The Sky is Falling!

From The Heartland Institute November 29, 2018 By Greg E. Walcher A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) claims humans have killed more than half the all the wildlife in the world since 1970. A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) claims humans have killed more than half the all the…

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Claim: Particle Physics is Stagnating Because of Groupthink

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, impaired methodology and groupthink is retarding the discovery of new physics. The present phase of stagnation in the foundations of physics is not normal Nothing is moving in the foundations of physics. One experiment after the other is returning null results: No new particles,…

The Froth of the Fourth

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that the Fourth US National Climate Assessment has just been published. It’s here, and it should be required reading for those masochists who like overblown claims, flimsy justifications, and ridiculous pretensions. The fun thing about each of the Climate Assessments is that after an initial flurry of media…

Exaggerated Risk and Urgency Redux

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen   As if the latest IPCC 1.5 °-limit report wasn’t alarmist enough,  a mob of 23 authors, including a couple of the usual suspects, double down on it with  a Review Article in Nature Climate Change titled “Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions.”…

Oops. The oceans are warming, fast! Resplandy et al. paper shows how peer review can fail, even at Nature

Nic Lewis skewers that “oceans are warming at unprecedented rates” paper A major problem with the Resplandy et al. ocean heat uptake paper by Nic Lewis Obviously doubtful claims about new research regarding ocean content reveal how unquestioning Nature, climate scientists and the MSM are. On November 1st there was extensive coverage in the mainstream media[i] and online[ii] of…

Nitrogen Dioxide Sense and Nonsense

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach According to the National Center for Biotechnology information, we have: “Nitrogen dioxide (NO2). A highly poisonous gas. Exposure produces inflammation of lungs that may only cause slight pain or pass unnoticed, but resulting edema several days later may cause death. (From Merck, 11th ed) Nitrogen dioxide is a major atmospheric…

@nytimes promotes an “eff you level” of irreproducible science

From the website: “Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science” by Andrew Gelman. h/t to Willie Soon So the NYT yesterday has a story about this study I am directed to it and am immediately concerned about all the things that make this study somewhat dubious. Forking paths in the definition of the independent variable, sample selection in who…