New “Our Climate” iPhone app released

Great news, and a present for the many readers of WUWT.  The “Our Climate” iPhone App has made it through Apple’s review process unscathed and the App is now available for download on the iTunes Store worldwide.

Here’s what the menu screen looks like:

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From the website:

Our Climate is your “go-to” climate information resource.  It is the most comprehensive, fun and informative climate education resource available for Apple® iOS devices, such as the iPhone® and iPod Touch® platforms.

You have all the information at your fingertips, wherever you go, to help you get a more complete picture on what is happening to our climate!

Our Climate features a number of “bite-size” climate information nuggets that you can absorb without needing a PhD in climate science! These information nuggets offer you rapid insight to some of the most interesting aspects of our climate, both today and in the past.

Try your hand at our fun climate quiz, where the answers are never really what you think at first!  See if you can get your score up to that of a professional climate scientist…

With literally dozens of built-in tutorials, Our Climate will help you understand how basic climate science operates and, most importantly, help you distinguish between climate facts, climate theories and popular misconceptions.

Once you feel familiar with the basics, why not participate in our anonymous global poll on attitudes towards Global Warming?  When you have expressed your views, you can then see by region how the rest of the world’s users of Our Climate have voted.

Since climate issues do feature heavily in the news, you also have a climate-centric news feed directly on the App.  This offers you quick access to some of the top climate stories of the day.

Finally, Our Climate comes packed with a large number of very recent climate datasets that you can browse at your own pace, or perhaps use to settle a debate with friends!  Each dataset comes with a detailed set of comments to help you understand what the data is all about.

The App’s main website is here: ourclimate.info


The app developer, Paul of Aeris Systems Pty Ltd. writes:

There’s only light feedback so far – so let’s see how it progresses in the marketplace.
Unlike scientific papers, changes to this app can be made fairly promptly, so if any material errors have slipped through, rest assured that such errata will be readily addressable.  Already a few minor errata have been collected over the past week to be packaged into a V1.0.1 overnight.  Please let me know if you spot anything and we will act on your feedback as promptly as we can.


The app has had many, many people contribute to it’s design, content gathering, and review. It is a joint effort of dozens of people.

There’s an old saying, “a picture is worth 1000 words”, and when it comes to demonstrating facts about climate to someone who has been oversold by a compliant and unquestioning mass media, the app makes it easy to educate them.

I had been asked to review this app. So, for “inquiring minds”, no, I earn nothing from it, just like in a scientific paper review. The app developer in Australia has put hundreds of man hours in research and software development into it. The 99 cents purchase price goes to offset his costs and time.

Now, the tearing down begins at other websites who can’t tolerate it’s presence.

The best measure of success of any iPhone app is the number of downloads. Like WUWT reaching 50 million hits today, we’ll see if it rises to the top download in its category. Please spread the word.

A web link for the App on the store is provided here:

Our Climate is your “go-to” climate information resource.  It is the most comprehensive, fun and informative climate education resource available for Apple® iOS devices, such as the iPhone® and iPod Touch® platforms.

You have all the information at your fingertips, wherever you go, to help you get a more complete picture on what is happening to our climate!

Our Climate features a number of “bite-size” climate information nuggets that you can absorb without needing a PhD in climate science! These information nuggets offer you rapid insight to some of the most interesting aspects of our climate, both today and in the past.

Try your hand at our fun climate quiz, where the answers are never really what you think at first!  See if you can get your score up to that of a professional climate scientist…

With literally dozens of built-in tutorials, Our Climate will help you understand how basic climate science operates and, most importantly, help you distinguish between climate facts, climate theories and popular misconceptions.

Once you feel familiar with the basics, why not participate in our anonymous global poll on attitudes towards Global Warming?  When you have expressed your views, you can then see by region how the rest of the world’s users of Our Climate have voted.

Since climate issues do feature heavily in the news, you also have a climate-centric news feed directly on the App.  This offers you quick access to some of the top climate stories of the day.

Finally, Our Climate comes packed with a large number of very recent climate datasets that you can browse at your own pace, or perhaps use to settle a debate with friends!  Each dataset comes with a detailed set of comments to help you understand what the data is all about.

UPDATE: For Windows users and others without iPhones:

For those without a mac or an iphone, there are iphone emulators and emulator websites you can download to run this application.

http://iphonetester.com/
http://www.stemkoski.com/simple-iphone-emulator-for-windows/

You need to run the Safari browser to run the first link properly.

76 thoughts on “New “Our Climate” iPhone app released

  1. Now all I need is an Android version. I wish Apple allowed cross platform development tools. I’ll never see this one otherwise.

