Fraud, breach of right of privacy and libel by Nature Communications @NatureComms

Elisa de Ranieri, editor-in-chief, Nature Communications, David Gevaux, chief “physical-sciences” editor, Fiona Gillespie, managing editor, Jasper Franke, associate editor, “Earth team”, Alexander Michael Petersen, asst. professor, engineering, Emmanuel M. Vincent, “climate communications”, Anthony LeRoy Westerling

15 August 2019

Mesdames, gentlemen,

Fraud, breach of right of privacy and libel by Nature Communications

My attention has been drawn to a purported “peer-reviewed” “research” “study” for which the addressees hereof are jointly and severally responsible. Publication of the purported “study”, actively and widely marketed on the homepage of Nature Communications ( as well as on the co-authors’ websites and curricula vitae, is unlawful at criminal as well as at civil law.

The purported “study”, entitled Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians was prominently posted online by Nature Communications at

The journal, its editors named supra and the three authors of the purported “study” are guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by misrepresentation and by abuse of public trust on multiple counts evidenced later herein. Unless within seven days I shall have received from each of the addressees a written apology for their role in the fraud and an undertaking that the offending “study” has been removed permanently from all forms of circulation and will not be reissued under any circumstances or in any form, I shall report the fraud to the Serious Fraud Office, to the Chief Constable of South Gloucestershire, and to Interpol, and shall request that the addressees hereof be added to the list of those under investigation for scientific and financial fraud in connection with the systemic and profitable international over-promotion of the imagined problem of “global warming”.

The said defendants are guilty of breach of my right to privacy in terms of Art. 8, European Human Rights Convention in their widespread circulation without having obtained or even sought my consent (which is for the avoidance of doubt withheld) of a list, including my name, of those described on the Nature Communications homepage as “climate deniers” and in the offending “study” variously as “denialists”, “contrarians” and other derogatory terms calculated in context to lead readers to hold me in hatred, ridicule and contempt. I require within seven days a written undertaking from each addressee that the list will not be further circulated, that each addressee will at once contact all those into whose hands he or she has allowed it to fall and instruct them to destroy the list and to pass on the instruction to all to whom they may have distributed it.

The said defendants are guilty of libel calculated to be to my detriment on multiple counts evidenced later herein. Unless within seven days I shall have received from each of the addressees a written apology in terms entirely acceptable to me as well as an undertaking that the libels herein complained of will not be repeated, and unless within that time the apology and undertaking shall have replaced the offending “study” on the homepage of Nature Communications, I may without further notice institute proceedings for libel against the said defendants, with applications for service furth of the jurisdiction where necessary.

The rebarbative marketing blurb for the purported “study”, prominently accessible via a direct link from the homepage of Nature Communications, reads as follows:

“Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study

“Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fuelling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday.

“From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to ‘natural’ causes got 50% more ink than an equal number of expert scientists, according to a study in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal.

“In reality, there has long been overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that global warming – caused mainly by burning fossil fuels – poses a major threat to civilisation and much of life on Earth.

“An increase of only 1 C° had triggered rising seas and a crescendo of deadly extreme weather, and Earth is on track to heat up another three degrees by century’s end.

“‘Climate change contrarians have successfully organised a strong voice within politics and science communication,’ noted the authors, led by Alexander Petersen of the University of California at Merced.

“‘It also undermines the credible authority of career climate change scientists and reinforces the trend of climate change contrarians presiding over public scientific discourse.’

“Over the last year, public concern over global warming has grown dramatically, sparked in part by an October UN report warning that only a wholesale overhaul of the global economy and consumption patterns can forestall climate chaos.

“In Europe, green parties running on a platform of climate action gaining nearly two dozen seats in EU parliamentary elections. Climate protesters drawing from the civil disobedience playbook of Martin Luther King and Gandhi, meanwhile, have spilled into the streets.

“Sowing doubt

“In the United States, a call for climate action has become a litmus test among Democrat candidates for president, and many young people have rallied around the legislative initiative known as the Green New Deal.

“A handful of western governments have pledged to slash carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by mid-century.

“But even today, established media continue to provide platforms for dubious or discredited assertions about global warming.

“Last week, for example, US business magazine Forbes published an article on its website entitled Global warming? An Israeli astrophysicist provides alternative view that is not easy to reject.

“The ‘alternative view’ – that warming is caused by the Sun and not CO2 emissions – is thoroughly discredited, and the magazine was compelled within hours to remove the piece.

“In testimony last month before the US Senate that took on confessional tones, long-time Republican Party strategist Frank Luntz revealed a key moment nearly 20 years ago in the campaign to blunt action against global warming.

“‘You need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate,’ he told party operatives in a memo during George W. Bush’s first term in office.

“The disquieting term ‘global warming’, he further suggested, should be replaced with ‘climate change’.

“‘I’m here before you to say that I was wrong in 2001,’ he told a Senate committee.

In the new study, Petersen and colleagues scanned 100,000 news items published from 2000 through 2016 for bylines, citations and mentions of 386 scientists, and 386 ‘contrarians’.

“‘Tallying across all media sources we find climate change contrarian media visibility to be 49% greater than climate change visibility,’ they wrote.

The imbalance was made worse by the amplifying effect of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, they added.”

The blurb gives rise to the following counts of fraud:

1. The defendants’ statement that “In reality, there has long been overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that global warming – caused mainly by burning fossil fuels – poses a major threat to civilisation and much of life on Earth” constitutes fraud by misrepresentation and fraud by abuse of public trust, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, in that 1) the official “consensus” proposition as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says no more than that recent global warming is chiefly anthropogenic, and says nothing about whether it is dangerous; and 2) of 11,944 peer-reviewed papers on global warming and related topics published after peer review in the learned journals of climate and related sciences during the 21 years 1991-2011, only 41 papers, or 0.3%, stated their agreement even to that milquetoast “consensus” proposition (Legates et al. 2015); and 3) the factually false notion of a “consensus” among “experts”, the notion that underlies, underpins and animates the entire fraud, is a conflation of the ancient logical fallacies of argumentum ad populum and argumentum ad verecundiam (the headcount and reputation fallacies); and 4) the imagined (and imaginary) “major threat to civilization and much of life on Earth” is not occurring, as the defendants well know, for the rate of global warming from 1850 to 2011, the year to which IPCC data were updated for the most recent Assessment Report, was only one-third of the medium-term rate originally predicted by IPCC in 1990; and 5) tens of millions die each year for lack of electrical power, because the World Bank in 2010, citing “global warming” as its pretext, ceased to lend to developing countries for the installation of coal-fired power, yet the defendants, in the offending blurb, made no mention of the fact that it is global-warming policy, not global warming itself, that is the real killer, and 6) the defendants made no mention of the numerous benefits of anthropogenic CO2 enrichment, not the least of which are the availability of life-saving electrical power and the 7-15% increase in net primary productivity of trees and plants worldwide thanks to CO2 fertilization.

2. The defendants’ statement that “An increase of only 1 C° had triggered rising seas and a crescendo of deadly extreme weather” constitutes fraud by misrepresentation and fraud by abuse of public trust, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, in that 2) according to the Envisat satellite, the most capable sea-level monitoring satellite, which operated from 2004-2012, the rate of sea-level rise over the period of operation was equivalent to 1.5 inches/century, which, within the error margin, is no sea-level rise at all; 3) according to Cazenave et al. (2009), sea level actually fell between 2003 and 2008, but was reported as having risen on the basis of a “glacial isostatic adjustment” which, whether justified or not (probably not) does not and did not constitute an actual sea-level rise; 3) the intercalibration errors between the different laser-altimetry satellites are larger than the sea-level rise the satellites purport to measure; 4) careful comparison of tide-gauge and satellite-altimetry sea-level records worldwide has demonstrated that everywhere the true rate of eustatic sea-level rise, after careful correction for local isostatic displacements of the seabed, is only 1.1 mm/year, equivalent to just over 4 inches per century; 5) a sea-level rise of 4 inches per century is half the rate of rise observed in the 20th century.

3. The defendants’ statement that “An increase of only 1 C° had triggered … a crescendo of deadly extreme weather” constitutes fraud by misrepresentation and by abuse of public trust, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, in that the defendants knew that 1) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had stated repeatedly and explicitly in its 2013 Fifth Assessment Report and in its 2012 Special Report on Extreme Weather that there was little or no evidence for what the defendants chose to mischaracterize as a “crescendo of deadly extreme weather”; 2) the global land area under drought has fallen throughout the past 30 years (Hao et al. 2014); 3) the Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index shows a decline in the frequency, intensity and duration of hurricanes and of tropical storms worldwide (Dr Ryan Maue, Florida State University); 4) loss of life from weather-related events has plummeted throughout the recent decades; 5) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its 2013 and 2012 reports cited at 1) supra, states that there is no evidence for a greater risk of flooding or rainstorms; 5) the acreages burned in forest fires have declined monotonically in each decade of the 20th century and in the first decade of the 21st; 6) ocean “acidification” is a scientific impossibility under anything like modern conditions, for the ocean is pronouncedly alkaline and dealkalinization, in the few locations where it has been measured, is proceeding at a hardly life-threatening 0.2 pH units per century.

4. The defendants’ statement that “Earth is on track to heat up another three degrees by century’s end” constitutes fraud by misrepresentation and by abuse of public trust, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, in that the defendants knew that 1) the observed rate of global warming from 1850-2011 is one-third of the medium-term rate originally predicted by IPCC in 1990; 2) the observed period rate of global warming is well below half the expected rate consistent with official estimates of net anthropogenic radiative forcing and of radiative imbalance over the period; 3) the headline predicted global-warming rate of 3.35 K per CO2 doubling (based on data in Andrews et al. 2012) is almost two and a half times the rate deducible from the system-gain factors implicit in 21st-century projections even under the deliberately extreme RCP8.5 scenario.

5. The defendants’ statement that “The ‘alternative view’ – that warming is caused by the Sun and not CO2 emissions – is thoroughly discredited …” constitutes fraud by misrepresentation and by abuse of public trust, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, in that the defendants knew that numerous papers on solar activity, such as Hathaway & Wilson 2004, show a very clear increase in solar activity from 1925-1995, to levels not seen in the past 300 years, and that this increase in solar activity is linked to an increase in total solar irradiance and hence in global temperatures, and that since 2004 the datasets of total solar irradiance have been altered with the effect of removing much of that increase in solar activity from the record, and that at least one of the handful of solar physicists responsible for the alterations said they had been made so as to prevent “deniers” from pointing out that much, if not all, of the global warming of recent decades was attributable to solar activity.

The blurb gives rise to at least the following counts of libel, given the widespread circulation of my name by the defendants on the list of those whom they describe as “deniers”, a term calculated to invite invidious comparison with Holocaust denial:

1. The defendants’ use of the word “denial” twice (once in the headline and once in the opening sentence of the blurb) – constitutes libel in its deliberately false implication that I and others on the list circulated by the defendants deny well-established scientific facts, when – as will be self-evident from the well-referenced paragraphs outlining the defendants’ frauds supra – my objections to the Party Line climate to which the defendants choose to adhere are not, as their adherence thereto is, merely political, but instead rigorously scientific.

2. The defendants’ use of the phrase “Sowing doubt” in a prominent subheading in the blurb constitutes libel in its deliberately false implication that I among others named on the list circulated by the defendants are adopting a political stance opposite to that of the defendants, and that we are dishonestly causing deliberate confusion in the public mind, when in fact my own work on climate, which includes numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading journals somehow not identified in the defendants’ careless purported “study”, raises genuine and profound scientific and economic concerns about the Party Line to which the defendants adhere.

3. The defendants’ use of the phrase “dubious or discredited assertions about global warming” in the blurb constitutes libel in its deliberately false implication that I among others named on the list circulated by the defendants are dishonestly attempting to mislead the public, and in its deliberately false implication that all of my published statements about the climate have been discredited. Let us take a single example: I am on record as having pointed out that, in control theory, the branch of engineering physics from which climatology borrows feedback method, such feedback processes as may subsist in a feedback-moderated dynamical system must perforce respond not only to any perturbations of the input signal but also to the entire reference signal, which is the sum of the input signal and any perturbations. However, it is not difficult to calculate that the 3.35 K official midrange estimate of Charney sensitivity in the CMIP5 models (Andrews op. cit.) is predicated on the assumption that, while the 10 K directly-forced or reference sensitivity to the preindustrial noncondensing greenhouse gases is imagined to engender a 22.5 K feedback response (i.e., a response more than twice itself), the 274 K emission temperature that would be present in the absence of any greenhouse gases would engender a feedback response of zero. That is a large and self-evident but hitherto overlooked contradiction within the Party Line to which the defendants inexpertly adhere. Resolving that contradiction constrains Charney sensitivity to between 1 and 1.4 K – an interval entirely below the [1.5, 4.7] K interval currently imagined by IPCC and the CMIP5 models. The corrected warming, therefore, will be small, slow, harmless and net-beneficial. Even if it were the fact that official climatology’s “consensus” of “experts” had hitherto considered [1.5, 4.7] K to be a reasonable interval, the “consensus” would be incorrect and the experts – to that extent, at any rate, inexpert. The defendants have carelessly – and, in the event, libellously – assumed that the Party Line is in all respects correct, when in fact, in at least the respects outlined herein, it is demonstrably incorrect. The defendants’ libel is thus fundamentally dishonest and deliberately so, in that none of them has sufficient expertise in climatology or in any related subject to pronounce as they have pronounced to the effect that the Party Line must be in all material respects correct, and yet they have seen fit to pontificate in a fashion calculated deliberately to damage the reputations of those on the list they have carelessly circulated, including my name.

4. The defendants’ telling of the story of a Republican who had at first opposed the Party Line on climate and has now changed his mind was calculated, in association with the list of names including mine that the defendants had widely circulated, to convey the false impression that we too ought to confess our past sins and toe the Party Line to which they so faithfully and yet so inexpertly adhere, and to leave readers with the notion that it was only wilful dishonesty on our part that was leading us to make the allegedly “dubious” (but carefully unspecified) statements of which the defendants accused us in their prominently-circulated blurb.

The purported “study” contrasted “386 prominent contrarians” with “386 expert scientists”, and concluded that “professional mainstream sources” of news had been subjected to “crowding out” by –

“the proliferation of new media sources, many of which contribute to the production and consumption of climate change disinformation at scale. These results demonstrate why climate scientists should increasingly exert their authority in scientific and public discourse, and why professional journalists and editors should adjust the disproportionate attention given to contrarians.”

The above passage constitutes libel of me as well as others named in the list circulated by the defendants, in that we are held to be guilty of deliberate “disinformation”. In fact, as the numerous references supra demonstrate, I have good scientific and economic reason to disagree with certain aspects of the Party Line to which the defendants adhere. What is more, the above passage constitutes evidence of malice, in that the defendants declare their determination to prevent those of us who have genuine scientific and economic doubts about the Party Line from gaining access to the news media in future. This and other evidences of malice on the part of the defendants, including the defendants’ circulation of the list of names including mine, removes the protection granted by Parliament to those who commit libels in “peer-reviewed” “studies”.

The “study” asserts that –

“Since the early 2000s there has been little disagreement among scientific experts over the fundamental evidence supporting the existence, origin and societal significance of anthropogenic climate change. Yet, while an anthropogenic cause is supported by an overwhelming majority of climate change scientists, climate change contrarians have successfully organized a strong voice within politics and science communication in the United States.

The above passage is further evidence of the fraud by which the defendants, in concert with others worldwide, have sought falsely to maintain that there is a “consensus” among scientists – a “consensus” that they know does not in fact exist and that they know would be meaningless even if it did exist, for science is not done by “consensus” among “experts”.

“Historians of science have detailed the political origins of the climate change contrarian movement, documenting how its strategic efforts succeeded in distorting the science-based narrative on multiple fronts, e.g., by promoting the idea that there is a lack of scientific consensus concerning anthropogenic climate change, despite the fact that objective research has found little evidence for such a claim.”

The above passage is a further instance of the defendants’ fraudulent statement to the effect that the actually non-existent scientific “consensus” on climate change exists. In fact, there are thousands upon thousands of peer-reviewed papers on climate and related topics that challenge various key aspects of the Party Line to which the defendants adhere. The defendants know these papers exist. Yet they have received financial grants to write their fraudulent paper suggesting that these papers do not exist. To take one example, the Party Line to which the defendants inexpertly adhere states that there was no mediaeval warm period. Yet on this topic alone the investigating authorities are already aware of more than 1000 papers demonstrating that the mediaeval warm period was real, was global and was warmer than the present. In many other subject areas related to climate change, thousands upon thousands of papers question every aspect of the Party Line. Indeed, in mitigation economics the overwhelming preponderance of papers – including papers by me – make it clear that the welfare loss from attempted mitigation of global warming exceeds by orders of magnitude the welfare benefit that might be expected.

