Friday Funny – global warming home experiment kit

People send me stuff. My friend Rick was in Eugene, OR recently for a Ducks game and saw this in a store on the shelf. Of course, he had to snap photos and send me an email to tell me all about it.

I got a chuckle out of the “experiment with a model atmosphere” part.  Here’s the reverse side:

I did some research to find out who makes this and how it is marketed. It turns out to be from a company called Thames and Kosmos:

Earth’s Climate & Climate Change
 

Global warming — the steady increase in Earth’s air and ocean temperatures since the mid-20th century — is one of the most discussed and studied topics in the scientific community today. This kit introduces you to Earth’s climate and the issue of global warming with 23 hands-on experiments.
Since Earth’s formation, its climate has been constantly changing. Periods of warmer climate have alternated with ice ages. These changes happen over long periods of time. During the last few decades, a warming in the climate has been observed everywhere on Earth. While some warming may be due to natural phenomena, scientists predominantly attribute global warming to human influence. This kit gives you the basic knowledge you need to understand the climate, why it changes, and how our actions affect it.
First, learn about Earth’s climate system, weather, and atmosphere by conducting experiments with a model Earth and atmosphere. Explore the hydrological cycle to learn about humidity, clouds, and precipitation. Model Earth’s heat reservoirs, thermals, global and local winds, and ocean currents.
Next, learn how human activity influences the climate with experiments involving carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect. Measure the effects that increased levels of carbon dioxide have on the temperature of air. Learn about how warming affects the Gulf stream.
Finally, investigate the potential consequences of global warming on humans, ecosystems, and the world’s economies. Learn what we can do to protect the climate.
The full-color, 48-page manual guides your experiments. Ages 10 and up.

Intrigued, I decided to have a look at the online manual available here (PDF) The table of contents is telling:

I really wanted to see how they do experiment 21, suspecting they do some variation on Al Gore’s fabricated CO2 experiment, given the included equipment I see. Unfortunately they don’t give a complete manual online lest some enterprising kid decides to just skip buying this and do it at home.

I suspect that experiment 20 fills the plastic globe with CO2, and then they do something like what they show in experiment 8-10:

As we know (but Al Gore still refuses to acknowledge) an experiment like that can’t possibly work they way the Earth’s atmosphere does, which is why they had to fake the results in post-production.

The last item in the manual table of contents (page 46) reveals that this science kit has advocacy as a conclusion:

Economic Consequences 46
How Can We Protect The Climate?

Let’s hope some parents follow this early advice and teach their children to be skeptical detectives rather than followers:

Encourage your child to be a good detective and look closely to see the results of the experiments.

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94 Responses to Friday Funny – global warming home experiment kit

  1. Ben Wilson says:

    I wonder how much CO2 is produced manufacturing those kits?

  2. Mark and two Cats says:

    Experiment 24: hiding the decline

  3. Algebra says:

    Does it come with a grant application?

  4. John F. Hultquist says:

    P.36 The Most Important GHG = CO2 = FAIL!
    ~~~~~
    I hope several museums obtain such hoax-kits to include with displays such as The Piltdown Man, The Cottingley Fairies, The Feejee Mermaid, Wilson’s Loch Ness photo, the Cardiff Giant, and so on – it’s a long list.

  5. HenryP says:

    Unbelievable.
    In a time when it is growing cooler.
    You see what the problem is?
    There is no proper education. It is pure simple mindedness. They are all still stuck at Tyndall and Arrhenius, i.e. the closed box experiments.
    How do we get them to start thinking out of the box?
    http://blogs.24.com/henryp/2011/08/11/the-greenhouse-effect-and-the-principle-of-re-radiation-11-Aug-2011/

  6. RichieP says:

    Ho ho! Very few people could use this propaganda kit in the UK, at least going from the illustration above, as incandescent bulbs are no longer available to heat the globe up. So they’ve already switched off the sun!

  7. Pull My Finger says:

    You know, if they can get a 21st Century kid to do actual science experiments with this kit, more power to them. If they are that interested in science they’ll find out the truth sooner or later.

