A small milestone

108  – A big number in some contexts, small in others. Magnitude is in the eye of the beholder.

It looks like we hit that number sometime around 7:45-7:46 AM PST today. Unfortunately the WordPress Blog stats widget seems to update only every 15 minutes or so (probably to minimize server CPU cycles) so it looks like we’ve missed the actual clickover. It went from 99,999,962 at 7:45AM PST to 100,004,397 views just after 8AM PST.

First I want to say, thanks. Second this really is no big deal. The only reason is is notable is that no other blog dedicated to climate science has announced reaching such a milestone, and contenders like Real Climate haven’t even come close.

In honesty, let me say that WUWT probably passed the 108 mark sometime in the last two days, because in the first year of my blog, it was on the servers of the Chico Enterprise Record (where it started in 2006) and that first year of traffic data (~100,000 views) was lost when I switched to wordpress.com in October 2007 because that server couldn’t handle the load nor provide the features I needed, so the newspaper graciously let me move to a better platform. WUWT is still listed under the ChicoER umbrella at www.norcalblogs.com.

Christopher Monckton muses in his recent guest post Hurrah for 8 orders of magnitude!:

“And it is hard work, 24/7, 366 days a year.”

Well yes, but being a broadcaster trained me to be like this. Before there was blogging, there was me on television, working nights, weekends, some holidays, and sometimes into the wee hours of the morning covering severe weather outbreaks. Blogging has one benefit not found on TV; I don’t have to wear a suit and makeup. But, it does seem like second nature to me.

Ric Werme has chosen a selection of WUWT classics, and offers them in his WUWT Index Page. I’ve repeated them below.

WUWT Classics

Here are some posts that deserve to used as reference works, not just as comment-du-jour. The real reference is usually elsewhere, but a lot of us heard it first here.

  • 2008 Jan 28: Warming Trend: PDO And Solar Correlate Better Than CO2
    This is Anthony’s summary of work by Joe D’Aleo. It predates my “obsessive” involvement on WUWT by a few weeks, that happened in large part to hearing about this from Joe directly. This convinced me that CO2 wasn’t dominant and with the negative PDO in place things were about to turn interesting.
    Latest update 2010 Sep 30: AMO+PDO= temperature variation – one graph says it all The comments raise a number of concerns about looking at correlations between time-smoothed series, and the new paper leaves out the CO2 test, so it’s not as striking as before.
  • 2008 Jun 2: Livingston and Penn paper: “Sunspots may vanish by 2015″.
    By my reckoning, this is the most fascinating material I’ve read on WUWT. Now in mid-2010 the data is pretty much tracking predictions some four years after the paper was written.
    Latest update 2010 Sep 18: Sun’s magnetics remain in a funk: sunspots may be on their way out. This reports on a new paper Long-term Evolution of Sunspot Magnetic Fields. An updated estimate of the majority of sunspots becoming invisible is 2021-2022, but I and others think some of the delay is due to some events already being invisible and hence aren’t included in the average, and that leads to an apparently slower decline.
  • 2009 Jun 14: The Thermostat Hypothesis
    This revisits the well observed and understood phenomenon of daily tropical thunderstorms from the novel viewpoint that they keep the Earth from overheating.
  • 2009 Nov 15: Reference: 450 skeptical peer reviewed papers
  • 2009 Nov 19: Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked – hundreds of files released
    I remember where I was when the story broke. I was on my computer surfing the web. Duh. I think I stayed up until 0300 that night. 1,616 comments to this post!
  • 2010 Mar 27: Earth Hour in North Korea a stunning success
    The nighttime satellite photo says it all. Definitely a solution we don’t want to emulate.
  • 2010 Jun 4: Under the Volcano, Over the Volcano
    Willis Eschenbach’s description of how CO2 measurements at Mauna Loa are made and the steps they take to exclude measurements with recent CO2 releases from local volcanic and anthropogenic sources.
  • 2010 Jul 9: Aliens Cause Global Warming: A Caltech Lecture by Michael Crichton
    This is a superb lecture about what distinguishes science from wishful thinking; the hazards of consensus science; and how science hasn’t learned from the past.
  • 2011 Apr 29: Friday Funny – science safety run amok
    This started out as a rant about “a chemistry kit with no chemicals.” Disppointing, despicable, disheartening to be sure, but certainly not worthy of being listed here.However, WUWT Nation is full of people who’ve learned chemistry the fun way, from 1960’s chemical sets to making their own rocket fuel. They (we!) hijacked the thread to reminisce about all the chemistry that society (and Homeland Security) frown upon today. Enjoy! BTW, the link goes to the first comment, if you want to read about depressing chemistry sets, you’ll have to scroll up or edit the URL.
  • 2011 Sep 15: WUWT’s answer to Al Gore’s 24 hour Climate Reality Project
    The CRP was a 24 hour event repeating Al Gore’s new presentation, once per time zone in a particular language of that time zone. Meanwhile, WUWT readers were being treated to a new post each hour with a cartoon by Josh preceeding the details. The result is a very good introduction to Climate science and where Al Gore gets it wrong.

Guest poster Willis Eschenbach always comes up with fascinating posts. Even his autobiographical posts are remarkable. He’s collected An Index to Willis’s Writings up to May 2011 and deserves this special entry here.

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I’d like to add one of my own favorites to the classics list, since I worked harder on this post than any other. It took weeks of hunting down equipment, long hours of patience in replication, and hundreds of dollars to produce:

Replicating Al Gore’s Climate 101 video experiment shows that his “high school physics” could never work as advertised

Bill Nye was annoyed enough to respond, if you can call this a response. It seems rather science-free compared to what I offered. Heh.

Speaking of responses, it appears that from the Climategate 2 emails, WUWT has been putting a burr in the saddle of the team. E.M. Smith (Chiefio) points out all the emails where I or the blog have been discussed. I’m surprised there were so many.

I suppose that  if this blog were not effective, I wouldn’t be attacked so much by defenders of the team, such as the juvenile activist/scientist Peter Gleick (with his B.S. award) and the tree and pig whisperer, James Lenfestney. They seem like burned out 60’s hippies, because they certainly don’t act like professionals. You just have to laugh. I liked this kid’s take on it, who is experiencing similar things. Remember on August 19th 2011, when I reported on the science project for putting solar cells in a tree like arrangement? Novel idea – arrange solar panels like Nature designed it. It seems the kid has made some people angry. From the New York Times story on him this week:

A new way of collecting solar energy has polarized scientists around the world and ignited fierce debate on the Internet, where the innovator in question has been called everything from an alien to the agent of a global conspiracy.

