Dr. Robert Carter, scientist, climate skeptic, pioneer, friend – R.I.P

I was shocked and saddened to read this, I’m passing it on without comment because I can’t write about this at this moment. See update below.

Dr. Robert M. Carter (1941-2016)
Dr. Robert M. Carter (1941-2016)

Joe Bast writes:

It is with deep regret that I report the passing of a friend, colleague, and great scholar, Dr. Robert M. Carter. Bob died peacefully in a hospital surrounded by family and friends following a heart attack a few days ago. He was 74 years old.

Funeral arrangements are being made and it will most likely take place on Monday next week in Townsville, Australia.

This is almost unspeakably sad. Bob was the very embodiment of the “happy warrior” in the global warming debate. He was a scholar’s scholar, with impeccable credentials (including a Ph.D. from Cambridge), careful attention to detail, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the scientific method. He endured the slings and arrows of the anti-science Left with seeming ease and good humor and often warned against resorting to similar tactics to answer them.

Bob never failed to answer the call to defend climate science, getting on planes to make the long flight from Australia to the U.S., to Paris, and to other lands without complaints or excuses. He was a wonderful public speaker and a charming traveling mate. He was not an easy man to edit, though – he kept wanting to put unnecessary commas, “that’s,” and boldfacing back into his manuscripts – but the great ones never are.

Bob helped immeasurably with three volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series, a series of hefty compilations of scientific research he coauthored and coedited with Craig D. Idso and S. Fred Singer. Just a few weeks ago, he flew to Paris to speak at Heartland’s “Day of Examining the Data” and contributed to the completion and review of another book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming: The NIPCC Report on Scientific Consensus.

We honored Bob with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 10th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) in Washington DC last June. I regret that I missed that event due to the sudden onset of shingles, and so missed the opportunity to see my friend as well as publicly recognize his great achievements in science.

Please remember Bob and his wonderful wife, Anne, in your thoughts and prayers.

More here: http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/dr-robert-m-carter-r-i-p/


Jo Nova has a far better tribute than I could ever write:  http://joannenova.com.au/2016/01/bob-carter-a-great-man-gone-far-too-soon/

UPDATE: I have gathered my thoughts.

Bob Carter’s sudden death reminded me that life is tenuous, and that what we view as firmament can be taken from us in an instant.

I traveled with Bob in Australia during my tour in 2010. To say that he was a man of good cheer and resilience would be an understatement. He not only bore the slings and arrows thrown his way by some of the ugliest people in the climate debate, he reciprocated with professionalism and honor, refusing to let them drag him into the quagmire of climate ugliness we have seen from so many climate activists.

His duty, first and foremost was to truth. I’m reminded of this quote:
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov
Bob worked hard to dispel scientific ignorance, and to do it with respect and good cheer. We’ve all lost a great friend and a champion of truth.


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bill mckibben
January 19, 2016 9:43 am

Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues on this loss. And it’s true–serious writers do resist editing!

Reply to  bill mckibben
January 19, 2016 1:36 pm

Indeed. The frailty of life becomes so apparent in situations like these.

Janice Moore
Reply to  bill mckibben
January 19, 2016 2:27 pm

A great loss.
Given the anti-science agenda of the first commenter on this thread, I interject this quote from Bob Carter:

Scientists erect hypotheses to test based upon the fundamental science assumption of parsimony, or simplicity, sometimes grandly referred to as Occam’s Razor. That is to say, in seeking to explain matters of observation or experiment, a primary underlying principle is that the simplest explanation be sought; extraneous or complicating factors of interpretation, such as “extraterrestrials did it”, are only invoked when substantive evidence exists for such a complication.
Concerning the climate change that we observe around us today – which, importantly, is occurring at similar rates and magnitudes to that known to have occurred throughout the historical and geological past – the simplest (and therefore null) hypothesis, is that “the climate change observed today is natural unless and until evidence accrues otherwise”.

(Source: The Science of Deceit by Bob Carter, 2012, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/25/bob-carter-with-a-down-under-view-of-climate-science/ )
What will be said of Bob Carter when history sifts out the wheat from the chaff and the truth is finally universally known which will not be said of the AGWers of today?
Bob Carter was a SCIENTIST.

Warren Latham
January 19, 2016 9:51 am

A scholar’s scholar INDEED. He shall be missed beyond words.