  8. desertthom says:

    Quote -
    Since Earth’s formation, its climate has been constantly changing. Periods of warmer climate have alternated with ice ages.

    end quote
    Can someone tell me when the millions of years long period associated with the age of dinosaurs and the foundation of the concept of fossil fuels, went? I am under the impression that the periods of iceages and interglacials actually is a very short period of time compared to the early years of continuous tropical Earth. I have never exactly understood why the climate went from tropical to glacial/interglacial to start with, but what happened to that ions long period in the way science is presented now? This type of “science” sort of reminds me “all the ice in Greenland melts in a period of only a few hundred years,” when the ice record seems to indicate otherwise, or there can’t be any “ice core” temperature/co2 record, etc., to compare anything to in the first place.

  9. Mike Bromley the Canucklehead says:

    My head hurts from the stupid. Another in a long line of Suzukoid fantasy drivel aimed at impressionable youth.

  10. Jimbo says:

    The table on the online manual says:

    “The Most Important Greenhouse Gas: Carbon Dioxide”

    The IPCC says:

    Water vapour is the most important greenhouse gas, and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the second-most important one.
    http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/faq-1-3.html

    Won’t this confuse the children?

  11. KevinM says:

    “the steady increase in Earth’s air and ocean temperatures since the mid-20th century ”

    It would be harder to be skeptical if they could stop adding words like “steady” and “robust” in places they don’t belong.

  12. Laurie Bowen says:

    Oh yeh! I get it! It’s a modern version of Nostrodamus’s chrystal ball! Right?

  13. Lance Wallace says:

    Experiment 20: “Let’s Produce CO2″

    Breathe.

  14. Jimbo says:

    Encourage your child to be a good detective and look closely to see the results of the experiments.

    I agree. Tell your kids to look at the slope of ever rising co2 in the atmosphere than show them the lack of global warming over the last 16 years. Surely this experiment beats kits anyday.

  15. TomRude says:

    Warning: choking (laughing) hazard…

  16. Brian R says:

    I hope you spent only a little time “researching” the company who makes this. I mean their name in right there on the front of the box :^)

  17. MarkW says:

    On the front there is a warning: “Choking Hazard”.
    I agree, I started choking as soon as I saw the package.

  18. Timbo says:

    Where do they get the incandescent bulb?

  19. Laurie Bowen says:

    Durn, forgot the link again.


    Scry with Crystals – Traditional Method

  20. Jimbo says:

    Along with the kit you might want to browse over this paper in August.
    http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-blockbuster-paper-finds-man-made.html

  21. HenryP says:

    Actually, this is not funny. This is tragic.

  22. timheyes says:

    I’m amused by the choking hazard warning on the box. Is this another thing we’ll have to worry about with too much CO2?

  23. Pointman says:

    At last, we know where they get their ideas from.

    Pointman

  24. Cal Smith says:

    Does the kit show how CO2 makes storms seek out high tides at full moons?

  25. Adam Gallon says:

    Made in China?

  26. tadchem says:

    There should be an addendum on how to write a report without referencing raw data or methodology, and on circumventing FOIA requests.

  27. prjindigo says:

    Does the “atmosphere” of that kit expand up to 130% of its original size like the real one does?

  28. “I did some research to find out who makes this and how it is marketed.”

    It’s written right on the side of the box in big bold letters! :-)

  29. Gary Pearse says:

    Maybe Anthony can get the kit and feature the experiments on WUWT.

  30. tallbloke says:

    Lol, good one. The hubris is just funny.

  31. Mac the Knife says:

    WARNING:Choking Hazard!

    Yep – I found this difficult to swallow also………
    MtK

  32. James Evans says:

    I hope it teaches them how to hide the data.

  33. Reg Nelson says:

    Experiment 25: making your Nobel Peace Prize certificate.

    Recommended Products:

    People who bought this product also bought: Lil Lawyer Junior Litigation Kit.

