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A new assessment of extreme weather trends: floods

...lead to a mindless chorus about climate change. In our continuing review of the new assessment of global indicators of extreme weather we find the following regarding scientific evidence of...

09 Mar, 2022| Science Notes

A new assessment of extreme weather trends: hurricanes

Via Roger Pielke Jr. we have learned of a new comprehensive assessment of extreme weather trends published in The European Physical Journal Plus. The authors go systematically through the major...

16 Feb, 2022| Science Notes

A new assessment of extreme weather trends: droughts

We continue our summary of a comprehensive new peer-reviewed survey of extreme weather trends, this week looking at droughts. The imagery of droughts is reliably horrifying, so whenever the media...

16 Mar, 2022| Science Notes

A new assessment of extreme weather trends: tornadoes

Last week we drew attention to a new, detailed peer-reviewed analysis of extreme weather trends. Yes, yes, very boring, we all know there’s nothing to report. But the trouble is...

23 Feb, 2022| Science Notes

The 2000 National Climate Misassessment

...informing Americans about the grave perils of climate change in dozens of assessments, reports and special studies since 2000. This prodigious output includes four full-scale multi-volume National Assessment Reports, with...

10 Oct, 2021| Crystal Ball

We knew that they knew that we knew

...doesn’t really count as a lie since everybody knew they were lying, they knew we knew, and we knew they knew we knew. But notwithstanding all the lying they should...

16 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

If you can wreck it here

...backbone and no principles.” He takes particular aim at an Op Ed in the New York Daily News, whose circulation collapsed from over two million in the post-World War II...

03 Jul, 2024| OP ED Watch

Climate hypocrite of the week

...the Royal New Zealand Navy and the New Zealand Army.” Where exactly it plans to transport the New Zealand Army to is not obvious. And while we do not wish...

30 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

A bright future for U.S. blackouts

Canary Media says “Landmark transmission reform could dramatically speed US energy transition”. Transition to complete dysfunction, apparently. The New York Times blares that “New Rules to Overhaul Electric Grids Could...

29 May, 2024| News Roundup

My way or the highway

...no new roads for the growing population” while a National Post headline complained “Steven Guilbeault’s latest command – no new roads for all the electric cars”, which is a particularly...

21 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

Credit where due: new data, new conclusions

...to their great credit, wrote a letter to the editor of the journal that published their paper and said “When we add these new years to the previous results, the...

28 Feb, 2024| Science Notes

It never rains in climate California

...that has been hitting New England and other states. Many in New England woke up to neighborhoods blanketed in white Wednesday morning with 3 feet of snow recorded in Moriah,...

22 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

Green baloney

In the National Post Rex Murphy lowers the boom on the new American left’s “Green New Deal”, crediting Ocasio-Cortez for being “a Greener who says what is on the Green...

20 Feb, 2019| OP ED Watch

Floods: the new same old

...no agreement even about the direction of any global trend. A year later, many of the same experts put out a new paper to elaborate on the science. Their bottom...

05 Jun, 2019| Science Notes

Bad news if you hate vegetables

...study day in and day out. The science went this way so it didn’t make the news. But it is news, and it’s good news. Steam, butter and share accordingly....

13 May, 2020| Science Notes

Sold to the highest bidder

...instead of once. And, Somini Sengupta, the Times’s global climate correspondent, will be your new guide to the latest news and ideas as the newsletter’s lead writer. Please stay tuned...

23 Feb, 2022| OP ED Watch

Don't answer the phone

...75%. Why aren’t they? Well, the Times comes clean to its readers. They cost way too much: “An assortment of recent obstacles to projects in New York, New Jersey and...

08 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

Yes they really mean it

...snidely that “hitting its climate goals will require a total reversal of New Zealand’s current trajectory. New Zealand is one of the world’s worst performers on emission increases. Its emissions...

16 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Saved by our valiant leaders, again and again

...Prime Minister of New Zealand who stepped in when Jacinda Ardern collapsed with “Canada and New Zealand enjoy a close relationship based on strong ties between our people, common values,...

01 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

You've just gotta believe

The New York Times “Climate Forward” tells us triumphantly that “Biden Administration Issues Rules Aimed at Phasing Out Gas Cars/ The regulations, designed to ensure that most new cars and...

27 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

Here comes the rain

...especially Donald Trump. Leonhardt says the rain is exceptionally heavy and such events are “the new normal”. And the data say otherwise. According to Leonhardt, “Extreme rain is the new...

17 Jul, 2019| Science Notes

Red America turning blue with cold

...gas operations; developing rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring 100 per cent of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be zero emissions and annual improvements for...

09 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Weather in Texas, climate in New York

It’s old news that the legacy media insist on calling heat climate and cold weather. But we will continue to point it out because it’s an important, ongoing source of,...

08 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Net zero hope

...going to zero in 2050 that Newfoundland’s minister should be fantasizing over. Here’s something to chew on: Newfoundland itself might not be around in 2050. There might not be a...

03 Jun, 2020| OP ED Watch

The last thing we want is a solution

...Canary Media starts rather gloomily that “The Biden administration is poised to propose new regulations for coal- and gas-burning power plants, which could breathe new life into a long-beleaguered technology.”...

10 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

We've seen this movie before

...uptick in climate news each time the conference rolls around, much of it from the conference itself.” We beg to differ. First, it seems to us that the newspapers are...

06 Dec, 2023| News Roundup

Jusssst trusssst us

...herd of independent minds again) are involved with the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report whose excellence they find so excellent. This new attitude toward authority among those who think they have...

12 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Time to panic

...or less evenly ever since including in the last 50 years. So there is nothing new about a gentle rise in the oceans, and no new surge either. (There are...

30 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

Follow the science deep into left field

...The Conversation offering a “Welcome to the new abnormal” had the gall to claim that: “The most recent international climate assessment from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

12 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

No skyscrapers for you

No skyscrapers for you New York City mayor Bill de Blasio just struck a mighty blow against his own city, if not climate change, by banning the construction of glass-and-steel...

01 May, 2019| News Roundup

Global greening is the real Green New Deal

...bigger tastier veggies, comes in a new peer-reviewed journal article, summarized by Patrick Michaels at Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. blog, showing that the rise in atmospheric CO2 has yielded a...

20 May, 2020| Science Notes

Frogs and fake news

...have been news to some, including those who report the news. But if you followed the skeptical blogosphere you knew a decade ago that a fungus was the likely culprit....

10 Apr, 2019| Science Notes

Governing is Ardern she thought

One politician who seems to have become exhausted by their efforts to remake the world through soothingly inspiring rhetoric is the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern just quit...

25 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

Rats, a fanatic

...beyond New York: Cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are also confronting outbreaks.” Which makes it hard to ascribe to factors particular to New York including these famous...

29 May, 2019| News Roundup

A reminder that cold is worse than heat

...Hence “Families in western New York were scrambling to find food, medicine and other essentials Monday after a historic blizzard blocked roads and cut off electricity, forcing many major supermarkets...

11 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

All bad all the time

...and, with it, credibility. For instance that NBC “news” story above was published “in partnership with InsideClimate News, a nonprofit, independent news outlet that covers climate, energy and the environment,...

30 Sep, 2020| OP ED Watch

Environmental cases

In what the Manhattan Contrarian rightly labels “Comedy Gold,” a new climate fad is to signal one’s virtue by seeking psychological help to prevent a nervous breakdown over “the state...

18 May, 2022| Uncategorized

Pay no attention to the failure everywhere else

...fossil fuel-powered electricity. Plus, there is a risk of more natural gas generation of electricity in the coming years in most provinces without new federal and provincial regulations.” Risk, you...

14 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

In tomorrow's news... doom may loom

...bet on the opposite occurring. Which might help if your job now requires you to forecast something called “climate risk.” The New York Times celebrates the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

20 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

New evidence of climate model hot biases Part I

Professor Nicola Scaffeta of the University of Naples Department of Earth Sciences has just published a detailed, peer-reviewed assessment of the latest generation of global climate models. He begins by...

06 Apr, 2022| Science Notes

Green New Deal is free

Another major leap forward into fantasy from the Deep Ecologists. In response to criticism from Jonah Goldberg of the prohibitive cost of the Green New Deal (and now would not...