Reply to  Warren Latham
January 20, 2016 6:04 pm

Yes, he will indeed be sorely missed. He helped me with climate information some years ago and I was able to reciprocate by offering a book review to his excellent ‘Climate: The Counter Consensus’ in the NZ Geological Society Newsletter after the NIWA government ‘scientists’ had slammed it because it questioned their pseudo science.
I wonder how many are aware Bob was the subject of an excellent play “The Heretic” a few years ago. Details at:
I know it played in Australia and here in NZ but not sure if it made it to North America or the UK.

Reply to  Alastair Brickell
January 21, 2016 7:48 am

Awesome-I just ordered a copy of the play form Amazon. It actually premiered in England. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heretic_(play)

January 19, 2016 9:52 am

I’m shocked and I will miss Bob Carter.

January 19, 2016 9:55 am


January 19, 2016 9:57 am

I met Bob Carter at the climate conference in Stockholm in 2006. A great loss, my condolences to family and friends.

January 19, 2016 9:58 am

I just saw a pointer to Jo Nova’s page.
Bob was among best voices of reason we had and was the first scientist I contacted after I decided to get active. We’ll miss him terribly.

Reply to  Ric Werme
January 19, 2016 10:22 am

Me too, Ric. Bob had been a great friend ever since. I’m still in shock – the news was in the first email I saw this morning and left me reeling.
I shall raise a glass of red wine (Bob’s favorite) this evening to a wonderfully rational, sensible scientist and dear friend.
All who care to do the same, around the world (whatever your time zone), are welcome to join me in saying goodbye to Bob. He will be sorely missed.
Susan Crockford, on the Canadian west coast.

Reply to  polarbearscience
January 19, 2016 10:36 am

Cheers form Ontario ! Great warriors never die, they just slowly fade from our memories ….

Reply to  polarbearscience
January 19, 2016 5:18 pm

Having my wine now…
Here’s to you Bob – you did good.
Hugs to Anne and Izzie (the dog), who I knew only from pictures.

John Whitman
Reply to  polarbearscience
January 19, 2016 5:43 pm

polarbearscience on January 19, 2016 at 10:22 am
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Yes, a toast. With glass in hand now at cocktail hour in Mountain View California, I drink to his a lasting legacy. I am encouraged that such a man lived in my times.

January 19, 2016 10:13 am

A top scientist and orator – a true seeker of facts and truth. He will be greatly missed in our real science world. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

January 19, 2016 10:14 am

Any chance of someone setting up a condolance page that we can all sign?
I would do it but have no idea how.

January 19, 2016 10:17 am

Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
“A great climate warrior”

January 19, 2016 10:17 am

RIP, Dr. Carter.

January 19, 2016 10:18 am

An early hero of mine.

January 19, 2016 10:27 am

Rest in Peace, Dr. Carter. The good fight will carry on.

January 19, 2016 10:29 am

I remember Bob Carter as being one of the early prominent sceptics. He made the case ‘against’ brilliantly and always seemed to be scrupulously fair in his explanations. Condolences to his wife and family.

Dr T G Watkins
January 19, 2016 10:34 am

So sad, his warmth and intelligence came through strongly in his many ‘film’ clips.
As someone who lived in Townsville, 1976-80, I feel proud to have known of him.

January 19, 2016 10:35 am


January 19, 2016 10:38 am

Another truly great man has left us.

Reply to  richardscourtney
January 19, 2016 10:44 am

I agree, Richard.
RIP, Bob. ☹

January 19, 2016 10:53 am

I don’t know what to say… May his work and memory live on.

January 19, 2016 10:59 am

Although I never knew or met this man personally, I believe that he will be missed more than we (CAGW science skeptics) will ever realize. He won’t easily be forgotten.
All my best to his family and friends.

January 19, 2016 11:08 am

I like to watch his seminars on youtube sometimes. I found him to be a good speaker. Sadly I will never have a chance to meet him now. RIP Bob.

Reply to  James
January 19, 2016 11:36 am

For example, edited to 38 minutes

Kudos to those who recorded and posted for posterity.
Very refreshing to see a real scientist show his stuff.

Richard Keen
Reply to  bw
January 19, 2016 1:39 pm

Hi first sentence in the interview says so much.
I’ve had the pleassure of his company at several ICCC meetings and other occasions and Bob’s just a downright nice guy and a gentle genius.
Nice guys can, and do, finish first.

Hari Seldon
Reply to  bw
January 20, 2016 12:21 am

This video is the first contact I had with the great global warming scam. Thank you Dr Carter, you will be missed.

January 19, 2016 11:21 am

So very sad to read of Bob’s passing. He was certainly one of the good guys. Not just a loss to his family and friends with whom my deepest and sincerest condolences lie, but a loss to the science community, and truth, as a whole.

January 19, 2016 11:35 am

The science of Geology has lost one of its most durable rocks.