  34. AndyG55 says:

    On little experiment to understand the atmosphere is to light a match, hold it upright with the flame at the top, then see how close you can get your fingers to the side of the match flame. After that, see how close you can get your finger to the top of the match flame.
    That will give you a good idea what drives heat transfer in the atmosphere.

    Kids and warmists…,remember, your fingers might get hot … ask mummy’s permission first.

  35. Trey says:

    Right up there with Richard Gage and his Card Board Box WTC.

  36. Jimbo says:

    The climate modellers’ problems have been solved with a kit. Clounds are now a doddle.

    T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience.

  37. Jimbo says:

    Typo:
    …………….Clouds are now a doddle.

  38. Vohaul says:

    here – in germany – years back we had a wonderful sketched and tv-broadcasted satire by a comedian named “Loriot” about a nice kids toy realising a construction kit for a nuclear plant. Great – it made a christmas day – of course – in TV only.

    In times of tabloid climate science the satire turns to truth… dear god what have i done to face this ongoing madness…?

  39. Obviously it also comes with a supercomputer, that gets the weather forecast wrong because the models the programming is based on has the same flaws as this kit!
    That reminds me, when I was a child I was interested in chemistry and bought chemicals to make rockets and explosives and other interesting things. When my children were about 10 I bought them chemistry sets, so they could enjoy the bangs, flames and smoke like I did a generation previously. What de we get? Safety goggles, polythene aprons warnings and experiments that would not interest anyone, even if their life depended upon it! My daughters have both got BA’s and have not the slightest interest in science, neither has my son who is at college doing Aviation, Travel and Tourism!
    I was however interested to see that things have gone full circle with this kit; now we have Armageddon in a box! Is there a polythene apron and safety glasses in the box though? Or does the kit bear the legend “WARNING: THIS KIT MAY RELEASE THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

  40. John West says:

    Experiment 25: Ocean Acidification: Making Ocean Water Acidic with CO2

    Step 1: Obtain HCl or H2SO4 ……..

  41. pat says:

    speaking of funny!

    3 Nov: The Economist: Our American endorsement
    America could do better than Barack Obama; sadly, Mitt Romney does not fit the bill
    Mr Obama came into office promising to end “our chronic avoidance of tough decisions” on reforming its finances—and then retreated fast, as he did on climate change and on immigration…
    This newspaper yearns for the more tolerant conservatism of Ronald Reagan, where “small government” meant keeping the state out of people’s bedrooms as well as out of their businesses. Mr Romney shows no sign of wanting to revive it…
    And for all his shortcomings, Mr Obama has dragged America’s economy back from the brink of disaster, and has made a decent fist of foreign policy. So this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him.
    http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21565623-america-could-do-better-barack-obama-sadly-mitt-romney-does-not-fit-bill-which-one

    Wikipedia: The Economist
    “The publication belongs to The Economist Group, half of which owned by Pearson PLC via Financial Times. A group of independent shareholders, including many members of the staff and the Rothschild banking family of England, owns the rest.”…
    It targets highly educated readers and claims an audience containing many influential executives and policy-makers…
    Editorial anonymity
    Articles often take a definite editorial stance and almost never carry a byline…
    The editors say this is necessary because “collective voice and personality matter more than the identities of individual journalists” and reflects “a collaborative effort…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Economist

    hansen with his dice: if u r PERCEPTIVE, u will have come to recognise the truth of CAGW a decade or more ago, and will understand the need to put an ever-rising price on carbon dioxide:

    VIDEO: 16 Aug: James Hansen on climate change
    Hot, dry or flooded
    HOT summers, wildfires and drought are anomalies no longer. They are the visible products of climate change, and more can be expected, says James Hansen. One solution may appeal to conservatives…
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/08/james-hansen-climate-change

  42. James Ard says:

    Anthony doing the experiments would be good material for the anti anti-dirty weather webcast.

  43. Gunga Din says:

    Do the instructions tell the kids that if they can’t find an incandescent bulb that they should just model the results?