20 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

EVs are a blast

...are disturbingly prone to burst savagely into flames. As JoNova recently pointed out, six people have died in New York in 2022 alone in house fires started by humble e-bikes....

16 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

So about that heatwave

...and its impact on health is the focus of today’s newsletter as extreme heat waves have taken the lives of hundreds in India and Saudi Arabia this week.” They’re just...

03 Jul, 2024| News Roundup

Moooving right along

...consequential impacts”) and what you find usually isn’t pretty. New Zealand is. But even those who have watched The Lord of the Rings, several times, may not grasp that New...

19 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

Bad news for the Obamas

...easy. But stay tuned because “New research Pettit presented to a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans suggests the final collapse of the ice shelf may occur...

22 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

New balance

...helping to reduce emissions and develop new, cleaner technologies and energy sources.” The strategy of borrowing the alarmists’ slogans and conceding their assumptions then hoping everyone will somehow nevertheless come...

18 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

A new theory of budgeting

...more effective than lumbering dinosaur fossil fuels, and they still do, like so many people indignantly lecturing us on social media. Consider this news story from the Guardian in late...

26 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

It's official, the models are getting warmer

...mere planet seems incapable of: get a lot hotter. Yes, the new 6th-generation suite of climate models apparently has some impressive new tweaks and features, such as being able to...

29 Apr, 2020| Science Notes

The stars foretell doom

...when the ferocious Tropical Storm Henri failed to make landfall as a hurricane in New England, nobody went “Oh yeah, not such a big deal.” Instead the New York Times...

01 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

So there's a market after all

...megaprojects recently and our particularly feeble performance on those involving energy. It is also important that green zealots insist that we could build their fanciful new economy at the same...

11 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

On a sticky wicket

Oh joy. Just in time for summer we are offered “A new way to talk about heat”. The New York Times piece kicks off with: “Last month was not only...

19 Jun, 2024| OP ED Watch

Big Trouble in the Little Ice Age

...a warm landscape for about 10 thousand years before a new ice age starts up again. The warm intervals are called “interglacials” and the one we’re currently in, called the...

05 Apr, 2022| Backgrounders

Long live the King, provided...

...when it’s climate alarmism they’re suddenly wishing he’d wave his sceptre. It turns out that the new Prince of Wales, William, did attend Climate Week in New York. Though we...

05 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

But if EVs are the future...

...grids. That’s the warning from a new report that finds there will be truly massive future power needs for EV charging in New York and Massachusetts, two states that have...

14 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

The fire and brimstone snoozefest

...in New York City, followed by the UN Climate Ambition Summit on September 20, 2023 in New York City, along with, as the New York Times “Climate Forward” boasted, “A...

27 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

And all you'd have to do...

...not write headlines, for better or worse, the CBC nailed it with this one “U.S. climate summit: Canada needs new and better policies, not another round of target bingo”. Bingo...

28 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

Breaking bad news

According to [news source] an [iconic thing] in [an iconic place] is going to get it because of climate change. Fill in the blanks and reprint as needed. This time...

15 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

A new year's resolution

...better by absorbing CO2 more efficiently, so both existing and new plants draw more of it from the air. When there’s less CO2, plants die back and less CO2 is...

10 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

Get away from my pension

...pensions are among the biggest shareholders in a modern economy. In this case the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York,...

07 Jun, 2023| OP ED Watch

Stuff you're not allowed to know #4: floods

...leave less snow to run off in the spring. The authors of the new assessment make a similar comment: “Some reasons of the decrease in flood magnitudes are listed by...

13 Sep, 2023| Science Notes

The IPCC would have you know

...the climate emergency. You may have missed that they just released Volume II of their 6th Assessment Report called “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” since, Climate Home News...

09 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

Oh that energy crisis

...ways to make it worse. Thus the New York Times chortles “California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars/ The decision, to take effect by 2035, will very likely...

31 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

You'll never guess

Oh yes you will. A big scary headline says the earth is warming faster than settled science said. Actually, not quite: only inside climate models. Science magazine says “New climate...

24 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

New evidence of climate model hot biases Part II

As we stated last week, Professor Nicola Scaffeta of the University of Naples Department of Earth Sciences has published a detailed, peer-reviewed assessment of the latest generation of global climate...

13 Apr, 2022| Uncategorized

The '70s Cooling Scare Was Real

...like the one with Leonard Nimoy. But on the whole, they say, everybody knew about man-made warming even back then, and the level of agreement on warming today vastly exceeds...

20 Dec, 2021| Crystal Ball

EV come EV go

...of new purchases”. The Wall Street Journal writes that “EV Sales Run Out of Juice in Europe as Germans Tighten Belts”. And in The Telegraph Lynne gets to the heart...

14 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

New CDN Feature: Everybody Knows

We’re starting a new feature here at CDN where we take on some common truisms about global warming that everybody knows, which turn out to be wrong or misleading on...

17 Aug, 2022| Science Notes

Is it wet or dry down here?

...or at least New South Wales is, and you guessed it. All climate change all the time and all your fault. New Scientist charges in as well, describing the flooding...

23 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Green Wutopianism

We ask again: Is this really the moment? And once again someone thinks so: Ex-Environment Minister Catherine McKenna enthusiastically retweets a New York Times piece about how “Lockdowns and distancing...

08 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

In today's news... hey, why'd it go dark?

...Evans explains, new hydro projects look to flood thousands of hectares, with one in BC aiming to stretch for 83 kilometres, and even if you can find new sites for...

20 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

Vultures circle collapsed building

Referring to the horrific condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida NBC news noted “Local officials appeared to have few ideas so far about what may have caused the 136-unit building to...

30 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Bottom feeders

...yes. For starters, this flooding is not “historic”. Rather, something very similar happened in 1990. And 1948; someone unearthed a photo of and newspaper article on devastating floods in the...

24 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

Cooling is a sign of warming

It is an established principle that all climate news is bad, and all bad news is climate. But still, Wired magazine takes it up a notch by wailing that “The...

02 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Putting uncertainty on ice

...it, the new model explains everything. “How steep were the mountain slopes? Where did glaciers reach the sea? Did friction interfere with ice flow velocity? And how much? The new...

17 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

Mere security

...blunder into energy security despite our best efforts. The New York Times’ “Climate Forward” frets “Will this wartime surge end up creating a new generation of infrastructure that locks Europe...

30 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

And Socrates thought he knew nothing

...know what Canada’s emissions were in 1990, or are now? We don’t. This newspaper alone has given figures of 682, 726, 694 and 705 megatonnes in stories over the past...

26 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

Are you all fools?

The Canadian Press reports that “Ottawa says New Brunswick’s proposed carbon tax passes the federal smell test.” Instead of paying the national levy locals will pay a provincial one come...

18 Dec, 2019| OP ED Watch

Enough with that topic already?

...and some bad news. The good news is that a massive media project has been launched to talk about something else. The bad news is that they want non-stop discussion...

22 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

No, not that Antarctic ice

When you need a quick serving of climate panic, haul Antarctica out of the icebox, defrost it and serve with a side of steaming hype. Thus “New Research from Antarctica...

24 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

As the Earth boils

...vast majority of affected humans, including the writer and their friends, are surviving without trouble, partly by taking breaks in warmer places than where they live. Or the New York...

23 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

Precautionary principle, RIP

...or not. It’s suddenly trendy. And it’s not a new or fringe idea. Back in September 2022 Newsweek asked “Could Refreezing North and South Poles Reverse Global Warming?” That nobody...

18 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

Past them trees

Bjorn Lomborg says when it comes to carbon emissions, we need to be very skeptical of government accounting. New Zealand, for instance, has consistently claimed success in meeting its carbon...

13 Mar, 2019| OP ED Watch

New series: #ECS in the real world

We’ve had plenty to say here at CDN about the elusive number known as Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity or ECS. If it’s a new topic for you please look at our...

18 Oct, 2023| Science Notes

New evidence for the Svensmark solar effect

...evidence wasn't strong enough one way or the other. The new study from Japan gets around this by looking at indirect evidence over a long geological interval. During the last...

17 Jul, 2019| Science Notes

A world leader in bad economics

...activity for the real kind and paying for it with fake money. What could go wrong? Well, lots of things. A new report from Canada’s Energy Regulator based on ludicrous...