Ferdinand Engelbeen
January 19, 2016 11:41 am

My condolences to his family and all friends down under… What a loss for the skeptic community!

Reply to  Ferdinand Engelbeen
January 19, 2016 11:49 am

Exactly what I would have said.

John F. Hultquist
January 19, 2016 11:47 am

I saw a post a few days ago and at that time Bob was in an induced coma. My wife lived through such an experience and had a good outcome. I was told she might not live. This was a very hard time.
Joe Bast wrote: “Please remember Bob and his wonderful wife, Anne, in your thoughts and prayers.” Done.
Wish I could write something helpful.
Now I’m tearing up.

Gunga Din
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
January 19, 2016 3:16 pm

Prayer is doing something helpful. Prayer is not empty words.
I’m praying for his family and those who knew him, many that are here.

Richard G.
January 19, 2016 11:49 am

Dr. Robert Carter, a great man who embodied the best of the Australian Character, leaving his mark for the good of mankind. Fair Dinkum.

Reply to  Richard G.
January 19, 2016 11:58 am

So shocked We will all miss you, dearly departed. I will always watch you on the Net. Rest In peace Bob.

January 19, 2016 11:54 am

Oh no – truly a loss … he will be missed.

January 19, 2016 12:01 pm

very, very sad. My all time favourite speaker on climate. He always put it so well.

Pat Frank
January 19, 2016 12:02 pm

Bob was a wonderful and energetic guy. Intelligent, kind, and full of life and love of science. I was privileged to meet him in Erice Sicily last August, along with his wife, Anne. Just absolutely wonderful charming lovely civilized people. What a loss now he’s gone; what happy fortune to have had him with us.

Harry Passfield
January 19, 2016 12:05 pm

My wife looked over to me as I took in the news – with a gasp – and she said: ‘Why are your eyes watering?’
Bob, you were my early hero and you introduced me to so much science; worth more than all the Manns, Oreskes and Lewandowskys of this world. But your work will outlive them.

UK Sceptic
January 19, 2016 12:06 pm

A great loss to true science. His forthright contribution to climate common sense will be sorely missed.

Lewis P Buckingham
January 19, 2016 12:07 pm

A great loss to the Australian scientific community.
It was his gentle argument that made me consider that the then global warming could well be natural, just as it always has been.
It was just a matter of formulating a Null Hypotheses to test it.
‘No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee….’
John Donne

January 19, 2016 12:07 pm

Bob was a great guy, a class act.
And I fear this is the beginning of the end. There are only a handful of us skeptics who publish in mainstream journals, our average age probably exceeds 60 now, and young researchers risk their careers if they go down the skeptic route…they simply won’t get funded. For example, we have no one to take over production of the UAH satellite dataset when John Christy and I are gone.
As Marc Morano recently said, we win the science battles but we’re losing the war on the political front. Our only hope is that the public is still largely on our side…but it remains to be seen whether that even matters anymore in the policy arena.

Joe Born
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 19, 2016 12:35 pm

One hears about the self-censorship, of course, but it’s still distressing to hear from someone in the trenches like Dr. Spencer how badly hollowed out the field has become.
Let’s hope that non-climate-science practitioners of the various disciplines, such as statistics, on which “climate scientists” purport to rely continue to call attention to warmists’ misapplication of those disciplines.

Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 19, 2016 1:18 pm

Sad news. I hope others will fill the void. It will take more than one IMHO.

Winston Smith
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 19, 2016 1:48 pm

Maybe the Natural World will falsify the hypothesis by progressing to a cooling phase of this world’s climate cycle despite a CO2 level greater than 350.

Reply to  Winston Smith
January 20, 2016 5:26 am

Hi Winston,
We do expect natural global cooling to resume by 2020 or probably sooner – after the current El Nino.
However, Earth cooled due to natural causes from ~1940 to ~1975 despite greatly increasing atmospheric CO2 emissions. The warmists “solved” this contradiction in their global warming meme by falsifying the surface temperature data record.
What are the odds they will do this again?
Best, Allan

Quinn the Eskimo
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 19, 2016 2:29 pm

It is especially urgent to maintain the UAH dataset with the highest fidelity as you and John Christy have done. I pray that come the hour the right men and women will also come.

James at 48
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 19, 2016 2:37 pm

Because Nature bats last, someday we’ll all be reminded that AGW is not the be all and the end all. Sadly, what I speak of will result in a large and mostly avoidable loss of life.

Anne Ominous
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 19, 2016 3:01 pm

I’m not sure such negativity is called for. The political situation is changing (as it necessarily must). I am confident that within a year it will have changed significantly.