Sound familiar? We skeptics get that a lot. Here’s his response:

He got some constructive advice, said Aidan’s mother, Maureen. “Then there were people who were just—”

“Haters,” Aidan chimed in with a grin.

That’s a great attitude! Yep, haters. WUWT and I have collected a lot of those too. Somehow these haters (and you know who you are)  think that by spreading hate, I’ll change my way of thinking and doing things. Nope, it only strengthens my resolve.

As much as I’m denigrated for running this blog, the fact that I’m writing this today, and that I gain new friends worldwide every day, reminds me of a famous line:

Remember,  no man is a failure who has friends! –Clarence

Thanks to everyone who makes this community special, from the volunteer moderators, to the regulars and passers by, down to the trolls, and on the bottom, the haters. Thanks to Josh too, who provided the title graphic (from a suggestion by Barry Woods) as a surprise. I’m turning that into a commemorative coffee cup which I’ll offer soon.

Thanks are due Steve McIntyre and the late John L. Daly, who both set the standard, and slogged on for years in obscurity before climate skepticism became a mainstream issue. I’d like to thank Dr. Roger Pielke Senior, for his encouragements too.

I leave you with a video that shows just how much trouble climate change is, in fact, after watching this video it could be argued that it is “worse than we thought”.

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160 thoughts on “A small milestone

  1. Congratulations Anthony!!! Is the press release out? I can’t wait for the BBC to report it.

  2. Congratulations, Anthony. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog over the last four years and I’ve learned a TON. Onward to 2×10^8!!!

  3. Congratulations!

    … and apologies from Great Britain that the BBC and UK papers have been and still are pushing AGW, see the video ….

    Therefore, thanks for providing this counter-balance, and for keeping us sane!

  4. I never realized weather could be that interesting. At times as with the release of the Climategate emails in 2009 and 2011, for instance, reading the blog was more exciting than any detective fiction ever has been. At work, my colleagues and me have had thousands of brilliant and fun conversations because of you, Anthony, and your brilliant co-workers.

  5. Rats! There were no comments when I typed the above.

    I’ve been garnering an education about the climate on this site since about the time there were “only” about 30,000,000 hits, and I have been the richer for the experience.

    Thanks, Anthony, and all the contributors, and the mods, for a wonderful site.

  6. What an accomplishment! I bet you had not one delusion of this type of grandeur when you started this journey.

    REPLY: I didn’t have any delusions, period. ;-) – Anthony

  7. I’m happy and proud to be able to congratulate Anthony on the high side of a hundred million views… You, and the team you’ve built are truly awe inspiring… Thank You,
    Mike Bryant

  8. Ric Werme has chosen a selection of WUWT classics, and offers them in his WUWT Index Page. I’ve repeated them below.

    Ack! I’ve been meaning to update that list for a few weeks.

    Let me hijack the post (but keep it on topic) – What are people’s favorite posts _you_ think _I_ should list on that page?

    I’ll add some of the ones _I_ agree with. The decision of the judge (_me_) will be final. Well, not really final.

    Hey Willis, how about an update to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/05/15/an-index-to-williss-writings/ ?

  9. Congratulations!

    “Guest poster Willis Eschenbach always comes up with fascinating posts. Even his autobiographical posts are remarkable.”

    Yes, but I think he is a bit too grumpy. He needs to get some sense of humour implanted.

    And I am missing Steven Goddard here.

    All in all, I think we all need to try to avoid insulting people we disagree with when discussing scientific matters. Like calling the other camp “cranks” just because they focus on thermodynamic processes like convection etc, instead of plus and minus calculations regarding radiation.

    Or being arrogant and downright insulting when someone dares to bring forward some new ideas and theories. Not to mention that some says Anthony shouldnt have presented this or that at WUWT.
    If noone is discussing new ideas, how can there be progress?

  10. Not sure if I “became” a CAGW skeptic from reading WUWT (I think John Daly may take credit for that), but reading WUWT for many years now I feel that I can argue the case with anyone.

    Thanks and here’s to the next 100,000,000!

  11. 100,007,000 views

    Bugger. I missed the big moment. No bother. Well earned Sir Anthony. And don’t go denegrating your good self – you have earned everything. 100 million. Doesn’t happen every day.

  12. Congratulations Anthony! That video of headlines of the results of GW is hilarious. Thanks for all your hard work to keep this great site going.

  13. You may consider this a small milestone, but rest assured that it is a giant millstone to the “cause.” Congratulations.

  14. Congratulations to you and your team, not forgetting your long-suffering family.
    Long may you prosper.

  15. Congratulations Anthony, mods and all involved! And for allowing dissenting views on your site.

    I am going to nominate you for an honourary knighthood (but don’t hold your breath!)

  16. Splendiferous congratulations. What you have done for science, the scientific method, accurate recording of history and raw data is magnificent. Included in these kudos for you are those for all your associates, contributors, and (most) commenters. WUWT is a great place to inhabit daily. Many thanks, Anthony.

  17. Thank you for your stalwart effort but I fervently hope the science situation will not be as desperate well before the next hundred million.

  18. Thanks to every reader, commenter, moderator and contributor, as well as Anthony Watts for building us a home. WUWT represents 100,013,197 pieces of evidence that there is no consensus, a huge number of us are aware of it, we are dedicated, we are driven, and reason will prevail.

  19. According to Sitemeter, most visitors aren’t staying around very long.

    http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=stats&s=s36wattsup&r=8&v=1

    Is there an explanation for that?

    REPLY: Sure, like yourself, many people who are convinced that CO2 is the only possible cause of warming in the last century refuse to read anything that challenges that view. There’s safety in close-mindedness. – Anthony

  20. Congratulations, and many thanks for the regular sanity check (I wish I could say ‘sanity clause’, so I could repeat Groucho Marx’s remark about there being no Sanity Claus, but never mind).

    I had a quick look at RC, to see how they were doing. After all, they were founded by a PR company, so they should know a thing or two about self-promotion, but content seems to matter too, so they’ve only got to 15m. Using their sort of statistics, that makes them less than a sixth as good as you.. :-)

  21. The Precautionary Principle is a powerful motivator. Not all but many in the AGW camp remind me of Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion speech in the Wizard Of Oz: “I do believe in ghosts! I do, I do, I do!” Anthony, thank you for the best science blog on the internet. And thank you mods for your support. Best wishes to all of you and your families.

    Reed Coray

  22. 7:45-7:46 AM PST… did you work that out with Excel? Thank you for this entertaining and educational site. The quantity and quality is astounding.