28 Jun, 2023| News Roundup

Eco-Colonialism: The Green Man's Burden

...script, a number of news stories reported that developing countries from Bangladesh to South Africa were rejecting this new colonialism and developing coal power. So, enough with the neo-colonialism. Let...

02 May, 2023| Backgrounders

Climate change ate my watch

...of the entire Earth,’ said study author Duncan Agnew, a geophysicist at the University of California at San Diego. ‘Things are happening that have not happened before.’” Leaving aside the...

03 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

When we get the new computers

...involved. But it’s not so. Instead a new study says that the current limit of 10 days of reliable forecasts might be pushed to 15 but no further regardless, “with...

24 Apr, 2019| Science Notes

Free lack of money

...U.S. emissions in half by 2030 as part of Paris climate pact”. And the New York Times news department high-fives him too: “In a show of renewed commitment after four...

28 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

Not in my back pasture

...challenge facing the international community and New Zealand” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Then she said agriculture is “incredibly important to New Zealand” which is true as the place has...

15 May, 2019| News Roundup

Speaking of messaging

...all seemed to have the same messaging memo: neither doom nor complacency, but optimistic urgency. Hence The Guardian’s “The new IPCC report offers not only hope, but practical solutions. Governments...

13 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Just what we need

We were a bit surprised to hear, in the midst of the thunderous sound of foreheads hitting desks as people tried to read the new IPCC WG6, that Canada’s former...

13 Apr, 2022| OP ED Watch

So about those Chinese EVs

...across the world are planning to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars, and to take older, gas-guzzling vehicles off the road. The Biden administration is proposing strict new...

26 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Stop them if you've heard it before

...scale to enhance prosperity: “as governments in the Western world attempt to smash the windows of the energy system and replace it with an all-new net-zero energy regime.” And chortle...

15 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

And iffn we don't buy 'em?

...to a new poll “a whopping 84 per cent of Canadians do not know what the ‘just transition’ plan actually is.” Which might be explained by its architects not knowing...

15 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Sins of emission part 2

...more new policy, it is an argument for no new policy. And it is an argument for fixing the misleading models: Ultimately, there is no good reason why climate science...

26 Feb, 2020| Science Notes

Ida vultures

...it hit hard, but not that hard, making landfall on August 29 as a Category 4 but rapidly weakening to a Category 1 storm that same day; the New York...

08 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Down with housing

...And as the climate changes, our housing is uniquely vulnerable. As the world emerges from a record year for climate disasters, damages have reached a new peak. This year, there...

29 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

The latest climate news from Gaza

...view of climate alarmism. Which made us take hostile notice of the Reuters “Sustainable Switch” newsletter on April 2 that said “This week opens with devastating news from Gaza as...

10 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Debate ends, spike at 11

...for the recent warming seen over the past 100 years, new research suggests. In one of three new studies published in the journals Nature and Nature Geoscience, researchers found that...

31 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

We'll see your glacier and raise you an ocean

The New York Times “Climate Fwd.” piles on with “See how the Antarctic is signaling major climate disruption”. Apparently sophisticated new “autonomous water-measuring floats” are letting us study it for...

22 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

Net minus

...net minus, it’s now sweeping the world too. Just as we were finishing the draft of this newsletter, The Economist’s “The Climate Issue” newsletter chimed in unselfconsciously with: “Much of...

25 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

Glowing example of sanity

...approximately 95 km long by 20 km wide.” Yikes. So we think it good news that Ontario is talking about a new nuclear plant. We’re not getting giddy just yet....

12 Jul, 2023| News Roundup

In case you were worried we would miss out

...for 51% of the province’s total generation in 2019.” Blast. (As in furnace.) New Brunswick does better from the Guilbeault point of view: “In 2019, approximately 38% of New Brunswick’s...

21 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

Code repetitive

...the “Sixth Assessment Report” will arrive in instalments into 2022) which said exactly what you’d expect and generated exactly the news stories and statements by politician-activists that you’d expect. Basically...

18 Aug, 2021| News Roundup

When ought ain't is

...gigawatts of grid batteries are finally pushing solar generation into post-sunset hours at a meaningful scale, new data shows” and within weeks the New York Times was singing the same...

12 Jun, 2024| OP ED Watch

Then they came for your gas stove

...away from natural-gas use and gas stoves in homes and businesses. Berkeley, California – arguably the epicenter of the ‘electrify everything’ movement – banned natural gas in new buildings starting...

25 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

The east is green

In the category of hallucinations by climate change zealots, we have to give some kind of prize to “America is Losing the Green-Tech Race to China”, the New York Times...

03 Jul, 2024| OP ED Watch

CDN Newsletter July 29 2020

If you dissent from climate change orthodoxy you're liable to be confronted with a demand to see your academic papers, something that never happens to alarmists like Al Gore. So...

29 Jul, 2020| Newsletter

Quick, see it before it's gone

No we’re not talking about eco-tourism to an endangered rainforest or glacier dwindling to a sad little puddle. We’re referring to Michael Moore’s new documentary Planet of the Humans. Every...

29 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Ice wine, and not in a good way

...in New York City. A freak deep freeze in February had taken them out across New York State and other parts of the Northeast, buds shriveling on the branch as...

20 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

Clintel Report: sense and sensitivity

...with a new fudge factor that let them ignore all the other studies that showed ECS is lower than they’ve been claiming. The new fudge factor, as Clintel explains, is...

12 Jul, 2023| Science Notes

It worked so well back home

...to adopt the Green New Deal because “Capitalism is destroying our planet.” (Which doubtless explains China’s pristine environment, like that of the old Soviet Union.) Likewise the New York Times...

06 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Get out of class free

From New York City to Ottawa, schools are giving kids a free pass if they want to be at the “in” climate change march on Sept. 27. McGill practically invited...

25 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

So about that meat...

...New World won’t arrive: “Without new regulations and bold political action. Without difficult cultural conversations. Without actual and sometimes uncomfortable change.” So there. You will be uncomfortable. And you will...

21 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

Picture a security blanket

...they ever predicted” so their agreement on the effects, if unanimous, was also plainly defective. Climate Home News, while gushing that Kerry’s “appointment was broadly welcomed by climate advocates, who...

02 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

Grave news

...it away. Speaking of away, a great distance from the Arctic in New Zealand there’s an ambitious “Predator Free 2050” plan to rid that nation, including its many islands, of...

27 Jan, 2021| OP ED Watch

Burning Magna Carta - Newsletter Readout

A number of people have commented on YouTube suggesting that this video exaggerates the severity of the policy because it only bans "green" wood. So I should have been clearer...

26 Feb, 2020| Readouts

Zero means zero... energy

...them written rules are useless. And the new Environment minister would be unable to perform his duties if the people he targeted with his own laws and regulations were to...

03 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

It's not April 1st but...

...“there can be a very high cost to building a new code or inserting a new method into an existing code. In any such effort, even real improvements will at...

07 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

Aerosols on ice Part I

...of rising aerosol concentrations. But the black line is the new data from the ice cores and the orange line is from a new model that tries to fit the...

16 Jun, 2021| Science Notes

Green dreams are made of these

...instance, has it ever actually happened? And does it matter? Not to her. Freeland used to be a public intellectual, whose trendy 2012 tome Plutocrats: The Rise of the New...

24 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

That old thing again?

...new shipping routes through the Arctic. This could create additional complications for the region, including an increase in ship-related pollution and potential new geopolitical tensions around access to shipping paths...

21 Jun, 2023| News Roundup

Mental gridlock

...the east coast to the southwest: “In Georgia, demand for industrial power is surging to record highs, with the projection of new electricity use for the next decade now 17...

24 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

In today's climate news...

The big story is, supposedly, COP28 gathering to bicker and waste time as a stirring prelude to COP29. But what’s this? The New York Times “Climate Forward” whimpers that “It’s...

15 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

#ECS in the real world: Lewis and Curry 2018

...balance method of computing ECS yielded an estimate of about 1.6° C. But afterwards the IPCC released new data on aerosol forcing, and some new compilations of surface temperature data...

24 Jan, 2024| Science Notes

Here came the flood

...every news outlet clangs in the aftermath of a weather disaster, such as the New York Times (“European Floods Are Latest Sign of a Global Warming Crisis”) or NBC news...