Keith Minto
January 19, 2016 12:09 pm

A great fighter who fought with steady reason and good humour. He will be missed.
Vale Bob Carter.

January 19, 2016 12:20 pm

An honest scientist; a man with integrity – one of the few has fallen. RIP

January 19, 2016 12:29 pm

Sad beyond words. A great man in his field.

January 19, 2016 12:31 pm

Bob was a lovely man. He was appointed to the Australian Research Grants Committee in 1987 when I was its Chairman, and stayed on in the Australian Research Council’s Earth Sciences group when the ARGC became the ARC. He was a feisty fighter for his discipline. As was common, he got to the position of assessing requests for money by having been a highly successful seeker of research funds himself. When I became interested in global warming ten years ago, Ian Castles, a great and former Australian Statistician, suggested that I should read his take on the issue, and Bob and I became in close contact again. Over the last ten years he has been one of the world’s best sceptics in this awful field of ‘climate change’. He writes well, bases himself on what is known, is alert to error and does not exaggerate. His passing is a great sadness to me, and will be to thousands of people he never met.

January 19, 2016 12:34 pm

Very sad, indeed. He will be missed but not forgotten.

January 19, 2016 12:36 pm

We will miss you, Bob. Your book ‘Climate: The Counter Consensus’ has helped to open my eyes. Your courage and great analytical skills will be missed in the debate. It is sad to see a fellow-geologist go…

January 19, 2016 12:41 pm

R.I.P.. A great man gone too soon. He kept the sceptic side on science instead of retaliation. Nature, itself, has and is showing him to be correct.
He travelled small towns and big cities throughout Australia and no matter how the size of the crowd, he always put his case in a good manner. He was willing to debate anyone at these meetings, which highlighted the refusal of warmists to do the same.
Science and mankind is the better for his contribution.

Chris Hanley
January 19, 2016 12:45 pm

It is a great loss to his family friends and colleagues of course, but also to followers like me who greatly appreciated the clarity and precision of his thought and communication.

Tom Judd
January 19, 2016 12:47 pm


January 19, 2016 12:58 pm

Bob Carter was a great man, and a shining example to scientists. Everything he said made sense and it was one of his lectures which first alerted me to the CAGW Scam and ‘settled’ science distortion. Bob will be remembered as one of the greats in the struggle for the truth and he deserves to have an award for excellence in science with his name on it. Bob will not fade from our memories.

January 19, 2016 1:00 pm

A great man and a great loss to us.

January 19, 2016 1:24 pm

condolences to his family and friends.
farewell Prof Carter. you will not be forgotten.
one way or another, your message will continue to inform people everywhere of the scientific hoax that is CAGW:
15 Jan: BusinessDay South Africa: Tom Harris: Much of the world abandons rational thought about climate change
(Harris is executive director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition)
Reality for the UN and most politicians is now more determined by what imaginative climate activists say than what science and observational evidence actually show. December’s UN climate conference in Paris is a case in point.
Sounding like an episode out of Barrie’s fairy tale, politicians pledged to prevent “global temperature” from rising more than 2C. That we are as yet unable to meaningfully forecast climate decades in advance, let alone control it, didn’t matter. Humankind has a global thermostat, they imagine.
Delegates believed that scientists have Peter Pan-like powers to sense climate danger decades in advance. They dream that today’s global climate models, simulations that utterly failed to forecast the current 18-year “pause” in warming provide legislators with the “unequivocal” knowledge they need to enact trillion-dollar energy policies.
To back up their extraordinary claims, we are told that there is an overwhelming consensus of scientists who agree with the UN’s position. Thousands of well-qualified sceptics are imagined out of existence…
On December 7, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) released the report “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming.” Authored by climatologist Dr Craig Idso of the Centre for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change in Arizona; geologist ***Dr Robert Carter, former head of the department of earth sciences at James Cook University in Australia; and physicist Dr S Fred Singer, emeritus professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, the new report refutes the claims of climate alarmists. For example, the NIPCC states:
• “There is no survey or study showing consensus on the most important scientific issues in the climate change debate.”
• “Neither the rate nor the magnitude of the reported late twentieth century surface warming lay outside normal natural variability.”…ETC

January 19, 2016 1:28 pm

I deeply regret this loss. Bob Carters presentations were always delicious to watch. Let me just give a link to one very good paper of his, written in 2007 and still shining like new:
The myth of dangerous human-caused climate change . My most sincere condolences to his family.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  Francis Massen
January 19, 2016 1:44 pm

excellent link, thanks
it was his clarity of though, writing, and speech that helped me and will be sorely missed
my condolences to his family and friends

January 19, 2016 1:35 pm

I went to see Dr Robert Carter in Sydney many years ago. I’ve also watched all his youtube lectures. In fact in my own journey back to climate sanity from the warmest side his reasoning and understanding was most probably the pivotal point.
To all his family and friends please accept my most sincere condolences.
Truly a great loss.

