Climate

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Climate Skeptic?

Featured image Let’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He has sent letters to seven universities targeting seven academics who, according to the Democratic spokesman for the »

Pachauri Out at IPCC

Featured image We reported here over the weekend that Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer and sometimes smut novelist who somehow headed the UN’s IPCC climate change circus, was in trouble for some kind of chakra-releasing problem.  Today he resigned as head of the IPCC: The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Pachauri »

The Smearing of Willie Soon

Featured image A blockbuster peer-reviewed paper in the Science Bulletin, authored by Christopher Monckton, Matt Briggs, David Legates and Wei-Hock (“Willie”) Soon, is roiling the global warming Left. The paper identifies flaws in the computer models that predict major global warming–which shouldn’t be a surprise, since the models’ predictions have flopped. It concludes that due to mathematical errors, the models overstate the impact of CO2 on the climate by a factor of »

Apparently More Climate Chakras Need Releasing

Featured image What is it with the leading climatistas like Al Gore? Now it turns out that Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s IPCC, is in a bit of hot water for his, um, urges: UN Climate Panel Chief Pachauri Booked for Sexual Harassment (Bloomberg) — Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague at a New Delhi-based »

Why Computer Models Can’t Predict the Earth’s Future Climate

Featured image We know for sure that the computer models relied on by climate alarmists are wrong, since they have been refuted by experience. In the video below, Dr. Christopher Essex, chairman of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Climate for the World Federation of Scientists, explains why the limitations of computers, in the context of a complex, chaotic system like the Earth’s climate, are inherent and can never be overcome, at least »

Inside the Global Warming Scandal

Featured image We have written many times about the fact that the scientific agencies which are keepers of the world’s historical temperature data are all, or nearly all, under the control of warmists. These warmists have systematically altered historic temperature records, so that the temperatures they report today for past eras are not the same as what were measured, say, 70 or 80 years ago. The effect of these adjustments is strikingly »

On Global Warming, the Scientific Battle Rages

Featured image Liberals tell us that the science of global warming is settled, and that the truth of the alarmists’ theory can be demonstrated by a high school science project. Therefore, climate change “deniers” are “anti-science.” Of course, no science project, high school or otherwise, has attempted to replicate, let alone succeeded in replicating, the almost infinite complexity of the Earth’s climate. In truth, climate science is in its infancy, and fascinating »

Climate Peace in Our Time

Featured image As Paul explains below, Barack Obama is clearly angling to be the Neville Chamberlain of our time by obtaining a “peace of paper” with Iran declaring “peace in our time.” It is amazing that the Iranians haven’t grasped their opening, or perhaps they realize how desperate Obama is and as such will wait for another year and get even better terms than are on offer now. Likewise, as everyone knows »

Some of the Worst Will Be Hardest Hit

Featured image About ten years back when I was co-authoring (with Joel Schwartz) Air Quality in America: A Dose of Reality on Air Pollution Levels, Trends, and Health Risks (yes—scintillating reading indeed) we took note of a trope in both advocacy and media coverage of air pollution—what might be called “the reverse Lake Woebegone Effect for Air Pollution.” Just about every local environmental press release, and subsequent news story, contained the claim »

The Climatistas’ Climate of Hate

Featured image I guess the strictures against “hate speech” don’t apply to the climatistas, or at least about their invective against climate skeptics. In our “Picks” section we linked David Rose’s Daily Mail column about the death threats he’s received for being environmentally incorrect (though Rose is, like Matt Ridley and several others, a “lukewarmer”—a category that the climatistas will not acknowledge or tolerate): Some would say this makes me a ‘lukewarmer’ »

Looks Like the Warmists Were Right After All!

Featured image I’ve seen TV weather broadcasts go badly wrong, but this is one that might make even Michael Mann blush—Thermageddon after all!  (About 1 minute long.) »

India, Defender of the West?

Featured image The media are downplaying the fact that Obama left India empty-handed on the chief object of his state visit: he wanted India to reach some kind of climate agreement like the phony one Obama made with China a few months ago. India refused. The Hindustan Times reports: India’s resistance to accept a peak year for emissions was a prime reason why US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi »

The Prediction Racket

Featured image One of John Kenneth Galbraith’s better and more sound witticisms was that economic forecasting was invented to make astrology look good. He should have lived long enough to take in climate change predictions. While we continue Beta testing our Climate Change Cliché Counter and scoreboard, we are pleased to take note of a new website that will surely be indispensable: ClimateChangePredictions.org. This group effort looks to be a one-stop shopping »

Mirror, Mirror: Who’s the Warmest. . .

Featured image The old paean to witchcraft is looking more and more applicable to the climatistas these days, as seen in the orgasmic response to the “news” that 2014 was the hottest year ever by a margin of two one-hundreths of a degree.  (Honey, can you turn up the A/C?  It’s feeling two one-hundreths of a degree warmer!) Yesterday Britain’s Met Office, one of the principal nodes of the Climate Establishment, offered »

You Knew This Was Coming [With Comments by John]

Featured image Oh what the heck, we might as well hit for the cycle today. Headline in the Puffington Host this afternoon: Is Climate Change To Blame for the Northeast Snow Storm? You can guess the answer: Of course it is, you ninny, because climate change does everything, remember.  I’m sure the connection between climate change and the New England Patriots’ under-inflated footballs is mere moments away. JOHN adds: The key point »

Hottest Year Claim Becomes Hot Potato

Featured image Oh, well, since I’m on a climate jag today, might as well pass along the following clarification offered by environmental reporter stenographer Seth Borenstein of the AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 16, The Associated Press reported that the odds that nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000 are about 650 million to one. These calculations, as the story noted, treated as equal the possibility of »

Advice to Climatistas: Stop Sniffing Model Glue

Featured image Science Daily summarizes a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, one of the leading climate science journals, about how climate models are struggling (to put it mildly) to explain decade-by-decade climate variability.  On the one hand, the study seems to attempt to downplay the significance of the recent temperature “pause,” but at the price of inadvertently undermining the climate models themselves.  At least that’s how I read this summary: A »