Climate

When Climate Heretics Speak. . .

Featured image . . . They usually mop the floor with the climatistas. That’s one reason why the climate campaign has resorted to rank conformism and outright bullying. Matt Ridley offered his observations about the state of things in an article in the London Times a few days ago entitled “My Life as A Climate Lukewarmer.” I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made »

2014 Was One of the 3% Coldest Years in the Last 10,000

Featured image Climate alarmists play a number of tricks to try to make their catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory seem plausible. One of the most important is that they focus on a ridiculously short period of time, beginning either in the late 19th century or at the beginning of the 20th. This is, of course, not even the blink of an eye in geologic time. Given that the Earth began emerging from »

Romney Regresses On Climate

Featured image Mitt Romney is never a dollar short, but he is often a day or more late. This week, he showed that he has not been keeping up with developments in climate science: As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country’s biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. “I’m one of those Republicans who thinks »

The Ultimate Climatista Farce

Featured image If the Olympics ever make Shark-Jumping an official sport, the climatistas will dominate the medals. It seems the desperate climatistas are really getting serious now: they’re going to hold a “Live Earth” rock concert!  Whoa—the planet is surely saved now!  Well, okay, so this is reported in Rolling Stone, which means it has less than a 50/50 chance of being accurate. But let’s give them the doubt of the benefit. »

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Featured image If you’re a climatista, that is. The news that 2014 is the hottest year EVER!* has the climatistas wetting their drawers: we’re back in business! Amazing what two one-hundredths of one degree will do for the hard up. John has already noted the general weakness of this case, but if you think John beats down on it, check out NASA’s Dr. Roy Spencer: I’ve addressed the “hottest year” claim before »

On Polar Bears, Don’t Buy the Hype

Featured image Global warming hysterics have adopted the polar bear as a mascot, even though I believe it is undisputed that polar bear populations are robust. One false claim about the bears after another is debunked, yet the misrepresentations take on a life of their own and are endlessly repeated. A case in point: the Washington Post published a piece, reprinted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the bears’ purported woes. Most »

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?

Featured image The New York Times features one of the most misleading headlines ever: “2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth.” The first paragraph drives the hysteria home: Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. It would be hard to pack more misinformation »

Eighteen Years, Three Months With No Global Warming

Featured image To the embarrassment of global warming alarmists everywhere, the Earth stubbornly refuses to get warmer. In 2009, Kevin Trenberth, one of the leading alarmist scientists, wrote in an email: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” Since then, things have only gotten worse for the warmists. The Earth has now gone for 18 years »

Guess What, Mom? Trees Like CO2

Featured image To wonder whether higher levels of carbon dioxide might stimulate more rapid plant growth—perhaps even in the tropics!—is one of those heresies that brings down instant condemnation from the climatistas, and yet a few brave scientists have decided to study and measure the topic. Last week the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published “Effect of increasing CO2 on the terrestrial carbon cycle,” by two professors from CalTech »

The Medieval Warm Period Lives!

Featured image The climatistas hate the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), when global temperatures were in all likelihood as high or higher than they are today—yet there were no SUVs around to drive up greenhouse gas levels. Which means our current warming may not be unprecedented, and may have more to do with factors besides or in addition to greenhouse gas emissions. So the climatistas have tried to claim that the MWP was »

RFK Jr: Okay, Now He’s Just Trolling Us

Featured image Robert F. “Little Bobby” Kennedy Jr, winner of multiple Green Weenie Awards (most recently for suggesting the Koch brothers be jailed as war criminals or something) is now out with a column singing the praises of Cuba. That is so 1980s, dude! Can’t you do better than “literacy” and “universal health care”? Despite its poverty, Cuba has managed some impressive accomplishments. Cuba’s government boasts the highest literacy rates for its »

Climate: For Whom the Bell Tols

Featured image   Richard Tol, a European-based academic, is one of the pre-eminent environmental economists of our time, but he is not well known in the U.S. When the politicized “Stern Review” came out from the UK government in 2006 claiming that economic damages from climate change were already substantial, it cited Tols’ work several dozen times, prompting Tol to say that if a first year graduate student had submitted the Stern »

Dr. Roy’s Top 10 List

Featured image We really should highlight Dr. Roy Spencer‘s climate science observations more often than we do, and by all means we should have brought notice yesterday to his Top 10 Climate Discoveries of 2014, which I reprint here in full (but do bookmark his site for future reference): 10. Weather did not even occur before Henry Ford automated the production of the automobile. No, really, look it up. 9. Climate modelers discovered that »

Pope Francis, Put A Lid On It. Please.

Featured image Pope Francis has already caused consternation among knowledgeable Catholics with his criticisms of economic freedom. Some have tried to defend him or reinterpret his words, but it is hard to sugarcoat the fact that he is instinctively hostile to free enterprise. Perhaps this is because, as a native of Argentina, he has never seen free enterprise at work and doesn’t understand what it can do for the average citizen. Now »

Are The Oceans Going to Boil?

Featured image Haven’t ever said much here about the issue of ocean acidification. The theory is that even if rising CO2 levels don’t lead to Thermageddon, it will nonetheless change ocean chemistry by making the ocean more acidic, threatening coral reefs, etc. My chemistry is so rusty that I don’t have much of an opinion about this hypothesis, and it does seem that a lot of the carbon dioxide that goes “missing” »

Vostok Ice Cores and the 8,000-year Lag

Featured image During Earth’s recent history, there has been a relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperatures: when temperatures rise, the concentration of CO2 subsequently rises, and when temperatures fall, CO2 concentration thereafter declines. Ice cores from Vostok in Antarctica have been studied intensively to analyze temperatures and concentrations of various gases over the course of millennia. Euan Mearns reviews the literature as it relates to both CO2 and methane: In their »

Obama Science Adviser Says Humans Preventing New Ice Age [With Comment By John]

Featured image Wait, what?  Here’s the very radical John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser, suggesting that human greenhouse gas emissions are preventing a new ice age.  So how then is anthropogenic global warming not a good thing?  Here’s Holdren’s concluding bit: “While the climate of the earth has changed over the millennia as a result of natural factors – principally changes in the tilt and orientation of the earth’s axis and rotation, and »