Climate

Global Warming Hysteria: A Retrospective

Featured image At the Telegraph, Christopher Booker provides a succinct narrative of the rise and fall of global warming alarmism: When future generations come to look back on the alarm over global warming that seized the world towards the end of the 20th century, much will puzzle them as to how such a scare could have arisen. They will wonder why there was such a panic over a 0.4 per cent rise »

Lying About Global Warming: It’s a Good Thing!

Featured image Various warmists have let the cat out of the bag over the years, acknowledging that they exaggerate the danger of global warming for the sake of the greater good. But for the first time, two scientists have published a peer-reviewed paper in an academic journal, advocating lying about global warming. The scientists are Fuhai Hong and Xiaojian Zhao, the publication is the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The full article »

Al Gore: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Featured image No sooner does Bill McKibben come up with a great idea (climate scientists should go on strike) than I hear even better news: Al Gore is thinking about making a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.  From the Hollywood Reporter: Al Gore might need to dust off his projector. The creative forces behind the Oscar-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth are hatching plans for a sequel to the film that raised »

Climate Scientists Go on Strike? Oh Please Make It So!

Featured image I’ve written before here about the crashing bore that is Bill McKibben–the best exemplar of Churchill’s definition of a fanatic as someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  But he deserves kudos for today’s toddler-like temper tantrum over at,  fittingly, MSNBC.com.  He’s suggesting that since politicians, including John Kerry, won’t listen to the climate science community, then climate scientists should go on strike. So at this »

First World Problems in Boulder

Featured image As previously mentioned, the IPCC released it’s “impacts” report today, and the media did their duty by collectively wetting their pants.  You think I jest?  Check out—if you can stand it—NBC’s Brian Williams saying that “We’ve never been warned like this before” about climate change.  Really?  What 30 Rock has he been living under?  (Next he’ll tell us that nobody has ever warned us before about the dangers of cigarette »

When Did Anthropogenic Global Warming Begin?

Featured image If you read pretty much any climate alarmist literature, you will see the claim that the Earth’s warming over the last 100 years is due overwhelmingly to the burning of fossil fuels. But this is disingenuous: even under the defective models on which the alarmists rely, it cannot be claimed that prior to 1950, human contributions of CO2 to the atmosphere could have had any significant effect. So why do »

Global Warming? What Global Warming?

Featured image Steve is, I believe, cloistered as he plows through the IPCC’s latest report on the baleful consequences of “climate change.” Meanwhile, alarmist headlines are everywhere. But more sophisticated observers are asking, global warming? What global warming? At Watts Up With That, Christopher Moncton adds the just-reported HadCRUT4 numbers to the dataset of datasets, which shows zero warming this millennium: We are, of course, living in a relatively cool era. Global »

“I Can See Climate Change From My House”

Featured image The “impacts” report of the IPCC is out today, and we’ll try to get through some of the highlights of the thousand-page plus report.  (Always reminds me of Churchill’s note about an overlong memo: “This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.”  We’ll take the risk.)  Turns out that an acquaintance of mine helped write the FAQ portion of the report. But we don’t »

Climatistas Double Down on Stupid

Featured image When a liberal says it’s time for you to shut up, it usually means they’re losing an argument.  When they want you arrested and prosecuted, well. . .  Two weeks ago I noted here that the climatistas were getting so desperate that they were starting to call for climate skeptics to be arrested and prosecuted, because, like the Inquisition, the climatistas are in possession of the complete truth, so shut »

“Like Treating a Cold with Chemotherapy”

Featured image No sooner do I post last night’s item about the walkbacks coming in the next IPCC report on the impacts of climate change due out Monday than I come across Matt Ridley’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal saying much the same thing.  Some highlights: The forthcoming report apparently admits that climate change has extinguished no species so far and expresses “very little confidence” that it will do so. There »

The Collapsing Soufflé of Climate Change

Featured image The climate campaign is collapsing faster than one of my popover recipes made with old flour and not enough milk.  The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to release on Monday the report of Working Group II, on the projected impacts of climate change.  (See my Weekly Standard review of Working Group I’s report on the latest science of climate change released last September, “Pay No Attention »

Why the Alarmists’ Climate Models Are Worthless

Featured image Climate alarmism is not based on empirical observation; rather, it is entirely predicated on computer models that are manipulated to generate predictions of significant global warming as a result of increased concentrations of CO2. But a model in itself is evidence of nothing. The model obeys the dictates of its creator. In the case of climate models, we know they are wrong: they don’t accurately reproduce the past, which should »

Potentially Huge Climate Turnabout

Featured image One of the big problems with the climate establishment is that, like many institutions, it tends to polarize according to interest and ideology.  Like the League of Women Voters or the American Association of University Women (both reliably liberal organizations, though they did not start out that way), a combination of self-selection and bias has placed the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and various scientific associations, almost wholly »

The Climate Desperados, Part 2

Featured image Last month I noted here the increasing desperation of the Climatistas, who tried to scare us with a study showing that global warming will cause an increase in the crime rate decades from now.  But philosophy professor Lawrence Torcello of the Rochester Institute of Technology has taken the desperation one step further, arguing that climate skeptics should be criminally prosecuted: If those with a financial or political interest in inaction »

The Democrats’ Global Warming All-Nighter, Explained [with comment by Paul]

Featured image A group of Senate Democrats pulled an all-nighter last night, talking about global warming. As always, however, they displayed ambivalence toward the issue: none of the vulnerable Democrats who are up for re-election in the fall (Landrieu, Begich, Pryor, Hagan, Walsh) participated. Also, if you seriously want to call attention to an issue, the middle of the night is not necessarily the best time to do it. But this is »

Dueling Studies at NASA, and Other Warmist News

Featured image A group of 25 retired NASA scientists has released a report (PDF file) throwing lots of cold water on catastrophic global warming scenarios, and it’s probably important that emphasize that they are “retired” NASA scientists, because if they were still active in the agency they might be getting stern looks, and assigned to smaller offices, by the higher ups in space command.  From the summary: We have concluded that, at »

Latest News on the Climate Change Collapse

Featured image James Q. Wilson used to like to tell social scientists, “Stop trying to predict the future; you can’t even predict the past!”  A slightly more refined version of this axiom, which I first heard explained by John DiIulio—one of Wilson’s protégés, is that our social science methodology has gotten very good at explaining 150 percent of the variance of many social phenomena. This insight probably applies to climate science as »