  23. I already gave you a big kiss (in a manly way!!) on Christopher’s thread, Anthony, so no need to do it again. ;-)
    I will thank you for the laugh of the day by providing the link to Bill Nye’s response to your experiment! It’s just unbelievable that that quack manages to get air time on TV! I guess when you’re a member of the team the way is paved with gold, eh?
    I’m thinkin’ he will have more traffic to his site simply because of your link. And the comments will make for a depressing week, if not longer!
    Keep it up! Even if they have to be taken out one at a time!

  24. ThePowrerofX,

    Certainly, the majority who visit are gainfully employed and have little time to camp out as witnessed on RC and other social sites.

  25. And very deserving I might add,
    This is not just a blog but a whole new venue for engaging with science information, news dissection, and an early warning system for what biased science looks like in the media, international organizations, government policy, and even science professional groups.

    Thank you

  26. Congratulations! The “haters” should strengthen your resolve and conviction. I find that the quickest way to make someone angry is to be right. Because of all the hate and slander and lies spread about your blog, then you must be right.

    Keep up the good work.

  27. No words can describe the gratitude I feel for WUWT and its community. Congratulations, Anthony, and thank-you to all who contribute to the free-wheeling science-centric discussions here, mods, writers and commenters alike. As “Just The Facts” said above, Anthony has built us CAGW skeptics and climate realists “a home”, and moreover a place where I for one have learned a great deal. Any and all exaltation sent in your direction, Anthony, is richly deserved.

  28. They are probably a little shy, so I will say it on behalf of them:

    Many congratulations.

    The Team

  29. ThePowerofX says:
    January 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    According to Sitemeter, most visitors aren’t staying around very long.

    http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=stats&s=s36wattsup&r=8&v=1

    Is there an explanation for that?

    I was astonished when I heard a claim that the typical visit to the USA’s Grand Canyon National Park was only 20 minutes. That’s enough time to drive to the two major overlooks, look, take a family photo, and drive out.

    On my first visit, I camped out by the Bright Angel Creek in the bottom of the canyon. Apparently there are all types. (One type was a retired guy, recently widowed, who was on his third day of hiking to the bottom and back out because he wasn’t able to get a campsite. I’m still amazed at that.)

    I’ve concluded that 20 minute figure may be right – whenever I look at a photo of the Grand Canyon, I check to see if there are buttes sticking above the horizon. When there aren’t I know the photo was taken from the rim. There are much better vantage points hiking even just a few hundred feet down. However, that takes more than 20 minutes. Even a lot of photos from “professionals” are from the rim, I guess getting a great canyon photo isn’t a priority to everyone.

    WUWT has a similar diversity – a lot of people here aren’t interested enough to spend our reading comments, adding to the dialog, or writing new posts. They’re satisfied with stopping here once a day, once a week, or whenever they have a chance and see what’s new. One of WUWT’s strengths and reflection of Anthony’s broadcast career, is that he understands that’s the way to reach the widest readership.

    Those of us who spend too much time here aren’t really the target audience – we’re not the ones that will be influenced, we’re the ones with our stakes in the ground. We help make the blog be more influential, so I think Anthony will keep us around.

  30. Ric

    I would propose one addition to your list of WUWT Classics. The WUWT Sea Ice Reference Page;

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/

    which was created by Anthony on July 17, 2010;

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/17/get-your-ice-here-new-wuwt-sea-ice-machine/

    A key argument for why the Sea Ice Reference Page should be a WUWT Classic is that it is by far the most viewed article/page on WUWT (with of course the exception of the Home Page, which has 47,900,134 views).

    1,165,804 Sea Ice Reference Page
    261,535 Widget
    220,179 Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked – hundreds of files released
    206,357 January 2008 – 4 sources say “globally cooler” in the past 12 months
    177,740 Climategate
    171,539 ENSO Page
    126,376 The Smoking Gun At Darwin Zero
    118,099 Hurricane Irene 2011 – now tropical storm with 50 mph winds
    106,749 Climategate 2.0 emails – They’re real and they’re spectacular!
    104,117 Solar Reference Page

  31. Conga-rats, but:

    “The only reason is is notable is that no other blog dedicated to climate science has announced reaching such a milestone, and contenders like Real Climate haven’t even come close.”

    I thought RC was a PR blog not a science blog

  32. Thank you Mr. Watts, for providing us with a haven, an island of sanity and reason in the maelstrom of scare mongering anti-logic, hyperbole and nonsense that is become: the scientific consensus of man made global warming.

  33. Spectacular

    Congratulations to you and to the many viewers who have learned so much here.
    Terry and Hyon

  34. Don says:
    January 7, 2012 at 8:19 am
    What an accomplishment! I bet you had not one delusion of this type of grandeur when you started this journey.

    REPLY: I didn’t have any delusions, period. ;-) – Anthony

    Just one more way to tell the difference between a skeptic like Anthony and a supporter of CAGW.

    :)

    Congrats Anthony and thanks for the link to the entertaining video. Oh, mama, it’s hot, hot, hot!

  35. Congratulations, Anthony! We can only hope your efforts have the intended effect of creating an environment that forces climate scientists to be properly scientific in reporting what they “know” about our climate. Given the current state of climate science, that may require political action, which can only be motivated by informed, thoughtful citizens willing to vote in ways that will effect the needed change. The information on WUWT should convince most thoughtful citizens that climate science is, indeed, “off the rails” so that they can take that consideration into account.

    On the other hand, is it *possible* that the “citizen’s science” being offered here could, itself, convince enough climate scientists that they know far less than they have claimed about climate variation, its causes and effects? As a result, might such scientists begin refusing to echo the “party line” such that climate science changes internally, organically, without a fundamental change in who funds them and with what intentions?

    My point, simply, is that WUWT is in the finest tradition of our American free press and freedom of speech. Without mechanisms like WUWT, there is no way for citizens to counter the sad, dark forces in humanity that have found voice through climate science. The Founding Fathers of this country truly understood men’s natures and what is most important for giving them the greatest chance for being the most human they can be.

    And so, to Anthony, to your moderators, to the commenters, and tens of millions of readers: Onwards, WUWT!!

  36. Just trying to get this congrats in in time: May I be the 1,000,000th commenter to offer my Congratulations to Anthony & everyone here for this most remarkable of human endeavors – in the universe of no absolutes: absolutely!

  37. Congratulations Anthony, contributors, and mods. At this time in history, you are the Great Bastion of Enlightenment Ideals. You have done more for humanity than the UN could imagine doing.

  38. Congratulations, Anthony, for providing us with an island of sanity during this era of politically correct pseudo science.