The above cited passage also reinforces the libel of me and others named in the list circulated by the defendants, in that it accuses us of “distortion” of the “science-based narrative”, when in fact my disagreement with the Party Line to which the defendants adhere is scientific, and soundly-based at that, as the defendants well know.

The purported “study” goes on to assert that that –

“Public confusion over science affects various other domains, in addition to climate change communication, and requires a better understanding of the human, social, and technological factors that facilitate widespread disinformation efforts.”

Note how assiduously, deliberately, and, therefore, maliciously the defendants repeat the word “disinformation” in a manner calculated to act to the detriment of my reputation and of that of others on the list of names of “denialists / deniers / contrarians” widely circulated by the defendants.

The purported “study” also talks of –

“… media coverage that is disproportionate to the authority and number of scientists holding the consensus viewpoint. Recent research highlights the ramifications of this problem, finding that the acceptance of climate change increases (respectively decreases) with consumption of media content that acknowledges (respectively dismisses) climate-change realities, other factors being equal. Susceptibility to information manipulation may continue to be a serious problem until society fully adapts to managing the sheer range and volume of new media sources.”

The above passage compounds and deepens the defendants’ “consensus” fraud, and also compounds and deepens the libel to the effect that I and others on the list circulated by the defendants are dishonestly disseminating disinformation, in that the defendants here talk of the allegedly “serious problem” of “information manipulation” of which those they have named are supposedly guilty.

The purported “study” says –

“… contrarians have strategically shifted away from their external narrative – initially based upon challenging fundamental tenets of climate change science (e.g. its anthropogenic origins), thereby positioning themselves as skeptics with legitimate scientific motives for dissent – to instead challenging assessments of climate-change impacts in an effort to impede the development of proactive regulations. However, a separate large-scale analysis of internal documents from 19 contrarian organizations shows that the inward contrarian narrative is still rather focused on climate-change science, with the relative frequency of science-related topics increasing relative to policy-related topics over the period 2009-2013.”

Here, a new libel is introduced. This time, the defendants say that I and others on the list they have circulated are to some extent abandoning scientific opposition to the Party Line and retreating towards challenging the imagined (and, to a striking degree, actually imaginary) adverse impacts of global warming. They then retreat from their own position to some degree. Yet they suggest that I and others on the list are making “an effort to impede the development of proactive regulations”.

The purported “study” describes the 386 “prominent” “expert” “scientists” it has chosen as serving as –

“an objective measurement baseline for juxtaposing visibility in the media with authority in the scientific domain”.

Later, the “study” says –

“These prominent scientists, many are pre-eminent climate change experts with distinguished careers spanning several decades, serve as a size-balanced comparison group.”

Here, the defendants repeat and reinforce their libel to the effect that I and others on the list they have so widely circulated are mere “contrarians”, while their own “objective” list are “experts”. Yet the defendants know full well that many of those on the list they have circulated have considerable expertise that is the equal of that possessed by those on their favoured list of “scientific experts”.

The purported “study” says that the –

“disproportionate media visibility of contrarian arguments and actors not only misrepresents the distribution of expert-based beliefs, it also manifestly undermines the credible authority of career climate-change-science experts and reinforces the trend of climate-change contrarians presiding over public scientific discourse, which all together hinders prospects for rapid public action on climate change.”

Here the libel that the “contrarians”, such as me and other on the list circulated by the defendants, are inexpert is repeated, and the suggestion is made that we “hinder prospects for rapid public action on climate change”. Yet the defendants know full well that there is no scientific need for such action, and no economic case for it. They are pretending that the Party Line to which they adhere is the only permissible scientific and economic position.

The purported “study” then describes those with whom its authors disagree as represented by the term –

“… ‘climate skeptic’, a broad term that collectively refers to contrarians and denialists, and also conventional scientific skeptics who are driven by more legitimate motives for dissent. For this reason, we focus on a select set of contrarians who have publicly and repeatedly demonstrated their adamant counterposition on climate-change issues – as extensively documented by the DeSmog project, a long-standing effort to document climate disinformation efforts associated with numerous contrarian institutions and individual actors.”

Here, the defendants’ malice is again evident. They use the word “denialists”, just as they had used the word “deniers” in the heading and in the opening paragraph of their widely-circulated publicity blurb.

A further evidence of malice is the defendants’ choice of the “deSmog” project as though it were a reliable source of information about “denialists” such as me and others on the list the defendants have circulated so widely. The “deSmog” project was founded and funded by one Lefebvre, a convicted internet-gaming fraudster whom a court, some years ago, ordered to refund some $185 million in ill-gotten gains to the hapless gamblers upon whom he had preyed. It is, on any view, a disreputable and unreliable source, as is evidenced by the hate-filled, venomous tone of its attacks upon those of us who have dared to question the Party Line on climate.

The purported “study” complains that its methods –

“… cannot fully explain how non-scientific experts are able to compete with scientific experts in the attention economy facilitated by the media.”

The above statement is a further evidence of the defendants’ fraud. The defendants know perfectly well that scientific discourse is only discourse if both sides of the argument are permitted to put forward their case. They know perfectly well that journals such as Nature take an extremist political view on questions such as climate and have a policy of refusing either to entertain any papers questioning the Party Line in any fundamental degree or even to entertain pre-submission enquiries – such as the enquiry that I had myself submitted to Nature only a few weeks ago, asking whether the group would be interested in a paper from my team explaining that the predictions of global warming that had proven exaggerated when compared with observation or with expectation or even with one another were exaggerated because climatology had perpetrated a fundamental error of physics. They know, therefore, that those scientists willing to toe the Party Line can get their nonsense published much more easily than those of us who question the Party Line. That fact undermines the defendants’ entire case for the significance of the fact that their chosen “objective” list of “expert” “scientists” have published more papers than their chosen list of “deniers”, “denialists” and “contrarians”. Of course they have published more papers than we: for the journals – the Nature group being an example – will not even look at, let alone review, still less publish, papers that fundamentally question the Party Line to which the defendants adhere.

The purported “study” says –

“… disproportionate visibility – or false balancing – is likely to mislead public perception, suggesting falsely that within the scientific community there is parity in the number of scientists who do and do not agree on the fundamental issues of anthropogenic climate change.”

See how heavily the defendants lean, again and again, on their notion of “consensus”. In fact, the number of peer-reviewed scientific papers stating no position on the question whether recent warming is chiefly anthropogenic exceeds 30-fold the number of peer-reviewed papers stating that recent warming is chiefly anthropogenic. The defendants know this perfectly well. Yet they claim, falsely and fraudulently, that the “consensus” supports the Party Line to which they adhere, when it does not.

The “study” says –

“A common theme in the climate-change communication literature is false balance, representing how the journalists tradition of balancing sources across opposing views gives rise in the case of climate change to an inaccurate representation, one that falsely suggests that there is a balanced debate between equally-sized groups.

From the point of view of a plaintiff such as I, the above passage is further evidence of the defendants’ malice. The defendants are sullenly determined to prevent those who disagree with the Party Line from being allowed any access to the news media. They are wilfully, and fraudulently, attempting to choke off all dissent by deciding and declaring, aprioristically and contrary to what they know to be the truth, that to report anything but the Party Line to which they adhere is to be guilty of “false balance”. In fact, the group of peer-reviewed papers not endorsing the “consensus” position is far, far larger than the group endorsing it. But that mere fact does not stop the defendants from fraudulently demanding – in what purports to be a “peer-reviewed” “research” “study” but is in reality a party political broadcast for the defendants’ extremist, totalitarian viewpoint – that journalists and editors should censor what is, in the journals, the majority view to the effect that we cannot be sure that global warming is chiefly anthropogenic. The fact that that is the majority view, even though journals such as the Nature group have done their malevolent worst only to reflect the defendants’ Party Line in their pages, shows just how little true “consensus” there really is. Indeed, the notion that totalitarians should peddle the idea that there is a consensus, that the debate is over and that the West must be made to suffer for its imagined “climate debt” was first promulgated by a Communist front group in the United Kingdom in 2006. It was rapidly picked up by similar groups worldwide and has been the Party Line ever since.

The purported “study” discusses its “results” thus –

“Climate change is a wicked multidimensional problem, whereby individual dimensions – i.e., environmental, socio-economic, technological, science communication – while separately challenging, together pose the 21st century’s pre-eminent grand challenge. In this regard, a public that is unaware of the realities and risks associated with climate change poses a threat to society and planet by undercutting strenuous global efforts to rapidly mitigate threats to the planet’s biosphere.”

Climate change is actually a simple question, as the defendants well know, but they and many others in academe are fraudulently profiteering by pretending that the question is complex. The question is this: How much warming are we likely to cause? The answer, on the evidence to date, is “about a third of what had originally been predicted”. Given that the exaggerated predictions of global warming are based on a monstrous error of physics, there is no legitimate scientific cause for alarm. Given that most if not all of the warming is attributable to the Sun, and that the tampering with the irradiance record to suggest otherwise can be proven, and that the radiosonde data show none of the radiative imbalance that would suggest a large rather than a minuscule feedback response, the actual human contribution to global warming will not be more than one-third of current midrange estimates, and may be considerably less than that. Therefore, the defendants’ relentless and malevolent – though very profitable – insistence that global warming “poses a threat to society and planet” has no scientific foundation whatsoever, and they know it. Professor Mörner has rightly characterized the Party Line on climate as “the greatest fraud ever perpetrated”.

The purported “study” says –

“Indeed, communicating authoritative information about the risks of inaction is crucial for achieving global action.”

And here is an open admission on the part of the defendants that they are peddling a political Party Line rather than writing a legitimate scientific study. The economic consequences of the defendants’ implicit acceptance of global-warming projections that are now proven excessive are severe. Stern (2006) took clip_image002 mid-range estimated warming by 2100 as driving a welfare loss of clip_image004clip_image006 of global GDP (cf. clip_image008clip_image010 in IPCC (2013). The clip_image012 upper bound ibid., assuming a clip_image014 pure rate-of-time discount rate that gave “a clip_image016 chance of the planet not seeing out this century” (Dietz et al. 2007), drove a clip_image018-of-GDP extinction-level loss. Adding clip_image020 per-capita consumption growth without climate change gave a clip_image022 mean social discount rate (cf. clip_image024 in Garnaut 2008), against a clip_image026 minimum market discount rate (Murphy 2008; Nordhaus 2008). Since the probability of extinction is actually nil, submarket discount rates are unjustifiable. Even before allowing for the scientific error identified supra, at the midrange clip_image028 discount rate applied over the 21st century, Stern’s clip_image006[1]-of-GDP welfare loss would become only clip_image030 (or clip_image014[1] for no net loss until preindustrial temperature is exceeded by clip_image032), while his clip_image018[1]-of-GDP loss would fall to clip_image010[1] (clip_image034).

The World Bank cites global warming as its reason for refusing in principle to fund coal, oil and gas projects in developing countries, where denying electricity to 1.3 billion people shortens lifespans by clip_image036 years. After the corrections proposed here, anthropogenic warming will be small, slow and net-beneficial. Globally, a policy rethink is advisable. There is certainly no case whatsoever for the “global action” that the defendants profiteer by advocating.

The purported “study” describes those who disagree with it as follows –

“In particular, by contrarians we refer to individuals frequently sources by institutions denying the documented realities of climate change and its consequences and/or individuals who have personally expressed inaccurate statements.”

See how the defendants cannot conceal their malice. Yet again the word “denying” appears. Now they say that those who disagree with the Party Line to which they adhere, including me and others named in the list they have so widely circulated, are “denying the documented realities of climate change and its consequences”, when the defendants know full well that it is they who are denying the realities that global warming has been far slower than had been predicted, and that even if it were to occur at anything like the originally-predicted or currently-predicted rate any attempts to mitigate it would constitute a crippling, global net welfare loss.

The purported “study” concludes thus –

“Research shows that journalists often quote contrarians either to infuse objectivity or to dismiss their position outright. Yet these approaches also detract attention from the relevant climate-change narrative and provide the counterproductive impression that there is something substantial in contrarian arguments to be debated. Thus, the time has arrived for professional journalists and editors to ameliorate the disproportionate attention given to climate-change contrarians by focusing instead on career experts and relevant calls to action.”

Here, the defendants recite yet again what that Communist front group proclaimed as the Party Line well over a decade ago: the science is settled (when the defendants know it is not); the consensus is near-unanimous (when the defendants know that it is limited only to the question what fraction of global warming is anthropogenic, and that on that question the defendants are in a tiny, insignificant majority that they are fraudulently presenting as though it were an “overwhelming” majority); and we must act (when in fact we must not act, for if we act we cause needless economic and environmental damage).

With good reason, then, I reiterate the requests set forth at the beginning of this letter. I shall expect answers from each defendant within seven days of the date of this letter.

Yours faithfully,


Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

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August 16, 2019 11:46 am

Sadly, judging from previous experience, this effort has no teeth and nothing will happen.

Reply to  Leif Svalgaard
August 16, 2019 1:33 pm

Whether something happens in the civil courts is in the hands of those defamed since they will need to issue actual proceedings. I have no doubt that those on the list have been defamed and that malice is self evident (but I am not a libel lawyer so this does not constitute legal advice). Defamatory statements are an exception to the right of free speech.
As regards criminal matters, it is not clear that those responsible for the ‘Nature’ piece do themselves benefit directly and financially from the incorrect assertions made in support of the AGW hypothesis and so any criminal case against them will need some additional evidence in support.
The authorities are likely to decline criminal action on the grounds that the statements in the article are within the realm of free speech.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 16, 2019 1:57 pm

I am not sure what qualifications, if any, Mr Svalgaard has, but he certainly has none in law. Mr Wilde, however, is a lawyer, and he reacts as a typical juror in a libel trial would react: those on the defendants’ hate-list have been defamed, and the defendants have repeatedly evidenced malice.

Mr Wilde is right that the public investigating and prosecuting authorities would – if this were an isolated case – be minded to use the free-speech cop-out. However, this is not an isolated case, and substantial files are building up in the offices of police forces worldwide about the frsaudulent promotion for financial and political advantage of a more extreme presentation of the climate question than objective science would justify.

Furthermore, in the United Kingdom we have the right to sue for fraud in a civil action. The case will be heard by a circuit judge, who will decide on such legal questions as whether the journal has profited by deception in misleading its readers in the claim on its website that it publishes quality science; whether the authors have profited by deception in lying to the effect that only the scientists who agree with the Party Line on climate are true scientists; whether they have profited by deception in falsely accusing those on the hate-list of taking the shilling of fossil-fuel corporations; whether they have profited by deception in falsely comparing us with Holocaust deniers; whether they have profited by deception in misrepresenting the imagined (and imaginary) “consensus” and in pretending that science is done by consensus when it is not; etc., etc.

It is when this case is taken with many others that have been reported to the authorities that matter become ever more interesting. Nor need we wait very much longer. Even if our own paper drawing attention to a large error of physics perpetrated by climatology does not find favor with the journals, there are two other papers in preparation by associates of ours. One will reveal (and Mr Svalgaard will not like this) that solar activity indeed increased significantly from about 1925-1995, accounting for much of the warming from the 1980s to the present, and that there is evidence that one or two members of the small community of solar physicists have deliberately altered the data to try to conceal this fact; another will reveal that the much-vaunted “radiative imbalance” contrived by the usual suspects as a device to try to bring observation into line with exaggerated prediction does not in fact exist. Either of these two papers is enough to bring the climate scam to an end. Once it is clear to all that those who have been trying to stifle debate on the climate question have no shred of scientific justification, expect the files to be dusted off and organized in the police offices, and prosecutions to begin in earnest. This is a long game, and I have worked at a high enough level in government to know exactly how it is played.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 8:14 pm

As much as I admire you, Christopher, the police will not involve themselves in scientific nor political spats.

Reply to  Dave Fair
August 17, 2019 12:17 am

Mr Fair is incorrect. Some weeks ago, on a visit to Scotland, I spent the weekend with an eminent lawyer who, among other things, advises HM Government. We sat under the south-facing portico of his Robert Adam country house, overlooking the rolling fields at the foot of the Highland Line, and I discussed with him the manner in which peer reviewers had treated our paper demonstrating the error of physics underlying the false case for large and dangerous (rather than small, slow, harmless and net-beneficial) global warming.

His eyes widened as I told him that not one of the reviewers had actually reviewed the paper; that one had reviewed only an ancillary document which he had not realized had been prepared by a leading government laboratory at my request; that another had written that he had found the conclusions of our paper uncongenial and had not read the equations that justified it; that an editor had refused the paper because he could not “find anyone competent to review it”; etc.

I told him of a number of other aspects of the climate fraud, including the “97% consensus” fraud, where Queensland Police had found that a deception had taken place, though on political grounds they had not prosecuted.

