About that ‘warmer temperatures increase violence’ claim…real world crime data doesn’t support it

Readers surely recall the wild claim yesterday made by researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley who reported in the journal Science that even slight spikes in temperature and precipitation have greatly increased the risk of personal violence and social upheaval throughout human history: Claim: 2°C temperature increase will make people angry Dr.…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-01-12 (January 12, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is…

Is Climate Change the Number One Threat to Humanity?

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany I have a new paper in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, which asks the question, Is Climate Change the Number One Threat to Humanity? This is threshold question to which many who believe global warming constitutes an existential threat to humanity would answer in the affirmative, although as the…

One more benefit of warming?

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Buried in a story on the effects of climatic variables on rotavirus, which apparently kills half a million children annually, is the following quote: The incidence of rotavirus throughout Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka was higher during the coldest, driest months of the year — from…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Quote of the Week: We’ll fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips and stalks or switch grass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years.” George W. Bush, 2006 State of the Union address – – –…

The Amazing Decline in Deaths from Extreme Weather in an Era of Global Warming, 1900–2010

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Summary Proponents of drastic curbs on greenhouse gas emissions claim that such emissions cause global warming and that this exacerbates the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including extreme heat, droughts, floods and storms such as hurricanes and cyclones. But what matters is not the incidence of extreme…

Batteries from the Carboniferous

Nature’s (Not-Quite) Perfect Battery by Indur M. Goklany The major drawback of solar power and other renewables is that they cannot be relied on to deliver energy at their rated capacity for every hour of every day of the full year. Hence, the dollars, effort and human capital devoted to developing more efficient and low…

Hurricane Fatalities, 1900–2010: Update

by Indur M. Goklany Much to my surprise, I heard from NHC’s Dr. Eric Blake today on the fatalities data for hurricanes. I was sure he would take a break to catch his breath after Irene (and before Katia), and since I’m sure the NHC gets no respite during hurricane season. Regardless, I really want…

Smear job by “The Carbon Brief”

The website “populartechnology.net” decided to ask the questions the smear publishers didn’t. I’ve been authorized to reproduce this in full here, and reposting at other blogs is encouraged. AGW proponents seem hell bent on trying to repeat this “linked to” nonsense at any cost, why just the other day I found out I was apparently…

Why Mitigation Should Not Be the Climate Change Policy of Choice (Even if it’s a Real Problem)

AMS [American Meteorological Society] Policy Statement on Inadvertent Weather Modification Illustrates Fuzzy and Flawed Thinking on Public Policy By Indur M. Goklany The AMS has a new policy statement on Inadvertent Weather Modification (H/T to Prof. Roger Pielke, Sr., 11/4/2010). In this post I will not address its recommendations. I will, instead, focus on fundamental…

The Royal Society: Still Embarrassing Science

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Although it is encouraging that the Royal Society now acknowledges that climate science may not be as settled as it previously implied, the Society’s new report still stands as an embarrassment to science because it fails to offer justifications based on science (and policy analysis) for a number of…

The Improving State of the World

With all the gloom and doom being pushed today, the title of this book is one of certain optimism. WUWT reader may recognize the author, Indur M. Goklany, a frequent WUWT contributor. I highly recommend his book, both for the positive outlook and for the factual discourse. – Anthony Many people believe that globalization and…

An Open Letter to Mr. Bill Gates

The Quality of Life for the World’s Poorest Can Be Advanced Farther, Faster, Cheaper and More Surely Through Adaptation than Through Zero-Carbon Technologies Guest Post By Indur M. Goklany A few days ago, Tom Nelson had a link to a blog posted by Mr. Bill Gates titled, Recommended Reading on Climate Change, in which he…

Winter kills: Excess Deaths in the Winter Months

108,500 Deaths in the US in 2008; 36,700 in England and Wales Last Winter; 5,600 in Canada (2006); 7,000 in Australia (1997-2006 Average); Thousands in Other Developed Countries Indur M. Goklany Since extreme cold has gripped much of the Northern Hemisphere, some newspapers have been keeping a tally of the number of deaths obviously caused…

Socioeconomic Impacts of Global Warming are Systematically Overestimated–Part II

Socioeconomic Impacts of Global Warming are Systematically Overestimated Part II:  How Large Might be the Overestimation? Indur M. Goklany A major argument advanced for drastic GHG emission reductions is that, otherwise, we are told, global warming will exacerbate the problems that developing countries already face (e.g., low agricultural productivity, hunger, malaria, water shortage, coastal flooding).…

Reference: 450 skeptical peer reviewed papers

Andrew at Popular Technology has taken the time (quite a bit of it) to compile a list of papers that have skeptical views. It is reproduced in full here. My thanks to him for doing this. – Anthony 450 Peer-Reviewed Papers Supporting Skepticism of  AGW caused Global Warming A 2000-year global temperature reconstruction based on…

Linking health, wealth, and well being with the use of energy

Has Industrialization Diminished the Well-Being of Developing Nations and are Industrialized Countries Responsible? Guest post by: Indur M. Goklany A basic contention of developing countries (DCs) and various UN bureaucracies and multilateral groups during the course of International negotiations on climate change is that industrialized countries (ICs) have a historical responsibility for global warming.  This…

Are today’s poorer generations morally obliged to solve problems that may or may not confront tomorrow’s much wealthier generations?

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany http://Goklany.org Some people argue that we are morally obliged to reduce greenhouse gases aggressively because otherwise the world’s current development path would be unsustainable, and our descendants will be worse off than we are. But will a warmer world indeed be unsustainable, and leave our descendants worse off? I…