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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So now can we build back better?

...The news story to which that email teaser linked said “President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were asked during the presidential debate about the unequal burden that...

11 Nov, 2020| 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will all drive the cars from Cars

...a thing, why isn’t he giving you one? It sounds like he is, yes, thank you very much, vote for me. But of course Newsom isn’t giving anyone a new...

30 Sep, 2020| News Roundup

If I could walk that way...

...cheap and easy pathways to Net Zero. Ergo UN Climate Summit News (not an official UN organization but a news aggregator) which recently Tweeted “According to the new report from...

27 Oct, 2021| OP ED Watch

A tale of two Chinas

...Climate Home News, which was so thrilled by Xi Jinping’s announcement at the UN that even though they knew in advance “yet somehow it was still a surprise”, admits that...

30 Sep, 2020| OP ED Watch

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Soup from nuts

...CNN reports that “According to a statement, Just Stop Oil timed Friday’s act “to coincide with the planned launch of a new round of oil and gas licensing” in the...

19 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

When Boris met climate

...voters knew. As they knew the more attractive side of his outsized personality. And in 2019 he won a landslide, including breaching the famous Labour “Red Wall”, in large part...

13 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

CO2 hurts plants

...a newspaper, ask first whether the thing studied is cute and beneficial or dangerous and disgusting. It won’t surprise you, given the mantra that everything bad can be blamed on...

10 Jul, 2019| Science Notes

Now is no time for quitting

In keeping with Oscar Wilde’s dictum that “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it”, the Manhattan Contrarian begs California and New York not...

05 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

That was then, drought edition

...in New Mexico where the unprecedented man-made-climate-change drought in New Mexico is not unprecedented or man-made, just an absolutely typical entry in a 2,500-year-long record of it being quite wet...

07 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a non-gas

Having blocked a natural gas pipeline, because GHGs are bad, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the National Grid utility to end its moratorium on hooking up new customers...

23 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

IPCC AR6: Atmospheric Rivers, Unspun Edition

The terrible flooding on Canada’s west coast has introduced a new term into the climate lexicon: “atmospheric river” or AR. ARs aren’t new, but the ability to track them with...

24 Nov, 2021| Science Notes

We are all going to die, part 43

A new study says that warmer weather will unleash plagues as well as famines and the smiting of borders with frogs. Who saw that coming? Apart from us, who raised...

04 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

Chickens, meet green roost

...in another item this week, a new study has managed to model Dutch temperature changes over the past two centuries remarkably accurately by… excluding so-called greenhouse gasses entirely. We say...

13 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Dangerous sea-level rise

A new review by Kenneth Richard of No Tricks Zone shows highlights of four studies published this year on changes in sea levels around the world since the end of...

14 Oct, 2020| Science Notes

Greenland is cooling down

...it's the opposite of the truth. According to a detailed new study (h/t No Tricks Zone), after the end of the last glaciation there 10,000 years ago, summers quickly became...

21 Aug, 2019| Science Notes

So about those penguins

...the [Antarctic] peninsula have increased rapidly – more than tripling at many sites during the past 30 years – and the birds are expanding south into new areas that had...

17 Nov, 2021| OP ED Watch

The time travel crisis

...or all of those flagged in the new research could happen at some point below 1.5C, so we may have crossed one or more already – only time will tell....

28 Sep, 2022| OP ED Watch

Some pictures of hot models

...problem of mathematical predictions overshooting observed warming has bedeviled the climate science community for years. Now that the new super-high tech next generation ultra-deluxe models are coming online you'd think...

20 Nov, 2019| Science Notes

Charge of the lightweight brigade

...signs of re-thinking things. On March 4 the New York Times “Climate Forward” (it seems to have gotten all its letters back under its new editor) clued in that “How...

09 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

Blackout California

...1911. Meanwhile in other lack of news, Australia experiences snow and unusual cold while Tasmania sets an actual temperature record, an all-time low. But the New York Times touts a...

26 Aug, 2020| News Roundup

The Great Lakes Climate Crisis

...Huron set a new record low water level for the month of December, and in the coming weeks they could experience their lowest water levels ever. It’s becoming certain that,...

30 Oct, 2019| Fact Checks

Getting Medieval on China's Temperature

...of the 20th century. In some ways the new study tells us things we already knew, namely that the world was warm a thousand years ago, suddenly got colder starting...

13 May, 2020| Science Notes

Oh that peat

Mind you when it comes to settled climate science there’s a surprising amount of new stuff being discovered here on Earth as well. Thus Judith Curry points to a Washington...

07 Jul, 2021| Uncategorized

Somebody open a window

Climate Home News runs a headline that ought to put even a committed enthusiast into a deep sleep. “It looks more likely than ever the EU will up its medium...

17 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

Listen to the scientists

...in 1969 Ehrlich appeared in the New York Times predicting the wiping out of the human race “in a cloud of blue steam” by 1989. (Which we unaccountably missed, being...

