The 4hiroshimas app – propaganda of the worst kind

The kidz at Skeptical Science (SkS) have made fools of themselves again, creating an app that is not only morally wrong, but the clearest case of science propaganda disguised as climate information I’ve ever seen. First, one wonders what the people of Hiroshima think about the tragedy of war that befell their city being used…

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The good side of climate change

Why climate change is good for the world Don’t panic! The scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm By Matt Ridley: Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not some barmy, right-wing fantasy; it…

Cook's 97% climate consensus paper crumbles upon examination

Bjørn Lomborg writes on his Facebook Page Ugh. Do you remember the “97% consensus”, which even Obama tweeted? Turns out the authors don’t want to reveal their data. It has always been a dodgy paper (http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article). Virtually everyone I know in the debate would automatically be included in the 97% (including me, but also many,…

The WUWT Hot Sheet for Tuesday August 27th, 2013

Bloomberg news: People Don’t Fear Climate Change Enough   With respect to the science of climate change, many experts regard the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world’s authoritative institution. A draft summary of its forthcoming report was leaked last week. It describes the panel’s growing confidence that climate change is real, that it…

Preliminary results of the "Tol Poll'

Dr. Richard Tol writes at his blog: The Tol Poll is a direct result of the series of op-eds in the Guardian on the relationship between the environmental movement and environmental science organized by Alice Bell, and particularly Tamsin Edwards’ call for experts to talk about their area of expertise only. In the ensuing discussion,…

Lomborg: Let's get our priorities right

By Bjørn Lomborg (via his Facebook page) About a quarter of all deaths in the developing world comes from mostly easily curable, infectious diseases. The biggest environment problem, by far measured in human deaths, is air pollution. Global warming, which creates a lot of attention, is on an entirely different and smaller level. The World Health…

The madness of 97% 98% consensus herds

UPDATE: comments welcome on Dr. Richard Tol’s draft paper on this issue, see below. This will be a top post for a day, new posts will appear below this one – Anthony “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover…

Tol statistically deconstructs the 97% Consensus

Dr. Richard Tol has been tweeting a statistical destruction of the “97% consensus” study, Cook et al. (2013) by educating co-author Dana Nuccitelli as to why his “sample” is not representative. “In his defense, [Dana] has had limited exposure to stats at uni” – Richard Tol

Josh on great moments in use of the 'D word'

Lucia notes: As some of you know, Dana flung the “D” word at Richard Tol. He and a sympathizer who uses the handle “@IdiotTracker” have provided interesting definitions of either “Denier” or “acting like a denier”. For those who don’t know, Dr. Richard Tol is hardly a “denier”, having been an IPCC reviewer, and author…