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  • On arguing by analogy - Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Helicobacter proponents/Wegener/Copernicus. Episodes of clear misconduct or dysfunction in other spheres of life are closely parsed only […]
  • Unforced variations: September 2014 - This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation).
  • IPCC attribution statements redux: A response to Judith Curry - I have written a number of times about the procedure used to attribute recent climate change (here in 2010, in 2012 (about the AR4 statement), and again in 2013 after AR5 was released). For people who want a summary of what the attribution problem is, how we think about the human contributions and why the […]
  • How much methane came out of that hole in Siberia? - Siberia has explosion holes in it that smell like methane, and there are newly found bubbles of methane in the Arctic Ocean. As a result, journalists are contacting me assuming that the Arctic Methane Apocalypse has begun. However, as a climate scientist I remain much more concerned about the fossil fuel industry than I am […]
  • Unforced variations: Aug 2014 - This month’s open thread. Keeping track of the Arctic sea ice minimum is interesting but there should be plenty of other climate science topics to discuss (if people can get past the hype about the Ebola outbreak or imaginary claims about anomalous thrusting). As with last month, pleas no discussion of mitigation strategies – it […]
  • Rossby waves and surface weather extremes - A new study by Screen and Simmonds demonstrates the statistical connection between high-amplitude planetary waves in the atmosphere and extreme weather events on the ground. Guest post by Dim Coumou There has been an ongoing debate, both in and outside the scientific community, whether rapid climate change in the Arctic might affect circulation patterns in […]
  • Release of the International Surface Temperature Initiative’s (ISTI’s) Global Land Surface Databank, an expanded set of fundamental surface temperature records - Guest post by Jared Rennie, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina on behalf of the databank working group of the International Surface Temperature Initiative In the 21st Century, when multi-billion dollar decisions are being made to mitigate and adapt to climate change, society rightly expects openness and transparency in climate science to enable […]
  • Unforced variations: July 2014 - This month’s open thread. Topics of potential interest: The successful OCO-2 launch, continuing likelihood of an El Niño event this fall, predictions of the September Arctic sea ice minimum, Antarctic sea ice excursions, stochastic elements in climate models etc. Just for a change, no discussion of mitigation efforts please!
  • Unforced variations: June 2014 - June is the month when the Arctic Sea Ice outlook gets going, when the EPA releases its rules on power plant CO2 emissions, and when, hopefully, commenters can get back to actually having constructive and respectful conversations about climate science (and not nuclear energy, impending apocalypsi (pl) or how terrible everyone else is). Thanks.
  • El Niño or Bust - Guest commentary from Michelle L’Heureux, NOAA Climate Prediction Center Much media attention has been directed at the possibility of an El Niño brewing this year. Many outlets have drawn comparison with the 1997-98 super El Niño. So, what are the odds that El Niño will occur? And if it does, how strong will it be? […]

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Climate Skeptic

  • Testing Blog Cross-Post 2 - again
  • Reconciling Conflicting Climate Claims - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog At Real Science, Steven Goddard claims this is the coolest summer on record in the US. The NOAA reports that both May and June were the hottest on record. It used to be the the media would reconcile such claims and one might learn something interesting from that reconciliation, but now all we […]
  • Computer Models as “Evidence” - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog The BBC has decided not to every talk to climate skeptics again, in part based on the “evidence” of computer modelling Climate change skeptics are being banned from BBC News, according to a new report, for fear of misinforming people and to create more of a “balance” when discussing man-made climate change. The latest […]
  • Another Plea to Global Warming Alarmists on the Phrase “Climate Denier” - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog Stop calling me and other skeptics “climate deniers“.  No one denies that there is a climate.  It is a stupid phrase. I am willing, even at the risk of the obvious parallel that is being drawn to the Holocaust deniers, to accept the “denier” label, but it has to be attached to […]
  • My Thoughts on Steven Goddard and His Fabricated Temperature Data Claim - Cross-posted from Coyote Blog. Steven Goddard of the Real Science blog has a study that claims that US real temperature data is being replaced by fabricated data.  Christopher Booker has a sympathetic overview of the claims. I believe that there is both wheat and chaff in this claim, and I would like to try to […]
  • The Thought Experiment That First Made Me A Climate Skeptic - Please check out my Forbes post today.  Here is how it begins: Last night, the accumulated years of being called an evil-Koch-funded-anti-science-tobacco-lawyer-Holocaust-Denier finally caught up with me.  I wrote something like 3000 words of indignation about climate alarmists corrupting the very definition of science by declaring their work “settled”, answering difficult scientific questions with the […]
  • Explaining the Flaw in Kevin Drum’s (and Apparently Science Magazine’s) Climate Chart - Cross-Posted from Coyoteblog I won’t repeat the analysis, you need to see it here.  Here is the chart in question: My argument is that the smoothing and relatively low sampling intervals in the early data very likely mask variations similar to what we are seeing in the last 100 years — ie they greatly exaggerate […]
  • If You Don’t Like People Saying That Climate Science is Absurd, Stop Publishing Absurd Un-Scientific Charts - Reprinted from Coyoteblog science a “myth”.  As is usual for global warming supporters, he wraps himself in the mantle of science while implying that those who don’t toe the line on the declared consensus are somehow anti-science. Readers will know that as a lukewarmer, I have as little patience with outright CO2 warming deniers as […]
  • Update On My Climate Model (Spoiler: It’s Doing a Lot Better than the Pros) - Cross posted from Coyoteblog In this post, I want to discuss my just-for-fun model of global temperatures I developed 6 years ago.  But more importantly, I am going to come back to some lessons about natural climate drivers and historic temperature trends that should have great relevance to the upcoming IPCC report. In 2007, for […]
  • Climate Goundhog Day - I posted something like this over at my other blog but I suppose I should post it here as well.  Folks ask me why I have not been blogging much here on climate, and the reason is that is has just gotten too repetitive.  It is like the movie Groundhog Day, with the same flawed […]