He thought for a few moments and said, “Come with me.” We went into his dining-room. There, at the center of a vast, mahogany dining table, stood a statue of a police officer. He said, “I’ve been raising money for police charities for 25 years. When you’re ready, send me everything and I’ll see to it that it gets taken seriously. What you have told me cannot be allowed to continue.”

No, it can’t. 1.3 billion worldwide have no access to electricity – “access” being defined by the International Energy Agency as no more than the capacity to switch on a single 60-Watt lightbulb for 4 hours a day. Tens of millions die each year for lack of electrical power. Life expectancy in countries with little or no electricity is 15 years less than in the well-lit West. Yet the World Bank refuses to lend for coal, oil or gas extraction, or for coal-fired power stations – the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable and most easily maintainable form of continuous, base-load power on Earth. And why? Because global warming.

Yet global warming is not occurring at even one-third of the originally predicted rate – and yet the self-appointed arbiters of what may and may not be discussed, researched or published say that those of us who ask questions about the gaping discrepancy between exaggerated prediction and harmless, beneficial reality should be shunned. It is time that someone spoke up for the dying millions.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 12:31 am

I have recently prepared a paper aided by a modelling expert which shows clearly that a greenhouse effect can occur with no radiating gases present just from the mass of an atmosphere conducting and convecting.
It was rejected for publication without even a review and one of the grounds was that it did not accord with consensus science.
On that basis science would never progress.
It has however been published by several sceptic sites and is available on Researchgate.
There is a powerful lobby blocking new science on climate related matters whenever it does not fit the preferred narrative.

Reply to  Dave Fair
August 17, 2019 9:33 am

Mr Wilde is correct that the climate Communists have now realized they are scientifically incorrect, not least because the world is not warming at more than about a third of the originally-predicted rate, notwithstanding increases in CO2 concentration that exceed the originally-predicted business-as-usual rate. So they now shut down all science – however sound – that contradicts the Party Line. Governments are too scientifically illiterate to stop them, and the climate Communists have the backing of journalistic Communists who are incapable of questioning the Party Line, either ideologically or intellectually.

But we shall defeat them, and we shall do it by science.

Jaap Titulaer
Reply to  Dave Fair
August 17, 2019 10:09 am

A civil libel suit does not involve the police.
This clearly is libel, and the malice is there clearly, hence this suit can’t be tossed in UK courts.
Ergo, unless they bail, this will end up in UK courts and from what I have read I can only conclude that the defendants chances are quite poor.

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 11:45 am


Your above letter and subsequent responses to comments are excellent.

Sadly, as I think you know, there is little I can now do to help except to provide supporting information and evidence. However, I will do what I can if you tell me what you want.

For example, I note that you are thinking of taking action in Gloucestershire and I was resident in Cheltenham when I tried to publish the paper discussed in an email leaked by climategate and reported in Hansard here


Ken Butcher
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 24, 2019 1:48 pm

The increased solar radiation in the late 20th century was the reason that Skylab fell from Earth orbit 5 years before the planned date. It caused thermal expansion of the atmosphere, increasing the drag on the satellite. (By coincidence, my wife was watching a television item about it on the series “Great Engineering Mistakes’ while I read your excellent letter.) NASA was quite explicit about the causation; I can’t see how the Alarmists can possibly get away with rewriting that piece of history.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 16, 2019 2:34 pm

Moneys may not be the direct incentive, but it will be an indirect consequence.

But more importantly, they are indeed trying to defame these people on the list. A black list if you will. Malice, weather they recognize it or not, is the driving motive. They want to shut down the opposing view/voice, that is malice.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
August 17, 2019 3:38 am

not much different to the purposeful intent by fkbk and youtube goog etc to either hide/ search results misdirect to “approved” sites and to add the ridiculous disclaimer to any skeptical clips or info on youtube.

and the implications with intent concerning anyone expressing any disagreement at all to be mentally inept or in need of “treatment BY pcsych docs ie Loowandowsky and his besties.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 16, 2019 2:35 pm

There is evidence that at least two of them benefited directly and financially since they were awarded US$ 10,000 from UC Merced in 2017 to conduct the project “Climate Skeptics – who are they and how are they connected” that resulted in this publication

The third author, Emmanuel Vincent, is a founder of, a website that provides a set of volunteer climate scientists to the opportunity to review news stories about climate science. It shouldn’t be difficult to determine if he benefits financially from the site, as the article could be construed as beneficial to his site.

John Tillman
Reply to  Javier
August 16, 2019 6:49 pm

Trenchant, as usual.

Reply to  John Tillman
August 17, 2019 12:23 am

In UK law, a fraud is only a fraud if it causes profit to some or loss to other, profit or loss being measured in money or money’s worth. The receipt of a grant to carry out research and the diversion of that grant towards a blatantly political purpose that does not on any view constitute legitimate or properly-conducted research constitutes fraud. But there is a wider body of taxpayers and users of energy who are disadvantaged by this blatant attempt to interfere with legitimate scientific debate, research and publication on grounds that are manifestly dishonest. In UK law, there is no requirement that we should establish exactly how much every taxpayer has lost by this scam: it is necessary only to demonstrate that there was a double intent, first to deceive and secondly to profit or cause loss by the deception.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 16, 2019 2:37 pm

“Free speech” may not be a defense here. Note that the venue is the EU, and the EU (Great Britain included) has a much more restrictive view of free speech than is evident in the US.

Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
August 17, 2019 12:26 am

In United States as in United Kingdom law, free speech is not a defense against libel. There is a fair-comment defense, but no libel jury in the UK would regard it as appropriate that we should be described as “denialists” or “climate change deniers”, with the deliberate overtones of comparison with Holocaust denial. Such hate speech goes well beyond fair comment, and is actionable. Damages would be extensive (though when I take cases to court I am more interested in an apology, retraction and undertaking of non-repetition than in going for money).

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 7:21 am

Monetary damages convince more people you are an injured party than insincere apologies do. It’s public opinion you’re looking for.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 9:35 am

In response to Gary, I was once libeled in The Times. I wrote at once demanding an apology (of which I supplied a draft), and making it plain that if the apology were published I should not sue. The apology was promptly published and my reputation restored.

Larry in Texas
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 16, 2019 4:57 pm

Stephen, I am a lawyer (although not one from the UK), and my understanding of UK libel law and American libel law (which have some common similarities) is such that I am inclined to agree with you that Monckton has stated a case for libel here. Now, good luck getting all of the defendants served, but it will be in the hands of the UK civil courts.

Reply to  Larry in Texas
August 17, 2019 12:38 am

In response to Larry in Texas, we shall be applying to the U.K. courts for leave to serve the court papers furth of the jurisdiction. This is a normal procedure.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 2:25 pm

Sir, you need to hire a lawyer. You should not try to handle this yourself. Yes, you have a good case. No, you are not equipped to deal with lawyers and courts.

Linda Goodman
Reply to  Leif Svalgaard
August 16, 2019 1:33 pm

I see a double set of teeth. And every effort to expose the truth matters; without them the worst WILL happen.

Reply to  Linda Goodman
August 16, 2019 2:24 pm

Teeth means that somebody gets punished.
I don’t see that happen. Or even that the things gets tried.
The complainant has no standing (locus standi).

John Tillman
Reply to  Leif Svalgaard
August 16, 2019 6:53 pm


I’m not sure about that. US, British and Continental law differs. But Chris and his fellows have clearly been libelled. To associate anyone with Holocaust deniers must be libellous.

Reply to  John Tillman
August 17, 2019 12:37 am

Mr Svalgaard, who, whatever his qualifications may be, is evidently not a lawyer, seems unfamiliar even with the elements of jurisprudence. As to libel, Mr Tillman is correct: we have been libeled; we have been named; we have standing. In U.S. law, the question arises whether those of us who count as public figures and are thus normally debarred from suing for libel can assert that those libeling us have demonstrated malice. In U.K. law, the same question arises because the purported “study” in which we were libeled claims to have been “peer-reviewed”. However, just taking the voices here, a libel jury would have little difficulty in reaching the conclusion that the purported “study” contains plenty of evidence of malice.

As to breach of right of privacy, anyone who is named in a “research” “study” is entitled to be contacted first and a) invited to participate and b) invited to consent to have his identity revealed. Failure to do this is failure to comply with Art. 8, European Human Rights Convention, which gives any citizen the right of action to defend his privacy. Again, we have standing.

As to fraud, which is a criminal offense on both sides of the pond, any citizen has standing, whether or not he or she is a victim of the fraud, since a criminal offense is regarded in law as an offense against everyone. The courts are well used to assigning values in money’s worth to reputations in libel cases: there is, therefore, in principle no reason why we who have been named in the hate-list should not be able to argue that we have suffered a loss in money’s worth to our reputation, and that that loss has been brought about by a deliberate deception, in which the grant-funders (the University of California at Merced), the co-authors and the journal have conspired to pretend that the purported “research” “study” is a serious academic work rather when it is in fact a mere totalitarian political statement calculated to act greatly to the detriment of the named victims’ reputations, and of the bank-balances of taxpayers and users of energy.

Reply to  Leif Svalgaard
August 16, 2019 2:15 pm

We see that you are not practical.

Reply to  Al
August 17, 2019 9:37 am

I agree that Mr Svalgaard is not practical: but that should not be held against him. Some of us are men of affairs as much as men of science; others are men of science but not so much men of affairs. To each his own. Let us not be churlish.

Reply to  Leif Svalgaard
August 16, 2019 2:53 pm

There are no previous experiences like this one. In their study they published the real names of the subjects of the study without obtaining prior written consent. Over here in Europe that is illegal and Nature Communications could be in a serious trouble. The authors and UC Merced should be too. There is no legal difference between disclosing the names of the patients in a medical study or the names of the subjects in a social sciences study like this one. It is as illegal to make public the names of the contrarians as it is to make public the names of the party line scientists although I guess Ramhstorf will not be suing them. One thing is to criticize someone’s work as is usually done with skeptics and a very different one to make lists of names based on people’s ideas and make them public.

I am very much interested in seeing how this develops. The Netherlands could be a good place for suing, as Springer Nature is based there. The Dutch take individual rights and liberties very seriously.

My guess is that Springer-Nature will retract the paper when their legal department takes a good look at it.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Javier
August 16, 2019 6:47 pm

Does it matter that they are already public figures?

John Tillman
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
August 16, 2019 6:55 pm

In US law public figures have less protection. However many among the libelled in this paper don’t meet the US standard for public figures, in my inexpert opinion.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Javier
August 16, 2019 8:09 pm

It is too late to withdraw the paper; its out there and can’t be retracted. The damage is done. Attempts at damage control will only deepen the crisis.

Reply to  Leif Svalgaard
August 20, 2019 12:52 am

Mr Svalgaard is, as usual, proven wrong in his prediction that “nothing will happen”: already Nature Communications, in response to the numerous complaints directed to it, has removed from its website the link to the names of those of us whom its lamentably shonky purported “research” paper has libelled.

John Tillman
August 16, 2019 11:57 am

Editing the typo “editors”: should be in the possessive case, ie “editors'”.

Hope your letter leads to action by the constabulary.

Nature and Scientific American are published by Springer Nature:

Reply to  John Tillman
August 16, 2019 1:58 pm

Mea culpa: “editors names” should read “editors named”: moderators, please fix!

John Tillman
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 3:55 pm

Oh! That explains it.

Remarkably few typos in such a lengthy post, especially compared to my recent contribution, written on a relentlessly autofilling iPhone.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  John Tillman
August 17, 2019 5:29 am

On that note there are a few places where close quote ” is missing at the end of a cited section.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
August 17, 2019 1:39 pm

According to some writing standards, if the quote finishes within the same line it doesn’t need an end quotation mark. Most people don’t do this as it adds difficulty to reading, but it is acceptable.
The convention in English is to put an opening quotation mark at the first and each subsequent paragraph, but use a closing quotation mark only for the final paragraph of the quotation…

August 16, 2019 11:58 am

I will have to return to this to finish reading it.

John Tillman
August 16, 2019 12:02 pm

Nature’s editor-in-chief wants science to be “reproducible and robust”, but apparently reprehensible as well.

Reply to  John Tillman
August 17, 2019 12:41 am

Mr Tillman is correct: the journal holds itself out as being a respectable and serious scientific journal. To stray thus far from respectability and seriousness, and to do so dishonestly under the cover of “peer review”, is to defraud those who subscribe to the journal. This is one of the numerous grounds on which fraud is present and demonstrable.

August 16, 2019 12:20 pm

As a lawyer, professionally, I must say that Christopher has a point so this could be fun.
A shame that I didn’t make the list myself.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 16, 2019 12:59 pm

I’m in it, between Dr Sherwood Idso and Paul Chesser, but since what I write in the AGW issue has nothing to do with explaining the skeptic side of the science, it’s only further proof of the desperation of the paper’s authors to come up with a list that corroborates their pre-conceived conclusion, regarding a talking point originally invented by the late Stephen Schneider and perfected by one of Desmogblog’s self-described co-founders, Ross Gelbspan. I covered that talking point wipeout back in 2014:

” ‘Skeptic Climate Scientists Do Not Deserve Fair Media Balance.’ Spread This Line Widely; NEVER Check its Veracity and Don’t Examine its History.”

Dave Fair
August 16, 2019 12:26 pm

Verbose, but true. The “study” authors admit their aim is political; to get rapid and massive movement to rearrange our society, economy and energy systems.

Reply to  Dave Fair
August 16, 2019 2:04 pm

Don’t confuse “verbose” with “comprehensive”. It is necessary to be able to show the court that the defalcations of the defendants have been explained to them in sufficient detail, so that, when they do not reply, I shall apply for default judgements against them, with orders for the removal of the offending “peer-reviewed” “research” “study”, for its replacement by a comprehensive apology drafted by me and approved by the judge; for an order requiring the defendants not to repeat their libels and not to intrude upon my privacy ever again; and for an order referring the papers to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for criminal investigation.

I usually ask for costs alone, and I have won nearly every case in which I have had to defend my reputation against the likes of the defendants.

Dave Fair is quite right that the defendants have been incautious enough to reveal their political malice. That revelation, combined with the unjustifiable insults and the fraudulent science, will make things extremely difficult for them. In due course, I expect some of them to be sent to prison.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 4:08 pm

I’m glad I’m not in their shoes as I can’t think of a tenable argument they could use.

Looks like a very good call.

Joe Veragio
Reply to  Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)
August 21, 2019 10:36 am

Attribute not to malice what stupidity alone would explain. Unfortunately in this case stupidity doesn’t suffice. The malice is plain to see in which several parties have had to conspire to bring about the publication.

Larry in Texas
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 5:06 pm

Sit, I hope you win your case and win it decisively. It is unfortunate that papers like this one are published in a science journal, when it is evident that the motive for doing so is not to advance knowledge in a particular field or fields, but to politicize and propagandize for a particular set of policy solutions. A very bad set of policy solutions, I might add.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 7:14 pm

Wonderful detailing the science from which the libellous researchers make false claims of danger/destruction/loss of life. Along with listing the offenses and fraud/libel/lying the researchers committed.

May you have full success pursuing these slime mold researchers, Lord Monckton!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 8:04 pm

And all of this for a lousy $10,000 U.S. grant, Christopher. One is reminded of the assassination of a minor Archduke; this may lead to the major reordering of CliSci. Those two twit “researchers” may be forever vilified by the “Team.”

Reply to  Dave Fair
August 17, 2019 7:44 am

What surprises me the most about these instances where some member of the Climate Faithful goes off the deep end isn’t that they have allowed their hate and insanity to run rampant, it’s that no one on the ‘Teams’ side ever seems to think before hand that they might need to be reined in. Like with the 10/10 video, no one seems to have looked at this and said “That goes a bit too far”.

It says a lot about the Cult like nature of the Climate Faithful.


Bill Powers
August 16, 2019 12:28 pm

I have been wondering for some time why the real science community hasn’t pushed back against these hucksters with libel, slander and defamation suits.

I understand that this whole social science alarmism is backed by agencies of every world government but when the Propaganda Ministry aka MSM began representing the hissy fits of the junk science community as personal attacks on the credentials and character of skeptics it crossed over into defamation.

Maybe it is best that those being libeled have waited until the level of alarmism has reached new levels of insanity. There can be no doubt that Nature deserves to be bankrupted by the malicious lies they have spread against honest scientists.

But what really needs to happen is for this to ride all the way to the Supreme court so that the world can see the absolute lack of substantive science/ integrity being brought into play by the UN, Government funded University studies, a rigged peer review process and the mainstream media marketing effort in order to advance worldwide totalitarian socialism on this hoax of CAGW.