  44. Martin Clark says:

    “Experiment to see how carbon dioxide levels affect temperature” is in the Climate & Weather” kit as well. Some of the other kits would have been of interest to me if they had been available when I was in the target age-group. Hopefully there are still kids with the required attention span?
    I moved on from the home chemistry set to mixing sodium chlorate and sugar. Much more spectacular results. (Don’t try this at home. It is a wonder that I am still in one piece.)

  45. Frank Kotler says:

    I hope there’s enough CO2 in that kit to run the atmosphere in that little “globe” up from 400 ppm to 800 or 1600 ppm (a doubling or two). Doesn’t look like the box is big enough (/sarc). Seriously, I hope there are instructions to do the calculation, at least. Or do we just fill the “globe” up with CO2… like we’re “filling the atmosphere up with CO2″… Sigh!

  46. Reg Nelson says:

    Proxy data sold separately.

  47. Kev-in-Uk says:

    Simply silly. But then again, if you simply want to follow the doctrine, I am sure this kit WILL give the results required! I confess I would feel very tempted to deliver a smack in the mouth to any parent buying this for their kids – I like the thought of kids experimenting with science, but not this – it’s just another way of perpetuating the alarmism through to our kids……..

    Slightly OT, but I have noticed the propensity for silly stories of late (I know it’s not Anthonys fault! and I wouldn’t dream of telling Anthony how to run his show as I’ve enjoyed it in its current format for the last few years) but I was wondering if the home page for WUWT should maybe be slightly more ‘reserved’ for the proper subjects? That way when newcomers ‘look in’ they don’t see all the silliness (admittedly, created by the created by the alarmists and silly media) and think we are simply a bunch of inane deriding baboons! Perhaps the blog could be divided into three sections; Serious Science (Home page?), and a Semi-Silly and Downright Stupid section. The Climate Fail section is already there LOL. Of course, some of the stupid ones really DO need completely deriding and probably deserve the front page – but others perhaps just clutter it, don’t you think?
    IMHO, it’s nice to comment on some of the really crazy alarmist stories, but because the stories themselves are silly, our comments themselves are going to be quite silly, But it would be nice to have the serious stuff kept more ‘aloof’ – if thats the right word! I know I am perhaps seeming to be picky, but it is a genuine comment/thought, and certainly not intended to offend.
    regards
    Kev

  48. Kev-in-Uk says:

    Reg Nelson says:
    November 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    thats actually very funny!
    Next it will be a DIY tree and ice coring kit!

  49. Coach Springer says:

    So, this is how Penn State makes tenure decisions. Explains a lot.

  50. Lubos Motl says:

    I received this toy as a 2011 Christmas gift from Lisa Randall, particle physicist and my ex-colleague at Harvard:

    http://motls.blogspot.com/2012/01/thames-kosmos-global-warming.html?m=1

    It’s fun. I constructed my Earth and did various things with it. There’s also a thermometer, not really useful to measure fever, however. Perhaps skeptics should do something like that as well.

  51. David Ball says:

    Remember wood burning kits and lawn darts? Those taught us about “natural selection”.

  52. Gunga Din says:

    Martin Clark says:
    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    “Experiment to see how carbon dioxide levels affect temperature” is in the Climate & Weather” kit as well. Some of the other kits would have been of interest to me if they had been available when I was in the target age-group. Hopefully there are still kids with the required attention span?
    I moved on from the home chemistry set to mixing sodium chlorate and sugar. Much more spectacular results. (Don’t try this at home. It is a wonder that I am still in one piece.)
    ====================================================================
    Back when I was in elementary school my parents bought me a chemistry set. (It had a little bottle of sulfer. There were charcoal briquets in the garage. For some reason they wouldn’t buy me any pottasiaum nitrate.) That was back in the day before they had to put a warn you not to make toast in the bathtub.
    There was one little bottle with two warnings on it. “Do not heat” and “Do not mix with acid”. I remember being a little disappointed that when sodium ferrocyanide is put in vinager and heated that all I noticed was that it changed color from blue to green. (Or maybe it was green to blue?)
    Good thing I didn’t add any CO2!