21 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

Of words and deeds

A New York Times “Breaking News” alert says that “Europe released an ambitious blueprint to reduce emissions 55 percent by 2030, putting it at the forefront of the world’s efforts...

21 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

CDN by the Sea: St. John's, Newfoundland

We have made several virtual visits to St John’s over the years, such as during our Climate Emergency Tour in October 2019 and our 1919 or 2019? tour in April...

13 Jul, 2022| Science Notes

Because we never used to have heat waves

Climate Home News says “Last July’s deadly heatwave in Japan could not have happened without human influence on the climate” and cites a study it summarizes: “decades of fossil fuel...

05 Jun, 2019| OP ED Watch

And when the glacier goes, you go

From the we-are-all-going-to-die climate file, always something new. In this case a warning from the Guardian that “Next pandemic may come from melting glaciers, new data shows”. And not from...

02 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

Real real reality

...customers in New York and Massachusetts, when three months ago it had none. Either way, 2024 may be when the industry begins to right itself. The pace of deployment may...

28 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

A CO2-induced enhancement of peatland carbon sequestration

...Paper reviewed: Newman, T.R., Wright, N., Wright, B. and Sjögersten, S. 2018. Interacting effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and hydrology on the growth and carbon sequestration of Sphagnum moss. Wetlands...

11 May, 2022| Science Notes

Didn't tell you so

...dams a bit before the storm they might have held. You don’t say. Well, some people don’t. The New York Times “The Morning” instead ranted that: “Most Libyans live in...

20 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

Tidbits

...competition, New York’s greenhouse gas emissions have actually increased substantially, as two large new natural gas power plants have replaced electricity generation from two prematurely-closed emissions-free nuclear facilities, while generation...

31 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

Have a cool one

...climate change as an emergency, some are still migrating into harm’s way. America’s coastlines and desert cities continue to swell with new arrivals and new housing developments.” Right. Almost as...

25 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

Warming pandemic

According to that noted medical journal Rolling Stone, “Climate Change Is Ushering in a New Pandemic Era” in which “A warming world is expanding the range of deadly diseases and...

20 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Attack of the sea snot

...Earth’s original carbon-capture machines, the most effective tools for getting rid of greenhouse gases. People needed to find new ways to grow plants — and soon. Her urgency came not...

23 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Score one for Greta

...phase out new and direct government subsidies to coal except in limited circumstances at the discretion of each country, i.e., when a government wants to subsidize coal. Similarly, they’ll take...

23 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Back to California

In our Jan. 11 Newsletter we mentioned first that the general tendency was to dismiss wintery storms including in California as just weather and second that California was in fact...

18 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

Climatey weather snow thingy

...1966 paralyzed much of the east from Alabama to New England. Over 100 inches of snow fell in 5 days around Oswego New York.” And yet, he added, “Climate extremists...

23 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Speaking of math

A piece in “The Conversation,” whose slogan is “Academic rigour, journalistic flair”, just hyped the sexy new “attribution science” that claims to attribute specific weather events to climate change even...

15 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

New CDN Feature: The sunburnt lands up north

Governments like to show us what climate change looks like by drawing coloured maps like this one, which is from the 2019 Canada’s Changing Climate Report (page 126) and purports...

26 Jan, 2022| Science Notes

Shocking news about electric cars

...which we don’t mean they’re sluggish or hard to fuel. We mean a new study out of Australia says they emit more CO2 than gasoline vehicles. Et tu, Tesla? More...

11 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

RCP with your coffee?

...all-news-is-bad-news landing: “as Alejandra Borunda writes for us, when University of Nebraska researchers recently analyzed how yields have improved in that Corn Belt state since 2005, they reached a surprising...

09 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Would you not shut up already?

...news story in the years to come — except maybe the climate crisis — than this clash of superpowers” (which is New York Times “International Editor, Opinion” Max Strasser on...

19 Aug, 2020| OP ED Watch

He wood not, would he?

...from thin air for PR purposes. It has launched upon a project to destroy the existing economy and hope a new one descends from on high as clear as crystal,...

26 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

Newsletter

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Simply dismantle oppression, and...

From the “climate change is the greatest” file we hear that the measures needed to combat climate change, far from bringing pain, open up a whole new world of prosperity...

19 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Newsflash: Coastal areas are wet

With climate alarmism hopping from panic to panic like a polar bear on a melting ice floe, it’s useful periodically to take a quick look back. For instance the New...

11 Sep, 2019| Science Notes

You wanted energy with that transition?

...chronically underfunded care homes by introducing legislation which will force providers to meet new energy efficiency standards at great cost…. It came as the 60-year-old care home provider Abbeyfield, of...

07 Jun, 2023| News Roundup

Anatomy of a hurricane scare

...was all for Idalia as major disaster: “Some 20 million Americans woke up on Monday to the news that they have just one full day to prepare for Tropical Storm...

06 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

A fiery blast from the past

...actual 20th and 21st century temperature data. And that, rather than fixing the problem, the newer shinier climate models are even worse. OK, you might think, but maybe they work...

06 May, 2020| Science Notes

The rich one and the big one

...make head nor tail of anything before 1970. What Buffett said is news. And it’s important news, because there’s a vital engineering principle that it matters less whether something is...

27 Feb, 2019| OP ED Watch

Seeing the forest for the trees

In keeping with the new messaging that there’s a hideous climate crisis we can easily fix if we act now, National Geographic tells us “Forests are reeling from climate change...

20 Apr, 2022| OP ED Watch

Nothing To Sea Here Folks

...of dollars’ worth of land, according to a new report” bellows NBC about the United States, while The Economist has “America drowning”, ABC warns “US coastlines to experience 'profound' sea...

02 Oct, 2023| Fact Checks

Where are the numbers?

...require building the equivalent of one new 1.5-gigawatt nuclear plant every day for the next 30 years.” Or 36 billion new solar panels. Or 5.1 million turbines. Which Corcoran calls...

03 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

The Department of Duh

...What really matters for a “soft” transition is for new sources of energy to become competitive with fossil fuels or for new CO2 abatement technology to become inexpensive. And the...

19 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

If only they knew that they don't know

A “news” item also labeled “Business” in The Washington Post recently complained that “an energy crisis and $5 gas aren’t spurring a green revolution”. They seem annoyed that a lack...

29 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

Unsettling the apple cart IV: Koonin on tempest terrors

...And at the heart of the problem are the various official “assessment reports”, which Koonin says present a summary “spin” inconsistent with their own findings, and of the underlying research....

04 Aug, 2021| Koonin

No longer the canary in the coal mine

...has experienced warming rates that are among the highest reported anywhere on Earth. However, in recent years two studies have challenged this assessment. Paper Reviewed: Oliva, M., Navarro, F., Hrbácek,...

09 Sep, 2020| Science Notes

If only they were just in it for the money

The Manhattan Contrarian offers a skeptical look at America’s new “Fifth National Climate Assessment” produced by a bureaucratic hydra consisting of 14 major agencies all united in believing that humanity...

22 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

Federalism cooked my planet

The New York Times blows a head valve because “The Trump administration on Wednesday replaced former President Barack Obama’s effort to reduce planet-warming pollution from coal plants with a new...

03 Jul, 2019| OP ED Watch

Nature blue in rain and flood

In the National Post John Ivison reproaches the Canadian government for having spent far too much of its time and energy inventing implausible new pledges to save the planet and...

01 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

Chump summit

As if there weren’t already enough climate summits, the New York Times reports that the UN hosted yet another one, this time called the “Summit on Climate Ambition” which was...

04 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

Pants on fire

...on mitigation and preparation, rather than mere suppression, to deal with firestorms that many fear are Canada’s new normal.” Welcome to the new stupid. The land is ablaze with it....

05 Jun, 2024| News Roundup

If I had a trillion dollars...

...“The President’s plan includes $20 billion for a new program that will reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity, advance racial equity and environmental...

07 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

Could would might

...no longer tell the difference? Much of the rest of a newspaper or news site is full of things journalists present as fact because they did happen. But the climate...

19 Jun, 2019| OP ED Watch

You spend a trillion here, a trillion there...

...new forms of power that private companies are too dumb to stumble across and recognize, “barring all new fossil fuel leases, phasing out fracking, and instituting a carbon fee” will...