Reply to  Bill Powers
August 16, 2019 1:21 pm

Climate doom is awash with funding , so its a boat it does not pay to rock if you fancy doing some research which you can in anyway ‘link’ to climate doom.
The other factor is the habit of not criticising another area , even if practices are poor as they are in climate ‘science ‘ , partly out of fear of them returning the favour and partly because in doing so you may show your own ignorance.
Climate ‘science ‘ has pulled a further trick , it managed to get it accepted that areas such as statistics or computer modeling despite these being areas which can be a critical analyzed without being climate ‘doom’ expert’ , only its own people that can comment . Now just like catholic priests and their belief in gods exists we can see how being an ‘expert ‘ doe not guarantee of validity and how strong personal motivation may mean you no real interest in proving your faith wrong .

The trick is not to think in the terms of science but of religion, politicals or fanatical sport fans , then you could understand how this area works in practice.

Reply to  Bill Powers
August 16, 2019 1:54 pm

“wondering for some time why the real science community hasn’t pushed back”

The process of getting a PhD and then tenure in academia ingrains the idea that it doesn’t pay to buck the system.

It takes an average of almost seven years to complete a PhD. Only half the people who start actually get the degree. During the dissertation phase, the candidate is at the mercy of their committee. Where I was, if one member dissented and wouldn’t relent, you didn’t get the degree.

For many fields, the number of tenure-track job openings is less than half the number of PhDs available. Even if you get a tenure track slot, it often takes four years for that to get converted to a permanent position. If someone in the department has some irrelevant reason for disliking you, they can fabricate more innocuous grounds for opposing granting tenure.

There are some people who can go through all that and retain their integrity. But a lot of academics decide it isn’t worth the grief.

PhDs employed outside of academia theoretically might not have some of the pressures of academia, but they don’t have the job security that tenure gives. That makes them vulnerable if the leadership of the corporations where they work is unsympathetic, as we have seen on numerous occasions.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Ralph Dave Westfall
August 16, 2019 6:58 pm

In other words, gutless.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
August 17, 2019 6:14 pm

The academia game is rigged in the area of Climate “Science”.
Just look at the case of Peter Ridd at the James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

And JCU is appealing the decision for unlawful dismissal to drive home the point of mandatory consensus in Climate “Science” even though it will ultimately fail since it the case was very clearly proven.

Those with any doubts about CAGW have legitimate concern about publicly dissenting from the consensus.

Reply to  Bill Powers
August 16, 2019 2:09 pm

Regretably, SCOTUS would just say “We don’t determine science.”

Jaap Titulaer
Reply to  Brian
August 17, 2019 11:19 am

It is not a scientific dispute, it is just libel.
They just name, libel and defame people, and even the way they do it is laughable, if it were a science paper.

Reply to  Bill Powers
August 16, 2019 2:16 pm

Mr Powers is right to express puzzlement that we have not used the courts as often as we should have done. The advantage of the disciplined forum of the court is that the usual suspects cannot get away with making their usual airy, unsupported assertions. They have to provide evidence.

Judge: Now, let me see, Mr Climate-Communist. Am I right in understanding that mathematics is the language of all the hard sciences, and particularly of physics?

CC: Yes, m’lud.

Judge: And am I right in understanding that mathematics is founded upon fewer than two dozen axioms, from which the entire edifice is developed by a series of arguments in formal logic?

CC: Yes, m’lud.

Judge: In that event, Mr Climate-Communist, would you care to explain what role your imagined “consensus” can possibly play in such an edifice? Is it not a fact that the founder of the science of logic, Aristotle, excoriated argument by headcount as a logical fallacy, from which no valid conclusion can be drawn except to the effect that the perpetrator of the fallacy is an ignoramus?

CC: Ergh, well, you see, m’lud, it’s a consensus of experts.

Judge: And am I not right in understanding that Aristotle excoriated argument from expertise as the reputation fallacy, from which no logical conclusion can be drawn except to the effect that the perpetrator of the fallacy is doubly an ignoramus?

CC: Ooof, er, ah, please can I have a glass of water?

Judge: And is it not a fact that science is advanced by the publication of papers in learned journals after peer review?

CC (brightening): Oh, yes, m’lud.

Judge: And is it not a fact that, of 11,944 papers on climate and related topics published after peer review in the learned journals of climate and related subjects over the 21 years 1991-2001, only 43, or 0.3%, would even go so far as to state that recent global warming was principally anthropogenic?

CC: Erm, yes, but the scientists were asked their personal opinion and 97% of them agreed with the consensus.

Judge: But a moment ago you agreed with me that science was done by peer review, not by scientists giving fashionable opinions off the top of their heads.

CC: Please can I go home now?

Judge: No, you can’t. You can go to prison, where you belong.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 4:09 pm

This would be a happy day, and one we should all be working towards.
Not simply a richly deserved comeuppance, but an hilariously funny one as well.

John Tillman
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 4:26 pm

Actually, in 2008, Doran and Zimmerman sent their opinion survey to 10,257 academic and government Earth scientists, 3146 of whom responded, 90% from US institutions, 6% Canadian and 4% from 21 other nations. No the private sector scientists were considered worthy of polling.

The two key questions were:

1. When compared with pre-1800s levels, do you think that mean global temperatures have generally risen, fallen, or remained relatively constant?

2. Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?

They didn’t dare include the necessary third question, asking whether changing mean global T was dangerous.

Not surprisingly, those respondents most dependent on “climate
change” research, ie who listed climate science as their area of expertise and who also had published more than 50% of their recent peer-reviewed papers on that subject (79 individuals in total), answered yes at the highest rate.

“Of these specialists, 96.2% (76 of 79) answered “risen” to question 1
and 97.4% (75 of 77) answered yes to question 2.” Hence the vaunted 97%! In fact, only 75/79, or 94.9%. But the media ran with “97% of all scientists”, not of 75 most dependent on selling a false consensus.

“The two areas of expertise in the survey with the smallest percentage of participants answering yes to question 2 were economic geology with 47% (48 of 103) and meteorology with 64% (23 of 36).”

Bear in mind again that no private sector earth scientists were included, ie no energy industry geologists, no TV weather presenters, etc.

John Tillman
Reply to  John Tillman
August 16, 2019 5:27 pm

That should read, “No private sector scientists”.

Dyspeptic Curmudgeon
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 6:47 pm

It should not be ‘Judge’ until the last line. Before that, it should be “Plaintiff’s Barrister” (if in the UK, Oz or NZ) or “Plaintiff’s Lawyer” just about everywhere else. Maybe ‘Advocat’ if in Holland.

Reply to  Dyspeptic Curmudgeon
August 17, 2019 12:44 am

In response to Dyspeptic Curmudgeon, judges in UK proceedings are entitled to ask questions if they wish to do so.

Reply to  Bill Powers
August 16, 2019 4:12 pm

“why the real science community hasn’t pushed back against these hucksters with libel, slander and defamation suits.” … for one simple reason … we’re still waiting for the Big Oil corp cheques to arrive so we could afford to take them court.

Fortunately Lord Monckton has independent means and can afford to take the necessary court action that has been denied the rest of us.

August 16, 2019 12:41 pm

Good on you Chris!

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  HotScot
August 16, 2019 2:39 pm

Yes; I read the first part of the article with agreement, then skipped to the end and saw Lord Monkton’s signature and burst out with a laugh of glee. Of all the people to rile up, it had to be this one.

Go you good thing…

nw sage
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
August 16, 2019 5:34 pm

Agree – Game On!

August 16, 2019 12:47 pm


Reply to  chris
August 16, 2019 2:21 pm

Moderators, the comment from “chris” offends against site policy, in that the commenter does not furnish to the readers it full name and makes unsubstantiated insults from behind a cloak of anonymity. Please delete its posting.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 4:09 pm

Geoff Sherrington

Anyone can practise law, in fact, we all do it every day; or should.

What you’re getting confused with is someone calling themselves a lawyer, or solicitor, which is not legal and I’m not aware Chris Monckton ever presents himself as such.

Reply to  HotScot
August 16, 2019 5:02 pm

[snip} David you slimeball, stop using other peoples ID’s or you’ll be the one on the end of a lawsuit – Anthony

Reply to  HotScot
August 17, 2019 12:50 am

Mr Sherrington does not suffer from the curse of being a public figure taking a stand on a viewpoint unpopular with the totalitarians who largely control the news media. I have been a particular target ever since it was discovered that the Republicans in Congress were listening to me on the climate question. To keep the hatred and vitriol down a bit, I growl occasionally and, still more occasionally, sue. I am usually successful.

As to the hapless Mr Bickmore, he lost a debate with me at his university and, as the vicious tone of his website attests, is not an independent, dispassionate or reliable witness. Just read his review at to see what his own hapless students think of him.

Reply to  HotScot
August 17, 2019 1:06 am

Geoff Sherrington

Whether or not Chris has been threatening lawsuits or not isn’t the question you asked.

You said “Isn’t practicing law without a license forbidden….”?

I answered you, then you decided on another line of attack against Chris.

Careful, though, he might turn his attention to you. Maybe you’ll be his first success.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 6:01 pm

Technically, writing a resignation letter is in fact a legal document and it is done every day.

Writing Resume or CV is a legal document. Filling out any sort of government paper is a legal document.

All can be consider practicing law.

Writing legislation is creating law; not every person elected is a lawyer.

To be clear I am not lawyer but your agreement seems illogical to me and is at odds with my own personal experiences.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 4:14 pm

Christopher, ctm, moderators in general.

Slug ALERT !!
Some slug has used my name (my proper name) to write about 5 comments on here, when I have made no comments at all.
Please treat all comments under my name as coming from a knowing imposter.

In some ways, there needs to be some legal redress available. I was one of the very early bloggers on WUWT. I have met both Viscount Monckton and Anthony Watts, in Melbourne. The attitudes indicated by this slug imposter have opposite intent to what I might have blogged. I have contributed occasional threads to WUWT, to Jo Nova, to Climate Etc. The contents of these are adequate to indicate my positions on this matter of global warming and derivatives.

So, to all concerned, I shall write no more on this page.
All that you read as under my name, harming my good name and reputation, is FAKE. Geoff S

(I have removed the imposters comments, thanks for the tip)

(This is the REAL Geoff Sherrington’s ONLY comment in the thread) SUNMOD

steven mosher
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 18, 2019 6:59 am


Steven Mosher
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 19, 2019 5:28 pm

“Moderators, the comment from “chris” offends against site policy, in that the commenter does not furnish to the readers it full name and makes unsubstantiated insults from behind a cloak of anonymity. Please delete its posting.”

huh, that is standard practice in the comments.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  chris
August 16, 2019 3:57 pm

I agree with Christopher Monckton, that this comment from “chris” is an unprovoked smear, with no redeeming value.
It contains no actual information, and is not a cogent or pertinent response to the headline post.
Getting snippy in the midst of a contentious dialogue is one thing, but leading off with a vicious insult is another.

Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
August 17, 2019 12:52 am

Moderators, please either remove the comment from “Chris”, which offends against site policy, or explain why you are not willing to do so. I had the policy changed when it was evident that anonymous contributors were making free with their anonymity to hurl gratuitous personal insults. If that policy has been changed again or will not be enforced any further, I shall cease to post here.

(I removed it, it is indeed against policy rules and stupid too) SUNMOD

M Courtney
August 16, 2019 12:51 pm

A verbose way to say that this a is a breach of his right to privacy.

But I think he does have a case in there. At least in Europe this journal should be recalled, legally.

Reply to  M Courtney
August 16, 2019 2:23 pm

In response to Mr Courtney, do not confuse “verbose” with “comprehensive”. it is necessary to draw the defendants’ attention to their defalcations in sufficient detail to reassure the judge that they have been fully and fairly told the grounds of action on which they are to face both civil suit and, in due course, prosecution for fraud.

August 16, 2019 1:02 pm

As I sit back and watch this nightmare unfold, I recall to my childhood dream of wanting to become an astronaut. I was on the path until a little detour called the “Vietnam War” diverted me….but I digress.

Fifty years ago this year I completed my Internship with NASA on the Apollo Program and received my undergraduate degree in Physics. We loaded some of our computer programs using IBM cards and paper tape, and many of our calculations were done using slide rules …I still have my K&E (Keuffel & Esser) Slide Rule in its leather case. The Lead for the project to which I was first assigned was 29 years old and had 3 PhDs. We put men on the moon. During the past 50 years, what happened to NASA and Academia and the Media and the other government agencies who formed an alliance to achieve that goal?

…btw, TEWS stands for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, the USAF unit in which I flew my 100+ missions during the Vietnam War. I will forever have affection for the Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, and Thai people I met and worked with in villages alongside our Chaplains and local missionaries…will never forget Reverend Hargrove and his mission just outside DaNang and his wife and little “Ollie.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
August 16, 2019 4:27 pm

“Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron”

Sounds dangerous! I bet you spent most of your time flying over North Vietnam leading American aircraft into the danger zone, didn’t you? God Bless you. I was over there in 1968 and 1969 (in South Vietnam, that is:).

John Tillman
Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 16, 2019 4:57 pm

TEWSs operated over both the North and South, with various EW aircraft.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 16, 2019 5:04 pm

No, I only made two incursions into North Vietnam. Our aircraft was an EC-47 (military version of the DC-3), and we cruised at about 4500 feet AGL at 85 KIAS performing ARDF and communications intercept operations. Our missions were pretty much confined to South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Search on “Baron 52” for an unsolved mystery regarding the loss of one of our aircraft with 8 of my friends.

I could post a photo of my aircraft as another EC-47 and I were en route to our target area in Cambodia, but it might raise some eyebrows. It is titled “Moon Over Cambodia.” You wouldn’t be able to see me waving from the pilot’s window, but if you looked closely, you could probably see the “moon.” Of course, I wouldn’t post it here…OH, MY, I accidentally did!

comment image
….gulp….well, Colonel, honest, they were just goofing off….mind you, I HAD NO IDEA they were doing anything “unbecoming” back there….YES, SIR, as soon as I saw the photos, I gave them a thorough “Dressing Down” and…huh?….bad choice of words?…

John Tillman
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
August 16, 2019 6:36 pm

C-47/DC-3 variants are arguably among the most important aircraft of all time.

Ike said that the war-winning Allied weapons were the C-47, jeep, bulldozer, deuce and a half truck and “duck” amphibious vehicle.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  John Tillman
August 16, 2019 6:56 pm

I was intransit one time (around June 1968) and was standing outside the “terminal” at Da Nang airbase, and a group of us were standing outside along the side of the runway waiting for our airplane to taxi over and pick us up and in the meantime, a DC-3 was taking off on the runway in front of us and as he went roaring by our position you could tell there was something bad wrong with one or more of the engines and it started smoking as soon as it cleared the runway and the pilot made a big u-turn and headed right back to the runway he took off from and the noise was really getting bad with one of his two engines out and he was wobbling as he came in for a landing and he touched down on one front wheel which caused the aircraft to swing towards us standing there and some of the group started running away but about that time that pilot managed to get his other front wheel on the ground and he straightened it out and went sailing past us down the runway. And I thought to myself, that is one of the greatest feats of flying/landing I have ever seen! I want to fly with that guy!!! 🙂

Yeah, it looked like he was gong to crash right into that terminal (a small building) and us standing outside it, but we dodged that bullet. A lot of people dodged a bullet that day thanks to the skill of that pilot.

Dyspeptic Curmudgeon
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
August 16, 2019 6:53 pm

Interesting that the plane is painted in camouflage. RAF reconnaissance planes were generally a sky-blue color. I suspect your commanders were more worried about mortar attack on the runway, than fighter attack, so long as you kept away from North Vietnam!

I hope that you warned the miscreants that they should apply sun screen to any exposed portions of the skin, since we know that the sun has a stronger effect at higher altitudes. And that you warned them sternly.

Joseph Campbell
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
August 17, 2019 1:45 pm

TEWS_Pilot: Thanks, Laughter to tears…

Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
August 17, 2019 10:34 pm

My Dad flew the first C47/DC3 in New Zealand on 4th April 1943. He did 13 hours in it before a Major Ross of the USMC checked him out on it.

Great aircraft.

Reply to  FijiDave
August 18, 2019 12:10 am

A hand salute to your father. Somewhere in my stash of souvenirs from Vietnam I have an ID plate from one of our EC-47s, a 1943 vintage. Yes, that was one of my favorite aircraft even above the jets I have flown. I also flew the C-119 prior to going to Vietnam. It was part of the pipeline to Gunship C-119Ks, but the USAF gave them to the South Vietnamese before I departed for South Vietnam, so I was diverted to EC-47s, and I have never regretted that change. Not that it matters, but I still hold our CONUS squadron record for backing a C-119 the closest to the fence at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport….3 feet 4 inches….reversible propellers…DON’T hit the BRAKES to stop when backing up, just bring the props out of reverse smoothly.

After departing jungle survival in the Philippines, I arrived at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon. As I walked into the Officers’ Club expecting to eat supper by myself, I heard my name called out. I looked around and saw a former USAF ROTC buddy. He was an O-2 Pilot. He said he had been shot down that day and had spent about 45 minutes on the ground doing a bit of “Escape and Evade” maneuvering before he was rescued. His squadron was throwing a party for him, and he invited me to join them, which I cheerfully did….I think we all had a good time….er, uh, well not because I had a bit too much… I mean my memory fades after all these years, yeah, memory fades….right?