Watts Up With That

  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blinks, responds to WUWT story - This WUWT story from two days ago:  Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home went viral after being linked to by the Drudge report, earning WUWT it’s best performing day ever with 345,393 views. It seems to have evoked a response. Eric Worrall writes: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today responded, to…
  • Claim: Global shift away from cars saves US$100 trillion, eliminates 1,700 MT of CO2 pollution - From Burness Communications via Eurekalert Urban transportation systems an emerging priority ahead of UN climate and sustainable development meetings NEW YORK (17 September, 2014)—More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2)—a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—could be eliminated by 2050 if the…
  • Quote of the week: The link between ‘defending Michael Mann is defending climate science’ seems to have been broken - Mark Steyn writes: [Tuesday] marked a not unimportant court deadline in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and I wouldn’t want to let it pass without comment. Ever since this tedious suit was launched by Doctor Fraudpants in defense of his global-warming hockey stick, Michael Mann’s supporters have insisted that it’s not,…
  • Another benefit of climate change and increased CO2 – trees continue to grow at a faster rate - WUWT readers may recall this WUWT story from 2011: The Earth’s biosphere is booming, data suggests that CO2 is the cause, part 2 Now there is even more evidence. From From Technische Universität München: Study highlights forest growth trends from 1870 to the present- Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate “…scientists are…
  • Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  E&E Legal Files Referral With IRS Regarding Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Tax Law Violations Washington, D.C. – Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) filed a formal referral with the Internal Revenue Service alleging the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation are in potential noncompliance regarding…
  • Claim: Tornadoes occurring earlier in “Tornado Alley” - From the American Geophysical Union | WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains of the United States is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago, according to a new study whose findings could help states in “Tornado Alley” better prepare for these violent…
  • NCSE: Texas schoolbooks should stick to the climate dogma - Story submitted by Eric Worrall | The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has published a critique which expresses deep concerns about the latest McGraw Hill Education, World Cultures & Geography [Teacher Version] (Grade 6) school textbook. According to the critique; “This book has a deeply concerning section comparing the Heartland Institute with the Intergovernmental…
  • Decrying “Wishful Science” on NPR(!) - Guest essay by Dr. Patrick Michaels | First, a disclaimer. I don’t listen to NPR. “State radio” bugs me. But I have friends who do, and I was bowled over when one sent me a seemingly innocuous story about the search for a pharmaceutical treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis [ALS], the horrific ailment also known…
  • A new professional society for meteorology and climatology is announced - The Open Atmospheric Society takes a new approach to atmospheric science, becoming the first international society of its kind to be a cloud-based online organization FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2014 – The Open Atmospheric Society, known as “The OAS” for short, announces its formation, and readiness to accept charter members. The purpose of The…
  • Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home - Eric Worrall writes: The imminent climate summit in New York is rapidly turning into an utter embarrassment for President Obama and UN Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon, in addition to becoming a bit of a punishment round for national deputy leaders. Aussie PM Tony Abbott today defended his decision not to hop on an earlier flight…
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