    I really appreciate your special recognition of Willis Eschenbach contributions to your blog. He demonstrates that outstanding science can be achieved outside of the traditional university research system.

    To encourage contributions by other amateur scientists I believe that there is an opportunity for an annual annual WUWT amateur climate scientist award for articles published by those trained in other fields.

    A scientist can be compared to a jazz musician. As stated clearly at Stanford Jazz Workshop by bassist Rufus Reed: “You can either play or you cannot. How you learned to play does not matter”.

  39. Anthony, may I congratulate you together with the moderators for this incredible result. Only possible because it is one of the few blogs where differences in opinion are tolerated, even encouraged without annoying censoring as happens on too many “science” blogs… Please keep the good work on!

    Ferdinand

    REPLY: Thank you, most sincerely – Anthony

  40. Right on! Was fun watching it approach this milestone so rapidly. Or maybe scary. It almost looked like runaway climate change (etc.) enlightenment.

    Now I suppose the Team will need to invent some research explaining why lizard-brained deniers are “addicted” to WUWT or something like that.

    I confess that I am. So much brain candy! Thanks a hundred million!

  41. I think the Heading is completely wrong and so typical of the modesty of Anthony Watts (and the Mods).
    That is one HUGE MILESTONE.
    What is the nearest Climate/Scientific website in comparison.

    Many many congratulations, lets hope Chris Booker and James Dellingpole pick up on it.

  42. Congrats. I never was an CAGW believer as it went against my everything I learned from grade school to University. I first saw a cloud chamber in my Physics class at J Lloyd Crowe High School in Trail, BC, Canada in about 1962 – the basics of chemistry, physics, biology, and geography started there along with good history and math and added hydrology, basic meteorology, more physics, math, chemistry, geology, air and ocean circulation, microbiology, philosophy of science, computer science and a host of engineering classes. But even with all that, I could only “feel” that the CAGW thing was wrong based on what I had been taught – including that the “current science” is often flawed. This site has provided information, opinion and facts to back up that “feeling”. But I do understand why those that don’t have a background or interest in science “believe”. They don’t have the skeptical background some of us were taught to have in our sciences and they are too busy to check.

    Thank you for the math and the technical references. Much of it is above and beyond what I can understand without going back to my books and even that wouldn’t likely help. But it is nice to be able to read what those with more training, mathematical and computer skills can do with a dose of common sense. I have worked with computers since the mid 60’s and GIGO has always been a problem. I love the fact that this site has a lot of people who can step back from being buried in data and raise their heads above the parapets to see where we are actually going.

    Congrats on the best science site on the web, open to all sides of the “debate”.

  43. Joel Harrison says:
    January 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

    “I really appreciate your special recognition of Willis Eschenbach contributions to your blog. He demonstrates that outstanding science can be achieved outside of the traditional university research system.”

    I agree. And to paraphrase you, he also demonstrates that junk science can be achieved inside the traditional university research system

  44. forget the free cup Anthony, I want to buy one with the intro to this item.
    Slainte (to your health, in Irish)

  45. “I’d like to add one of my own favorites to the classics list, since I worked harder on this post than any other. It took weeks of hunting down equipment, long hours of patience in replication, and hundreds of dollars to produce:”
    ==========
    And you would do it again in a second if given the chance, cus it was so much fun :)
    I could tell.

  46. Anthony, Thank you for your guts, your intelligence, your persistence and your belief in real evidence, and real science. You, and your team are an inspiration. You help keep the real world, of real people, with real problems, sane!

  47. Ric Werme says:
    January 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

    ThePowerofX says:
    January 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    According to Sitemeter, most visitors aren’t staying around very long.
    [url]
    Is there an explanation for that?

    I was astonished when I heard a claim that the typical visit to the USA’s Grand Canyon National Park was only 20 minutes. That’s enough time to drive to the two major overlooks, look, take a family photo, and drive out. [...]

    There’s a even better explanation, and that’s how Sitemeter counts the time spent on a site. Now, I’m not going there and read the thing to confirm my memory, but IIRC it’s more or less like this: if you do not click on nothing on the entry page (whichever page it might be), then exit by closing the browser’s window, you count for zero seconds stay. And if you stay two hours reading a post, then close the window, your time reading it is counted as zero.

  48. Sorry Anthony. The GISS Team has just looked at your visitor data and, after adjusting them for the influence of Chinese aerosols, has determined that your readership has been shrinking at an unprecedented rate and that your site will be reader-free by 2015 or sooner.

    It seems that even though the apparent size of your readership is large, they lack the thickness of RealClimate readers so they don’t really count. And this is only made worse by free flow of ideas which runs rampant here, which is highly corrosive to the maintenance of the Thoughtpack.

  49. congratulations to anthony and everyone who has played a part in reaching this milestone.

    not only is WUWT informative, intelligent, and interesting…it is a whole lot of fun.

    proof we need to keep spreading the word that the scientific method is under attack (check the photo that goes with the first of two Ruper Murdoch News’ pieces as well. amazingly our ABC and Fairfax News media haven’t picked up the “story” as yet, but they will):

    7 Jan: Adelaide Advertiser: AAP: Climate warning on rare animals
    NATIONS may need to abandon saving certain animals because of climate change and habitat loss, scientists say.
    The University of Queensland and scientists from the CSIRO said that for the first time they have measured the relationship between climate change and habitat loss and how it impacts on plants and animals on a global scale.
    When you combine the two, they discovered potentially “catastrophic” effects.
    “Human population growth has caused significant habitat degradation across the globe, typically in support of agriculture and urban development,” lead researcher Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle from University of Queensland said in a statement.
    “This alone has negatively impacted many species, but combined with rises in temperature and reduced rainfall as a result of a changing climate, there could be catastrophic results for some populations.”…
    The scientists findings were recently published in the journal Global Change Biology.

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/climate-warning-on-rare-animals/story-e6frea6u-1226239069347

    7 Jan: Australian: John Ross: Climate change’s best survivors: bugs
    The study was designed to provide background information for Mrs Mantyka-Pringle’s PhD thesis on priority actions to conserve Australian biodiversity…
    The study found the most important determinant of habitat loss impacts was current maximum temperature, followed by changes in rainfall patterns over the last century.
    The impacts were greatest in areas with high maximum temperatures and lowest in areas where average rainfall had increased.
    Mrs Mantyka-Pringle said all terrestrial species including plants and birds were responding similarly, with the exception of arthropods – the taxonomic group which includes insects and spiders.
    She said this could be due to the diverse characteristics of arthropods, which constitute more species than any other animal group. “If you’re a generalist species you have a better chance of succeeding through climate change,” she said….
    She said the study would help identify areas vulnerable to biodiversity loss.
    “Australia is a major target. Not only do we have high maximum temperatures, but places like north Queensland, south Western Australia and even Tasmania have all suffered from decreased rainfall.”

