Climate

Thanks to Boulder Power Line Readers

Featured image So it was a fun but quick one-day visit back to Boulder, Colorado, yesterday, for a panel discussion on “Climate Change After Paris.” (Short answer: Same as before Paris.) It was a typical academic panel: five people with more or less conventional views on climate change, and—me. That’s what’s known in academia as “balanced panel.” Actually, I felt like it was barely a fair fight. For them. I won’t repeat »

A false messiah, part DII

Featured image The rise of sea levels is an important article in the creed formerly known as global warming. You may recall that our lord and master Barack Obama promised that we would remember his own rise, not as the harbinger of constitutional destruction and one-man rule, but rather as “as the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.” Thus he spake in »

How Not to Measure Temperature

Featured image Global warming alarmists purport to compute the average annual temperature over the entire surface of the Earth (most of which, of course, is ocean) to within one one-hundredth of a degree. That is, on its face, an unbelievable claim, but it becomes even more preposterous when you look at how temperatures are actually measured. A case in point comes from Anthony Watts. Watts got a communication from Dr. Mark Albright, »

Obama’s dishonest assessment of the GOP presidential race

Featured image Today at his press conference, President Obama was asked about the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. His response could hardly have been more dishonest. Echoing a favorite talking point of Hillary Clinton and the DNC, Obama asserted that Donald Trump merely expresses in “more interesting ways” the views of the GOP field as a whole. This is untrue. To my knowledge, no other Republican candidate proposes a ban on »

How Green Is Thy Planet?

Featured image Deciding which is the greatest single blunder of the climatistas is a difficult contest, because you have so much to choose from. Aside from their dreadful leading spokesspecies (Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Leo di Caprio—Green Weenies all), perhaps the stupidest move was the decision to call carbon dioxide—the compound that humans exhale to the tune of about 800 lbs per person per year—a “pollutant.” Sure, it’s »

The Great Gasbag: Sequel Coming Soon

Featured image A few weeks back in “The Great Gasbag” I took special aim at Leo do Caprio for his stereotypical Hollywood elitism and hypocrisy. And so this news made my day: Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Post-Apocalyptic Climate Change Film Leonardo DiCaprio and his partner at Appian Way Productions, Jennifer Davisson, bought the movie rights for an eco-themed, post-apocalyptic young adult novel, The Sandcastle Empire. The book, written by Kayla Olson, has not yet been published, but attracted »

Profiteers of Climate Doom

Featured image The alarmists’ predictions of global warming resulting from increased CO2 in the atmosphere have failed to come true. In scientific terms, that is the end of the story. A theory that is refuted by observation is wrong. But since billions of dollars in government money are flowing into the alarmists’ coffers, they endlessly try to make excuses for their theory’s failure, even as they cover up that failure by retroactively »

Breaking: Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Climate Plan

Featured image This is huge. The Supreme Court, by a 5 – 4 vote, has just issued a stay of Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” pending a full review of the case by a lower appeals court. ABC News reports: A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration »

A Friendly Reminder

Featured image Remember: these are the same people who say that we know everything we need to know about climate change and how to fix it, and if you disagree you’re an immoral person and should shut up or be prosecuted and jailed: Matt Ridley wrote in the London Times yesterday (behind a paywall so forget a link): The shale revolution is the dominant reason for the fall. I know columnists are »

Climate Change, the Long View

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Dr. Tim Ball puts the climate change debate into historical perspective: Recent discussion about record weather events, such as the warmest year on record, is a totally misleading and scientifically useless exercise. This is especially true when restricted to the instrumental record that covers about 25% of the globe for at most 120 years. The age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years, so »

2015: Warmest Year On Record?

Featured image Government agencies and climate activists (but I repeat myself) are loudly proclaiming 2015 the “warmest year on record.” There are several obvious problems with this, starting with the fact that the “record” they refer to goes back only until the late 19th century, 1879, coinciding with the end of the Little Ice Age. So, yeah, things have gotten slightly warmer since the Little Ice Age. That’s a good thing. Actually, »

Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

Featured image The East Coast has been hit with a pretty major snow storm. For some reason, this is international news. To be fair, 25 inches of snow is quite a bit, although less than the Great Halloween Blizzard that struck the Twin Cities in 1991. I can tell I am getting old, reminiscing about great snowfalls of the past! But we are living in the era of Global Warming, so weather »

The Great Gasbag

Featured image Yesterday I was booked on Fox Business News with the plan of offering some comment on Leo di Caprio’s remarks at the World Economic Forum about how corporate “greed” is preventing global warming from being solved. (Then he hopped back on his private jet and flew away to one of his many mansions that have the carbon footprint of a small African nation.) But the market crash of the morning »

Trees Like Carbon Dioxide! Who Knew?

Featured image This is going to annoy some climatistas. The next issue of Forest Ecology & Management includes an article that finds rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere are mostly good for our forests. Here’s the complete abstract: Physiological and ecological factors influencing recent trends in United States forest health responses to climate change Abstract The health of United States forests is of concern for biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, forest commercial values, »

Dueling Temperature Charts, But Where’s the Data?

Featured image Steve wrote here about the global temperature chart that presented conventional data in a normal way, and therefore aroused the ire of climate alarmists, who deemed the graph “misleading” because it didn’t look scary enough: At Watts Up With That?, Dr. C. R. Dickson reviews the controversy over the chart: This graph supposedly hides global warming because the small increases in temperatures aren’t obvious. An online article in The Huffington »

Oceans of Misinformation, Part 1

Featured image We haven’t checked much lately on climate science, so it is time to catch up, starting with some recent items about oceans worth a note. As everyone in California knows, it’s a big El Nino year. El Nino is the phenomenon where liberals go crazy when Antonin Scalia says something. No, okay, so that’s not it, but that Nino (his nickname to his friends) also causes huge storms. El Nino »

A Warm and Colorful Christmas

Featured image The climatistas are all atwitter that it’s so warm in so much of the country this holiday season, which is further proof of global warming, even though they always tell us that “weather isn’t climate,” except when it is, which always seems to coincide with the requirements of The Narrative. But Steven Goddard at RealScience has unearthed the inconvenient truth that it was warmer in more of the country on »