January 19, 2016 1:43 pm

Many years ago Bob helped me (via email) to respond to a rather silly local newspaper article about the terrible CAGW awaiting us in a few short years.
Since then I have read his columns, books etc and watched many of his youtube videos.
His passing is a shock and it will take an extraordinary person(s) to try and fill his shoes. Bob Carter RIP.

January 19, 2016 2:00 pm

Damn, to listen to him speak on any topic, especially climate change was such a joy. As he was a happy warrior I hope I can emulate him in some small way.

January 19, 2016 2:16 pm

Thanks, Anthony. Bob Carter left a tremendous legacy of scientific integrity and curiosity.
We will continue on the path he showed us,

January 19, 2016 2:16 pm

Sad news for all who are concerned with what is really happening in the climate scene. My contacts with Bob were solely via email, but were most helpful and encouraging to me. This news is a loss to us all. RIP, Bob.

bill young
January 19, 2016 2:17 pm

A few weeks ago I participated in a survey for a major Australian research company – lifestyle/beliefs etc. One question asked for the names of the three living persons I most respected. After considerable thought I wrote my answer. One of those names was Bob Carter. RIP.

January 19, 2016 2:18 pm

Wow this is a great shock and disappointment.
What I would say has been said many times already…
Legends live on!

January 19, 2016 2:24 pm

A wonderfully open and accessible person.
I’m sure that when the great question gets asked by future generations, ‘What did you do in the great CAGW debate Granddad?’ he will be seen as one of true scientists.

January 19, 2016 2:55 pm

Very sad to hear this news. You don’t often find individuals with the fortitude to stand against the crowd when their point of view contradicts the popular meme. Bob Carter was one such individual and he inspired many of us to hold our ground against the bullying majority when it is what we truly believe.

January 19, 2016 4:08 pm

One of the best. He will not be forgotten.

January 19, 2016 4:11 pm

So sad. I just read this. It was an article by Bob , over ten years ago, that got me interested and led the way down the path of skeptical climate analysis. I’ve watched almost all of his videos. I wish his passing was as much marked and drew the awareness that David Bowie and Glen Fry garnered. Funny how the public has such a skewed perspective . He always appeared to me to be a calm, lucid, knowledgable and a kind man. He left behind a lot of changed minds – a nobel legacy for anyone to aspire to.

Rosie Adams
January 19, 2016 4:15 pm

My heart weeps for the loss of this great New Zealander. I pass my condolences on to Bob’s gracious wife, Anne and whanau.
We were blessed to have Bob stay at our place when he had a speaking engagement in the Manawatu. Bob was a gentleman with a wicked sense of humour and despite his great intellect and knowledge, he had the ability to talk to an ordinary person as a friend.
A few months after Bob’s stay he was back in N.Z. and phone to ask if he could call in with his wife Anne. I made a batch of date scones, put the jug on and shared a lovely afternoon tea with Bob and Anne.
Bob you will always be remembered by us and in our prayers. R.I.P.

Reply to  Rosie Adams
January 19, 2016 4:54 pm

Bob was a scholar and a gentleman. In true Aussie fashion we are going to claim him as our own 🙂

John Whitman
Reply to  Rosie Adams
January 19, 2016 5:17 pm

Rosie Adams on January 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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Rosie Adams,
Thank you for the new word for family; ‘whanau’.

January 19, 2016 4:25 pm
January 19, 2016 4:40 pm

RIP Prof Bob Carter. Thank you for everything you did. Annie.

John Coleman
January 19, 2016 5:08 pm

My condolences to his family and friends.
The battle to correct that bad science behind the climate change frenzy will, I fear, outlive us all.

John Whitman
January 19, 2016 5:13 pm

I had the pleasure to meet Dr Robert Carter socially for a few moments at the Heartland Institute’s ICCC7 in Chicago in May 2012.
In his spoken words (talks and videos) and in his written words he was a calming civil presence, much like Richard Lindzen comes across. I respect that.
My thoughts go out to the many people he touched both intellectually and personally.