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/climate-changes-best-survivors-bugs/story-e6frgcjx-1226238460071

  50. The rest of you can pour kudos, and deservedly so, upon Anthony. I for one, will thank his wife and family, who have perhaps sacrificed more than any of us could possibly know. ‘Nuff said.

  51. Indeed congratulations Anthony on WUWT and its eight magnitudes. The more power to your elbow and may your shadow never grow less.

    Kindest Regards

  52. I’ve been watching and had some remote hopes to be the ‘one’ at 100,000,000 (one hundred million) viewer. WUWT is moving too fast for such a small hope.

    Congratulations!

    And the audience that you attract is extraordinary!

    Again, congrats to Anthony Watts and his viewers.

  53. Having been a very busy blogger with about 1/20th of the WUWT traffic for the last few weeks, I just don’t know how Anthony manages it so consistently. Good job Anthony!

  54. Congratulations Anthony and the whole WUWT team. I have been visiting now for nearly 5 years having followed links regarding the weather station siting studies. I spent over 12 years in the force transducer business and a lifetime in data acquisition for manufacturing process control. After a few hours on this site, I understood what Hansen and the boys were up to and it wasn’t good. I absolutely love this site. Monckton is a riot; shredding warmists arguments so thoroughly the trolls’ heads are left spinning. You know you have it right when he is on your side. Aside from the entertainment value, I believe WUWT will save many thousands of lives every year by having refuted the warmists data and theories and by extension, turning back the tide ever so slightly of making energy so unnecessarily expensive that people at the margins freeze or starve. The Truth can be found here. Thank you for posting it.

  55. Josualdo says:
    January 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    . . . There’s a even better explanation, and that’s how Sitemeter counts the time spent on a site. Now, I’m not going there and read the thing to confirm my memory, but IIRC it’s more or less like this: if you do not click on nothing on the entry page (whichever page it might be), then exit by closing the browser’s window, you count for zero seconds stay. And if you stay two hours reading a post, then close the window, your time reading it is counted as zero.

    Good grief! That’s a dumb way to count visit times, especially for a time-sink like WUWT, where it is easily possible to spend two hours or more reading a single post-plus-comments thread.

    I wonder if there’s a utility one could add that would count true visit times. Not that it matters, but it might be another feather in Anthony’s cap. And he’s already got 100,000,000 of them!

    /Mr Lynn

  56. Heartiest congratulations to all at WUWT on this accomplishment; Anthony and Moderators, it’s your management of this great place on the web which ensures its popularity. Your tolerance of all view points, your broad scientific approach, your sense of humour (I’m from England, thus I spell correctly) and your wide ranging curiosity have earned this blog international respect and recognition.
    I’ll raise a glass of Isle of Jura single malt whisky to your health (non of that Old Pulteney Arctic run-off for me!) and wish all at WUWT the very best for the future.

  57. That was reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar acceptance speech
    Some achievement though one pageview for every 70 people on the planet.

    [REPLY: We'll be looking forward to your inciteful and erudite effort and will even offer you our congratulations when your site finally reaches a remotely similar milestone. Best wishes. -REP]

  58. Congratulations!

    If there’s someone who made the difference, than it certainly is you!
    Thanks for all your time and effort. You’re a remarkable man.

    One day the world will appreciate what you did and what you did achieve.

  59. Congratulations and huge thanks to Anthony, contributors and the ever-patient mods. I’ve been mostly quietly watching here since mid 2009, and have learnt so much. More strength to you!

  60. Anthony-

    After so many congratulatory comments, one more may seem like piling on. However, I have learned so much following WUWT over the past two or three years (can’t remember exactly) I would be remiss in not offering mine. So…

    Congratulations Anthony. And thanks to you, your guest posters. and the moderators . When the obituary for “Global warming is finally written, much credit will go WUWT. A special thanks also
    to all the regular commenters who have shared their specialized knowledge of the many topics discussed, and sent me back to my college textbooks and even to wikipedia in search of understanding.

  61. I just followed the link to Bill Nye’s site as referenced in this leading post / article. At least the comments were published. He got the heat to say the least. I applaud Nye for not censuring the comments. Give him that much.

    Anthony made history there. It deserves a ‘Classic” catorgory. Could not have been done better!

    Go Anthony, the people are with you!

  62. Thanks to all, for providing a portal where sanity may be viewed, if only to remind one that it still exists.

  63. Congratulations and greatest admiration for your perseverance and tenacity, Anthony.
    You bring a light in a World of Scientific Darkness!

  64. As a foot soldier in the solar science trench of the AGW Battle, part of the larger Culture Wars, it has been an honour to serve in this man’s company.

  65. Congratulations. As usual I am very late to the party. My chemistry passion led me to the skeptic side long ago. I am grateful for the education I have received in other fields as I read the various postings and comments the past 4 + years.

  66. Thanks Anthony, Mrs. Watt and all contributers. LOL on your video and getting frustrated with the blinders on regular warmists.
    Have fun with the computer rebuild.

  67. First, Anthony, my thanks for a couple of things. One is the great blog. It is required reading for anyone seriously involved in the field, no matter which side you might be on.

    Second, for giving me the authority to post here when and how I want, without censorship or direction of any kind. Some folks seem to think that Anthony and I discuss what direction the blog should take, or what to write about. I’ve seen myself described on the web as Anthony’s attack dog, or somesuch. Nothing could be further from the truth. Anthony gives me complete freedom to write what I wish. He has never once suggested a topic, and indeed, we rarely communicate at all, he’s busy doing his TV weather thing and running the blog, and I’m a house builder by day and a climate scientist by night. As a result, all mistakes that I make are my own, and do not reflect on Anthony in any manner.

    Next, I’d like to give a shout out to the various scientists who have had the nerve (and the wisdom) to post here. These include Walt Meier of the NSIDC, Judith Curry from the University of Georgia, Dr. Roy Spencer, Roger Pielke, the list is long and interesting. I also include the other guest authors who post here. You all have my appreciation and admiration for putting your ideas out into the full glare of public inspection. I know from my own work that the public can be cruel as well as accurate. But that is the nature of science, to put our scientific claims out for deconstruction by the scientific vox pop.