August 16, 2019 1:03 pm

WOW, someone with the money and guts to take them on. About time these fraudsters get nailed where it hurts.

August 16, 2019 1:05 pm

Go get ’em, Christopher.

Also, I very much enjoyed your talk at ICCC#13. For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the YouTube link:


Richard Kiser
August 16, 2019 1:25 pm

Just so we are all clear, where was this filed?

Reply to  Richard Kiser
August 16, 2019 2:18 pm

In response to Mr Kiser, this is what is known in law as a letter before claim. It is a warning shot. If the defendants don’t reply (which is very likely, because any reply will dig them deeper into the cesspool of their own making), proceedings will be issued. If they still don’t reply, judgement in default will be entered against them.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 4:14 pm

And how many warning shots have You posted in Your career?

Sincerely yours.

Valaker of The Northern Hemisphere

Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 17, 2019 12:55 am

In response to “Rune Valaker”, I have had to issue many warning shots, and a rather smaller number of actions in court, which are usually successful. The warning shots help to keep down the flow of hatred from the totalitarian extremists who are furious that I and a handful like me are daring to question the climate-Communist Party Line that “Rune Valaker” espouses.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 2:38 am

Rune Valaker is my real name. What do You know about my climate views? You seem to have as little basis for your accusations as those you threaten to sue. Personally, I think the article in Nature Communications is a disaster for the publisher’s reputation and I hope Nature draws the entire article. I also believe that these 97% surveys and the like, are unscientific and only weakens scientific pluralism.

But as a trained lawyer I also hope that You do not take any center stage in any lawsuit, that will only weaken the cases of serious people like Curry, Tol and Pielke.

Sincerely yours.
Valaker of The Northern Hemisphere

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 3:33 am

“Rune Valaker” is the name of an advocate from Bergen who is well known to Norwegian climate realists (Klimarealistene) as a concern troll – one who pretends to view the climate debate objectively but is in reality a true-believer in the climate-Communist Party Line. He has had some of his posts at the Klimarealistene blog redacted by the moderators because, as here, he makes ad-hominem comments and otherwise interferes deliberately with the fair and reasonable conduct of scientific discussion.

From the sneering tone of his postings, he is concern-trolling here too. He thinks I am not a serious enough person to take part in a legal action. Well, Britain is not a Socialist country: therefore, anyone – serious or not – has the right to bring a legal case. I do so infrequently and, when I do, I usually win, because I try not to waste the court’s time with non-serious cases.

“Rune Valaker” should appreciate that the fraud being perpetrated by the climate Communists with whom he stands shoulder to shoulder is arousing increasing concern in official circles. It will not be long before the public authorities, both nationally and internationally, have accumulated enough evidence of fraudulent misconduct on the part of the likes of Nature Communications and the co-authors of its dismal purported “research” “study” to start prosecuting them.

One or two convictions for fraud will be enough. Then the rest of the climate-Communist rabbits will run for cover, “Rude Valaker” with them.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 17, 2019 6:15 am

In your post below you give a false representation of my relationship with the Climate Realists. It is true that I got deleted posts on their website, but it was not because I was “trolling,” but because I revealed that the article I was commenting on had a number of factual errors. And it was the first and only time I commented on their website. My experience led to a chronicle on the Norwegian research blog where I among other things. revealed how they used censorship to withhold obviously correct information related to the development of the Norwegian glaciers.

When it comes to my “sneering tone,” it is modest compared to your pompous and childish ad – hominem and interpretations of legal issues that you obviously have very limited insight into.

Sincerely yours.
Valaker of The Northern Hemisphere

Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 17, 2019 9:42 am

Lawyer Valaker now realizes he was wrong to imagine I did not know of his climate-Communist propensities. He is also wrong about the grounds on which he was moderated by the Climate Realists in Norway. Be that as it may, his intervention here was neither constructive nor intended to be constructive: it was characteristic of the worst kind of shyster. I shall be writing to his company and to the regulators of lawyers in Norway.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 12:49 pm

>> I will be writing to his company and to the regulators of lawyers in Norway.

Please do so, no I demand you to do so, and unless my company and the Norwegian Bar Association have not received such a letter within 14 days, I will disclose you here at WUWT as an imposter and charlatan. If you need a longer deadline, I will be most accommodating.

Here is the mailing addresses;

Advokatcompagniet DA
PO Box 483, 5805 Bergen

Den Norske Advokatforening
Jurustenes Hus
Kristian Augusts gate 9, 0164 Oslo

Sincerely yours.
Valaker of The Northern Hemisphere

Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 17, 2019 7:36 pm

Written and sent. In Britain, a lawyer who announces he is a lawyer, behaves in a needlessly and calculatedly discourteous fashion in a public forum and lies not once, not twice but thrice would be struck off.

Climate Heretic
August 16, 2019 1:27 pm

Oh my god, absolutely brilliant. I was thinking, this is what should be done as I was reading. Then Bang, the piece de resistance at the end. Viscount Monckton of Brenchley signature.

Absolutely F…ing brilliant. Well played Monckton.

Climate Heretic

Robert W Turner
August 16, 2019 1:28 pm

I’d be proud to be on the list and have it framed so to show future generations that I was one of those not caught in modern mania and crowd madness.

August 16, 2019 1:28 pm

“Deadly extreme weather”: Today is the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille, the highest wind hurricane event to hit the US mainland with winds 190 mph at landfall.
But this was not by far the worst Atlantic hurricane by any other measure. The deadliest and possibly strongest took place in 1780, killing over 25,000 people in the Caribbean, with wind speeds possibly reaching 200 mph. In fact, all of the most deadly storms took place well over 100 years ago, because weather forecasting (aka technology) has saved more lives than turning our backs on technology as the greens wish us to do.
They know storms aren’t getting stronger and now are trying to CYA by saying “but they have more rain!” Show me 25,000 people on the US mainland being killed by rain.

Tom Abbott
August 16, 2019 1:37 pm

This would be a heck of a trial, I think.

What are the odds that Nature Communications will apologize?

Normally, I would say there is no chance, but this “study” was so botched up that I don’t see how the editors of Nature Communications can successfully defend it.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 16, 2019 2:25 pm

I agree with Mr Abbott that the defendants’ best course of action is to apologize and withdraw the purported “study”, which Judith Curry has rightly excoriated as the worst she has ever seen in a supposedly “scientific” journal.

Dyspeptic Curmudgeon
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 16, 2019 7:12 pm

You really ought to see if you could get a bunch of people who are also on the “contrarian” list, to join you as a Plaintiff. And you really should ask for a whack of money for damages sustained to your reputation *in the UK*.
Some of the Defendants likely live outside the UK, and you may need leave of the Court to serve them. If they do not acknowledge service, or file a defence, you will have to bring an application (motion) for judgment, as the injunctive relief you seek cannot be given on default.
You *will* need to retain lawyers as the procedural aspects are a dense thicket of obfuscation. (Did you expect any else from lawyers?) The Rules of Civil Procedure are at:

Reply to  Dyspeptic Curmudgeon
August 17, 2019 1:01 am

In response to Dyspeptic Curmudgeon, of course there is merit in getting other victims of the libel, breach of right of privacy and fraud to join the action. I usually fight my own cases in court: the last one, some years ago, was against the BBC. It was a High Court case, and the cost to me was only £10,000. The cost to the BBC was that the judge found I had substantially won the action, and the BBC was compelled to cut a 90-minute personal attack on me down to 40 minutes. Since the ghastly programme-maker, a climate Communist, was paid by the minute broadcast, I expect he lost out quite badly. Certainly I have not seen his name on anything on the BBC since then.

This case, however, is much bigger. What has been done to us strikes right at the heart of academic freedom of research, speech, thought, inquiry and action. It is what happens only in totalitarian states. It must be stopped. So I shall indeed be engaging lawyers if the defendants do not back off – as they are showing some signs of doing. And I shall be inviting others to join me as plaintiffs.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 5:14 am

“This case, however, is much bigger. What has been done to us strikes right at the heart of academic freedom of research, speech, thought, inquiry and action. It is what happens only in totalitarian states. It must be stopped.”

Absolutely right! And we couldn’t have a better person leading the charge!

J Mac
August 16, 2019 1:41 pm

My best wishes of success to you in this necessary effort, Lord Monckton of Brenchley!

Nicholas McGinley
August 16, 2019 1:42 pm

On the whole I am in complete agreement with this lawsuit, and it is clear that each of the points raised is valid and meritorious.
I did find a few items that may have been mis-stated, including this passage:
““Historians of science have detailed the political origins of the climate change contrarian movement…”
This appears to be a reference to the political basis of the climate change “orthodoxy”, as represented by what we might call alarmists, warmies, etc. In other words, those who advocate for political control of energy and infrastructure related to anything producing and emitting CO2.
Should it not say “climate change orthodoxy”, or some other descriptor, perhaps “catastrophist”, in order to make it clear that the reference is to those who the Nature Communication study represents, and not those they oppose, given that the descriptor “contrarian” is the one those named in the suit chose to label those who are skeptical of the alarmism?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
August 16, 2019 3:47 pm

Please disregard this.
I should have been more careful in reading the whole thing before commenting.
This was a quote from the original paper, not past of the suit.

August 16, 2019 1:50 pm

Greg Laden libelled Roger Tattersall of Tallbloke’s Talkshop a number of years ago and I managed to get a retraction:

Christopher’s demands in that respect are fair and reasonable.

John Collis
August 16, 2019 1:52 pm

Sorry, but I don’t think that there has been a breach of the human rights act or the European Convention on Human rights as “Nature” is not an organ of the state. The ECHR is specifically between the state ( including associated organisations like the NHS) and the individual, it doesn’t apply between private parties.

Reply to  John Collis
August 16, 2019 4:29 pm

If those involved were academics in a government funded institution then the FOI law applies, and therefore I think they would also be deemed to be the “State” in terms of human rights.

Reply to  John Collis
August 17, 2019 1:05 am

In response to Mr Collis, the entitlement to privacy in the European Human Rights Convention is enforceable by any citizen. The government is the defendant in any such action that reaches the Human Rights Court, but at all earlier stages the citizen has the right to cite breach of the right of privacy against any other person who acts in breach of that right. Otherwise it would be open to any State that wished to deny the right of privacy simply to act in the name of an individual.

August 16, 2019 1:52 pm

The said defendants are guilty of breach of my right to privacy in terms of Art. 8, European Human Rights Convention in their widespread circulation without having obtained or even sought my consent …

I have no clue, but I strongly suspect, given the nature of EU regulations, that CM is on to something here. LOL

August 16, 2019 1:57 pm

These gentlemen got into trouble.
They won’t come out well.
This is certain.

August 16, 2019 2:10 pm
Al Miller
August 16, 2019 2:11 pm

Well done Christopher. Unfortunately it will take the courts to help expose the fraudulent deceptions being used by the warmists. Please keep it up at every turn.

Reply to  Al Miller
August 16, 2019 6:10 pm

Why should only self-appointed do-gooders sue? Well done, Lord Monckton.

Rud Istvan
August 16, 2019 2:12 pm

Much easier to bring this libel suit in UK than in US. If you set up a go fund me for the suit, I am in.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Rud Istvan
August 16, 2019 3:34 pm

Yes, unfortunately a media site or publication, is not obligated to tell the truth, according to the Supreme Court. The 1st amendment allows them to say anything they want, including lying about their lying.

Grumpy Bill
Reply to  Richard Patton
August 16, 2019 3:45 pm

The SCOTUS and 1st Amendment do not carry any weight in the UK.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Grumpy Bill
August 16, 2019 3:58 pm

That was my point. Here in the US he wouldn’t have a legal leg to stand on. But since he is in England the rules are different. I wish him success.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Richard Patton
August 16, 2019 5:46 pm

Then I suppose the question becomes “Can a person who publishes something in one country, where the work being published may be deemed protected speech, be sued for that work having been published, by someone in another country where the laws, or the interpretations thereof, are different and the work is not protected speech?
Then I suppose one would need to know if this work has been actively promoted and disseminated in that other place, by the original publisher?
I do not know the answers to these questions, but I am interested in finding out.

Grumpy Bill
Reply to  Rud Istvan
August 16, 2019 3:41 pm

Does the UK have court system have provisions for Class Action lawsuits?
If so, it would be worthwhile to have all the listed “contrarians” designated as a Class.

John Tillman
Reply to  Rud Istvan
August 16, 2019 4:51 pm

After the 2015 merger, Springer Nature has a substantial UK presence, though it’s 53% owned by German Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

Dunno how Brexit might affect a British legal action.

John Collis
Reply to  John Tillman
August 16, 2019 11:54 pm

The ECHR is not an EU legal instrument, it was in place before the U.K. joined the EEC. It was created soon after WW2 to prevent another Nazi regime. Therefore the U.K. will still be subject to its provisions. It is comparable with the Bill of Rights in the US constitution.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  John Collis
August 17, 2019 1:05 am

The ECHR will not deal with any cases until the matter has been dealt with in one of the affiliated nations and all petitions in that nation have been exhausted.

Reply to  John Collis
August 17, 2019 1:08 am

… and, more importantly, the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporated the Convention into UK law.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  John Collis
August 17, 2019 7:08 am

Wrong, the Human Rights Act of 1998 had no significance in relation to whether a citizen of the United Kingdom can appeal to the ECHR, this right is incorporated into Art. 34 and applied from the time the United Kingdom ratified the Convention. In Norway we had the same legislative addition in 1999, the law primarily regulates the relationship between the text and the content of the European Convention on Human Rights and the laws passed by the Norwegian parliament.

Reply to  John Collis
August 17, 2019 12:09 pm

Lawyer Varaker is out of his depth when considering UK law. Though the Convention gaves citizens of States parties the right to approach it, the Human rights Act 1998 incorporated the Convention into UK law, requiring the Courts to take account of all its terms explicitly when considering cases that might in due course be referred to the Court. Otherwise, there would have been no need for Parliament to pass the 1998 Act at all.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  John Tillman
August 17, 2019 1:30 pm

And You have not yet understood that a case in ECHR is not between the original parties, but a case between the complaining party and the complained nation. A number of European nations needed clarification of the relationship between national law and the rules of the European Convention on Human Rights, in part because the ECHR began to become the supreme appeal body for cases that were initially not intended for this Court’s jurisdiction. The Human Rights Act of 1998 in the United Kingdom or Menneskerettsloven of 1999 in Norway had no influence whatsoever on the interpretation of the various articles in the ECHR. So please stop spreading this nonsense, both the English and Norwegian parliament had to draft these laws to make clear what influence ECHR should have on internal law. It had and has no consequences for the legal status of those who appeal to ECHR. I have actually worked on such matters and find it startling how ignorant You are, and at the same time pronounce you with the greatest sufficiency.

Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 17, 2019 3:56 pm

The contemptible shyster and concern troll Valaker, having been outed, now lives down to the unenviable reputation he already enjoys among Norwegian skeptics. He clearly has no knowledge whatsoever of the relationship between UK and EU law. His ignorance, considering that he is supposed to be a lawyer, is stupefying. I recommend that no one thinking of going to law in Norway should go anywhere near him. And he continues to avoid the main point of the head posting, which is that the climate fraudsters whom he actively supports, despite his failed and mendacious pretence to the contrary, have dangerously exposed themselves both to civil suit and to criminal prosecution. His feeble and futile attempts to distract attention from that main point have failed.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 18, 2019 12:39 am

Well Mr. Monckton, now you revealed to everyone how ignorant you are of the questions you pronounce so obliquely. You claim that I “have no knowledge whatsoever of the relationship between UK and EU law,” well I actually do, but that has nothing to do with the question before us. As John Collis states above, the ECHR is not an EU body, and has never been, so the relationship between UK and EU law has only relevance in your ignorant mind .

Are the Russian Federation and Turkey members of the EU? The last time I checked they were not, but they are both members of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

And when it comes to the main point, I have clearly stated above what my opinion about the Nature article is. But now we are discussing jurisdiction, so do not make it even more difficult for yourself by entering something completely different. Or is the diversion just an excuse to continue to portray me negatively?

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 20, 2019 12:50 am

The vexatious concern troll Rune Valaker claims to understand the relationship between UK and EU law, but then makes the elementary shyster’s mistake of assuming that EU law has nothing to do with the European Convention on Human Rights. On this, as on everything else, Advokat Valaker is not only intemperate in the manner of his expression, which is why he was redacted at the Klimarealistene (Norwegian climate realists’) website, but also entirely wrong in law.