  2. I’d happily pay 99 cents to download this app — unfortunately I’m a Blackberry user.

  3. Dueling apps; I love it. Maybe if we make a huge pile of cell phones some sweet reason will seep out of the bottom of the pile.
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  4. I am not so enamored with the Apple or AT&T corporation. If you check the AT&T coverage map, the areas that are tan with an orange stripe means that I am on borrowed time. I can only have limited use of the iPhone. If I use it too much, given that I am borrowing time from a non AT&T wireless phone provider, AT&T can cut me off, which means my iPhone won’t work anymore. Much of the middle and western US would find this to be the case. If you live away from mega-population centers, AKA monied centers, AT&T could not care less about you. The Mac corporation also could not care less, given that they only use AT&T. I want my Ma Bell back.

  5. I am very dissapointed. I have been anxiously awaiting your widget for the i-phone. this is not the widget.

    REPLY: I never said it was. Frankly this is far better than anything I could have done alone. – Anthony

  6. I would have been happy to pay $10.00 fo the Widget. This thing is a waaist of money.

  7. It would be neat to add the SurfaceStation project… you enter the surface station and get all the data in a graph form as well as its review. If the station is not there… then you can submit a review.

  8. I would just like to mention that people may buy the application even if they don’t have any iPhone-like device. You can’t use it, but you may still contribute your dollar. ;-)

    Install iTunes, create an Apple ID, and click “buy Our Climate app” in the iTunes application. It will download somewhere in your directories and wait if you happen to be more friendly towards Apple in the future. :-)

  9. Has some nice things, especially the news updates. Isn’t really ready for prime time for IPad users like me. Would like to see the app reworked for IPad.

    Regarding the “survey” on climate change. Percentages are nice, but raw numbers would help define the size of the respondent group.

    Need to fix one question in the test. As a matter of law, in Mass. v. EPA, the Supreme Court held that CO2 is a pollutant. The term is a defined term under the Clean Air Act. Thus, NOx SOx and CO2 are all legally pollutants. In practical terms, none of them are pollutants (having an adverse effect on human health and the environment) at and below some level (different for each). Need to show greater care on that one.

    Overall, more than worth the price if for nothing other than the new feed, but clearly nice for the graphics, which on an IPad allow for great use in the cocktail hour (ok, at the bar).

    d.

  10. Luboš Motl says:
    July 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I would just like to mention that people may buy the application even if they don’t have any iPhone-like device. You can’t use it, but you may still contribute your dollar. ;-)

    Install iTunes, create an Apple ID, and click “buy Our Climate app” in the iTunes application. It will download somewhere in your directories and wait if you happen to be more friendly towards Apple in the future. :-)
    ______________________________________________________-
    Thanks,
    I will talk to hubby about it this evening and spread the word to the relatives.

  11. The Globe and Mail the Canadian newspaper owned by Thomson Reuters [ex-Citibank executives on their Borad of Directors] is starting over its global warming disinformation campaign using… a business reporter commenting a NOAA report!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/science/the-earth-is-hotter-than-ever-global-warming-is-real-researchers/article1655436/

    Of course this accompanies the flowering of articles about green funds, businesses, and cap-and-trade that BC, Quebec and Ontario want to implement…

  12. Well done to all involved.

    Unfortunately I, like many others, have an Android device and would definitely pay for an Android version. I’m some of the Blackberry owners would feel the same way.

    Also, I refuse to contribute towards Apple in any way (I am a fan of open source software) so the itunes suggestion is a no go for me.

  13. Pamela Gray says (July 29, 2010 at 9:43 am) : “If you check the AT&T coverage map, the areas that are tan with an orange stripe means that I am on borrowed time.”

    Heh. Here in the hills around Silicon Valley, we’re technically covered by AT&T, but in practice Verizon gives much better reception (I’ve heard this explained as inadequate bandwidth for the humongous number of AT&T users; maybe, maybe not).

    In any case I won’t be downloading this “oil company propaganda” (I’m kidding) because I don’t think I’m smart enough to use an iPhone. :-) For those who are, I hope they learn something from this.

    Who wants to chip in a couple of cents to help buy it for Al Gore?

  14. I just downloaded it. Will give it a full spin in a bit, but at a cursory look it has the sort of information you see here, though in summary form and without all of the erudition and amusement that comes from the commenters. ;)

  15. Yippee, something I want to have on my new iphone. Trouble is I have to get husband to do the techie stuff as I am such a technophobe – will go and wheedle at his side now.
    And, Anthony, I am such a fan of your site. I am not a scientist, just a lowly surveyor but I find the information so interesting. Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to your paper on the weather stations – when is it coming out?

  16. Dear Dr. Schnare, you wrote:

    “Need to fix one question in the test. As a matter of law, in Mass. v. EPA, the Supreme Court held that CO2 is a pollutant. The term is a defined term under the Clean Air Act. Thus, NOx SOx and CO2 are all legally pollutants.”