Geoff Lawrie
January 19, 2016 5:18 pm

When I first started to get skeptical of the global warming scam a few years ago, one of the first videos I found was of a talk Bob Carter gave. I was struck then by the man’s intelligence and obvious grounding in science. That video made sense to me and Bob’s commitment to data and verification by observation left me in no doubt that what he was saying was valid. After that I always looked for anything he posted and he continued to talk sense despite all the lunacy tossed up from the Alarmist side. Although I never met him in person, I just want to say “Thank you Bob”.

David Ball
January 19, 2016 5:26 pm

Rest in peace, Bob Carter. My condolences to the family.

John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia.
January 19, 2016 5:55 pm

R.I.P. Dr. Bob Carter, a great geologist and much more. A great loss to the geoscience community.

January 19, 2016 6:16 pm

I was at Bob and Anthony’s presentation in Brisbane when that odious local alarmist interrupted them both, heckled, spouted out lies, etc. Bob and Anthony both demonstrated the greatest degree of politeness and fairness to this oaf, even allowing him the microphone to say his bit (which they then demolished with absurd ease). Bob was so kind and fair, even to a flat-out hate-filled enemy! Quite apart from his expertise and mastery of his subject, his honesty and his human qualities set him apart from most of us. I think we can be assured that he has God’s blessings.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 20, 2016 2:52 am

I tend to forget his name – it brings his unpleasantness too much to the front of my mind. I was sitting there, in my mind saying to myself “Tell him where to get off, Bob!” But Bob (and you Anthony) were wiser than I was, and you both kept your cool. In the end the facts were so clear no one in the audience had any doubts at all where the truth lay.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 20, 2016 10:45 pm

Reef non-science Guy please.
He was part of the ENCORE program testing the proposal that reefs in Australia were affected by nutrient run-off from evil human activities like farming. At many multiples of any possible fertilizer concentration the reefs like an Aussie garden loved the nutrient. Needless to say the whole thing was buried in a less distinquished journal and the attacks on and regulation of farmers intensified. Not a peep from the ‘Oaf’.
A pin prick to the giant shadow of Bob Carter.

January 19, 2016 6:59 pm

Reblogged this on Public Secrets and commented:
This is indeed sad news. Carter wrote a marvelous book poking holes in the global warming “thesis” –Climate: the counter consensus– and was a stalwart on the side of climate realism and genuine science. May he rest in peace.

January 19, 2016 7:06 pm

Ah, our mate Bob. I read all the tributes here, so many has he impacted on in such a positive way. There is nothing I can write that has not been written as to how highly regarded Bob is, and was.
The thought now that comes back to mind, is that together, we all need to keep his work alive – keep pushing forward when the opportunity arises to quote the hard working Bob Carter, and to stay the course of scientifically based evidence.
Collectively “our” tribute to Bob and the sacrifices his family made and have endured, can be to push forward – Bob would love that, I am sure, to continue on the path way of science well founded.
As for his wicked sense of humour, his genuine mate ship and unwavering loyalty to those he called friend, how fortunate “we” have all been.
For me, I’ll just miss picking up the phone and saying “G’Day Mate” …so now, its ” I’ll be seeing you after mate, rest well.”

January 19, 2016 7:32 pm

My condolences to the Carter Family. Sad news indeed. Bob was a great man and he will be missed.

January 19, 2016 7:47 pm

As a layman had the pleasure/privilege of corresponding with Bob some years ago. An enormous loss to science. Condolences to his familly

Paul Bamford
January 19, 2016 8:07 pm

Dr. Robert Carter; Bob was a great teacher as he was able to take complex scientific data, and present them in such way, that they became obvious, and understandable to the man in the street. He spoke in ordinary language that anyone could follow, and he made the complex simple. Skeptics have lost an amazing asset. I have never had the pleasure to meet him in person, but have watched his videos many times, and the honesty, and passion he had for science was there for all to see. He never fought ignorance with aggression, but with friendly humour, and carefully explained data. He will be missed by hundreds of thousands of people like me; people that he never even knew. This is his greatest legacy, that he has had such a great effect on so many people right across the world, for his championship of scientific truth, and reason. Rest in peace Bob, I will miss you.

January 19, 2016 8:10 pm

I too had a tear in my eye as I read the terrible news. Best wishes to his family and thank you Bob.