By a series of measures, notably including the General Data Protection Regulation, the EU has incorporated various aspects of the European Human Rights Convention into UK law. By Article 17 (if I remember aright) of the Regulation, every citizen of the EU has what is often called “the right to be forgotten”. Where, as here, the name of an EU citizen is taken in vain by a libellous publication, the victim has the right to demand that, under the right to be forgotten (a concept which, incidentally, has also been adopted in Argentina), all references to him or her be permanently deleted from the data concerned.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation was incorporated into UK law by the Data Protection Act 2018.

It would be better if Advokat Valaker were to confine his advice to matters other than the law, about which he is strikingly and belligerently ignorant.

Rune Valaker
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 20, 2019 3:40 pm

I’m afraid Monckton is among the biggest climate hypocrites the world has ever seen. On one hand he defends scientific pluralism, condemning Mann’s lawsuit against Steyn / National Review and Mann’s lawsuit against Ball. On the other hand, he prefers to sue those who oppose him, and does so to an extreme degree. That is, he never sues, he just threatens to sue. Every time he feels contradicted, he sends out a so-called warning shot, a legal practice that is sent out before the lawsuit is filed. He even threatened to report me to the company I am affiliated with and to the norwegian BAR.

But Monctom just have just a big mouth with no ability to perform.

Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 20, 2019 3:50 pm

With all due respect,

Apples vs. Oranges is so “cliche,” I shall use a different comparison….Apples vs. PEANUTS….and emphasize the choice with two poems:

An apple sat on a railroad track, feeling blue and cross.
Around the bend came “Number 10,”….TOOT! TOOT!…applesauce.

A peanut sat on a railroad track, his heart was all “a-flutter.”
Around the bend came “Number 10,”….TOOT! TOOT!…peanut butter.

Can we dispense with the senseless and juvenile ad homs and get on with the task or defending our HONOR, please? Circular firing squads are so unnecessary and inefficient and counter-productive and waste ammunition.

B d Clark
Reply to  Rune Valaker
August 20, 2019 3:52 pm

I dont think you understood why Lord monckton is taking action,or your deliberately obfuscating his point,he accused you of being a troll ,he was wrong you are a troll, with nothing constructive to add to the debate.

Terrence Dowd
Reply to  Rud Istvan
August 16, 2019 8:45 pm

all aboard?

August 16, 2019 2:15 pm

I wish you luck Monckton and hope that you succeed,
We have the same exaggeration because of the supposed threat of global warming here in New Zealand .
Our national news papers openly push global warming and the two TV news are straight out propaganda exercises.
The leader of the opposition made a remark that the sea level threat was a very low danger .
The next day a cartoon showed him on the top of the Beehive our parliament 65 meters above the sea level with water up to his waist waving a flag ,with the caption” Nothing to worry about”
I know that it was only a cartoon but at the sea level rise that is documented by reputable scientists here is 1,5 mm per year and showing no acceleration.15 centimeters in 100 years , less than 6 inches and at that rate it would take 43000 years to reach 65 meters.
One of our scientist was born in Holland and he said that the Dutch have been building dykes to hold the sea back for centuries and adding 6 inches a century is not really a problem
A few days later the cartoon featured the world in a frying pan .
The two warmist gurus here are James Renwick and Jim Salinger and they are quoted and appear on news programs regularly.
Skeptical comments are non existent and the skeptical view point gets little publicity and the major news outlets censor and refuse to publish factual letters and articles as they have editorial councils that rule what is allowed.

michael hart
August 16, 2019 2:25 pm

I knew who it was when I read the word “rebarbative”. Not many people can similarly conjure up words from the English language that I haven’t head before.

Reply to  michael hart
August 16, 2019 2:30 pm

That word just isn’t very attractive.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Joz Jonlin
August 16, 2019 3:39 pm


Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Joz Jonlin
August 16, 2019 6:29 pm

Joz Jonlin
Like someone returning to the Barbary Coast for a vacation.

Taylor Pohlman
Reply to  michael hart
August 16, 2019 3:38 pm

Yes, nice to see an Englishman fully exercise his language. I fear we here in the Colonies only posses the abridged version of his lordship’s dictionary…

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  michael hart
August 16, 2019 4:04 pm

I rarely have to look up a word, but had to in the case of “Mesdames”.
I thought it a typo at first reading.
I too was able to surmise the author before reading it to the end, although I had to skip ahead to be certain.
I was also thinking before getting halfway through that it is a remarkably detailed rebuttal and criticism of the original article to have been posted so soon afterwards.
Another of the biggest differences between climate skeptics and climate alarmists is command of the facts, and being able to immediately call to mind responses to any of the malarkey spewed by those in the alarmist camp.

Joz Jonlin
August 16, 2019 2:29 pm

It’s a terrible paper and obviously written to garner attention. The problem arises that it’s already out in the wild and anything meant to stop the dissemination of this thing only makes it more visible, no matter how terrible it is. The Streisand Effect will kick in and everyone will want to see this garbage. On the other hand, sunlight should kill this propaganda hit piece. Unfortunately, there are too many in the media who will run with this and report on it as if it were a serious study.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joz Jonlin
August 17, 2019 5:27 am

“It’s a terrible paper and obviously written to garner attention. The problem arises that it’s already out in the wild and anything meant to stop the dissemination of this thing only makes it more visible, no matter how terrible it is. The Streisand Effect will kick in and everyone will want to see this garbage.”

That’s true, but this study was so badly done that it ought to be obvious to just about any reasonable person once the details are explained. I would say this is a *huge* hit to Nature Communications and strikes at the credibility of all similar publications. They are all going to be on defense because of this slander study approved by Nature Communications.

Robert of Texas
August 16, 2019 2:34 pm

So this is what “science” has become…settle it in court ’cause the “scientists” aren’t listening. So very sad, but I hope a judge will hear it. Logic has certainly failed.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
August 16, 2019 4:19 pm

Robert of Texas

It’s not a case of science though.

This is simply a case of slander/misrepresentation etc. The science merely demonstrates how wrong and vindictive these people are.

August 16, 2019 2:46 pm

I knew that the writer was Monckton, before I even looked at the bottom of the article. He has a distinctive, almost unmistakable style or writing. I’d call it “flowery dignified” — perhaps a bit too much so to be taken seriously, I’m afraid.

I’d like to see a re-write.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
August 16, 2019 4:24 pm

Robert Kernodle

I can promise you, from personal experience (lots of it) that to stand up in court and deliver something that does not represent you, or is edited by someone else, is a slippery slope to losing a court case very quickly.

Any court is obliged to take anything presented to it seriously until it can be demonstrated otherwise.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
August 17, 2019 12:11 pm

Mr Kernodle, as so often, misses the main point, which is that Nature Communications behaved outrageously and anti-scientifically. So often the concern trolls here try to divert the discussion on to inconsequentialities.

Doc Chuck
August 16, 2019 2:49 pm

My dear sir, Grateful for the succinct and carefully responsive summary of their clumsy assertions and castigations, I do think you’ll want it to read: a tiny, insignificant MINORity that they are fraudulently presenting as though it were an “overwhelming” majority — in your second to last paragraph.

August 16, 2019 3:11 pm

This is awesome.

I have long said that skeptical climate scientists are among the least litigious people in modern America. We need more pushback like this to the casual smears that have become climate alarmists big stick.

Andrew Clay
August 16, 2019 3:18 pm


There is a place for using the law against those that use offensive and demeaning labels to silence critics and debate. BUT for that to work you need to frame your legal complaint properly and carefully.

I am both an experienced solicitor and also what some would call a denier.

We should meet up some time and talk about how the law can be used to clean up this whole debate. It is easy to find me.

August 16, 2019 3:24 pm

Well done, Monckton. I will happily donate to support this, as I did for Dr Ridd’s case here in Aus.

Taylor Pohlman
August 16, 2019 3:25 pm

DeSmogBlog, the ‘Southern Poverty Law Center’ of Climate Change…

Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
August 16, 2019 4:19 pm

Yes, except it has even bigger $$ behind it.

Class action bait.

August 16, 2019 3:46 pm

So many interesting figures in the infamous NATURE Communications [Confabulations] article. So many contrived words to justify figures that are visual art, NOT science.

The abstract alone is a joke:

We juxtapose 386 prominent contrarians with 386 expert scientists by tracking their digital footprints across ∼200,000 research publications and ∼100,000 English-language digital and print media articles on climate change. Projecting these individuals across the same backdrop facilitates quantifying disparities in media visibility and scientific authority, and identifying organization patterns within their association networks. Here we show via direct comparison that contrarians are featured in 49% more media articles than scientists. Yet when comparing visibility in mainstream media sources only, we observe just a 1% excess visibility, which objectively demonstrates the crowding out of professional mainstream sources by the proliferation of new media sources, many of which contribute to the production and consumption of climate change disinformation at scale. These results demonstrate why climate scientists should increasingly exert their authority in scientific and public discourse, and why professional journalists and editors should adjust the disproportionate attention given to contrarians.

So, let me get this straight: They compare 200,000 research publications and 100,000 digital and print-media articles on climate change. Then they note more appearances of contrarians in the 100,000 digital/print-media articles than in the 200,000 research publications. What would you expect, when 200,000 research publications and professional mainstream media sources deny access to anyone who raises even legitimate scientifically-based arguments against a climate-change crisis?

And exactly HOW does this demonstrate why climate scientists SHOULD exert their AUTHORITY? As opposed to ADDRESSING the specific arguments being presented to them?

Why is this also not an indication that professional journalists and editors should further investigate the arguments of contrarians? And why is the assumption that contrarians proliferate “disinformation”, rather than legitimate conflicting information that needs to be addressed?

This article is stupid beyond belief, … logically, professionally, legally.

August 16, 2019 3:47 pm

The use of the word “denier” is clearly defamatory and I’ve no doubt that a judge will agree with the Lord Monckton unless they can somehow find something that sceptics “deny”.

However, because the word was used in the phrase “Climate deniers”, the test will be a lot harder than just denying something. Instead, the strict interpretation is that we supposedly deny “climate”. That could be taken as in “deny Jesus” making climate a form of deity. Or perhaps we are supposed to deny the existence of “climate”, which I can’t imagine how they’d argue. They could argue it was short for “climate change” denial, but as sceptics accept the climate changes, this again would lead nowhere.

The only even faintly possible way to argue this phrase had any validity I can see is to try to attempt to argue it means “present climate change” … which given that I don’t think a single sceptic would “deny” the climate has changed since the high temperatures of the 2016 El Nino, looks a lost cause to me.

Another “Twitter” argument would be that “Climate denial” doesn’t mean what it actually says but is just a group name. But I don’t think judges have much sympathy with people who just use a libellous term without thinking.

Another way that those writing these ad hominem papers have had out of it was that they slandered as a group … but they’ve been stupid enough to list individuals.

There is some protection for peer reviewed research, so the crux may be the requirement that there is “malice”. To quote: “Malice in the case of qualified privilege means a dominant improper motive for publishing a statement, whereas in the case of fair comment, it has the narrower meaning of absence of an honest belief in the truth of a statement or reckless indifference as to the truth.”

But they said this: “we developed methods to hold people and media outlets accountable for their roles in the climate-change-denialism movement, which has given rise to climate change misinformation at scale.” … The phrase “to hold people accountable”, implies that they intentionally attacked individuals for their “roles” (what role?) in some: “climate-change-denialism movement”. A movement implies that the association of individual has some structure, which in turn implies that there is some kind of unity of view which it would be reasonable for any researcher to have investigated before making derogatory statements intended to “hold them to account”. It is therefore impossible to excuse this with a “we can’t know what every sceptic thinks” … because they’re the ones that have said there is a unity of purpose via the words “movement”.

Also “holding them to account” shows a clear motive, not of academic reporting or investigation, but of political activism which is hardly consistent with an academic study and may render the “peer review” defence invalid. And even if valid, unless the defendant could support their numerous false assertions, then the motive of “holding to account” would be improper .

Interestingly, I’m not convinced that peer review gives them much protection, but quite the opposite. Because, if this had been a simple opinion article, then I would suggest a test of reasonableness would be “on the balance of probability”. But by asserting it is a peer reviewed article, then it would seem the threshold for reasonableness is that much higher, because a falsehood in a peer reviewed work is much more defamatory than one in a puff piece article. It is also all the more clear, in a reviewed article, that the libel was intentional rather than a unfortunate mischoice of words.

For me the phrase “holding them to account” appears to be most unfortunate as it implies an intention to punish, an intention, not to impartially investigate and report as would be suitable for a peer review study, but instead a motive to intentionally injure the reputation of all the individuals listed.

Reply to  Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)
August 16, 2019 5:21 pm

” … which given that I don’t think a single sceptic would “deny” the climate has changed since the high temperatures of the 2016 El Nino, looks a lost cause to me.”

Please tell where the climate has changed; is that change global? El Nino, PDO, etc are known climate or perhaps weather oscillations not climatic changes; if they were to say disappear perhaps…

I have traveled to almost every place in the US lower 48 and to Hawaii and Alaska for over 30 years multiple times and separated by five to seven years.

I have observed with my own eyes:
Winter is still Winter when it is suppose to Winter
Summer is still Summer when it is suppose to Summer
The places that have beaches still have those beaches in the same place.

Climate Changes; period. full stop but every climate has an enormous weather variably and depending which climate and where it is located that weather variably may extend beyond a human’s life time.

What I deny is the supposedly large input caused by mankind’s use of fossil fuels. When I see no change.
Range of temperatures on Earth:
~-126F to ~+140F
The supposed average ~+58F ( last time I bother to look anyway) –> does not seem very warm to me.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  JEHILL
August 16, 2019 6:33 pm

58°F puts us in the cold tail end of a worrisomely long-in-the-tooth interglacial interval within an ongoing ice age.

Reply to  JEHILL
August 17, 2019 1:46 am

Climate comes from the Greek (from memory) Klimat and that means “inclination”.

By inclination they meant the angle of the sun and thus the latitude (no they weren’t flat earthers) in the past.

So, “Climate Change” linguistically is a change in the weather away from what you would expect for that “inclination”. We expect a seasonal cycle, we expect inter-seasonal variations, but any sustained change away from the “norm” should be termed “climate change”, which includes a few years of El Nino, PDO, etc.

Perversely, what we sceptics are really up against is literal climate change denial epitomised by the hockey stick which was created in order to falsely show that there was no climate change until the period when Mann aligned all the signals to create the false rise.

The argument of those like Mann is that climate change does not normally exist (literally climate change denial) and therefore any climate change we have seen (conveniently since we started getting temperature readings) can’t be due to natural climate change as they deny that exists, and therefore it must be man-made.

So, bizarrely, it’s us sceptics who are stronger supporters of climate change, because we accept natural climate change has been happening for 4.5billion years. In contrast, the alarmists are denying climate change occurs naturally and that is how they argue that “because (natural) climate change does not exist, the climate changes we seen (not denied by sceptics) must be man-made”.

Matthew R Marler
Reply to  Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)
August 16, 2019 6:12 pm

Mike Haseler: which has given rise to climate change misinformation at scale.

They also used the word “misinformation”, in a context like you quoted that seemed to imply that the CCC group included outright liars. That among other things got me to thinking about libel.

John Tillman
Reply to  Matthew R Marler
August 16, 2019 6:58 pm

Not a lawyer, but IMO this “paper” is clearly libelous, open and shut.

Nature and the perps exist in such a bubble that they and the peer reviewers didn’t realize their legal peril.

Reply to  Matthew R Marler
August 17, 2019 1:57 am

I’ve been trying to think of ways they could defend this case and except for some exotic legal ploy of which I know nothing, I can only see two.

The first is to argue that “climate change denial” doesn’t mean denial of climate change, but denial of man-made climate change. We can easily prove we don’t deny mankind does change the climate by pointing to the fact that almost all sceptics accept doubling CO2 will cause 1C rise and that humans do change the climate in cities.

So, they would then have to argue “climate change denial” means “Catastrophic man-made climate change denial” … and I think that kind of an argument will not go down well with a judge.

The other kind of argument is that “climate change denial”, means “denial”, in the context of climate change. Here, what is being denied would be the various other allegations in the paper, and so THEY NEED TO PROVE: “misinformation at scale”,which I’m similarly convinced they could not win as an argument before a judge. Indeed, given Monckton previously took Al Gore’s film to court and won spectacularly on most accounts, it is far easier to argue they are guilty of misinformation “at scale”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)
August 17, 2019 5:43 am

“We can easily prove we don’t deny mankind does change the climate by pointing to the fact that almost all sceptics accept doubling CO2 will cause 1C rise”

I’m not sure about that. I, personally, don’t believe a doubling of CO2 will result in a 1C rise in temperature, although I don’t disbelieve it either, because there is no evidence either way. Any figure we name at this stage in our discovery is just a guess. It may be an educated guess, but it is still just a guess, until the actual figure is nailed down and that has not happened.