18 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

Derev'ya derivatives

...keep zooming about in fossil-fuel-powered ships. Basically it’s going to pay the New Zealand carbon tax to the New Zealand Treasury with money it gets from… the New Zealand Treasury....

07 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

More fantasies up in smoke

...as being a part of the energy mix for decades to come, while raking in profits.” And note the peculiar mix of hard news, the stuff about burning coal, with...

04 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

Why is it so hard to do carbon taxes right?

...think you have to. But only provided they replace costly, inefficient regulations. Yet the Trudeau Liberals are piling on new regulations thick and fast, especially the new Clean Fuel Standard,...

01 May, 2019| OP ED Watch

On climate you can say just anything

From our bulging “on climate you can say just anything” file, New York Times columnist David Gelles says “Thanks to the rapid build-out of wind and solar power plants, particularly...

05 Jun, 2024| OP ED Watch

And a half-cheer for Freeland

...new poll shows nearly three-quarters of Canadians want their country to export more gas and oil to reduce our allies’ dependence on Russia we might justifiably wonder what took her...

19 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

Electric Maybe-land

...state “Catching Up To Germany, The ‘Climate Leader’”, given New York liberal politicians’ obsession not with having good policy but with being leaders. To which he retorts: “So sorry, New...

03 Jul, 2024| OP ED Watch

Don't they know history?

...the New York Times gushes: “To climate scientists, it comes as no surprise that unabated emissions of greenhouse gases caused global warming to reach new highs. What researchers are still...

17 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

What is to be done?

...a good cry. George Monbiot of the Guardian, for instance, denounces optimism about new technology and adaptation as “fairytales”. Others zoom off to new worlds of intersectionality. But Canary Media,...

01 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

We will

...New York Times’ “Climate Forward” (we told you these former rebels have long since gone establishment), notes that “At Stanford University, the question is ringing loud. This month, hundreds of...

01 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

We have ways to make you notice

In case you were tired of wall-to-wall climate coverage regardless of whatever else is happening, Brodie Fenlon, “editor in chief and executive director of daily news for CBC News” at...

27 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Don't count on EVs to cut GHGs

...existing gasoline-powered cars and buy a new EV, taking into account how cars are made (but not the emissions from making the gasoline cars because the focus is on replacing...

01 Jun, 2022| Science Notes

Hottest day ever... since 1979... models say

...1979, leaving out the 1930s, the Roman Warm Period, the Holocene Climatic Optimum and anything else inconvenient. Of course all these news outfits are running essentially the same story. They’re...

12 Jul, 2023| News Roundup

Or Yellowstone gets it

...that they believe what they say and if so, it won’t be healthy. Quoting itself, the New York Times asserts without stooping to substantiate it that “For more than a...

26 May, 2021| News Roundup

We the people in charge

...And if you can’t get enough of this stuff, they have a new “Subscriber-Only Newsletter” in which some guy obsessed with you-know-what will help those in the know “cope with...

06 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Tidbits

A publication called “Country and Town House” offers a “Green Coach” who is asked “I try to feel relaxed about climate change, but every time I look at the news...

20 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

Say goodbye to Patagonia

...think the rest of the tweet is bang on. And we wonder why the mainstream media can’t seem to get it. The story was big news, of the largely shallow...

21 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

Nature is so unnatural

...What is it about the actual environment that you do like, again? In a similar vein the New York Times emails us that “Forests are no longer our climate friends”...

13 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

It can't work, can it?

Michael Moore’s explosive new documentary also raises a perennial debate about the environment, resource depletion and so on going back to the dreary Thomas Malthus, namely whether ingenuity can win...

29 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

Birds of prey

...Bezos joins a host of rich people throwing money at climate alarmism and its prescriptions including “former Republican New York mayor and current candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination Mike...

04 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

Yes, Wuhan to the rescue

...broader range of diseases that already exist now and we will have new diseases that erupt”. Not that it’s a religion, you understand. But here comes the wrath of Goddess...

11 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

There's that dang settled science again

...power over nature we didn’t use? Or didn’t you read the play either? Ah well. Here’s the latest on the settled science from a new paper with Hansen as lead...

08 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

Independent experts say...

...strong economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing up to $70.3 million toward both initiatives.” So instead of burning oil they’ll heat homes in Newfoundland by burning...

12 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

We'll take it

...and it’s all the fault of climate change, which the teaser also tried to tie to a recent flash flood in totally paved New York City. Still, if we’re going...

11 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

CO2 doubling and beyond

...tapers off as more and more is added to the atmosphere. A new study using climate models unsurprisingly confirms this effect, but then finds something very unexpected: Past a certain...

11 Mar, 2020| Science Notes

Losing the green bet

...trouble and it’s no time to spend money on things that don’t work. With so many people lecturing us about the glorious opportunities presented by the new new economy the...

02 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

It's never just summer anymore

...impossible without burning fossil fuels are becoming the new extreme, scientists say, while extremes are becoming the new unusual.” So scientists already know what scientists won’t know for a week....

10 Jul, 2024| News Roundup

It really bugs them

...the New York Times are trying to keep the world’s largest meat producer, JBS, from being listed on the New York Stock Exchange because of all the methane, CO2, deforestation...

11 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

COVID-19 concentrates the mind

...in Germany among the world’s highest.” The EU admits it’s delaying its Green New Deal. And what’s this? National Geographic saying as soon as the pandemic is under control we...

25 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

The other boot falls

...Marie-Claude Bibeau announced two new projects today totaling close to $900,000 under the Agricultural Clean Technology Program that will help Quebec farmers take action on climate change and capture new...

14 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

Courting disaster

...Back in March Heatmap was all excited about a new legal strategy to replace the dud employed thus far, noting first that: “Dozens of cities and states have tried to...

12 Jun, 2024| OP ED Watch

The project to end projects

Environment and Climate Change Canada has put forward a plan to make sure the economic recovery, should it get underway, doesn’t emit CO2. The new “Strategic Assessment of Climate Change”...

29 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

Dare you to post it on Facebook

...try to explain it away, the evidence shows the contamination of the temperature record is real.” This week’s dare comes from the IPCC 5th Assessment (2013) Report Working Group I...

26 May, 2021| Science Notes

Scientists say

...Report on Weather Extremes, or SREX. It was a follow up to the 4th Assessment Report or AR4, and it was followed a year later by the 5th Assessment Report...

10 Mar, 2021| Science Notes

Just the facts, methane

Back in November we quoted the Minister of Natural Resources about methane, the new climate villain, being “responsible for around 30 percent of the global rise in temperatures to date”....

12 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

All the drought that's fit to drink

...arrived. If some clown in a newsroom were to entertain their colleagues by a wacky check of, say, the latest IPCC Assessment Report, they’d find this sort of soporific prose:...

31 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

The incredible vanishing U.S. tornado losses

...assessments of the IPCC and US National Climate Assessment. Why is this literature ignored? Misinformation on extreme weather and disasters sits out in plain sight, and is easily refuted –...

22 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

The incredible shrinking social cost of carbon

...“social cost”. And some economists have big complex “Integrated Assessment Models” that take guesstimates from climate models and combine them with conjectures from economic models, model how the models model...

05 Feb, 2020| Science Notes

Dare you to post it on Facebook

...and down others. Big deal. That’s how it goes.” This one comes from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Group I, Chapter 2, page 215 (with the “AR4” reference to...

05 May, 2021| Science Notes

Et tu, IEA?

...developing new oil, gas and coal fields today or face a dangerous rise in global temperatures. That’s the bold assessment from the International Energy Agency, the organization that has spent...

26 May, 2021| News Roundup

Who is John Kerry?

...they predicted.” In the 5th Assessment Report they had an extended discussion of the fact that after 1998 warming slowed to a crawl and was far below what models said...

09 Sep, 2023| Backgrounders

Tornado roundup

...the science says, but what does the science itself say? At her “Climate Etc.” blog Judith Curry provides an excellent roundup of the topic, covering not only the overall assessment...

22 Dec, 2021| Science Notes

Are skeptical science reports good for science?

...core of the scientific method.] From CO2Science: In the title of their newly published article in the journal Scientometrics, Jankó et al. (2017) ask the important question “Is climate change...