January 19, 2016 10:07 pm

Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
Shattered. What a great man who stood up for science and the scientific method. An understanding of how science is supposed to work which fostered his belief that CAGW is the greatest scam on earth.
Your work will live in many. And you have touched many more.
Condolences to family and friends and to the scientific community as a whole.
A great loss.
R.I.P. Bob Carter

January 19, 2016 10:57 pm

I never met Bob Carter (sad to say), but I read his “Counter Consensus”, some of his papers, and watched several of his video presentations. He was clearly a gifted communicator and absolute champion of the scientific method, multiple-working hypotheses, and data-based assessments. By all the comments above, he was also a gentle man, and a gentleman with a sense of humor.
I would never compare my career in geology with that of Dr. Bob, but I know we would have shared a lot of common experiences that go hand-in-glove with the practice of field geology.
Good field geologists learn humility early on because the geologic record is inherently incomplete. Strata that appear to represent continuous deposition are rife with time-gaps, and fossils are poorly and incompletely preserved and likely non-representative of living faunal assemblages. As a paleontologist and stratigrapher, these data limitations were constantly part of Bob Carter’s analytical process in trying to explain the history of a pile of rocks. His work also involved interpretations of paleo-environmental conditions – from which I’m sure he developed an appreciation of the major environmental variations that impacted living organisms and drove evolution and extinctions. By contrast, climatic variations of the last few hundred years are clearly trivial.
The geologic record can be interpreted in many ways, but the observable facts cannot be denied. Smart people, guided by experience with many geologic situations, will devise the most credible interpretations of those facts. They will be able to explain their interpretations with conviction to diverse audiences because they have considered all the alternative interpretations and dismissed them for cause. I think Bob’s record shows he had that kind of mental acuity, and that’s why his presentations were so effective.
All of science should feel a significant loss with the untimely passing of Dr. Bob Carter. His life represents the best of the scientific method, well applied to significant questions of earth history. Let’s hope his accomplishments inspire future generations of inquisitive, rational, humble scientists.

January 19, 2016 11:31 pm

R.I.P. Bob Carter – a true gentleman of science.

January 19, 2016 11:43 pm

I will miss his cool candor and his solidarity. Bob was one of the reviewers assigned to my Hubert Lamb piece for GWPF. His comments were the most generous and most thoughtful of all the reviews. He often suggested the subtlest changes that made all the difference.

January 19, 2016 11:51 pm

Thankyou for all, Bob Carter, you will be missed!!! Truly sad.

January 20, 2016 12:09 am

RIP Dr Carter and condolences to his family. But the best and most effective way is to continue his legacy (as many have already done) is to use his works to advance the knowledge he has left us via the net to all the people that still do not get it. (yet).
I believe that is what he wants us to do and to me is the least we can do.

Eyal Porat
January 20, 2016 1:51 am

What a loss!
My thoughts with his wife and family.
He was a beacon of light in midst of darkness of ignorance and greed.
I loved watching him, peacefully dismantling every crazy and outrageous idea thrown at him. Answering with patience and ease to every absurd or hilarious questions asked.
Replying with calm and humor to his foaming in the mouths opponents.
A great figure in the debate has gone. Let the remaining stay in his footsteps. They are the true path to knowledge.
We will miss him.

Chris Schoneveld
January 20, 2016 2:37 am

So very very sad!

Ian Wilson
January 20, 2016 2:51 am

Bob Carter was painfully aware of the fact that the scientific integrity was being badly undermined by the false claims and predictions of the global warming alarmists. Despite this, he never lost faith in the belief that the public would eventually start questioning these claims and predictions if they were presented with a factual and holistic presentation of the climate data.
Bob was one of the first public speakers to lay out a broader contextual frame-work that allowed him to effectively collect together the many of the skeptical arguments that countered the alarmist’s pessimistic narrative. Blessed with calm and reassuring voice, it didn’t take Bob very long to convince an audience there was viable case in favor of questioning the illogical ramblings of the warming juggernaut.
He will be sorely missed!

January 20, 2016 3:02 am

Very sad day for science. He was a giant among us and will be missed.

Faye Busch
January 20, 2016 4:12 am

For an amateurish but passionate skeptic and a stickler for the truth, this is a sad day for me. Such a shock, it brought tears to my eyes. Although my connection with him was from afar, he mattered to me. He chose to get into the thick of the fight to represent people like myself who know when they are being taken for ride but haven’t the expertise to be listened to. When this chapter of the human race gets written in the history books, he will be one of the heroes.

January 20, 2016 4:24 am

This is hard – just learned of Bob Carter’s passing this morning.
A wonderful, honourable and intelligent man.
Condolences to his family.
Best to all, Allan

January 20, 2016 5:31 am

I had some small email correspondence some yrs back, just casual query
he was polite and informative.
and I ,as do many others here and elsewhere, will seriously miss that wonderful man
my condolences also to his wife and family
deeply missed RIP Bob

January 20, 2016 6:11 am

How sad to read. Bob was the best. I loved his lectures on youtube. Now, not more insightful lecture in person, either. We shall miss you.