There is a possibility that CO2 adds *no* net heat to the Earth’s atmosphere after feedbacks are included. Noone can dispute this successfully at the current stage of understanding.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 17, 2019 12:02 pm

In response to Mr Abbott, it has not yet been demonstrated that the small change in CO2 concentration that we have achieved has a significant effect on global temperature. That is why our own approach concentrates on demonstrating that feedback response is very likely to be negligible and cannot be anything like as substantial as is at present imagined.

However, our results might be verified by a close examination of the 20 million radiosonde records available from all parts of the world since the 1950s. If those records demonstrate no net radiative imbalance in the atmosphere, then that result will provide empirical evidence of the absence of any significant temperature feedback response, and that will constrain equilibrium sensitivity to around 1 K, and that’s before taking into account the influence of solar activity on climate, of which the records appear to have been altered to conceal the extent of solar warming.

August 16, 2019 4:51 pm

The central assertion by the defendants in their “Nature” article is that we Climate Deniers are given excessive and unwarranted “equal time” in the public Climate Debate.

That central tenent is completely unsupported by the facts.

Within the popular (mainstream) press I have yet to see a published climate article or climate related broadcast report or interview where a climate skeptic was quoted or asked for an opinion. If skeptics are mentioned at all, it is for the purpose of slander and defamation of character. Skeptics are always maliciously and slanderously referred to as “Deniers”.

Why did the defendants try to make this case in the article? Why stir up the nest when they have all the guns and all the ammunition in the totally one sided climate non-debate (one sided because skeptics have no widespread public voice)?

Dave Fair
Reply to  DocSiders
August 16, 2019 5:57 pm

“Why did the defendants try to make this case in the article?” Because, Doc, the Left always push too far. In this case it was a couple of newbies in a nowhere college, relying on the CliSci practitioners’ derision of skeptical views. They decided they could further the “cause” by de-platforming “contrarians” in the various media markets.

The “study’s” fundamental mistake was quickly realized by the climate big-shots and the incriminating parts removed (too late). The fundamental mistake was in identifying individuals, slandering them and inviting public refutation and lawsuits. Institutionalized censorship is now out in the open and subject to critical review. The tactics of CliSci suppression of alternative scientific analyses is manifest even to the slowest “journalist.”

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  DocSiders
August 16, 2019 6:30 pm

Apparently internet blogs are taken by them to be the equivalent of major outlets within the MSM.
And an insulting blurb or smear piece is taken to be as important and valuable to the person being smeared as a glowing front page write-up of one or another heroes of the climate liar movement.

But since they did not even make sure their citation counts were actual citations and not the product of a sloppily worded internet search engine inquiry, their results are in fact multiply meaningless.

Matthew R Marler
August 16, 2019 4:54 pm

Wow! I was hoping for something like this, and I am not disappointed.

Thank you Viscount Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

Mickey Reno
August 16, 2019 4:57 pm

If I recall correctly, the 2nd Lew paper, called “Recursive Fury” had to be retracted because of similar complaints, in that Lewandowsky was diagnosing mental illness in “subjects” that had not consented to be subjects in his experiment in the first place, an ethical violation against them based on sound psychological science testing methods, and then medically made personal diagnoses solely on his own interpretation of their psychological makeup from a few blog comments, another ethical violation from the medical ethics side of the house, since these people had not agreed to be his patients. Good luck in getting this PoS retracted from the “Climate Scientology” lierature, Lord Monckton.

Nicholas McGinley
August 16, 2019 6:21 pm

How many times have we heard from those in the warmista camp that there is no “C” in CAGW, at least not any that is attributable to reputable members of the climate scientism community?
It was not until reading through this comment thread just now, that I realized that this article in such a publication as Nature Communication (and let’s be real, they only have the credibility because of the Nature part of their name) has broken right through all boundaries of legitimate scientific inquiry and lands squarely in the realm of doomsday alarmism.
And besides for that, the clarity with which Christopher Monckton has described the positions taken by the authors, and also described exactly what is wrong about those positions, we can see that these people have taken it upon themselves to not merely imply, but to state outright that people with a certain point of view and who operate under the mantle of “scientists” constitute a de facto authority, and are somehow entitled and empowered to control not just the content of public discourse, but who shall be allowed to engage in public discourse. And of course it is them and their ilk who shall have this authority and power, and furthermore that categorically none shall be accorded to any who disagree with what they believe.
This is truly an astounding declaration on their part, made all the more egregious by the fact that the subject matter and the methodology they employ have not the slightest resemblance to anything like actual science, though this last may be in itself unsurprising, since it appears (and I may be wrong)that the authors have nary a degree in any hard science between the lot of them.
In spite of such a lack of pertinent credentials, they represent themselves as climate science researchers.
And that lays bare and gives the lie to another of the non sequitur talking points of climate alarmists: That many skeptics are unqualified to opine on matters related to “the science”.
What science actually is, is a proscribed method for elucidating objective reality. It is not anything that is churned out by people with a certain degree program under their belt.
Arguably, it is rather any investigation or explication which is done that employs the proper methodology, no matter who is doing it, or what their academic bona fides may or may not be.
Conversely, any such investigation or explication that fails to employ the methods of scientific inquiry is categorically NOT science, no matter who does the work, for what reason they do so,
and no matter which publication disseminates it.
If Nature Communication publishes garbage, then they are an unreliable and disreputable publication.
Reputation and credibility are far more easily squandered than they are earned.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
August 16, 2019 7:30 pm

Excellent post, Nicholas.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
August 16, 2019 8:19 pm

“Climate communications” is propaganda. Academic departments of Climate Communications are nothing more than government propaganda organs. Defund them.

Mike Macray
August 16, 2019 7:19 pm

Bravo! The gauntlet is thrown! I wait with bated breath for news of the next episode!

August 16, 2019 7:33 pm

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley has fired an excellent opening salvo in this battle, aimed at protecting the reputation of some hundreds of scientists and others maligned by this massive slander. However IMHO the fraud charges that he raises are the far more important, and are hardly likely to be seen by a court to be mitigated by a mere apology, however fulsome, from the perpetrators. Let us hope that prosecutors in many jurisdictions are seriously considering long overdue fraud charges against this crew. There should be plenty of slandered scientists ready to act as expert witnesses for the prosecution!

Steven Mosher
August 16, 2019 7:41 pm

Dude hire a lawyer, FFS.

Reply to  Steven Mosher
August 17, 2019 1:11 am

Steven Mosher

Something else you’re an expert in.

Reply to  HotScot
August 17, 2019 5:00 am

yep. review legal docs weekly since 1995.

Steven Mosher
Reply to  HotScot
August 18, 2019 8:42 pm

Hey look, he followed my advice and hired a lawyer.


I know nothing

Reply to  Steven Mosher
August 17, 2019 2:09 am

Mosh – I bet you’re hilarious when playing Cluedo.

Me: “I accuse Ms Pinkton of attacking Lord Monkton in the Naturium with the hockeystick”;
Mosh “Dude hire a lawyer, FFS”.

August 17, 2019 1:03 am

Mr Sherrington should know that the word “defendant” applies both in civil and in criminal proceedings. the use of the word in pre-action protocols is not without precedent.

Rod Evans
August 17, 2019 1:06 am

Crikey Christopher, you are optimistic expecting them to read and absorb your demands within 7 days, let alone reply and act.
A beautifully written piece that will no doubt send shivers down the spines (do they actually have spines) of the climate fraudsters.
Keep up the good work. The truth will out, as it always does.

August 17, 2019 3:08 am

Christopher Monckton of Brenchley : I am sure you would be aware that Willis Eschenbach has taken a copy of the Supplementary Information which Nature has now deleted, but just in case .. there is a link to it in

I wish you well in this endeavour. After what happened in the Bjelke Petersen trial, I am sure you would be aware that a jury would be very likely to contain enough people who have swallowed the propaganda to ensure that your prosecution would fail if heard in a jury trial. At least with a judge-only trial there is a chance of fairness.

I would be interested to know which solar physicist said that the alterations had been made so as to prevent “deniers” from pointing out that much, if not all, of the global warming of recent decades was attributable to solar activity. I wonder whether the statement really did indicate intent as you imply, or whether it was only referring to the effect of the alterations. So far I have had no reason to doubt that the alterations came from a genuine scientific endeavour.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
August 17, 2019 5:51 am

In response to Mr Jonas, the question for the jury will be whether the defendants have committed fraud and libel. For instance, the defendants talk of “overwhelming consensus”, when in fact the overwhelming consensus in the reviewed journals is to the effect that we don’t know how much warming we’ve caused. We can demonstrate to the jury that the supposed “97% consensus” was fraudulently obtained: we can show that the true figure is 0.3%. That, in my experience, shakes even the most self-confident true-believer.

Indeed, even the unspeakable John Cook, who muscled his way into the Heartland climate conference a couple of weeks back and purported to “interview” me for the Weather Channel, went red in the face with shame when I told him that a senior citizen of Queensland who had complained to the police about Cook’s bogus “97%” claim had been told by the police that a deception had indeed been perpetrated. The best he could do, when confronted with the evidence that he had turned 0.3% into 97.1%, was to mumble something about how the scientists who had written the 11,944 papers he had claimed to review had been separately interviewed and 97% of them had agreed that recent warming had been chiefly anthropogenic. But those opinions, of course, were not peer-reviewed. They were valueless, scientifically speaking, by the very same yardstick that the climate Communists use in their attempts to shut us up. No jury, on seeing Cook’s list of all 11,944 papers, and on realizing that he had marked only 64 of them as explicitly endorsing the “consensus” proposition, would have any hesitation before coming to the view that reporting 64/11.944 as 97.1% was, to say the least, inaccurate and calculated to mislead.

As to the tampering with the solar irradiance data, those data are now being urgently reinspected by competent physicists, in the light of an incautious suggestion by one of the climate-Communist solar physicists that the irradiance data for 1925-1995, which had originally showed a solar grand maximum (see e.g. Hathaway & Wilson 2004), had been altered so as to prevent skeptics from attributing recent warming to the Sun.

It is noticeable that the rate of warming slowed considerably from about 1997 onward (save only for the recent el Nino). As best I can make it out – and I am no expert in solar irradiance – temperature change on Earth in response to variability in irradiance goes as the 60-year integral of solar activity. I am traveling overseas next week to hold discussions with the scientists engaged in this work, and to learn more from them.

Even if solar irradiance did not reach a grand maximum from 1925-1995, the warming we have seen to date, which is about a third of what was predicted by IPCC in 1990, is well within the natural variability of the climate. No other explanation, strictly speaking, is necessary.

However, it has also recently come to light, from the same talented group, one of whose members is also a member of my research team, that the radiosonde data show no radiative imbalance at all in the boundary layer, the troposphere or the tropopause and lower to mid stratosphere (the balloons go pop above that). No radiative imbalance implies two things: first, no feedback response, providing a most powerful empirical confirmation of our own theoretical result; and secondly, no greenhouse effect.

The reason why there is no greenhouse effect is fascinating. Albert Einstein, in a 1919 paper, demonstrated that a molecule of a gas in thermodynamic equilibrium absorbs and at once emits any radiation it receives. This result is usually attributed to Kirchhoff. Apparently, it is only in an environment of thermodynamic disequilibrium that a greenhouse effect can occur: and the radiosonde records show, with a brilliant clarity once they are properly analyzed, that no thermodynamic disequilibrium exists anywhere in the atmosphere, as far up as the balloons can measure (which means 99% of it). No thermodynamic disequilibrium, no greenhouse effect, says Einstein,, and he is usually right.

Naturally, I have a great many questions to ask, not the least of which is whether I may be permitted to give an outline here of the method and results that this dazzling research team have produced. The combination of our theoretical result and the empirical confirmation of it will, in a rational world, be sufficient to bring the whole global-warming house of cards down. I shall keep everyone posted.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 1:41 pm

Christopher Monckton of Brenchley : I have no doubt that scientific arguments such as yours will prevail in the end. That’s the way that science has always worked, though at times it can take a frustratingly long time.

My reference to juries and to the Bjelke-Petersen case, however, lies outside that aspect of science. What happened in the Bjelke-Petersen case in Queensland was that one juror, who was a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of Bjelke-Petersen, refused to find him guilty even though the evidence against him was overwhelming. At that time under Queensland law, a jury’s verdict had to be unanimous (the law has since been changed). The jury spent several days trying to reach a verdict, but the one juror held out and in the end Bjelke-Petersen was acquitted.

If you do choose to prosecute Nature and if the case is heard by judge and jury, then it would only take 3 jurors to be as committed to a particular brand of virtue-signalling as was the Queensland juror for you to lose (assuming that 10 of 12 jurors is sufficient for a verdict). In the current warped political situation regarding climate, I don’t fancy your chances.

Please note carefully that this in no way suggests anything other than that your scientific case is overwhelming. It says only that it can be defeated by the interaction of politics and jurors. I sincerely believe that a judge-only trial would be very much more likely to be better for you. I note that the recent impressive court win by Peter Ridd in a freedom-of-speech trial involving Great Barrier Reef science was in a judge-only trial. Had a jury been involved, I think the result could have been very different – in spite of the obviously overwhelming evidence behind the freedom-of-speech argument. There are many who argue that “climate sceptics” should not have freedom of speech and who would have been only too keen to find against Peter Ridd regardless of any actual evidence had they been in a jury hearing the case. The same applies to your case, if and when it goes to court.

I wish you every success anyway.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
August 17, 2019 4:23 pm

In response to Mr Jonas, of course going to law has become something rather like a game of bingo, with far worse odds. It is a casino where the lawyers are the house and the judges are the roulette wheel. But I am well familiar with finding ways of obtaining justice, where justice needs to be obtained, and the courts are remarkably good at finding ways of ensuring that those who have a genunine need for justice and a fair case will be fairly heard and fairly dealt with, procedural obstacles of every kind notwithstanding.

Our rebuttal of our attackers is already being waged on many fronts, and they don’t know from which direction we shall come next. They are already reeling and showing signs of retreat. We don’t expect them to roll over, though in justice that is what they should do. Instead, we shall have to fight them, so that the world – despite the Marxstream media – comes to realize how very, very close we have come to losing the freedom of academic research and debate. Many here are all too willing to allow the world to pass into a new Dark Age in which narrow-minded totalitarians allow only one officially-endorsed opinion on every subject. I, for one, am determined not to go into the night without raging – raging – against the dying of the light.

B d Clark
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 4:56 pm

I agree entirely Lord Monckton, leftist authoritarian agendas,are taking over every aspect of life,sold on the back of AGW, I’m no scientist but have argued against AGW for years ,I have been ridiculed called a liar and banned from voicing my opinion on MSM comment threads, I have been told “if your not a scientist you have no right to comment” the global warmests are fanatics infiltrating every blog every MSM ,the same user name/names every day all day,telling people who have a different opinion there wrong. These fanatics are organized, they come in various guises,as we see on this thread, there frightened of you Lord Monckton and your fellow colleagues, they have infiltrated MSM journalism under the guise of environmental correspondents, yet the only reporting they do is copy and paste what NOAA and NASA have writen amongst others, we only have to look at the BBC’S announcement that the climate debate is settled no opposing opinion/science will be published,what a truly disgusting world we are now living in.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 10:12 pm

Dear Christopher,

In light of your above comments. your team might wish to consider two specific works as follows:

i) A mechanism whereby solar variability could affect surface temperatures:

ii) A mechanism whereby a surface temperature enhancement can occur without GHGs:

Michael Keal
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
August 19, 2019 4:18 am

Stephen I’d like, if I may, to comment on your i) the JoNova article ‘Is the Sun driving ozone …’

“Shorter wavelengths (UV) generate ozone in the stratosphere and penetrate the ocean. Longer wavelengths don’t. But the Sun is also sending out charged particles and driving a massive fluctuating magnetic field, both of which affect Earth’s atmosphere.”
“Shorter wavelengths (UV) … penetrate the ocean. Longer wavelengths don’t.”

While I’m in overall agreement with the thrust of the entire quote above I think there is more. Surely the second bit I’ve highlighted isn’t quite right. I’d like to suggest that although the spectrum shift from solar maximum to minimum isn’t that large it’s significant because it’s likely to have a disproportionally large effect around the point where the atmosphere is/isn’t opaque at some UV wavelengths and that this is likely to manifest itself in the atmosphere/oceans.

During a solar minimum the energy that then isn’t heating the upper atmosphere and creating ozone will instead be acting on clouds/oceans. I’ve put the two together because clouds of course contain tons of liquid water and because it’s often in the form of lots of tiny droplets, will punch above its weight. So, during a solar minimum I would expect to see some additional heating in clouds (where there are clouds) and some additional heating in the oceans where there aren’t clouds. (I’m thinking of a fine mist of water droplets behaving like a gas having the same optical properties as liquid water which differ somewhat from water vapour.)

More generally, I’d also like to suggest that it might be helpful if, in the same way that we talk of a Mediterranean climate or an oceanic climate, we also spoke of a ‘solar maximum climate’ and a ‘solar minimum’ climate.