  53. MrE says:

    The manual sample pdf is here

    http://www.thamesandkosmos.com/news/manualsamples/663513_globalwarming_manual_sample.pdf

    Not sure how they demonstrate the effect on humans and raise the ocean levels in experiment 23. Maybe they melt ice cubes in a tray of water but that would be really dull.

    It’s $34.95 on their online store and they put it in the environmental science section. It should probably be earth science.

  54. Sparks says:

    Is there a version for mars?

  55. Carsten Arnholm, Norway says:

    It’s The Team climate model! The more it is sold, the better the predictions will be….

  56. Robin Hewitt says:

    I just typed Thames Kosmos into e-bay. The “Sustainable Earth Experiment kit” looks fun, but I think I might be tempted to skip the CO2 bit and recreate the Great Bombardment with Pb.

    If the green kits are duff science, you have to wonder if the “Genetics kit” follows Mendel or Mengele?

  57. Jeff says:

    John West says:
    November 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm
    Experiment 25: Ocean Acidification: Making Ocean Water Acidic with CO2

    Step 1: Obtain HCl or H2SO4 ……..

    Ahh, the old Chemistry Sets….new ones don’t do anything, and cost twice as much
    (at least) once you’ve bought all the household chemicals needed to do the
    experiments (hmmm….you’d assume being a chemistry set it would have
    everything in it already)….
    On the other hand, UEA, UVA, Penn, etc. would have saved a lot of money by just
    using this kit rather than buying huge supercomputers, etc. Same (lack of) results,
    less money….

    And speaking of H2S04, Think Geek has a nice shirt (not sure if it can handle
    chemical spills :) ) Johnny

  58. LazyTeenager says:

    [ha-ha. snip. — mod.]

  59. This is very funny – the Earth’s climate is one of the many things which don’t do “what it says on the box”.

  60. littlepeaks says:

    On page 24, it says “Fall Wind”. Shouldn’t that be “Windfall”?

  61. DirkH says:

    I wonder how they rigged the “CO2 produces warming” experiment, given that the mean path length for infrared absorption should be on the order of 23 meters right now at 1 bar level.

  62. Climate Author says:

    Home experiment No.1

    A plastic bowl in a 750 watt microwave oven is not heated by the high intensity radiation (photons if you like) whereas the same bowl in front of a 750 watt electric radiator is heated by a similar intensity of radiation. So the bowl “detects” the frequency difference. Many seem to think that would not be possible and that all photons are the same and all cause warming. The frequency of the microwaves is less than that of the spontaneous radiation emitted by the bowl itself at room temperature. But the frequency of the radiation from the electric radiator is greater. That’s all that matters. That is a simple demonstration of how a surface “pseudo scatters” radiation which has lower frequency than its own emissions, and is not warmed by such radiation. This is the whole point of Prof Claes Johnson’s “Computational Blackbody Radiation” paper. So I have provided at least one example of empirical evidence which is not in conflict with what he has said. There has never been any empirical evidence to disprove what he said, and never will be. I have explained more in the first five sections of my paper.

    Home experiment No.2

    Check the outside temperature just before, and then soon after low clouds roll in. Why is it warmer when there are low clouds? Water vapour radiates with many more spectral lines than carbon dioxide, so its radiation is more effective per molecule in slowing the rate of radiative cooling of the Earth’s surface. It is also much more prolific in the atmosphere, so its overall effect on this slowing is probably of the order of at least 100 times the effect of carbon dioxide. Hence it is not at all surprising that low cloud cover slows radiative cooling quite noticeably and, while it is present in that particular location, the rate of cooling by non-radiative processes cannot accelerate fast enough to compensate. But that is a local weather event, not climate. Over the whole Earth and over a lengthy period there will be compensation. In any event, what is being compensated for is almost entirely due to water vapour, with carbon dioxide having less than 1% of the effect on that mere 14% of all heat transferred from the surface which enters the atmosphere by way of radiation.

  63. Auto says:

    LazyTeenager says:

    November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    [ha-ha. snip. — mod.]

    Beautiful! Quite beautiful.
    The simplicity of beauty is awesome.