    One guy said I could be less grumpy. Dang, and here I thought I was doing better. He’s right. I fear the lack of outrage gets to me at times. I get over-outraged because the AGW climate scientists by and large are so under-outraged by what is happening in the field. I know I should do better, I’m a reformed cowboy, I go to the meetings of Cowboys Anonymous and all. My problem is, whenever I try to climb the 12 Steps, my spurs get stuck in the carpet and before I know it I’m back on my butt at the bottom again …

    And yes, I do need to update the index of my work. Problem is, I’m writing a really interesting post about the temperature of the moon, and then when that’s published, I’ll be answering the questions and fending off the crazies and learning from the knowledgeable and discussing the science with the interested, plus working on my autobiography, and during the day I’m pounding nails and answering emails and … somewhere in there I do plan to update my index. When I have time.

    I do the index using Excel to do all of the sorting and HTML formatting and then upload the result. I think what I’ll do this time is start by downloading the whole source code of the index page, and then redoing it from there in Excel.

    The next group I’d like to commend are those who post scientific comments. Attacks on the person who wrote the head post are no fun, but a good scientific objection is better than a tennis match.

    In particular I’ll say thanks to those who post scientific comments under their own names. I understand that many people do not do that, and for a host of valid (and not-so-valid) reasons. Despite that, signing ones’ posts is to me an indication of sincerity and responsibility and openness, and a habit I’d like to encourage.

    Next, my appreciation to the lurkers. I write in good measure for the lurkers, those who love to read and may not ever comment for any of a host of reasons, but who have a boundless curiosity about the workings of this most marvelous eternity that surrounds us all.

    My very best to all, I’m gonna watch some football …

    w.

  68. I’m just impressed that I’ve already missed the mark by 47,855 views — and another 1,317 in the time it took me to skim the comments!

  69. Well done – we all know this takes a massive chunk out of your life. Struggle brings results!

  70. If views were years you’re less than 1% from the start of the universe. Actually pretty impressive! Well done.

  71. I haven’t had time toread the post – only Anthony’s introduction.

    Here’s Sinatra at his most melancholy “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”.

  72. Incredible, fantastic and congratulations to Anthony, Mod team and all,
    Also the best wishes to the families of these good men and women of science. Many with us, some departed.

    I’ll second pat @ 2.36 & David Archibald @ 2.29pm

    Informative, intelligent and interesting …………………………….. and a whole lot of fun …………..an honour to serve in this man’s company. ….

  73. eyesonu says: “I just followed the link to Bill Nye’s site as referenced in this leading post / article. At least the comments were published. He got the heat to say the least. I applaud Nye for not censuring the comments. Give him that much.”

    Amen. I followed the link, too. The comments were merciless and Bill Nye let them stand. A class act. I’m impressed.

    “10^8 Congratulations” seems to fall short. I’ve spent over 1000 hours during the past three years getting informed and keeping up with “global warming” (also “climate change,” etc., as the Warmists move the goal posts to reflect their failure to prove anything). I consider WUWT the most important blog in the world. Well done. This is a big deal.

  74. I’m no one of scientific importance but this website, starting about two years ago, was my portal to science sanity. I was puzzled because the solutions for AGW were the same solutions offered in past years for war, oil embargoes, imperialism, income inequality, poverty and so on and the advocates were the usual suspects. Anthony exposed their credulousness and often their perfidy in understandable and often hilarious ways.

    Other climate websites use sarcasm and ridicule to demonstrate the activism and lack of substance in much of what now passes for climate “science”. Anthony simply put the camera on the new, U.N. endorsed cohort of climate scientists and let their own pratfalls demonstrate their shortcomings. Scientific and rhetorical jiu jitsu.

    Anthony, never stop asking why.

  75. Well gee, these are the days of Billions with a B being so last week. This is the age of Trillions with a T; even Carl Sagan is rotating in his grave.

    So time to get to work Anthony; we’ve all got a lot of work to do, and a lot of writing; but as someone far more famous than all of us said; this is at least the end of the beginning !

    Congratulation, and add another column or two to the counter.

  76. Just looked at Real Climate – all the way to the bottom of the main page there is a site meter: 15,283,512 – a pittance compared to WUWT.

  77. May I offer my heartfelt thanks for fulfilling the brief long abandoned by a formerly-august media body; to inform, educate and entertain. All the best for the next hundred million

  78. Willis @ 3:48 – Your contribution to this site matters; a lot. I belive you are creating a movement. Many readers of WUWT are disgusted by the depth to which the scientific ‘peer reviewed’ process has decended. I have an engineering degree because my father was discriminated against and lost his position by Indiana governor decree. I resolved then at 9 years old I would not be a victim of the credentials police. I resolve now to actively support you in 2012 against the peer review/ credentials trolls. Your posts advance scientific knowledge; accurate scientific knowledge advances the human condition. WUWT is the most important site on Earth for advancing quality of life.

  79. A sterling effort, Anthony. Congratulations and thank you.

    There are others, too, but gee where would we be (or more accurately, where wouldn’t we be) without the invaluable resource that is WUWT?

  80. @Thepowerofx

    Well, when you hit a link, it loads, it’s done. Then you read it on your screen at your leisure. Most of the folks who just HAVE to read this site every day keep caught up on the articles, and as there are not a lot of link needing to be hit, it doesn’t generate a ‘time count’ due to any further loading of data. (That, btw, is why you can’t get a better count. There is just no ‘back communications’ to say “I’m still reading that page”… )

    So, for me, I’ll visit and spend 10 minutes to sometimes an hour reading one posting and comments. Then click the next link. Repeat until all read. None of those will generate any indication of a very long residency time per article.

    Now, one other point: That reputed report of the site is clearly broken. I’ve got 4 windows open right now to this site, one that has been open for a few days. Why? It has some real meat in it and I’m using it as a reference page as I look up issues raised and dig into them more. Yet I don’t see either my ID nor my long duration visit on that page. Each ‘resume from hibernation ought to generate a ‘renew’ flag of some sort, yet nothing shows…

    Basically, IMHO, a bogus tool that doesn’t record correctly AND completely misses some large stuff…

    Perhaps someone ought to audit their data quality and instrument issues ;-)

    For now, I’m done dealing with Troll Bate and going back to reading the EXCELLENT articles here. Perhaps some day the Trolls will learn that all it does is make them and their clan look very silly… and if we’re really lucky they might even learn to read an article for content…

  81. Congrats!!! (from NZ)
    I have minimal scientific understanding – but like to think I know when I am being feed a crock, so I love to direct others to this site to try to open their minds to the BS in the mainstream media.
    Keep up the great work.
    Thankyou.