January 20, 2016 6:29 am

Very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
I had the pleasure and honor to meet and talk with Bob Carter in Paris last december, at the ‘Day of Examining the Data’ organized by the Heartland Institute. Very kind man. He will be missed.

January 20, 2016 6:38 am

Mark Steyn has an article that’s well worth reading, see http://www.steynonline.com/7430/a-principled-man-in-a-corrupted-field

He was pleased by the success of our book, and I was hoping to see him somewhere en route during my Aussie tour next month. A great scientist and a courageous and honorable man, he was full of joy and steel-spined, exactly the chap, as James Delingpole said, “you want in the foxhole standing next to you”.

January 20, 2016 8:05 am

I missed this post. Sad news indeed.

January 20, 2016 8:05 am

Greatly saddened by his loss. It was Bob Carter’s presentations that opened my eyes to AGW. Truth always wins in the end and that was all he wanted – the truth.

January 20, 2016 9:20 am

I always wanted to attend one of Heartland’s ICCC gatherings to meet Bob Carter and to thank him for all that he has taught me about Climate Science. I have lost track of the number of videos and books authored by this man that I have either viewed or read.
In Bob’s memory we must press ahead, with renewed vigor, to present the truth about how the earth’s climate system functions. I said, “we”, but I really meant to say that those of you who have dedicated your lives to pursue the truth on this issue must now step up the pace. Bob Carter’s legacy can be preserved if you continue this fight. He would have wanted that!!

January 20, 2016 10:08 am

A huge loss to geology, climatology, and real science.
Back in 2007, I liked to send this around:

Watch this lecture by Prof. Bob Carter (Australia), in four parts (total time about 37 minutes):
Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOLkze-9GcI
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN06JSi-SW8
Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCXDISLXTaY
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpQQGFZHSno
This is what school kids, not to mention the press, should be watching, rather than unscientific propaganda from Al Gore.

/Mr Lynn

Reply to  L. E. Joiner
January 23, 2016 5:43 pm

Those lectures were some of first things I found after I decided to become an active skeptic. They, and Bob Carter, continue to influence my views.

January 20, 2016 11:15 am

A man of science

January 20, 2016 1:53 pm


G.S. Williams
January 20, 2016 2:02 pm

In offering my condolences to Mrs Carter and her family, may I thank her for sharing her husband, Bob, with the whole World. This is something very special.

January 20, 2016 2:52 pm

I just read the news (here and on JoNova) and uttered something unprintable aloud.
It’s been oft repeated by others here, but Prof Carter has been something of an inspiration and encouragement, and his patience in the face of the keepers of the cause a shining example; even if from a distance.
I’m dumbfounded to learn of his passing and sorry for the extraordinary loss his family must be feeling all too keenly.
I first saw Bob Carter on an ABC Q&A session shown after a surprising opportunity to watch ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ as inflight entertainment on a QANTAS flight. How he remained calm with Tony Jones kicking off with the question about ‘the obvious flaws in the movie’ and Karoly squawking repetatively like a demented galah when the studio audience were reminded by Prof Carter that the satellite temperature record is more reliable than tortured surface data and showed negligable warming, even back then in 2007.
Sense and reason has lost a champion and humanity has lost a gentleman.
We can’t let his tireless, selfless work go to waste.

Old Ranga
January 20, 2016 9:26 pm

Bob Carter’s articles in The Australian newspaper meant a great deal to me. What he said came across to this non-scientist as practical common sense, not just science. I felt I could trust what he said. With the religious green cult followers trying to shut Bob down, his was the still small voice that continued to cut through all the crap – with courtesy and conviction.
May I add my condolences to those already sent to his family.

Mr and Mrs David Hume
January 21, 2016 5:00 am

We are really very saddened by this news. We only met him once or twice but he has become an important part of our understanding of the science. We were deeply impressed by the warmth and strength of his character and his cheerful and patient response to the attacks of the ignorant. We are all a bit poorer without him.

Fed up with the sellouts
January 22, 2016 7:41 am

Good riddance. We’re a step closer to coming to our senses on climate change. Let’s just hope more of these unscrupulous energy-industry mouth-pieces die off. Enough with the the purposely sewing confusion using big tobacco’s tactics.

John Whitman
Reply to  Fed up with the sellouts
January 22, 2016 8:24 am

Fed up with the sellouts on January 22, 2016 at 7:41 am
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Fed up with the sellouts,
Your hate is primitive tribal fear at best. Consult your local tribe witch doctor’s prophesies, you might be varying from his approved dogmatic hate.

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