Author Archives: Anthony Watts

A conversation with Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. on the Kaya Identity

As many readers know, there was quite a hullaballo over the Kaya Identity last week, two posts by Willis Eschenbach here and here created sides seemingly equally split on whether the equation is useful or not. One of the most … Continue reading

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Posted in Carbon dioxide, Economy-health | Tagged | 395 Comments

Hard times for Aussie Alarmists – Flannery begs in new video

Story submitted by Eric Worrall Tim Flannery, one time head of the government Climate Commission in Australia, until it was disbanded by the current government, has released a video begging for donations to “keep science in the news”. A year … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Climate cash | 110 Comments

A flip-flop on Arctic permafrost thaws – actually a net cooling rather than a warming

Since we discussed permafrost pingos today, I thought this story from the University of Alaska Fairbanks was a good sidekick story. It seems there’s a silver lining in melting permafrost after all. Study: Climate-cooling arctic lakes soak up greenhouse gases … Continue reading

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The stark reality of green tech’s solar and wind contribution to world energy

Summed in in one graph that says it all.

Posted in Energy, Green tech, solar power, wind power | 149 Comments

New pictures of the hole in Yamal – and Pingo was its name-o

A couple of days ago I posted this story about the odd hole in the ground that appeared in Yamal, which was immediately blamed on ‘global warming’ by some fool who hadn’t looked at it closely: Anna Kurchatova from the … Continue reading

Posted in Curious things | 78 Comments

Dueling “weather is not climate” press releases – see if you can spot the politically biased one

URI researcher: Weather fluctuations cause people to seek information on climate change Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892 Results vary by political ideology, education levels KINGSTON, R.I. – July 16, 2014 – A University of Rhode Island researcher analyzed Internet search … Continue reading

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Headed into ‘Lew-world’ in the U.K. – I could use your help

Yesterday, it was discovered that both John Cook and Michael Mann are headed to the Stephan Lewandowsky’s current place of trough feeding academic residence at the University of Bristol to give talks on Sept. 19th and 23rd. Since the talks … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 144 Comments

Put a cork in it! Claim: wine corks deteriorating due to ‘climate change’

From Science News: Wine corks may owe quality to gene activity Discovery that distinguishes superior stoppers could help reverse global downturn Even the most superb wine won’t last without its cork, but the quality of this renewable oaken resource has … Continue reading

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Calling all UK Skeptics – Free Talk with 97% Bias – plus the ability to ask questions

UPDATE: It’s a double feature, Mann will be there too, see below From the University of Bristol: Dogma vs. consensus: Letting the evidence speak on climate change 19 September 2014, 6 pm Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1SA In … Continue reading

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Another missing piece of the climate model puzzle – dust

From Scripps: Global climate models fail to simulate key dust characteristics African dust plays a key role in cloud formation, hurricanes and other global climate phenomena but models can’t characterize it well. Climate models that simulate the airborne African dust … Continue reading

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Climate Craziness of the Week: Crater in Yamal caused by ‘global warming’

I kid you not. The level of stupid here is unprecedented. Forget the UFO theories, or the fact that it is Yamal, which started Climategate through the distortion of tree ring data and the witholding of FOI requests on the … Continue reading

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Breaking news on the ISEE-3 mission: it may not be lost – it’s those “O” rings again

A few days ago, my heart sank when I heard this news: Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home It seemed a deal-killer if the nitrogen tanks were empty. Now, one of the team leaders has given me … Continue reading

Posted in Citizen science, Space, Technology | 25 Comments

Michael Mann’s ‘damages’ over FOIA emails? A piddling $250

From ‘amazing tales of the vexatious’. Climate Change Dispatch writes: In a clear slap in the face, the Virginia Supreme Court awarded Michael E. Mann and the University of Virginia a piddling $250 in damages in the email FOIA case. Showing … Continue reading

Posted in FOI, Michael E. Mann, Opinion | 84 Comments

The Science Publishing Complex – 1% publish 41% of all papers

Erik Stokstad in Science (AAAS) writes: Publishing is one of the most ballyhooed metrics of scientific careers, and every researcher hates to have a gap in that part of his or her CV. Here’s some consolation: A new study finds … Continue reading

Posted in Peer review, Science | 36 Comments

UK Government Study: Greens use more electricity than skeptics

Story submitted by Eric Worrall A UK government study has concluded that people concerned about global warming, on average, use more electricity than climate skeptics. Some highlights from the study follow. On the “benefits” of switching off appliances;

Posted in Climate News, Energy, Green tech | 90 Comments

Quote of the Week – NOAA: ‘However, we think it’s likely that the atmosphere will get on board soon’

As a follow up to Bob Tisdale’s excellent post today, I just had to post this one from NOAA where they are so confident that the El Niño will happen, they expect the atmosphere to “get on board” with their … Continue reading