22 Dec, 2021| Science Notes

Looking at the Sun

...also suppresses that kind of cloud formation, it can translate into a lot of surface warming. So, key point here, by the time of the IPCC’s Third Assessment Report in...

01 Jun, 2022| Backgrounders

Ottawa has a plan

...used well established climate vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies”. Those methodologies, of course, include RCP8.5. The overall document “Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment” takes it for granted on p....

13 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

IPCC AR6: Severe convective storms, unspun edition

...associated with extreme phenomena such as tornadoes, hail, heavy precipitation (rain or snow), strong winds, and lightning. The assessment of changes in severe convective storms in SREX (Chapter 3, Seneviratne...

03 Nov, 2021| Science Notes

Icing A Climate Scare

...Himalayan glaciers disappearing by 2035, well that’s quite the story. Here’s what the IPCC said in its Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group II Chapter 10, based on their supposedly rigorous...

25 Feb, 2023| Fact Checks

This time we fix Earth for real

...the good news, and when failure is the good news you know you’re in trouble, is that this time at least the cunning plan to redo the planet and get...

19 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Grid lock

...and business leaders. But two new reports from the utility industry should put an end to such loose talk. In September, the Electric Power Research Institute, the research arm of...

05 Apr, 2023| News Roundup

Field studies matter in ocean acidification experiments

...in nature and their inherent variability.” Indeed, it seems only obvious that the best and most realistic experimental conditions are required in order to produce a realistic assessment of the...

03 Mar, 2021| Science Notes

The latest last chance

The IPCC has produced its latest brick, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, aka the Working Group III component of its Sixth Assessment Report. And naturally it includes a...

13 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Cherries in the rain

...claim in the 2017 US National Climate Assessment that greenhouse gases were behind an upward trend in American 20th century extreme precipitation trends. Using data from cities across the US...

27 Nov, 2019| Science Notes

Who Is Antonio Guterres

...and credibility. Alas, no. Instead he spews the scariest-sounding verbiage he can think of without giving any thought to the human consequences. After the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report he hollered,...

31 Jan, 2024| Backgrounders

#GettingWorse: Sea level rise edition

...700-page assessment prepared by a 10-agency consortium than we would in a brief report written by Sam and Pete down at the weather office. Weinkle’s paper reinforces this belief as...

29 May, 2024| Science Notes

By the way we might all be wrong

...that we honestly doubt some of this language means anything. For instance “Successive IPCC reports have given assessments of the level of anthropogenic global warming, but no equivalent assessment of...

21 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

IPCC AR6 Extreme Event Attribution: Unspun Edition

...of the new IPCC report says about the science of attributing extreme weather events to greenhouse gases: “[New] approaches have been developed to answer the question of whether and to...

27 Oct, 2021| Science Notes

Biofuels: going from useless to harmful

...top of these gloomy assessments, they go on to analyze the potential negative consequences of the fact that “N2O leads to stratospheric ozone destruction,” as noted over four decades ago...

01 Feb, 2023| Science Notes

Oh Mann

...in Court today: ‘Dr. Judith Curry: Michael Mann knew who I was. My name appeared in one of the ClimateGate emails that Mann sent. He knew who I was. I...

14 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

Scientists who say (1)

...models.” Sadly in this case there are scientists who do not say who should, namely the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Christy notes that in their last assessment report the...

16 Dec, 2020| Science Notes

Dare you to post it on Facebook

...IPCC 5th Assessment Report, Chapter 2, page 214, which reads: Sheffield and Wood (2008) found decreasing trends in the duration, intensity and severity of drought globally. Conversely, Dai (2011a,b) found...

09 Jun, 2021| Science Notes

Right there in black and white

...higher level of GHG concentrations in the atmosphere, broadly consistent with ‘high warming’ scenarios modeled by previous global climate assessments”. Baloney. RCP8.5 is, among other things, a scenario where global...

30 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Everybody knows: climate change is a crisis

...Use your imagination, or thesaurus. While for our part we use a brilliant new essay by climatologist Judith Curry on her Climate Etc. blog in which she reframes the whole...

21 Dec, 2022| Science Notes

Not really about the economics, is it?

The headline “Germany Sets Windfall Tax at 90% for Clean Power Generators”, to fund subsidies to beleaguered energy consumers, is the sort of news that prompts people to growl things...

30 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Cyclones don't surge

...And over a longer interval, the perceived increase in storm numbers was likely due to better monitoring. Bad news for ambulance-chasers in the global warming movement, but good news for...

01 May, 2019| Science Notes

Even when they know the answer the models warm too much

A new paper in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Dynamics by Italian climate scientist Nicola Scafetta reviews 688 state-of-the-art climate model runs over the period from 1980 to 2021 and finds...

19 Oct, 2022| Science Notes

It's hard to look away

...weather object was causing “winter alerts, ice storm warnings and flood alerts stretching from the southern Plains to New England” even as Ukraine was receiving air raid alerts and Russian...

02 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Canada's 2001 Climate Predictions Revisited

...change assessment and action plan. And also to our second-most-popular video, “Canada’s 2001 climate predictions. How did they do?“, which has had 400,000 views since being released in June 2019,...

12 Jun, 2023| Crystal Ball

We'll all be weathered in our beds

...as well as economics, or at least knew other people who could. It’s true that the U.S. GDP is around $25 trillion, and is roughly a quarter of the entire...

17 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Climate purity

...have especially today. (For instance he comments that once you understand that liberals tend to like new experiences and conservatives familiar ones you will understand why someone might eat at...

17 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

We thought you said the science was settled

...change impacts across society.” Right. Other than the 13 agencies that prepare the US National Climate Assessment every four years. But what we need now is more bureaucracy. Whatever one...

09 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

You still don't quite get it

...are not a desirable or sustainable way to curb emissions” because emissions rise again in the subsequent recovery. If it seems a heartless assessment of the very real pain caused...

01 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

Yes, it was hot in Oregon

...say. Why not? Was it in the 1930s? Likewise the New York Times chortled “Climate change has plunged the Western U.S. into its worst drought in two decades. And a...

30 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Scientists beginning to say

In the Wall Street Journal, Holman W. Jenkins Jr. offers some good news. Scientists are getting fed up with something too silly to ignore, namely the RCP8.5 catastrophe scenario we...

21 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

#Gettingworse: severe storms and tornadoes

...activity in the U.S. is trending down, not up as the alarmists claim without checking. Specifically the IPCC’s latest “Assessment Report”, called AR6 for short, said: “Observed trends in severe...

20 Mar, 2024| Science Notes

Sweltering in Siberia

...2020 Climate Assessment Report, released by NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI), was accompanied by a map showing a giant red menace of extraordinary asserted warmth extending from the...

04 Mar, 2020| Science Notes

UNESCO to the rescue

...unleashed that exacerbate warming…. These tipping points are described in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) as a critical threshold at which global or regional climate changes from a stable...

18 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

The 30% solution

...a flimsy one. Journalists love numbers because they sound authoritative, and generally do not understand them at all. Including a new one that just appeared and looks set for a...

24 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

You don't need to see that information

...hallowed walls of our Parliament and when the news broke they refused even to apologize let alone mend their ways. So much for “openness by default”. But we’re going after...

12 Jun, 2024| News Roundup

And death will be a relief

...just poison-oak-picking rubbish. To begin with, as we’ve complained before, “news” about climate change increasingly concerns bad things that might be going to happen instead of events that, for better...

21 Aug, 2019| News Roundup

Caution: Logic approaching

...believe human-caused warming is making hurricanes more frequent and harsher. As Curry points out: "Rather than referencing these assessment reports, sensationalized news coverage of the issue tends to lean on...

25 Sep, 2019| Science Notes

So what should we do?

...is. Of course it’s just one news story even if it waves the juju about a new “peer-reviewed study”. But it warns that “Most hydrogen used today is extracted from...

18 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

Making arguments is just so tiring

...insist that we can stop it by the simple and painless expedient of getting rid of the economy. Like the New York Times opinion piece on horror movies that started...

03 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

Comrade Rickford misspeaks

...is that politicians can even get themselves in trouble for quoting the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with its very cautious assessments of things like extreme weather, rather than...