I believe this would go some way to demystify the changes in the type of weather we see during a solar minimum cw a solar maximum which would in turn take the wind out of the sails of the climate catastrophists.

Finally, something that wouldn’t be generally obvious to the man in the street. When meridional flow is active cold polar air will at times be transported to much nearer the equator where it can pick up more heat than usual. Also, warm tropical air will at times be transported to much nearer the poles where it will lose much more heat to space than usual. This provides a mechanism for reducing the global temperature during Solar Minimums.

So, when the media shouts about the “hottest day ever” during a Solar Minimum summer in UK to give the impression that we are ‘living in a warming world’ they are actually drawing attention to a mechanism that is, paradoxically, probably cooling the Earth!

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  Mike Jonas
August 17, 2019 1:34 pm

Mike Jonas,

I did not know of these lists until my son phoned me to tell me about them this evening. Hence, I was not able to check the list of “Contrarians” prior to its redaction, and I am grateful that you have provided information which has enabled me to read them. Thank you.

I am very proud that I have been included in the list of ‘contrarians’, and this honour elevates me to comparison with Bob Carter because his name is also on the list.

However, the inclusion of Bob Carter and me makes the list a misleading indication of active ‘contrarians’. My poor health has prevented me from contributing much opposition to ‘climate change alarmism’ for the past five years, and Bob died in January 2016. (So much for peer reviewed “study”.)


August 17, 2019 3:17 am

I would be happy to contribute to a crowd funding of any legal costs.

August 17, 2019 3:19 am

I would be happy to contribute to a crowd funding of any legal costs..

August 17, 2019 4:28 am

Would be happy to financially contribute to the costs, should this litigation proceed.
The Peter Ridd episode comes to mind here. The lid needs to come off this can of worms.

monckton of brenchley
August 17, 2019 5:29 am

Many thanks indeed to all who have so generously offered to contribute to the fund to assist in the court proceedings. I propose that, in the first instance, I should take advice from Andrew Clay, an intellectual-property lawyer who has, earlier in this thread, very kindly offered to make some suggestions on how to proceed. And we shall in any event need to wait a week to see how the defendants respond. Nature Communications has already realized it is in trouble, and has put an editorial note above the paper to say that it is considering criticisms and has taken down the hate-list of names, and has removed the link to the paper from its homepage.

Meanwhile, the “University” of California at Merced, a less than distinguished institution by all accounts, has a spectacularly fraudulent and libelous press release prominently linked to its homepage. I have given the “University”, and separately the authoress of the offending press release, the opportunity to remove it and replace it with an apology, retraction and undertaking of non-repetition. Again, we must give them seven days to reply.

If they do not reply, proceedings will be issued. If they still do not reply, default judgment will be entered against them, with orders for removal, replacement with an apology in terms agreeable to me and approved by the Court, costs, damages, etc. If they reply undertaking to put matters promptly to rights, I shall be content, for I am not vindictive. If they reply saying they will contest any proceedings, at that point we shall lodge proceedings, subject to the legal advice we receive. And at that point we shall activate a GoFundMe campaign and ask everyone for as much help as they can manage.

In the circumstances, it would be appropriate if one of the many eminent scientists on the list took the lead as first plaintiff. It would be good if there were at least a dozen co-plaintiffs, because we need to make it plain that totalitarian attempts such as this to silence all debate are unacceptable in a free society and contrary to sound scientific method. Here, we must – just for once – not talk only among ourselves but draw a line in the sand and tell the Forces of Darkness that they will not in future be permitted to cross it.

August 17, 2019 9:19 am

Viscount Monckton of Brenchley writes: I told him of a number of other aspects of the climate fraud, including the “97% consensus” fraud, where Queensland Police had found that a deception had taken place, though on political grounds they had not prosecuted.

Can you direct me to documentation of the Queensland Police’s finding? I’d like be able to show it to some of my climate-consensus friends.

Reply to  NeedleFactory
August 17, 2019 9:47 am

In response to NeedleFactory, the distinguished citizen of Queensland who complained to the police submitted a detailed affidavit drafted by me at his request and detailing the defalcations of Cook et al. The police studied the matter quite carefully and contacted that citizen to inform him that a deception was evident but that they were not going to prosecute. As I understand it, the decision was quite a close thing, and the matter continues to be kept under review, since there is growing concern among police forces at the fraudulent tactics being used by the climate Communists.

Nigel Sherratt
August 17, 2019 9:56 am

‘Guest Blogger’ indeed, did anyone have to read to the end to spot the author? ‘Mesdames’ was a pretty good clue but I don’t think many were in doubt beyond ‘editors named supra’. Excellent work, thank you for your continuing service Lord Monckton. ‘tanquam ex ungue leonem’

B d Clark
August 17, 2019 10:29 am

Bravo Lord Monckton I too will chip in to any funding,you may need,as I have already done so with David keighley’s case against the BBC. The civil procedure rules as some one posted a link too earlier, are indeed complex ,there are pre trial formalities that both sides have to abide to,although at every stage a judge can overide any procedure,and every procedure can be appealed,such is UK civil law! I’ve been there last year,

We must all strive to oppose censorship,demonizing, of a opposing view, the public must be made aware that there are true climate scientists who dont hold with the warming science and only wish there views and science are given a fair hearing in the Cc debate, to these ends I will help in anyway I can, and argue for in any way I can.

Crispin in Waterloo
August 17, 2019 10:31 am

Subjective Intent

Malice is the result of subjective intent. I believe the paper by its own content, contains examples of, even a justification of, subjective intent.

The denigration of those people listed is intentional, subjective and malicious.

Jaap Titulaer
August 17, 2019 11:34 am

LOL, that “University” of California Merced has a global rank of 879…

Charly PB
August 17, 2019 11:35 am

If a GoFundMe campaign is needed, I will contribute.

Excellent, Monckton of Brenchley.

David Etchells
August 17, 2019 1:08 pm

Huh – the Forbes article mentioned in the piece has been blocked by Forbes, with a message saying “After review, this post has been removed for failing to meet our editorial standards.” I read it (you can still get to the text, see below), and don’t see how it could be construed as so sorely lacking that people had to be prevented from reading it.

To see the text yourself, you can either “view source” on the page and scroll down, or selected the cached version on Google and choose the “text only” option.

Reply to  David Etchells
August 17, 2019 4:15 pm

It would be good to get in touch with Forbes and ask why the perfectly excellent article on Nir Shaviv should have been pulled. The sole reason why it was pulled was that it gave the impression that a point of view other than the climate-Communist Party Line might be correct after all. The extent of the censorship by the totalitarian Left has turned the whole world into a Communist country. Which was, of course, precisely the intention.

August 17, 2019 2:47 pm

Libel tourism is a term, first coined by Geoffrey Robertson, to describe forum shopping for libel suits. It particularly refers to the practice of pursuing a case in England and Wales, in preference to other jurisdictions, such as the United States, which provide more extensive defenses for those accused of making derogatory statements.[1]

A critic of English defamation law, journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft, attributes the practice to the introduction of no win no fee agreements, the presumption that derogatory statements are false, the difficulty of establishing fair comment and “the caprice of juries and the malice of judges.”[2] Wheatcroft contrasts this with United States law since the New York Times Co. v. Sullivan case. “Any American public figure bringing an action now has to prove that what was written was not only untrue but published maliciously and recklessly.”[2]

Two other critics of English defamation law, the US lawyers Samuel A. Abady and Harvey Silverglate, have cited the example of Irish–Saudi businessman Khalid bin Mahfouz, who by the time of his death in 2009, had threatened suit more than 40 times in England against those who accused him of funding terrorism.[3] Mahfouz also took legal action in Belgium, France and Switzerland against those repeating the accusations. George W. Bush advisor Richard Perle threatened to sue investigative reporter Seymour Hersh in London, because of a series of critical articles Hersh had written about him.[4] In 2006 American actress Kate Hudson won a libel action in England against the British edition of the National Enquirer magazine after it published an article suggesting she had an eating disorder.[5]

A series of cases involving US citizens being sued in English courts led to new laws in both countries. In the United States, the SPEECH Act unanimously passed the US Congress, which makes foreign defamation judgements unenforceable in US courts if they don’t meet US free speech standards. In England and Wales, the Defamation Act 2013 requires plaintiffs to show that England is the proper jurisdiction to hear a case when the defendant does not live in England or Wales.

Reply to  PaWi
August 17, 2019 4:13 pm

I see that some ingenious attempts to divert us from suing are now beginning to be evident in this thread. Good. That means the Forces of Darkness realize how much trouble they are in and are trying, far too late and with pathetic inadequacy, to shore up their indefensible position.

Several UK “news” sources have reproduced the offending press release from the “University” of California at Merced (ranked no. 879 in the world, which is about as close to the bottom as one can get). Being based in the UK, they are suable. What is more, those on the “University”‘s hate list who are not public figures – and there are some – have the right to sue in the U.S. without proving malice – though, as many commenters here have pointed out, malice is all too evident both in the Nature Communications “study” and in the press release.

Those who are attempting to divert us from taking legal action should realize that we are being properly advised, and we shall proceed with appropriate actions in appropriate jurisdictions where we have unchallengeable locus standi (in America, “standing”).

I am not impressed by those whose only contribution is to try to say how impossible it is to use the law to right evident wrongs. Time and again, even when lawyers have told me this, I have gone on to win. The case against Al Gore’s ridiculous sci-fi comedy horror movie is a good example: we won that in the High Court when one firm of lawyers had refused to file the case on the ground that we could not possibly win, and when the second firm refused to take my advice on how to fight the case (which was a mistake, because I had had a hand in drafting the law they had wrongly interpreted), they actually lost the case and told me there was nothing more they could do, whereupon I ordered them to write to the judge who had thrown out the case and ask whether he had viewed the sci-fi movie before allowing it to be shown to innocent schoolchildren. When the judge did not reply, I ordered them to write to the court and ask for a new judge. They said that would not work, so I told them to do it anyway, and a new judge was appointed at once. I then wrote the scientific testimony in the case and, as soon as the government saw it, they capitulated. So don’t tell me I can’t get justice when there is something wrong. The purpose of the courts is to see that justice is done, and they are surprisingly good at it provided that one does not listen to the faint-hearts and trolls who think up dozens of reasons why nothing can be done.

August 17, 2019 2:51 pm
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Reply to  PaWi
August 17, 2019 4:00 pm

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Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 17, 2019 7:15 pm


I’m 100% on your side about the so-called study and its agenda to demonize those it selected to be held out to scorn, derision, and attack for questioning the climate change movements tactics and science.

My motive to post was to, firstly (a wiki copy and paste), highlight the political/legislative and judicial precedents (on both sides of the Atlantic) that appear instituted to allow libel/slander against those considered politically (by public stature) as fair game (especially in the United States); secondly, to highlight the jurisdiction (England/Wales) of Springer Nature, itself.
Those who did the study appear to be connected with California, where the university is situated.

Obviously, you and numerous others are on the hit-list which the PAID agenda-driven academics were chosen to create.

Take a look at another RECENT example of a high-profile liblel/slander suit in USA brought by a youth was just decided in USA on July 27th: “(William O. Bertelsman ruled that there may have been “erroneous” opinions published by the Post, but they are protected by the First Amendment. (The) federal judge has thrown out a Kentucky teen’s lawsuit accusing The Washington Post of falsely labeling him a racist following an encounter with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial. Nicholas Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, sued the newspaper for $250 million in February, alleging that it had engaged in “targeting and bullying” and modern “McCarthyism.”

Reply to  PaWi
August 18, 2019 8:00 pm

When one is paranoid and/or so deeply set in one’s mind as a victim of academic-attack via libel/slander that all courts are equal in all common law countries, one cannot be effective in representing oneself [or other similarly situated victims] in the court of public opinion no matter where one surfaces as a victim/complainant. A racketeering charge is more likely to proceed, in a USA court than a libel/slander case in this immediate instance.
Knee-jerk paranoiac responses makes me wonder: at such as is written above, “ingenious attempts to divert us from suing are now beginning to be evident in this thread. Good. That means the Forces of Darkness realize how much trouble they are in and are trying, far too late and with pathetic inadequacy, to shore up their indefensible position.”,

I am a catholic Christian, fighting for faith and truth, not a” Force of Darkness”. Too bad, from the UK such online-drivel ORIGINATES, where personality seems to infiltrate the “climate denier community” [at large] in online ego-driven comments, in basis claiming “I know everything about the law, everywhere” drivel.

To know “one doesn’t know all, is a required quality of a true leader and why intelligent persons pat attention to law set by precedent and absolute discretion to investigate and/or prosecute (under common law), this situation is clearly POLITICAL, not in the realm OF CODIFIED LAW.

Counter-propaganda and distributive digital (and more) platforms being deployed strategically are the ONLY defense against the scientific apostasy of climate change conspiracy-agents .

(SNIPPED out the uneccessary attack on a legal title) SUNMOD

I am 64 years young, not impressed by anything but data and faith, called TRUTH. I pray for truth to be understood and heard more than the climate change snake-oil sellers lies..
I am just an old woman, so no one cares about my perspective, really, anyway.

Reply to  PaWi
August 18, 2019 11:23 pm

Moderators, here is another anonymous concern troll hurling personal insults about my title etc. Please delete this posting by PaWi.

Reply to  PaWi
August 19, 2019 9:27 am

… this situation is clearly POLITICAL, not in the realm OF CODIFIED LAW.

“Political” and “codified law” are not polarities, from which an “either-or” deduction can follow. This situation is NOT one or the other — it is BOTH … “political” AND “in the realm of codified law”.

Nature Communications serves a professional, academic, research community with its paid subscriptions to access its information. The professionals (or institutions acting in the best interests of these professionals) are paying consumers of this information. If such information is shoddy, fabricated, false, or otherwise sub-par, by professional scientific standards, then I see a form of negligence here — a form of negligence that is NOT innocent, whereby an intelligent person should have known the difference between quality research and fabricated, ill conceived research that paints a targeted list of people in a contemptuous light.

In other words, it sure looks like fraud to me. It looks like research misconduct. I’m not sure where the legal remedies for these might be found, but, at the moment, I am on the side of those who think that this IS a matter to be considered in law. I’m not a lawyer, however, and so my insight might be somewhat unclear because of this.

Reply to  PaWi
August 20, 2019 8:27 am

Climate catastrophists also have FAITH that CO2 will destroy the human race. Not evidence. A muslim has faith that his religion is correct, likewise a Hindu. Is that also ‘truth’?

Does attempting to belittle someone, even someone as respected, intelligent, and honourable as Lord Monckton make u feel like less of an old woman?

I think you should stick to cutting and pasting lamington recipes.

Richard Wright
August 17, 2019 3:45 pm

“Climate Communists”. I suggest you are careful, in the context of a legal case. This description makes me think of the pot and kettle aphorism.

Nigel Sherratt
Reply to  Richard Wright
August 17, 2019 11:43 pm

‘The Squad’ and many others would consider that the highest praise.

Reply to  Nigel Sherratt
August 20, 2019 12:54 am

Well, they have made the climate their big issue, and they are Communists. Me, I call a spade a spade.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
August 20, 2019 8:30 am

Yep. And it’s about time more of us did.

John Burdick
August 17, 2019 6:21 pm

It’s about time someone challenged all the libelous denialist language intended to silence scientific and political debate on a very important topic. I’ve considered challenging all of the Quorans who equally try to quell debate in this way. Very similar to calling your opponent racist to shut them up.

August 18, 2019 3:22 pm

Some phrases that seem applicable here are:

Academic fraud
Research misconduct
Scientific misconduct
Fabricated research
Consumer fraud

Ronald Reece
August 18, 2019 8:23 pm

This was certainly an interesting article and exchange of comments..

Methinks I’m going to need to purchase myself a bulk supply of popcorn for upcoming show.. 😉

Coeur de Lion
August 19, 2019 8:38 am

As a practicing Christian I’m ashamed of the Synod of the church of England which is intent on disinvestment of fossil fuel companies if they do not “conform to the Paris Agreement”. The PA of course does not cover such activities and the silly prelates will continue to use their products as will we. Meanwhile as stated way above, the poor of the world will die of cooking inhalation and lack of electricity. It’s beyond belief. I must check with my priest whether he knows about this damage to his pension.

David Stone
August 20, 2019 2:09 am

It would be fairly unwise to admit that you think that the nickname belongs to oneself, in that it admits a degree of responsibility for the views of this group, and therefore a lasting risk of being considered to have identical views to those being sued!

August 23, 2019 6:55 am

Having arrived at this conversation a little late, all that I can add to the Noble Lord’s avowed intentions is to state that his clear Letter of Intent served to warm the very sinews of my being.

Congratulations, in advance, of the receipt of a veritable landslide of apologies and retractions.