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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Ben Wilson

I wonder how much CO2 is produced manufacturing those kits?

Mark and two Cats

Experiment 24: hiding the decline


Does it come with a grant application?

John F. Hultquist

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.

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?


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!

Pull My Finger

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.


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.

Mike Bromley the Canucklehead

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


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.

Won’t this confuse the children?


“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.

Laurie Bowen

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

Lance Wallace

Experiment 20: “Let’s Produce CO2”


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.


Warning: choking (laughing) hazard…

Brian R

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 :^)


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


Where do they get the incandescent bulb?

Laurie Bowen

Durn, forgot the link again.

Scry with Crystals – Traditional Method


Along with the kit you might want to browse over this paper in August.

Actually, this is not funny. This is tragic.


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?

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

Cal Smith

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

Adam Gallon

Made in China?


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


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

“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! 🙂

Gary Pearse

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

Lol, good one. The hubris is just funny.

Mac the Knife

WARNING:Choking Hazard!
Yep – I found this difficult to swallow also………

James Evans

I hope it teaches them how to hide the data.

Reg Nelson

Experiment 25: making your Nobel Peace Prize certificate.
Recommended Products:
People who bought this product also bought: Lil Lawyer Junior Litigation Kit.


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.


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


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.


…………….Clouds are now a doddle.


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…?

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

John West

Experiment 25: Ocean Acidification: Making Ocean Water Acidic with CO2
Step 1: Obtain HCl or H2SO4 ……..


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.
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…
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…

James Ard

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

Gunga Din

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

“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.)

Frank Kotler

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!

Reg Nelson

Proxy data sold separately.


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.


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!

Coach Springer

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

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