  82. E.M.Smith says:
    January 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    @Thepowerofx

    Well, when you hit a link, it loads, it’s done. Then you read it on your screen at your leisure. Most of the folks who just HAVE to read this site every day keep caught up on the articles, and as there are not a lot of link needing to be hit, it doesn’t generate a ‘time count’ due to any further loading of data. (That, btw, is why you can’t get a better count. There is just no ‘back communications’ to say “I’m still reading that page”… )

    So, for me, I’ll visit and spend 10 minutes to sometimes an hour reading one posting and comments. Then click the next link. Repeat until all read. None of those will generate any indication of a very long residency time per article.

    If the number of page-downs were counted, this could give an indication that the visitor was actively engaged. (But this would be vulnerable to people who would game the system with automated page-downs to boost their count.)

  83. Anthony and team, congratulations on a fantastic, educational, informative but entertaining website. Rarely a day goes by without me at least looking, but more often than not, commenting on something that I feel I can offer some feedback on. 100,000,000 hits is an impressive achievement which says as much about the the English speaking world’s thoughts on AGW as it does about the quality of the website.
    Some of your posts have made me laugh out loud, my favourite was the two deaf fish, with aliens taking over our world to stop AGW a close second.
    Keep up the good work and all the best for 2012.

  84. Hats off to WUWT!
    Not only have you reached 100 million, but you have also spawned dozens of other sceptical blogs that, taken altogether, have probably reached an equal or maybe even a greater number. If there’s a “Freedom of Speech” award out there, Anthony Watts deserves to get it.

  85. Imagine that every visitor at every visit had donated a meager $150 000 … then Anthony could pay back the US national debt by now – almost ;-/

    Congratulation on a highly valued blog!

  86. Congratulations Anthony and Team, and thank you for your years of dedication and very hard work. You are having a positive impact on this rancorous global warming debate.

    I sincerely appreciate that the tone of WattsUp is generally respectful and allows for the opinions of global warmists (I hope this is a respectful term) to be heard.

    Having said that, I’d like to challenge the global warmists to provide some real evidence to support their claims that recent (now stalled) global warming is humanmade AND dangerous.

    I am convinced that the warmists are wrong in their claims of positive feedback and high sensitivity of Earth’s climate to increased atmospheric CO2, but I’m open to new evidence.

    However, I have yet to see any evidence that the warmists’ claims are technically valid.

    The Climategate emails demonstrate that the warmist case has been contaminated not just by technical incompetence, but by severe academic misbehavior, including misrepresentation, conspiracy and fraud.

    Rather than hearing more from the abusers and haters, let’s hear from those who truly believe in the technical validity of the warmist case, and will provide real evidence to support their claims.

    I believe, based on the evidence, that recent global warming (circa 1975 – 2000) is overwhelmingly natural and cyclical, and that natural global cooling will soon follow. I’ve been studying this subject since ~1985 and I’m still waiting for the warmist case to be supported by facts. We’ve seen too much hatred , particularly directed at us climate skeptics (aka “global warming deniers”). It’s time to end that and get back to a real scientific debate.

    Here is the challenge to the global warmists: Show us the scientific evidence to support your claims. I haven’t seen any, and I strongly doubt that it exists.

  87. p gosselin says:
    January 8, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Not only have you reached 100 million, but you have also spawned dozens of other sceptical blogs….

    There may also be several blogs that could have been, but WUWT does a better job and has a wider reach so there’s no point!

  88. An absolutely incredible achievement… well done!

    The IPCC and Al Gore received a Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

    Well I reckon, this year, we could hear the announcement “Anthony Watts to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about natural climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract the IPCC’s mythical catastrophic man-made global warming fraud.”

  89. I would read this site pretty much no matter the subject simply because of the level of comments/conversations here. The fact that it is something I find interesting is a bonus.

    ‘grats on the milestone and thanks for fostering great dialogue.

  90. Congratulations, Anthony! I’d estimate that you and the rest of the people at WUWT, and related, have managed to take over about 5-10% of my whole freaking life!

  91. Ric Werme,
    What do you mean by:
    “There may also be several blogs that could have been, but WUWT does a better job and has a wider reach so there’s no point” ?

    No point in having other blogs? Please kindly clarify that.

  92. Initially, I was pleasantly enjoying the warming after the 70’s. Even thought about investing future seaside property. But, in doing the homework discovered the hoax, which really angered me (grumpy old fart syndrome?). I purchased the movie “The Great Global Warming Swindle” of which I shared a plenty (educational purposes of course). Finally, this site came to light, providing a great variety of articles, deeper discussion (over my head), and a great source of links to others work. And thanks to the internet, speed to information has thwarted the hate driven greed behind AGW zealotry. Being a scientist of other sorts (aviation oriented), weather and climate are critical factors in survivability, thus my interest expanded. Darn, I was all set to buy palm trees for the area around the BBQ…

    Point here is thanks for all the enlightenment.

  93. p gosselin says:
    January 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Ric Werme,

    What do you mean by:
    “There may also be several blogs that could have been, but WUWT does a better job and has a wider reach so there’s no point” ?

    Suppose I were motivated to start a climate blog. Bloggers like to be read. Would I be better off starting and advertising my own blog or just become guest poster at WUWT? In my case, especially considering I’m more useful helping out with keeping some images and other stuff updated, I’m much better off attached to WUWT instead of my own blog.

    You have enough time for NoTricksZone and the theme “Climate news from Germany in English”. I have neither the time (I blame WUWT for that, of course), or a good theme, so hanging out on WUWT seems to be the place for me.

  94. Just The Facts says:
    January 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I would propose one addition to your list of WUWT Classics. The WUWT Sea Ice Reference Page;

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/

    I’m a bit disappointed you are the only one to respond. I’ve added that, but in a different way. I added a whole new section on the navigation bars and use the sea ice page as the example for using the top bar.

    Stuff I’ve added to http://home.comcast.net/~ewerme/wuwt/index.html follows. More context would be useful, this is just massaged output from a file compare program. I’ve added a little in brackets.

    WUWT Navigation Bars

    Every so often, please take a break from reading the recent posts and comments to check the two navigation bars.

    The top bar (with labels from “Home” to “WUWT stuff” goes to permanent posts that are updated frequently, sometimes automatically, sometimes manually. The most important label is “Resource Pages”. When you hover the cursor over it, a submenu appears listing the the various domains WUWT covers. The most popular of these is the Sea Ice Reference Page. Many readers like to follow the progression of Arctic sea ice extent each summer because of the frequent handwringing from Al Gore and the NSIDC about how soon we’ll have an ice free Arctic. Given that we’ve only had good data for this since polar satellites started returning images of ice cover, no one can make authoritative predictions for the current season, let alone the next.