    I think that to say the least, it’s a bit of a misunderstanding of yours what the application is trying to build upon. It is building on science – you may even call it the official science – and science knows no borders. It is international. And it is very clear that globally, CO2 is surely not a pollutant.

    Whether or not the United States have scientifically incompetent judges who decide to redefine the notion of “pollutants” so that it crazily includes CO2 has absolutely no impact on the global science – and on Australian iPhone appmakers such as Aeris Systems.

  17. Please get rid of the quote marks around greenhouse (in greenhouse effect).

    Despite questionable scientific usage, greenhouse effect is correct English language requiring no special punctuation.

    Do not be the guy that uses theatrical fingerquote gestures in casual conversation.

  18. I’m not an iphone user either. Any chance of a web-based version, or maybe a version showing in adobe flash? I’d happily pay $30. Maybe more…

  19. Pamela Gray: Have patience. There are persistent rumors that Apple will announce a new deal with Verizon in early 2011. I have delayed my upgrade to IPhone 4 until this occurs. I agree AT&T sucks.

  20. Re: All the iPhone refuseniks

    So buy an iPod touch. Cool gadget, no service fees, just needs wifi.

  21. Yahoo another app to play with and great for a non techie like me. Thanks developer and team. And Anthony and WUWT for promoting it.

    I’ve had a quick look and would suggest drop the reversed out text. It quickly becomes a pain to read.

  22. Love the quiz, can’t wait to get it out in the pub tommorrow night. I know just the person to find out how much they really do know.

  23. Any one tried downloading it to an iPad. It uses the same OS as the iPhone (just better resolution)…

  24. I was just surfing around and the program froze my phone when I tried to look at Climate 101.

    I think “greenhouse” effect should always be in quotation marks since it borrows a term from a legitimate well understood effect and tries to apply it to a totally different poorly understood concept. The earth’s atmosphere does not behave like a greenhouse.

    The quiz worked okay.

    Widgets would be great.

  25. Absolutely no ATT signal here, and my local service is ATT. Also no DSL service here ATT doesn’t want to repair/upgrade 40 year old telephone lines to meet requirements for DSL. There fore no high speed. Currently using Sprint cell service unlimited roaming with Samsung inspiration 30 and most times hit a verizon signal. our only option for high speed is satellite service and the cost is very prohibitive for our current financial condition. Oh Well some day.

    In the mean time will continue with the old very slow due to cable conditions dial up.

    Have a good day all and have fun with the new app.

    Bill Derryberry

  26. Under “Climate Drivers” the sun should get credit for being the DC term. All of the AC variations are subordinate to the fact that the sun shines.

  27. I just bought the app, and there is a lot of cool stuff in it. Will there be additions and updates as time passes?

  28. Errant thought. Have you thought about using phone cameras and the phone GPS services for the surface station study documentation? I realize it’s about finished in NA, or is that just the US? In other areas people could take the picture put the Lat, Long to it and email it to you. People probably already are, so I sorry if I’m covering old news.

  29. Anthony,

    Errant thought. Have you thought about using phone cameras and the phone GPS services for the surface station study documentation? I realize it’s about finished in NA, or is that just the US? In other areas people could take the picture put the Lat, Long to it and email it to you. People probably already are, so I sorry if I’m covering old news.

  30. iPod Touch owner here.

    No monthly fee – I can use it on my home WiFi or any free WiFi I can find. Both McDonalds and Starbucks are now providing free WiFi nationwide (US) so with “OurClimate” I now have the climate in my pocket. (Right next to the “hole in my pocket” from the “Yellow Submarine”.)

    Lots of good info in it. Thanks.

  31. “For those without a mac or an iphone, there are iphone emulators and emulator websites you can download to run this application. ”

    Okay – I have downloaded IBBDemo2 since I don’t have an iPhone or IPad. Can anyone talk me through what to do next?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can.

  32. What a bunch of stars! This is going to be of immeasurable use in UK festivals when speaking to warmies and in political discussion. Many thanks.

  33. That is very pretty!

    Some of us still like books. They smell good and have a special presence in the home.

    My bright idea is the ability to generate a book with WUWT posts, including the comments. Wikipedia already has this technology.

  34. Great stuff! Good job. It works well! One point of improvement could be to make the content of the top-10 list zoomable (especially the graphs) and/or allow 90deg screen rotation.
    But still cool and well worth the support!

  35. Ugh, it has plate tectonics. The only science more shoddy than man made climate change. They can’t even describe how the geometry works for subducting slabs when they would need to diverge from parallel lines of a Great Circle. The reason is because it’s geometrically impossible.