  64. Climate Author says:

    Home experiment No.1

    A plastic bowl in a 750 watt microwave oven is not heated by the high intensity radiation (photons if you like) whereas the same bowl in front of a 750 watt electric radiator is heated by a similar intensity of radiation. So the bowl “detects” the frequency difference. Many seem to think that would not be possible and that all photons are the same and all cause warming. The frequency of the microwaves is less than that of the spontaneous radiation emitted by the bowl itself at room temperature. But the frequency of the radiation from the electric radiator is greater. That’s all that matters. That is a simple demonstration of how a surface “pseudo scatters” radiation which has lower frequency than its own emissions, and is not warmed by such radiation. This is the whole point of Prof Claes Johnson’s “Computational Blackbody Radiation” paper. So I have provided at least one example of empirical evidence which is not in conflict with what he has said. There has never been any empirical evidence to disprove what he said, and never will be. I have explained more in the first five sections of my “Radiated Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics” paper.

    Home experiment No.2

    Check the outside temperature just before, and then soon after low clouds roll in. Why is it warmer when there are low clouds? Water vapour radiates with many more spectral lines than carbon dioxide, so its radiation is more effective per molecule in slowing the rate of radiative cooling of the Earth’s surface. It is also much more prolific in the atmosphere, so its overall effect on this slowing is probably of the order of at least 100 times the effect of carbon dioxide. Hence it is not at all surprising that low cloud cover slows radiative cooling quite noticeably and, while it is present in that particular location, the rate of cooling by non-radiative processes cannot accelerate fast enough to compensate. But that is a local weather event, not climate. Over the whole Earth and over a lengthy period there will be compensation. In any event, what is being compensated for is almost entirely due to water vapour, with carbon dioxide having less than 1% of the effect on that mere 14% of all heat transferred from the surface which enters the atmosphere by way of radiation.

  65. Raymond Watts says:

    But it is dangerous! Experiment 20 will finish off the child and the whole family. What is the point of having experiments 21 – 23?

  66. DaveA says:

    This is the revised edition: the original had a methane experiment which was considered a medical hazard.

  67. Sio says:

    Seems like good wholesome fun for the whole family.

    Ahahahahaaaa. I joke. It looks like a pile of warmist brain washing monkey bollocks.

    True story.

  68. Can we get any more predictable than is what is found on Thames & Kosmos’ 2006 web page about another of its products?

    ” … Originally developed in Germany, in cooperation with Greenpeace™, the Physics Solar Workshop kit adds relevance to the basic laws of physics by addressing the topic of solar power….” http://www.thamesandkosmos.com/news/news112906.html

  69. HenryP says:

    Climate Author says
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/02/friday-funny-global-warming-home-experiment-kit/#comment-1134000
    Henry says
    You seem to ignore the facts that both water and CO2 also radiate @places in the 0-5 um causing re-radiation of the sun shine, thereby a cooling effect. So, if you want to prove that a little more CO2 causes a net warming effect you first have to come with a balance sheet of how much radiative cooling and how much radiative warming is caused by an increase in 100 ppm of CO2.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/02/friday-funny-global-warming-home-experiment-kit/#comment-1133580

  70. johanna says:

    the Physics Solar Workshop kit adds relevance to the basic laws of physics by addressing the topic of solar power
    ———————————————–
    My goodness, if I was promoting solar power, every time someone mentioned the laws of physics, I would be going “Ooh look, a squirrel …”

  71. James Bull says:

    The problem I can see for doing this experiment is that incandescent light bulbs are now band for all the harm they have done (sarc). You can still get them in the UK if they are for use in out buildings or garages as the law only band them for sale for domestic use, you can also still make and sell what are called rough duty bulbs for industrial use, they also last longer than the old standard use bulbs.
    In Germany they are being sold as Heat Balls http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/skirting-eu-law-the-rebranding-of-incandescent-bulbs-as-heat-balls They come with a warning that as part of their normal operation they give off light. How cool is that?
    James Bull

  72. ursus augustus says:

    I think the “WARNING: Choking Hazard” on the box says it all.

  73. Streetcred says:

    Is this product false advertising … ?

