Search Results for: Indur M. Goklany

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 … Continue reading

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Goklany on Copenhagen and climate change health risks

This essay was sent to me just about the time “climategate” broke. I regret the delay in publishing it but it is still relevant to the upcoming Copenhagen conference. – Anthony Mr. Ban Ki-moon, get your priorities straight, and quit … Continue reading

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Which is responsible for more U.S. deaths — Excessive Heat or Excessive Cold?

Dr. Indur Goklany writes: Earlier today on WUWT in the post, UHI and Heat Related Mortality, a researcher from Arizona claims that, “Extreme heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States.”  I am afraid that this piece of … Continue reading

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-01-12 (January 12, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP ( 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Hansen’s Death Trains – now with extra scary ‘coal fallout’

WUWT readers surely remember this: NASA’s Dr. James Hansen once again goes over the top. See his most recent article in the UK Guardian. Some excerpts: “The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are … Continue reading

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The Highest Temperature Reading Doesn’t Necessarily Mean a Record Hot Day

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany On June 29th, the temperature at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, DC, hit 104 °F and it was duly noted by all and sundry that this was the hottest June day EVAH. Typical … Continue reading

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Memo to Doubters—I was Tempted to say “Deniers”—CO2 is Plant Food!

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany This illustration from a recent article in Science magazine shows that CO2 is plant food.  It is based on both empirical data and model results (not “data”).  I know that looking at empirical data … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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A Carbon Tax Does Not Provide Redress for Any Alleged Property Right Violation from Global Warming

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany In a piece in the Atlantic titled, “A Conservative’s Approach to Combating Climate Change,” Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and, more importantly, an old friend, argues for, among other … Continue reading

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Global Economic Damages from Tropical Cyclones – Sins of Omission

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany A few days ago I saw a report about a paper in Nature Climate Change on future economic damages from tropical cyclones (or hurricanes, as we Americans call them) by Robert Mendelsohn, Kerry Emanuel … Continue reading

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On Dentists, Cardiologists, Climatologists and Evidence-Based Remedies

  Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Over at the Wall Street Journal a group of pedigreed individuals headed by Dr. Kevin Trenberth argue: Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition? In science, as in any area, reputations … Continue reading

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The Two Koreas, 1950–2008: An Unplanned Experiment in Economic Systems, the Carbon Footprint and Human Well-Being

  Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Lately, North Korea has been very much in the news. Its population—or should I say, “captive population”—greets the passing of the baton from one ruler to another in the same spirit as “Kim … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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To the Guardian: You cannot make good public policy on mistaken premises

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Damian Carrington’s Environment Blog at the Guardian proclaims: Climate deal: A guarantee our children will be worse off than us. This myth —perhaps myth-take would be a better word—has been addressed previously at WUWT. … Continue reading

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Oxfam—Betraying its Roots and Sabotaging its Own Mission

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany On its website Oxfam reminds us that its name comes from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief. Today it claims to work to “find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.” So imagine the surprise … Continue reading

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The Contribution of Fossil Fuels to (a) Feeding Humanity and (b) Habitat Conservation?

  Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Analyses of policies related to fossil fuel usage usually focus on the negative impacts from that usage, while generally ignoring the positive aspects, such as their contribution to global food production and, through … Continue reading

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The Odd Omission in IPCC’s Summary for Policy Makers for SREX on Extreme Weather and Climatic Events

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany One of the major reasons why extreme weather events are of abiding interest to both the public and policy makers is the potential loss of life that they can cause. Imagine, therefore, writing a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Redefining the Scientific Method–Because Climate Change Science Is Special

by Indur M. Goklany Phil Jones famously said: Kevin and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!” – Phil Jones 8/7/2004 Today, we have an example: “[T]his is also … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Hurricane Fatalities, 1900–2010: Context in these Stormy Times

Guest post  by Indur M. Goklany Despite the press given to hurricanes on the dangers they pose to life and limb, in the larger scheme of things, their contribution to U.S. mortality (less than 0.01% on average each year) verges … Continue reading

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Smear job by “The Carbon Brief”

The website “” 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” … Continue reading

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Are biofuel policies to help Mother Earth killing her most vulnerable children instead?

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany I have a new paper — Could Biofuel Policies Increase Death and Disease in Developing Countries?  — which suggests that global warming policies may be helping kill more people than it saves. It was … Continue reading

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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). … Continue reading

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Might Arctic Warming Lead to Catastrophic Methane Releases?

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany In the earlier post reporting on the recent greening of the Arctic, some commentators — Crispin in Waterloo, BillD, Jimbo — have alluded to the notion that Arctic thawing could lead to positive feedback … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Truth — Biological Productivity of the Tundra Has Increased Since 1981, Perhaps Due to Warming.

Is that a scary thing? Guest post by Indur M. Goklany In its October 14, 2010 issue, Nature magazine (p. 755) reports on a paper by JMG Hudson and G HR Henry, Increased plant biomass in a High Arctic heath … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Giving the IPCC a Pass on Errors of Omission, and Errors of Willful Omission:

The Dutch analysis of IPCC statements on regional impacts in the 2007 report Guest post by: Indur M. Goklany What with the numerous panel reports on Climategate and the IPCC’s veracity, warmists may have solved our global warming problems: lots … Continue reading

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Caveats Regarding Dr. Phil Jones’ Phenological Arguments for Global Warming

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany The latest Science magazine has an extended interview with Dr. Phil Jones. In this post, I’ll keep away from issues related to Climategate, whether this was a softball interview (given that, for example, there … Continue reading

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Phil Jones momentous Q&A with BBC reopens the “science is settled” issues

Professor Phil Jones unwittingly(?) reveals that the global warming emperor is, if not naked, scantily clad, vindicating key skeptic arguments Annotated Version of the Phil & Roger Show – Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Readers of WUWT are already … Continue reading

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Sir David King: Half Right on the IPCC and Global Warming Policies, Despite Bad Logic

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Sir David King, erstwhile Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government, famous for his claim that “climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today—more serious even than the threat of … Continue reading

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