anyway, »

Settled Science, or Selective Ignorance?

Featured image Generally speaking, when people refuse to debate it is because they are losing. That is where we are today with regard to the climate. Alarmists declare that the argument is over, and they won. This is akin to a football team that is trailing 35-0 at halftime claiming victory and refusing to come out for the second half. But the alarmists soldier on, oblivious to the ridicule they incur. The »

Soren Kierkegaard, Climatista?

Featured image Well, no, Kierkegaard thankfully died before global warming climate change began, or we’d have had tomes from him that went something like Either Coal/Or Wind, Carbon Sickness Unto Death, or Climate Fear and Trembling. But it turns out a number of climatistas are progressing from Kierkegaardian angst to total despair, and are suffering from “pre-traumatic stress disorder.” Indeed, you can’t make this up. Esquire magazine reports: Among climate activists, gloom »

It’s not easy going green: A comment

Featured image A reader who must remain deep under cover writes to comment on Kathy Kersten’s column “It’s not easy going green.” He writes: Dear Mr. Johnson As a professor in the natural sciences, I get a lot of sustainability emails – and have sometimes seen the linkage between white patriarchiality and our lack of sustainability – the technology of the other cultures was always in harmony with nature (tell it to »

Climate Then and Now

Featured image From volume 4 of Churchill’s Marlborough: His Life and Times, about the winter of 1708-9, near the culmination of the long war against Louis XIV: But there now fell upon France a new and frightful misfortune. Since the beginning of December there had been a hard and almost unbroken frost. On January 6, after a brief thaw, it set in again with a bitterness so intense that two days later »

Does Global Warming Cause Transgenderism?

Featured image Over the years it has been a familiar trope to point to examples of homosexuality in certain non-human species as a way of reinforcing the normality of it in homo sapiens, but why isn’t our Latin species name sufficient poof proof? And is “transgenderism” really an ism? Whatever. Anyway, what to make, then, of this story from the current issue of Nature magazine: Sex reversal triggers the rapid transition from »

Green Weenie of the Month: The CBD

Featured image Finally got a shipment of fresh, fully-glutenated, animal-tested Green Weenie Awards from our Chinese manufacturer, and we’re behind on our award roster. But thanks to a tip from WattsUpWithThat, we have a clear winner already: The Center for Biological Diversity. They’re the folks who essentially run our endangered species policy. More on all that some other time. For now, they win our coveted Green Weenie Award for this press release »

How Many Windmills Has the Pope?

Featured image Pope Francis has become a deeply problematic figure, all the more so after his encyclical on global warming was leaked to an Italian publication. The letter, some 129 pages long, is directed to Catholic bishops, but Francis grandly says that it is intended for every person in the world. The letter has not yet been translated into English in its entirety, but portions of it have been run through Google »

Jesus Christ, Climate Scientist

Featured image So the imminent Vatican encyclical on climate change has leaked out, and it sounds from news accounts as though Pope Francis is going all-in with the climatistas.  (If you read Italian, here it is in a PDF.) We’ll wait for the final draft (what leaked may or may not be the final version) to appear in translation for a full verdict, but for now the news sent me running to »

New Paper on the “Pause” Is Another Exercise In Data Fudging

Featured image A new paper is being published in Science magazine that purports to refute the 18-year “pause” in global warming. A press release on the paper came off embargo about an hour ago, so you will be seeing news stories about it soon. Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts explain the provenance of the paper: There is a new paper published the journal Science about the recent slowdown in global surface warming »

Another Emily Litella Moment for the Climatistas

Featured image From the New Scientist magazine on Tuesday: Small atoll islands may grow, not sink, as sea levels rise Rising seas are eating away at small islands and will eventually turn their inhabitants into climate refugees, right? Not so for some of the world’s most threatened islands, which have grown despite experiencing dramatic sea level rise. Funafuti atoll, which includes the capital of Tuvalu, is an islet archipelago in the tropical Pacific Ocean »

Behold Al Gore, Operatic Inspiration

Featured image Behold Al Gore, journalist and author, former vice president, film star, investment banker, tobacco farmer, chick magnet, scientist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and . . . operatic inspiration? Yes, indeed. From E&E News (subscription only, so no hot link): Climatologist David Adamson stood alone onstage. A film featuring images of the Earth appeared on a screen behind him. He spoke directly to the audience, laying out the case that climate »

Climate: The Road to Paris (1)

Featured image The climate change circus is aiming to achieve a binding global treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—think of it as Son of Kyoto (my what a success that was)—in Paris at the end of the year. I’ll be all over this story between now and then, but a preliminary meeting has opened in Bonn, Germany, this week to try to make progress on a framework that is still very sketchy »

New Explanation for The Warming Pause

Featured image We’ve reported before on various explanations for the current “pause” in global warming that we’re told is not happening, now going on for nearly 18 years. According to a study published last week in Nature Geoscience, the culprit may be the Indian Ocean: The Indian Ocean may be the dark horse in the quest to explain the puzzling pause in global warming, researchers report on 18 May in Nature Geoscience. The »

Science and Scientism, Revisited

Featured image Steve wrote an important essay here a couple of weeks ago, titled Science Versus Scientism. Ken Haapala, President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, leads off this week’s The Week That Was with an appreciation of Steve’s post: Science and Scientism: One of the chosen ones for the political witch hunt, Steven Hayward wrote a short essay differentiating between the practice of science, which can be described as objectively »