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The law of unintended consequences in action: Imagine replacing all CO2 emissions with H2O emissions

This story, while technically correct, made me chuckle, especially in light of a tweet today by Mashable warmist Andrew Freidman, who was complaining about heat and humidity in NYC. Just think about what it would be like if all those … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Global warming, Green tech | 119 Comments

Dr. Roy Spencer’s Keynote Speech at #ICCC9

Dr. Spencer asks the question: What do we really know about Global Warming? This is from Wednesday morning July 9th. This is well worth watching, and I get a mention. Some of the graphs he presents are not only hilarious … Continue reading

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2014-07-12 (July 12, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience. Leonardo da Vinci … Continue reading

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Claim: Australia drying caused by greenhouse gases

But the paper ignores land use and land cover change From NOAA Headquarters and the “its the evil gases wot dun it and nothing else” department, comes more modeling madness via another poorly written press release by Monica Allen that doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Land use land cover change, Modeling, Rainfall | 89 Comments

A way of calculating local climate trends without the need for a government supercomputer

This method may or may not have merit – readers are invited to test the merit of it themselves, the method is provided – Anthony Guest essay by Ron Clutz People in different places are wondering: What are temperatures doing … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Temperature | 73 Comments

Coldest Antarctic June Ever Recorded

Story submitted by Eric Worrall Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station.

Posted in Antarctic, records | 161 Comments

NYT: Crack Down on Scientific Fraudsters

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism While alarmists try to enshrine climate scientists as pure and unbiased, those familiar … Continue reading

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The PNAS ‘old boys’ club': NAS members can ‘choose who will review their paper’

Hot of the heels of the busted “Peer Review Ring” we have this from Nature News: In April, the US National Academy of Sciences elected 105 new members to its ranks. Academy membership is one the most prestigious honours for … Continue reading

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Rasmussen Poll: 63% say the debate about global warming is not over, 60% pan BBC’s decision to exclude skeptics

From Rasmussen Reports: Voters strongly believe the debate about global warming is not over yet and reject the decision by some news organizations to ban comments from those who deny that global warming is a problem.

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Claim: Climate change may bring more kidney stones – but the Tasian et al. paper lacks proper controls

From the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  Something that I consider to be more than a stretch, and possibly conflated junk science, especially since I’ve suffered kidney stones myself and live in a place with summer temperatures that average well over … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Bad science | 68 Comments

Study provides new approach to forecast hurricane intensity

From the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science UM Rosenstiel School scientists offer new information to help improve tropical storm forecasting MIAMI – New research from University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric … Continue reading

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More challenges to EPA’s objectivity in its GHG endangerment findings.

More on the story of the EPA being challenged as to its objectivity in its GHG endangerment findings. Ashley Thorne, Executive Director, National Association of Scholars, writes in an email: After the EPA stonewalled international trade lawyer Lawrence Kogan’s FOIA … Continue reading

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‘Peer review ring’ – busted

From the Washington Post: Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal. Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 … Continue reading

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‘Unusual weather we’re having, aint it?’

The title of this post is a famous quote from the cowardly lion in the 1939 movie the Wizard of Oz. Readers may remember this film was one of the very first to show “climate disruption” manifesting itself as extreme … Continue reading

Posted in Curious things, Rainfall, records, Weather | 78 Comments

Aussie Carbon Tax Repeal Defeated – For Now

Palmer United Party Playing Politics Story submitted by Eric Worrall The Australian Abbott Government’s attempt to repeal the Carbon Tax has been defeated, for now, after senators from the Palmer United Party and the Motoring Enthusiasts Party decided to side … Continue reading

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BBC’s gag order on climate skeptics is likely to backfire if history is any guide

Story submitted by Eric Worrall. The BBC, the UK Government Broadcaster, has banned former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lawson from appearing on BBC programmes to talk about climate change. According to a spokesman for the BBC, a series of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness, media | 116 Comments

Curbing CO2 is futile, according to study

Global climate deal won’t stop dangerous warming – study Source: Reuters – Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:24 GMT LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Even if governments strike a pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year, they will still exceed … Continue reading

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Study: Sharks can handle climate change in the Arctic

From the University of Chicago and the “I didn’t know Jaws lived near the North Pole ” department: Shark teeth analysis provides detailed new look at Arctic climate change A new study shows that some shark species may be able … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | 78 Comments

Day-Three Live Stream of International Climate Conference Features Lifetime Achievement Award to S. Fred Singer

Skeptic Conference Ends with Discussions of Latest Science Challenging UN Reports, Recognition of Professional Courage and Honesty LAS VEGAS (July 9, 2014)— Today, the last day of the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change(ICCC9), will include the presentation of the … Continue reading

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