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 »

Civil War on the (Climate) Left, Part 2

Featured image The ruckus we reported here the other day about Naomi Oreskes applying the label climate denier to James Hansen and other board-certified climatistas has caught the arched eyebrow of The New Yorker, whose fealty to climate orthodoxy is hard to top. Michael Specter writes in “How Not to Debate Nuclear Energy and Climate Change”: According to Oreskes, suggesting that nuclear power play some role in limiting carbon emissions and solving »

What’s Really Going On With the Earth’s Climate

Featured image The Earth’s climate is changing, as it has for millions of years. Recent changes, however, are mild and benign, as opposed–for example–to being plunged into another ice age. The most accurate record we have of modern temperatures comes from satellites. Their readings are, in fact, the only transparent, uncorrupted temperature records in existence. Surface temperature records are unreliable because of siting issues, poor coverage of the oceans, failure to recognize »

Civil War on the (Climate) Left

Featured image Journalist William Tucker, who has written more sense about nuclear power than just about anyone, caught up with multiple Green Weenie winner and climatista capo Bill McKibben at a conference four years ago, and relates the following: After McKibben gave his rousing speech to an enthusiastic audience, I was able to grab him for a moment in back of the little makeshift stage. I asked him about nuclear power. He »

Climate Panic: Where Do Humans Live?

Featured image The climatistas have their panties in a wad about this chart, which I posted a couple months ago and which John reposted the other day: Deception! Methodologically incorrect! It’s a five-alarm climate change fire! Call out the fact checkers! I’m reminded of a line from one of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories (The Magician’s Nephew), which runs: “Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is »

Save the Planet: Eat Bacon

Featured image Anthony Watts of WattsUpWithThat tips us to an important new study on the greenhouse gas emissions impact of switching to a vegetarian-leaning diet. The study appears in the latest issue of Environmental Systems and Decisions, one of the many journals that thinks “systems analysis” is the key to understanding and saving the world. (Where is Robert McNamara when you really need him?) The complete study is  unfortunately behind a paywall, though »

The Unbearable Lightness of Being John Kerry

Featured image NBC’s Chuck Todd asked our sainted secretary of state, the French-looking John Kerry (who served in Vietnam, as James Taranto reminds us) how we’re going to enforce a global climate “agreement” that has no legally binding provisions beyond a schedule for more meetings to party on. His answer: “Public shaming.” Cue the snorts of hypocrisy. Here, according to Google, are photos of Kerry’s five homes: Now you’d think with the »

The White House Misleads on Climate

Featured image The White House web site includes a section on global warming titled “Why We Have to Act on Climate Now–In One Chart.” Here is the one chart: Looks pretty persuasive, doesn’t it? The casual observer would think that we are looking at record levels of CO2–which is not a pollutant, but rather makes like on Earth possible–and record high temperatures. How can anyone dispute the causal connection? The White House »

Kellogg-Briand Climate Pact Signed in Paris!

Featured image The climate is saved! As expected, the UN climate summit today delivered a triumph—a climate agreement (not a treaty) that every nation has agreed to sign! The agreement commits no one to doing anything they don’t end up wanting to do, and the notional wealth transfers will remain exactly that—notional, to be taken up again next year at COP-22. It is sure to be just as effective at stopping greenhouse »

The Unseriousness of the Climatistas (2)

Featured image One of our faithful commenters insists on demanding ritual conformity to the Climate Catechism, as though that will somehow make phony and unserious UN climate agreements suddenly realistic or plausible. The irony of this ritual conformism is precisely this: to the extent that climate catastrophe is in our future, liberals are the last people who can solve the problem. Which is why they deserve endless scorn and ridicule. Exhibit number »

On Global Warming, Follow the Money (UPDATED)

Featured image Yesterday in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently said something true, admitting that the policies the Obama administration has pursued with the ostensible object of fending off global warming are worthless: The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic »