Climate

The Oceans Are Boiling! Oh, Wait—Never Mind

Featured image About ten days back Nature magazine generated a lot of media attention for a study it published that purported to prove that the oceans were warming considerably faster than previously thought–up to 60 percent more. Naturally this set off the climatistas (“The study drew considerable media attention, including from The Post,” as the Washington Post laconically put it), as though they need additional confirmation of their eschatology. There’s just one problem—one »

Too Many Polar Bears?

Featured image Polar bears became the mascot of the climatistas a while ago, but at least in one part of far northern Canada, there are too many of them: There are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn’t yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking. The proposed plan — which is to go »

Why Won’t Liberals Look at the Evidence On Climate?

Featured image This is a theme that Steve and I have recurred to many times on this site. Today it is voiced by Freeman Dyson, one of the world’s most eminent scientists. Dyson, a theoretical physicist and professor emeritus of Mathematical Physics and Astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, is famous among other things for unifying the three versions of quantum electrodynamics. He has been a harsh critic of »

Reminder: Wind Power Blows—and Also Sucks

Featured image It gets tiresome to note the limitations and lamosity of niche wind power, but who’d have thought that wind power might also make global warming worse. But that’s just what a new Harvard study reported recently the MIT Technology Review concludes. Wide-scale US wind power could cause significant warming Wind power is booming in the United States. It’s expanded 35-fold since 2000 and now provides 8% of the nation’s electricity. The US »

Oh, Goody—A New IPCC Report

Featured image Did you hear the news: the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is out with a big new report on climate change, and you’ll never believe what it says! The headline is that scientists say we have only ten years left to save the planet! It’s Green Groundhog Day! Again. Or deja vu all over again, as that famous climate scientist Yogi Berra once put it. (Or was that the »

Climate Alarmism Fails the Test of Observation

Featured image The Science and Environmental Policy Project produces a weekly newsletter on climate-related subjects, The Week That Was. I highly recommend subscribing to TWTW as the easiest way to keep abreast of climate news. This week’s edition begins, not for the first time, with a famous quotation from Richard Feynman, one of the greatest of 20th Century scientists: It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart »

Loose Ends (45)

Featured image • As has already been noted here in the latest Green Weenie Award, the climatistas are all spun up to say that Hurricane Florence proves that catastrophic climate change is upon us and that we need to hand over our car keys to Al Gore right now. If you pay attention to extreme weather trends, you’ll know that the period between Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and last year saw no »

A Scientist For a Scientific Post? The Horror! [Updated]

Featured image I am a week late with this one, but that probably is OK because more likely than not, you missed it too. A week ago, it was reported that President Trump was naming Princeton atomic physicist William Happer to the National Security Council as senior director for emerging technologies. CNN, at the link, performed the expected hit job: William Happer, a Princeton atomic physicist and prominent skeptic questioning whether humans »

Green Weenie of the Week: Jerry’s Kids, or Kerry’s Lids?

Featured image Competition for Power Line’s Green Weenie Award this week is the most intense it has ever been. This week the climatistas are holding a climate hootenanny in San Francisco call the “Global Climate Action Summit,” whose carbon footprint remains unstated as of the moment. And in the same week that Gov. Jerry Brown, the summit’s host, signed into law a King Canute-style bill requiring California to get 100 percent of »

The Times Does Temperature [Updated]

Featured image The Corrections section of today’s New York Times includes this howler: FRONT PAGE An article on Friday about rising global temperatures described incorrectly an aspect of the average temperature for the United States between May and July. While that temperature, 70.9 degrees Fahrenheit, was 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above average, it was incorrect to describe it as “almost 5 percent above average” because Fahrenheit temperatures are not absolute quantities and therefore »

Climate Lawsuits Fail Overseas, Too

Featured image It’s not just here in California and New York that climate change lawsuits are being dismissed. Over in Britain a similar lawsuit has just been dismissed: Environmental campaigners lose High Court battle over carbon target Environmental campaigners have lost their High Court challenge against the Government over its policy for tackling climate change. Charity Plan B Earth brought legal action against the Government’s stance on the 2050 carbon target, set under »

Another Climate Lawsuit Hits the Wall

Featured image We reported here last month that a California lawsuit brought against major oil companies for their role in climate change was dismissed by a federal judge, and a different federal judge has today dismissed a similar suit brought by the city of New York. The judge, John Keenan, a Reagan appointee, ruled on similar grounds, namely, that climate change is not an issue suitable for remedy through litigation: The court »

Is “Consensus” a Synonym for “Bullying”?

Featured image So this is rich—Nature magazine is editorializing against “bullying” in the scientific community. It seems there’s a problem with bullies (and sexual harassers) at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, which gave rise to this chin-stroker: No Place for Bullies in Science Picture the scene: You are an enthusiastic young scientist, with, you think, the world at your feet. You have an exciting offer to join a world-leading research institute »

Climate Bandits Fall to Infighting

Featured image As we’ve pointed out here many times, developing nations that need a lot of cheap, abundant energy have resisted the demands of the climatistas that they agree to be poor forever, or subsist on the equivalent of an energy starvation diet, which is what some obscure UN forecasts actually assume. But developing countries are usually willing to go along with international charades so long as they are given wealth transfers »

Breaking: Frivolous Climate Lawsuits Hit the Wall

Featured image We’ve reported here previously on the frivolous lawsuits the climatistas brought in California courts against major oil companies, and especially how California cities claimed imminent harm from climate change while telling prospective bond buyers that they couldn’t estimate possible future risks from climate change. In any case, late today Federal district court judge William Alsop—a Bill Clinton appointee—dismissed the lawsuits with a strongly-worded opinion that is quite clear about how »

A Climate Change Free Lunch?

Featured image One of the ideas floating around from time to time about how to deal with prospective catastrophic climate change from greenhouse gas emissions is “air capture,” which is exactly what it sounds like: extracting carbon dioxide from ambient air, and therefore reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere. There have been some small-scale technological demonstration projects, but the technology has appeared difficult to scale up because of high cost and very »

Climate Follies—the Day After

Featured image It seems my Wall Street Journal article referenced yesterday, “Climate Change Has Run Its Course,” has upset the climatistas. It was the second-most read article in yesterday’s WSJ, generating, at latest count, nearly 1,400 comments. It blew up Twitter. The biggest revelation from the climatistas who expressed their dismay on Twitter is that apparently the epithet “climate denier” isn’t sufficient to demonize anyone who dissents from climate orthodoxy. Perhaps because »