  36. Seriously, I think you have struck gold with the climate app idea, Anthony. Obviously though, the base of platforms needs to be expanded. What better way to counter the alarmist propaganda then with unrelenting access to the truth? First Hansen will attack the concept when he realizes it’s a game-changer, and then the warmists will be forced to create their own app with a database of distorted data.

    Almost every night I hear desperate global warming blurbs on the news. Tonight on ABC News it was “…global warming is irrefutable, and (of course) it’s happening faster then we thought…” There’s no support of any kind given for these statements now, just a strident repetition of the alarmist drumbeat, maybe thirty seconds worth, and then on to the sports report. It’s apparent that the days of global warming fanaticism are numbered, the shouts of its loudest advocates are trailing off, and the days of easy grant money will be slipping through their fingers like grains of sand.

  37. An update. I still have an old 1st generation jailbroken iPod Touch running 3.1.3. I’m happy to report that the purchased app loaded properly and runs. However my Touch is a bedside podcaster so I don’t use it all that much these days. I would still prefer an Android version for my phone.

  38. Michael Larkin says:
    July 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    “Okay – I have downloaded IBBDemo2 since I don’t have an iPhone or IPad. Can anyone talk me through what to do next?”

    Same question here. I’m beginning to think IBBDemo2 may be an emulator for displaying Web sites, and will not actually run apps. Happy to be proved wrong!

  39. Hi Anthony & Co
    Great app. Looks great and very timely to have the facts at my fingertips. Us dyslexic folk forget a lot of stuff and …
    Err anyway it will be helpful in showing the kids this stuff.
    Cheers JJ

  40. Hey everyone, this app is great! I bought it this morning and have now had a bit of a chance to muck around with it.

    I’ve given my phone to 4 people to try the test on and it’s got them thinking to say the least…..

    Many eye openers for people that don’t follow as closely as someone like me. It made them want to check on facts and all four of them immediately opened web browsers and began their enlightenment:)

    We need to make this app rate highly in iTunes….. it doesn’t matter if you own an iPhone or not…… a great number of the people this app should be targeted by DO.

    We need to get this app into the iTunes top10 list!

    Top ten means front page of App store and fantastic exposure. We need to keep this thing front page so that people see it…. people that wouldn’t search for it (nice for the choir but better if it makes more people join the choir)

    This App is a fantastic idea and all of us should do our utmost to help make it a success by buying a copy and in doing so, hoisting it to top ten status.

    Many thanks to everyone that helped put it together and while I’m at it (wrong thread I know) My sincere thanks to Mr Watts for this site.

    I could write a paragraph of thanks to you re your web hit mile stone thread but I won’t, I couldn’t do it justice so I’ll just say this as a father of two:

    THANKYOU

  41. Downloaded it yesterday. Looks really nice and is informative. I do have two issues:
    1) None of the pages will zoom so a lot of the graphs and some text are unreadable.
    2) It doesn’t rotate like most apps on the iPhone.

    These two items would make it a lot more useful but no regrets supporting your effort
    putting this together.

  42. This app is nothing short of amazing! Better than that croc put out by the warmists a few months ago!

    Only a few minor criticisms – there seems to be no way to zoom the text using the usual pinch and expand gestures, nor do the graphs respond to reorienting the device in landscape mode. The news section does appear to be based on a web page and using the inbuilt Safari browser – the page can be expanded but still can only be read in portrait style not landscape.

    It would be nice for the articles in the News section to be cached for times when the user is not near a Wifi or Phone network. If these articles are found on sites with mobile versions

  43. Has anyone else noticed that the world seems to be spinning faster and faster? That we’re inventing things and words that none but children can fathum.

    Pssst! Can someone tell me what an iPhone is and what you’re supposed to do with it? Please?

    s/Sixty-Two & Out Of Touch

  44. Now a huge dilema.

    I’ve never had a blackberry of iphone, but am getting one in Septemer. I thought i had finally decided on blackberry…….but now.

    Anyway great app, and they are supposed to be the fastest way to reach people currently available on Earth. 1 billion downloads in 9 months!

  45. I notice only three comments at the Huff Post to Carl Pope’s article. I learned a week ago from the Huff Post comment editor supervisor that Carl can block comments to his articles – and also that he can set the guidelines for the Huff Post comment editors as they apply to his articles. Thus, Carl can block critical comments of his articles on the Huff Post. This is a fact that needs to be publicized.

    I had three of my comments to his earlier article – where he accused Watts of being the developer of the iPhone app – blocked. No obscenity or other problems but they were critical of Pope’s homework. It took several emails to break through to a Huff Post editor to learn what was afoot.

    Have just submitted a comment to Carl’s latest article – and his huge error in saying that Watts did not include information that Watts was not the developer. Watts clearly did say that in the article.

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