  74. Mike Haseler says:

    John F. Hultquist says: I hope several museums obtain such hoax-kits to include with displays such as The Piltdown Man,

    The Kyoto commitment ends on the 31st December 2012. Worldwide governments are trying to pretend it is not them that is causing it to end … but we all know they are as pleased as punch not to this tyre necklace around their economies. There’s no doubt at all that this year will be seen by historians as “the end of global warming alarmism”.

  75. Bloke down the pub says:

    If the little darlings who attempt the CO₂ experiment find that it doesn’t cause any extra warming, are they told that the heat is missing, or that they just didn’t do it right?

  76. phaedrus says:

    Would it be possible for us skeptics to come up with a set of such simple experiments for kids that would demonstrate the concepts accurately. Or a version that did not present the material in a way with pre conceived ideas of what the results should be.

  77. Ray says:

    You too can share a Nobel Peace Prize. Complete all 23 experiements and receive an official certificate for contributing to the IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

  78. RJ says:

    I’ve seen these at Barnes and Noble and some higher end toy stores, if you want to check it out in person or buy one.

  79. HenryP says:

    RJ says
    I’ve seen these at Barnes and Noble and some higher end toy stores, if you want to check it out in person or buy one.
    Henry says:
    you are not joking?
    Why would anyone buy such crap? This is not funny, actually. This is tragic. Because it shows the the whole state of our education (in the world, never mind the USA who should be on top)
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/02/friday-funny-global-warming-home-experiment-kit/#comment-1133580

  80. Jimmy Haigh says:

    This is surely a piss take. It can’t be real.

    If it’s real I despair for the future of the human race…

  81. Jimmy Haigh says:

    Reg Nelson says:
    November 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “People who bought this product also bought: Lil Lawyer Junior Litigation Kit.”

    I like it…

  82. Steve Thatcher says:

    Bloke down the pub says:
    November 3, 2012 at 4:06 am

    If the little darlings who attempt the CO₂ experiment find that it doesn’t cause any extra warming, are they told that the heat is missing, or that they just didn’t do it right?

    ******************************************************************************************

    No, they’ll probably be shown how to adjust the original temperature readings down and the later ones upwards. Hey presto, warming.

    SteveT

  83. Pamela Gray says:

    You missed the most important part. The inside lid contains a framable copy of the “Certificate of Thanks” (with de-coder ring) from the Noble Peace (of crap) Prize committee. It states below your name that the award was “given to the ICPP and Gore for their efforts in creating this sca…kit”. Just sign your name to it and abracadabra, you can be awarded a Peace of Crap too.

  84. I love how it says WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD

    So what ever you do don’t try to swallow it!

  85. Bill Sumruld says:

    I can’t wait to see this company’s next “science” kit. I kind of expect it might be a “Cold Fusion” kit.

  86. What Did I Tell You!? says:

    These evil S%*$holes who are exploiting the capacity to spread lies are the same people who made pot illegal
    then told you it is heroin

    and now want to be in charge of all your medicine.

    Government zealots.

    They also are here to let you know it’s time to tax the air you breathe. And that if you don’t agree to it, YOU’RE an immoral S%*$hole.

    And there’s something ‘creepy’ in you for wanting to protect yourself from them.

    Now.

    Remember: the whole thing about making POT illegal was purported CATASTROPHES here, and there… but all these years afterward is the government sorry, or is it making war on marijuana because now, it doesn’t make you have sex with animals,

    it’s a ‘gateway’ or a… TIPPING POINT drug where, could set off …. what? You could set off

    APOCALYPTIC DOOM.

    And if the difference is there’s proof, THEN WHERE’S THE VENTILATION SYSTEM EQUIPMENT and TEXTS for ACCOUNTING for THERMAL PROPERTY DIFFERENCES in SUBMARINES when the ppm of CO2 gets about 4 thousand parts per million?

    “You owe! You REALLY owe, all you have!” but “I’ll settle for a couple percent.” And “You’re lucky I’m not taking more, you pathetic, evil grub!”