18 Dec, 2019| News Roundup

Pielke Jr. on hurricanes

...these data series “have never been presented in IPCC or U.S. National Assessment reports, and I cannot recall ever seeing it in major media reporting on climate change (though I...

08 Jun, 2022| Science Notes

This year in climate disaster

As we noted last week, it’s time for the year-end “this time for sure” climate breakdown roundups. And sure enough the New York Times’ “Climate Fwd.” feature joins in with...

19 Jan, 2022| OP ED Watch

Your proposal is acceptable

...science, which has gone all screechy, tendentious and narrow-minded. Heck no. They’re the angels. We’re the fiends. We broke the unwritten pledge only they knew we’d signed in invisible ink...

19 Jan, 2022| OP ED Watch

Shut up, they explained

...who notes that the CCA “has received nearly $55 million in federal funding since 2002 for ‘independent’ assessments of science” (but we deniers have all the money, though not its...

01 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Death by climate

...impact assessments can be done. We declare no competing interests.” Certainly not any interest in exaggerating the impact of the “climate crisis”. Heavens no. Perish the thought. Due to heat....

27 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

IPCC AR6: Extreme Rainfall, Unspun Edition

...the Report, which is a selective and alarmist spin on the underlying science. The best way to respond to a new IPCC report is to tune out all the press...

18 Aug, 2021| Science Notes

So about that heat

...lost in Carrizo Gorge while rescuing some hikers who had no water with them and died of heatstroke became a news story. But the fact that the Gorge is located...

23 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

A drought of common sense

...than now. But never mind. According to New Scientist the new research showed that “potentially almost half of the current episode’s severity was down to human-caused global warming.” Potentially almost....

22 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

We're history

At CDN we’re always happy to see people trying to look at the historical record. But not always with the results. Like this latest piece blaring “New data suggest 2023...

15 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

It went into the ground

...also from Climate Home News, further muddying the math: “Stories of big polluters hiding their climate credentials behind dodgy carbon credits are nothing new. They usually go like this: company...

24 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Oh, that's the problem, of course

...body responsible for assessment on all scientific information relating to climate change – has gradually increased but remains low, with women making up just 32% of authors of a recent...

08 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

A warm bath at the Hotel Climate

...fact the preposterous RCP8.5 scenario and “most scientists” knew it was bunkum though they were reluctant to say so. Finally telling us things we knew years ago, Wallace-Wells concedes: “Now,...

02 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

#GettingWorse: Droughts edition

...of wide-spread weather station data records for relatively local areas, rather than on analysis of multi-decadal global, hemispheric and the main agricultural countries’ drought assessments.” So the authors decided it...

27 Mar, 2024| Science Notes

Extremist rhetoric

...is old news, and bad news. CBC was not alone in jumping on the extreme payout bandwagon. CTV also says: “The increasing rate of natural disasters like wildfires, frigid cold...

22 May, 2024| News Roundup

Natural pH fluctuations at three Great Barrier Reef sites

...significant errors in their assessments of the future impacts of ocean acidification on marine life. Recognizing this unfavorable situation, Hannan et al. (2020) note that “although we know that fluctuating...

10 Mar, 2021| Science Notes

IPCC AR6: Low-likelihood, high-impact events, unspun edition

...occurrence and time frame of potential tipping points and LLHI events persist. However, new literature has emerged on unanticipated and low-probability high-impact events more generally. There are events that are...

17 Nov, 2021| Science Notes

A cure for insomnia

We understand if the news about the Ukraine and the world economy leaves you awake at night worrying, and it might seem odd that we recommend turning to a supposedly...

09 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

A burst of sanity

...The Seabrook [New Hampshire] demonstrators were worried about nuclear meltdown, nuclear waste, nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism. Those concerns are still with us. But for many environmentalists, they now take a...

12 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Unsettling the apple cart II: Koonin on climate

...The National Academy cautioned that the state of climate modeling and the uncertainties around albedo cooling make it impossible to provide reliable assessments of the risks and consequences of geoengineering....

21 Jul, 2021| Koonin

Stable instability

...the East Coast… wildfires in California and Nevada; the risk of ‘severe thunderstorms’ in the Central Plains; parts of Texas still waiting for damage assessments from Hurricane Hanna last weekend;...

26 Aug, 2020| OP ED Watch

Go jump in the lake

...humans altered the planet’s functioning profoundly enough to change its geology, and if so, should a new geological epoch be declared? Some geologists initially suggested a new epoch should begin...

19 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Reality checks 'R' us

Here’s another reality check for the AGW set, courtesy of Climate Home News. It seems governments are not meeting their Paris targets and aren’t going to. Indeed, in what they...

03 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

And if they don't know that...

...it to be high but every model that assumes it is performs even worse than its less hysterical cousins (on which see our coverage elsewhere in today’s newsletter of the...

06 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

And again

...of climate variables, we need them made on a regular basis, and we need expert assessments of their uncertainties so people can better calibrate themselves to the accuracy of the...

03 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

When the IPCC misrepresents the IPCC's reports

Earlier this summer we presented a summary series on the Clintel Report on the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report. The report’s coauthor Marcel Crok also included a chapter tracing how scientific...

23 Aug, 2023| Science Notes

Bucketing the trend

...quite the kerfuffle because the Bureau of Meteorology tried to hide the fact that newer temperature probes tend to record higher temperatures than older ones, and it took a series...

03 May, 2023| News Roundup

Tidbits

...it seems, become comfortable for so many people. It’s also awkward that so many activists who claim to be “following the science” keep writing things like “New IPCC Report Shows...

05 Apr, 2023| News Roundup

German drought: unpleasant but not unprecedented

...Assessment Report, as quoted by Roger Pielke Jr. He goes on that in Western and Central Europe: “the IPCC and the underlying peer reviewed research on which it assesses has...

31 Aug, 2022| Science Notes

The RCP 8.5 Cheat

...shocking warnings about climate change that are “based on the science”. Narrator “New study warns of dangerous climate change risks to the Earth’s oceans” (The Guardian July 2015) “Global warming...

03 Oct, 2020| Fact Checks

IPCC attributes non-existent hurricane trend to GHGs

Over at Roger Pielke Jr’s Substack channel he has been digging into the new IPCC Synthesis Report in which they supposedly summarize all the science reported in the underlying Working...

03 May, 2023| Science Notes

On the beach

...should never ascribe to conspiracy what can be explained by stupidity. What new research has discovered about beaches is, in plain language, that they are sandy strips at the edge...

25 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

Facebook goes after Koonin

...The New York Post also covered Koonin favourably. It is simply not going to be possible to hide him forever, no matter how much mud is employed in the attempt....

02 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

#ECS in the real world: Lewis and Curry 2015

...with now retired Georgia Tech climatologist Judith Curry to review how the updated data in the then-newly published IPCC 5th Assessment Report might affect empirical ECS estimates. In their paper,...

20 Dec, 2023| Science Notes

Greenhouse gasbags

...they couldn’t do it, and struck a world-historic decisive deal on a side issue of doling out non-existent reparations funds. As GZero Newsletter put it in a newsletter headed “Climate...

23 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Dare you to post it on Facebook

...and North America lose revenue. Other than that it’s win-win all over.” This gem comes from, you guessed it, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in their 5th Assessment Report...

02 Jun, 2021| Science Notes

Floggings will continue until bankruptcy improves

...hostility towards the business community in Canada.” But this assessment is only partially correct. The Trudeau administration is certainly implicitly hostile to business in general, holding a mistaken view that...

09 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Speaking of low confidence

Many of the claims in the new IPCC report are buttressed with the phrase “medium confidence”. And if you were a policymaker in a hurry, you’d want to know what...

13 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

What not to read

...Climate Justice by former Irish president Mary Robinson under whom nothing was done but never mind. It also recommended the 6th IPCC Assessment Report but only the “Summaries for Policymakers”...

23 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

Clintel Report: Seeing sense on sea levels

In this week’s installment of our series on the Clintel Analysis of the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report we look at Kip Hansen’s chapter on sea levels. The IPCC claims that...

28 Jun, 2023| Science Notes

Can't COP

...travel challenges and new surges in the Covid19 pandemic will lock out huge numbers of developing country delegates from the UN climate talks set to take place in November.” Not...