    The right side nav bar is a potpourri of information and links to internal and external sites. The search box searches the content WUWT posts but not the comments. It’s a good way to hunt down some post on a subject you remember reading about. Some links go to Anthony’s business, Weather Shop (please buy stuff there!), some have current images of a subject and a link to more information. Anthony’s lists of other blogs is unique in that he links to blogs that are major detractors of WUWT, most of which disparage WUWT but don’t link to it.

    Everything else is pretty much self explanatory. It changes frequently enough so a periodic check is worthwhile to see what’s new and what you’ve forgotten about.

    WUWT Classics

    [After Climategate]

    Update 2011 Nov 22: Climategate 2.0 emails – They’re real and they’re spectacular! A second round of leaked messages, greater in number than the first, provide more confirmation and insights on subversion of science that is rife in the climate research field. There are “only” 1,264 comments to this post, but many more posts and Emails are referenced in the subsequent days and weeks by 50 updates.

    Latest update 2012 Jan 6: See Over 250 noteworthy Climategate 2.0 emails for another starting point that will keep you busy and make your blood boil.

    [After Aliens Cause Global Warming: A Caltech Lecture by Michael Crichton]

    Latest update 2011 Aug 18: On the other hand, this alternative view, a peer reviewed paper, that the media blew out of proportion is a Bizarre, craptastic theory from the Guardian, Penn State, and NASA: “ET will kill us because global warming will tip them off that we are a bad species”. I’m including it mainly because NASA’s name is attached to the story. This was not sponsored by NASA, but a co-author is a post-doc affiliated with NASA. The useful lesson is that peer-reviewed journals have a much lower bar to accepting papers with alarmist elements than papers with much more work behind them that conclude the climate is not as sensitive to CO₂ as some claim.

    2011 Aug 24: Andrea Rossi’s E-cat fusion device on target.

    I generally do not go out of my way to create controversy, but by far the most controversial topic I’ve posted on was about Cold Fusion, or LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction). This is a field that hasn’t had the decency to collapse like polywater did, but it’s also been a field where no one could build something simple like a residential water heater. That may have changed with an invention by Andrea Rossi involving hydrogen-nickel fusion and that seemed worthy of a WUWT post. This is the best of the three, and is plenty controversial. Most of mainstream physics refuses to accept any of this, with good reason, but some other, older(!) physicists leave the door open or support Rossi’s work. One told me “it’s painfully clear that you don’t have a clue that you don’t have a clue,” So do take all this with healthy skepticism.

    Latest update2011 Oct 28: If you believe Rossi, his demonstration of a system that can produce 1 Mw of heated water resulted in a sale to the US military (and a repeat order of a dozen more). The discussion following my post Test of Rossi’s 1 MW E-Cat fusion system apparently successful resulted in the topic being banned until there is an adequate third party review of Rossi’s claims. It may take a while, he is working on producing a million residential water heaters by the end of 2012.

    2011 Aug 24: CERN Experiment Confirms Cosmic Rays Influence Cloud Seeds
    The CERN CLOUD experiment is a test of Henrik Svensmark’s hypothesis that incoming cosmic rays can help trigger cloud formation clean maritime saturated air. This post is from Nigel Calder who is quite bitter about some of the political delays that led to it taking 14 years from hypothesis to CERN experiment and then not acknowledging Svensmark work. Nevertheless, the cosmic ray influence may be an extremely important phenomenon as it provides a means for a small signal to have a significant influence on Earth.

    2011 Oct 18: Replicating Al Gore’s Climate 101 video experiment shows that his “high school physics” could never work as advertised
    Good science is repeatable. Videos purporting to demonstrate good science may not be repeatable. I don’t know where Anthony found the time, but he decided to repeat this experiment, even to the point of buying the same equipment and props. His effort wound up documenting all the stagecraft fakery and exposed the video as propaganda, not science.

    2011 Dec 7: In China, there are no hockey sticks

    Given the bad reputation of tree ring studies by critiques of any such research that involves Michael Mann, this study needs a good skeptical review itself. However, in many ways it’s a simpler study target, so may stand up to that review. On the plus side, it demonstrates the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, so that’s a good sign. It’s impressive for both the long (2,485 year) record and the projection that calls for steady cooling from 2006 to 2068. That provides support for some other claims, e.g. Nils Axel Mörner: Arctic Environment by the Middle of this Century

  95. Josualdo says:
    January 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Ric Werme says:
    January 7, 2012 at 10:17 am
    ThePowerofX says:
    January 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    According to Sitemeter, most visitors aren’t staying around very long.
    [url]
    Is there an explanation for that?

    IIRC it’s more or less like this: if you do not click on nothing on the entry page (whichever page it might be), then exit by closing the browser’s window, you count for zero seconds stay. And if you stay two hours reading a post, then close the window, your time reading it is counted as zero.

    How does it handle this: when FF is up, I have 4 tabs permanently open: Home Page, Sea Ice, Tips&Notes, and a ‘currently reading’ tab? The latter gets the links from “New Post” emails, most recent of the links to (the floods of) the New Comments on posts I’m following, and any interesting outside links. So It may change many times an hour, or stay open for some time as I read a comment stream, or am off reading other posts or sites.

  96. tallbloke says:
    January 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Having been a very busy blogger with about 1/20th of the WUWT traffic for the last few weeks, I just don’t know how Anthony manages it so consistently. Good job Anthony!

    Braggart! Very few sites can claim the same. Congrats to both.

  97. eyesonu says:
    January 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I just followed the link to Bill Nye’s site as referenced in this leading post / article. At least the comments were published. He got the heat to say the least. I applaud Nye for not censuring the comments. Give him that much.

    Oh, I think he censured them! But he didn’t dare censor them, or he’d have had no traffic.

    ;)

  98. Willis Eschenbach says:
    January 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    My very best to all, I’m gonna watch some football …

    w.

    What?!??! When you could be updating the index?
    DVR the games, and watch at double-speed. Much more dramatic, and saves lotsa time.

    ;)
    ;p

    ‘Grats, Thermostat Man. I’ve seen nothing since that hypothesizing post that challenges or invalidates it. The Tropical Heat Pipe Rulz!

  99. One small milestone for man one giant leap for mankind~

    What? Neil Armstrong doesn’t own that kind of phrase, we used to say it here all the time before the end of the 60’s, so I’m told. LOL :)

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