    Said the Government Employee.
    To you.
    “Gimme your money, or you’re an immoral S%*$hole.” Pure criminal shakedown through traumatization and terror. ” You HATE your KIDS, gimme your MONEY!”

    Said the Government Employee
    With press paid for
    with YOUR MONEY.

    Pfft.
    That kind of talk gets people sued out of existence before it’s over, and just because Al Gore defied the world to continue on doesn’t mean he’s a genius.

    He’s just evil, and incidentally, he is also in the party that wants to be in charge of all your medicine, too.

  87. What Did I Tell You!? says:

    And also incidentally, he’s in the party that made pot illegal. The guy who was president who did that was a Democrat, and AGAIN, coincidentally, it was a Democratically controlled House, and a Democratically controlled Senate, too;

    they somehow managed to shift themselves out from under it as though they didn’t even start that war on people,

    and have moved on to making war on yet other things, like the REST of your medicine, and national borders, and being able to have a moral unction connected with a religion, and generally, anything that makes someone say no to anyone

    but government employees.

    And, this is being run by government employees. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s a movement of anyone who sees it to work for government, form enormous obfuscation networks, then say people trying to break into the obfuscation networks mean having to hire more security for government employees

    and once in, government employees know like all things, their movement must expand, or contract: stasis is bad for them because that’s one step from contraction so using enormous government infrastructures designed for real emergencies originally
    they print up more ludicrous bizarreness not found anywhere in the wild

    then claim ‘yew aint no gubmunt emploYEE, YEW dont no NUTHIN.

    It’s crime. Crime through government body. Straight up, wearing a burka so we can’t tell what’s necessary infrastructure,
    and what’s there to spread the catastrophes and spread
    the terror.
    That balmy weather might break out.

  88. What Did I Tell You!? says:

    If there was ever a movement that demonstrates why no matter how bad it gets you can’t let government ever fulfill more than the very VERY basics, it’s this one.

    The SAME ENTITY TELLING YOU POT is HEROIN

    and that YOU, BREATHING MORE, contributes to APOCALYPSE
    wants
    ALL
    YOUR
    MEDICINE
    to be RATIONED
    by
    that SAME group.

    GOVERNMENT employees.

    Where the POLITICALLY ZEAL-FILLED go, when a free enterprise job is too risky a deal.

  89. What Did I Tell You!? says:

    Can you imagine telling them you thought you were choking down at the GUBMUNT MEDuhSIN plAYS

    and them telling you it COULD be too much CARBON DIOXIDE in the AIR, and GIVING you one of these TESTS to take home and do, since they don’t HAVE any CO2 TESTS in at the moment – (there’s a shortage because they cost a million a piece)

    but when you do that test, call them back with the results, and they’ll tell you they’ have any of the real tests in, or not –

    when you just have a chunk of steak in your throat?

    The reason you didn’t pull the steak out at the restaurant is because it’s a violation of civil code BR 5-49 to practice any medical procedure including saving your own life.

    Or you forfeit treatment at all.

    And getting treatment elsewhere or rendering it,
    is
    a crime…

  90. Vohaul says:

    … the long missing evidence: climate science is settled, it’s a piece of cake! – way to go old climate sceptic scums – to some broiling or the sandy way /sarc off

  91. Gunga Din says:

    What Did I Tell You!? says:
    =========================================================================
    May I suggest that you look at Ric Werme’s page? (Scroll down to the formatting section.) There are ways to emphasise a comment besides using CAPS. Not being familiar to HTML code, it took me awhile to figure out that when I type something inside “” that’s not how the comment will appear but it will format the text (the starting and the ending ) between them. That might make it more likely what you say will actually be read. Throwing a bunch of ALL CAPS in the middle of what someone says makes it appear to be a “rant” whether it really was or not.
    http://home.comcast.net/~ewerme/wuwt/index.html
    (PS Thanks again, Ric.)

  92. Gunga Din says:

    “I type something inside “” that’s”

    The < and it's oppisite didn't show up. Maybe if I'd typed '?

  93. Joe says:

    But where is the chapter on “responding” to FOIA requests?

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