15 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Dare you to post it on Facebook

...by comparison. In honour of the new Facebook fact-check brigade now prowling your pages in search of climate heresy, we decided to introduce a new feature where we offer some...

28 Apr, 2021| Science Notes

Climate ate my crabs... unless we eat them first

...brought 22.7 million hits in 0.71 seconds.) Hence the New York Times snaps its claws with “Alaska is the fastest warming state in the United States, according to Climate Central,...

09 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

Everybody knows: climate change means more wind storms

...heat waves among other impacts...Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, shared the results of two projects that have increased the capacity of New Brunswickers to adapt to...

23 Nov, 2022| Science Notes

It's worse than we thought

...would be needed to validate the new numbers. Modelling results from more than 20 institutions are being compiled for the sixth assessment by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

08 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

What a big footprint you have

...for biofuels in the future, where other power sources are available.” Compare that with the venerable New Yorker’s newly hip “Annals of a Warming Planet” declaration that “Renewable Energy Is...

07 Sep, 2022| OP ED Watch

Oh that's original

...point about the lack of anything new or useful in the latest IPCC megablast, author David Crane said “In its fifth assessment, in 2013, the IPCC warned, in almost identical...

25 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

Clintel Report: Scenario misuse is worse than we thought

...to look scientific anymore. Crok goes over the history of IPCC scenario construction and explains that the RCP projections were actually done back-to-front. For the 2013 IPCC 5th Assessment Report...

26 Jul, 2023| Science Notes

Great Barrier Reef, RIP

...things prove climate change is a crisis, even when they’re not happening. The Guardian piece, by a climate scientist with a diploma in “Newspaper Journalism”, makes absolutely no mention of...

28 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

We might be going to die

...But to its credit, Australia’s ABC News reports that even some economists who believe in fairly significant man-made climate change actually think we could adapt to as much as 4°C...

12 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

IPCC AR6: Flooding, unspun edition

The best way to respond to a new IPCC report is to tune out all the press coverage and look at the actual document. But it seems to be the...

25 Aug, 2021| Science Notes

Shellenberger's Apostasies Episode 1: Wildfire Trends

...about wildfires (which you can see collected at this link). Our assessment of his statement: Likely True. A scientific paper on global wildfire measurement published in 2016 gives not only...

08 Jul, 2020| Science Notes

One thousand years of summer temperatures in northeastern Canada

From the CO2Science Archive: According to Naulier et al. (2015), the [then] latest IPCC assessment report shows that “northeastern Canada is poorly represented among existing millennial temperature reconstructions in the...

13 Apr, 2022| Science Notes

Time runs backward, no glacier at 2050

Another recycled climate scare back in the news is the melting of the Himalayan glaciers. This time for sure. And humans caused it to start half a millennium ago by…...

12 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

Meanwhile back at the ranch

...general point we’ve also made elsewhere, saying (p. 23) that “according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report, if, in 2007, we completely stopped emitting carbon...

28 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

Sea-riously

From his valuable Sealevel.Info site, Dave Burton calls for brave souls to step forward as expert reviewers for the IPCC’s forthcoming 6th Assessment Report Working Group One Second Order Draft....

15 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

The IPCC atlas on drought in Europe

Little-noticed in last year’s release of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report was an online Atlas which provides a quick overview of their findings on available climate observations in recent decades....

07 Sep, 2022| Science Notes

ClimateMovie Fact Check: Different warming rates

...In the US, according to the 2017 National Climate Assessment, it is true that minimum temperatures have gone up more than maximum ones. Table 6.1 in that report states that...

29 May, 2024| Science Notes

Irish death gas

A recent story in The Irish News berated the government and the people for doing too little on climate with the usual blah blah blah. “The implementation of measures to...

07 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

The monsoons of death

...due to climate change, and that India will suffer heavier and more erratic rainfall with more frequent floods in the coming years.” Er, then why did the last IPCC Assessment...

09 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

Dare you to post it on Facebook

...probably do better even with 3 degrees of warming.” That particular dose of denialist propaganda paraphrases the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Group II Chapter 7 (Food Security and Food...

19 May, 2021| Science Notes

#ECS in the real world: Lewis 2022

...to 1.5°C. But luckily for the IPCC, just in time for their 6th Assessment Report a new paper by Australian climatologist Steven Sherwood and his coauthors appeared in 2020 applying...

07 Feb, 2024| Science Notes

Projections of future spring wheat yields on the Canadian prairies

...decades, the four Canadian scientists describe how they “employed climate scenarios from the state-of-the-art Regional Climate Models of the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP), along with climate...

28 Jul, 2021| Science Notes

RIP 8.5

...enthusiasm. Thus they provided just two months for comments, since after all they already knew the answer they wanted and why encourage cranks, some of whom responded anyway. Which brings...

10 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

Exploding harder

...even a thing, the article claims: “As the world gathers in Dubai for the 28th COP, the assessment of the first part of that stocktake is in some ways surprisingly...

29 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

Ad hominem Happerem

...hissed the New York Times. His sin? He doesn’t think CO2 is a crisis, and annoyingly insists on pointing out that it benefits plant growth. Progressives love the idea of...

27 Feb, 2019| News Roundup

Cosmic rays, atmospheric ozone and global climate change

...Biology, and Chemistry) – injects a whole new dimension into the contentious debate over what has been the cause of late 20th-century global warming and its early 21st-century cessation. The...

12 Apr, 2023| Science Notes

The EV market is on fire

...Even the New York Times has written about “How E-Bike Battery Fires Became a Deadly Crisis in New York City”, adding that “City leaders are racing to regulate battery-powered mobility...

05 Jul, 2023| News Roundup

Back to IPCC AR6

...East. A detailed assessment of the recent regional precipitation trends using the same datasets can be found in the Atlas. Global trends for 1980–2019 show a general increase in annual...

10 Nov, 2021| Science Notes

Both thumbs on the scale

In attempting to convince us we’ve all succumbed to heatstroke, the media are suddenly measuring temperature a whole new way. And whereas real scientists are very suspicious of changes in...

02 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

Back to droughts

...Smith, D.J. 2016. A 477-year dendro-hydrological assessment of drought severity for Tsable River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Hydrological Processes 30: 1676-1690. The two Canadian researchers report that since AD...

10 Nov, 2021| Science Notes

Lack of terrible weather not blamed on GHGs

...emissions, the better off we’ll all be.” As we noted last week, when the ferocious Tropical Storm Henri failed to make landfall as a hurricane in New England, the New...

08 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

#ECS in the real world: Bengtsson and Schwartz 2013

...with the low end of the range for equilibrium climate sensitivity expressed as CO2 doubling temperature as given by the IPCC Assessment (Solomon et al., 2007).” So yet again the...

29 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Joe

...“does not present sufficient cause” to change the environmental assessment of the Gulf leases they inherited from (ahem) Donald Trump and his cronies. It did add that “additional analysis of...

08 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

Climategate Hide the Decline Backgrounder

...IPCC was starting work on its Third Assessment Report. Out of all the people doing tree ring temperature analysis, they picked Michael Mann to write the summary. John Robson Jones...

04 Dec, 2019| Backgrounders

Only a government could lose money on this one

...PBO assessment alone, the cost of TMX has increased from $12.6 to $21.4 billion. When one contemplates the way in which, for instance, the budget for major defence procurements balloons...

29 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

Talk is neither cheap nor effective

...the thing here is that the reason Trudeau is adding new stories to a vast edifice of failure and futility is not that he invented the conviction that policy details...

01 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

Bonn voyage

...for more talks. As Climate Home News put it, and even this assessment could be accused of unwarranted optimism, “The sense of urgency that emanated from Cop26 continued to fizzle...

29 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

But but the models...

...scales and above.’” However by the time of the next “Assessment Report” in 2013, “Some hints of concern about what the global climate models are producing were provided in the...

20 Oct, 2021| OP ED Watch

Al Gore cries an atmospheric river in Davos

...its most recent Sixth Assessment Report, where they said they might be a bit more common now than in the past but maybe not, and even if they are there...

15 Feb, 2023| Science Notes

Four decades of glacier stability in East Antarctica

From the CO2Science Archive: Relatively little is known about glacier change and sensitivity to climate in East Antarctica, the assessment of which is necessary to determine if the East Antarctic...

07 Jun, 2023| Science Notes
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