A Warming Arctic Would Not Cause Increased Severe Weather or Temperature Extremes

Guest essay by Chuck Wiese, Meteorologist, Weatherwise, Inc. This essay is a critique Francis and Vavrus (2012), hereinafter FV (2012), by atmospheric scientists Jennifer Francis from Rutgers University and Steve Vavrus of the University of Wisconsin. Their paper can be downloaded here: http://marine.rutgers.edu/~francis/pres/Francis_Vavrus_2012GL051000_pub.pdf and an updated version here: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/1/014005/pdf FV (2012) claims a measured decrease…

Use of Fear to Silence Climate Skeptics Is An Assault On Reason

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason. Both fear and reasoning are essential to human survival, but the relationship between them is unbalanced. Reason may sometimes dissipate fear, but fear frequently shuts down reason. As Edmund Burke wrote in England 20 years before the American Revolution,” no passion so…