02 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

Oh that China

...dissolves in your mouth and you never need a dentist again. But first, a hat tip to Climate Home News, often a target for our jibes and with reason, for...

20 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

Was that it?

Three weeks ago Canary Media gushed at us in an email “Are you ready for Climate Week NYC?” Or we suppose they gushed at New York. And supposedly the theme...

05 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

Green death

...may rant that her position is not elitist. But Oliver just returned from Papua New Guinea where only 13% of the populace has electricity and he says “It is impossible...

03 Apr, 2019| OP ED Watch

A cold time in the old house tonight

...heat with it anyway, in new homes as of 2023 and in older ones as of 2035. Though who will be able to afford a new home with the one-two...

20 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

No money, by the Green party

...New York Times hails as “one of the most ambitious climate targets by a legislature anywhere in the world” when, the Times goes on to concede, “New York reduced its...

26 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

Big green

...from the Future”. But a new report from the Institute for Energy Research reveals what we all knew anyway: the big green is on the side of Big Green. In...

24 Apr, 2019| OP ED Watch

Tough times in utopia

...are presented with something close to the actual costs of achieving draconian CO2 emissions targets, they say no.” But the alarmists’ problems don’t end there. Down in New Zealand, whose...

23 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

This just in: CO2 doesn't drive temperature

...für Klima & Energie) that shows that there’s just no long-term connection between CO2 and temperature. The data on which this chart is based are not themselves new. And of...

19 Aug, 2020| News Roundup

Hawaii has weather, Ohio has climate

...Except, that is, recent flooding in Hawaii accompanied by heavy rain, blizzard warnings and a foot of snow in the mountains. Instead, the New York Times assures us, “It’s Not...

15 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

And you thought a virus caused the pandemic

...to decentralised renewable energy production in order to start implementing the Green New Deal and create new meaningful jobs amid the post-COVID-19 economic crisis.” And while we’re at it: “In...

15 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

All downhill from here

The New York Times “Climate Fwd.” runs a touching feature on West Windsor, VT, rocked by the closure of the local ski resort “because of erratic snowfall and mismanagement”, whose...

09 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Brownwashing

...to reach what will be a new section of wells deep inside Yasuní.” But boo Gavin Newsom? Even activists are vulnerable. In a revealing Guardian essay “Why climate-change gardening means...

15 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

Speaking of plans

...away with it. In fact Spencer Bokat-Lindell, “a staff editor” with the New York Times (and no cheap shots about English majors covering climate, please; his BA is in French),...

27 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

So you're cool with adaptation?

Moving forward on the climate justice front, the New York Times’ “Climate Forward” complains that air conditioners are “a prime example of how global warming is unfair.” And while you...

27 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

In the Arctic, warming means cooling

...a contradiction in terms? Well, yes, but it arises because the data are running in contradictory patterns. A new study reports temperature proxy indicators from the western Arctic that show...

04 Dec, 2019| OP ED Watch

It's baaaaack

...for growth, greenery, jobs, greenery, growth and greenery. The good news is it’s probably just all talk. The bad news is that empty verbiage plus incompetence would be the good...

07 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

La la la we can't hear you

Canadian environmental groups are not reacting to the disquieting news out of Europe with sober second thought or even a pause to acknowledge the coming pain. Environmental Defence chose this...

20 Oct, 2021| News Roundup

If only the grid could run on hypocrisy

...either? The New York state government has repeatedly blocked new pipelines even as electricity produced from gas in the state has almost doubled. And don’t look for relief, because the...

31 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

When did comfort become a luxury?

...he called “creative destruction” as new technology and new kinds of organization sweep away old ones, underlines two key points about economic progress. First, just because we’ve been dependent on...

19 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

Bubble, meet pin

...know why, in that case, journalists kept saying the opposite. Why indeed? Euronews Green, “Your weekly eco news and green views”, greeted the new incumbent with “What does new UK...

14 Sep, 2022| 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

Et tu, RWP?

...rather Globigerinoides ruber. Because a new study based on this particular planktonic foraminifer says the record “consistently shows the Roman as the warmest period of the last 2 kyr, about...

29 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

Bad rainforests

“Deforestation could spark new diseases, experts say” is the subhed the National Post put on a Reuters story about how the Amazon rainforest is a reservoir of one after another...

18 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

Remember Portland?

...time to lose.” And NBC hollered “More than 60 dead from heat wave in Pacific Northwest as region confronts new future” and announced without even bothering with a source, not...

14 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

JSP protests the lack of oil

...failing and people are dying in supercharged monsoons, massive wildfires and endless droughts caused by climate breakdown. We can’t afford new oil and gas, it’s going to take everything. We...

19 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

Canada does fertilizer

...to new estimates published Oct. 7 in the journal Nature.” So much for those models, one might say. The suspiciously round “300 times” as bad seems to be in vogue...

17 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

So now it's drought

...Or is it just heads I win, tails you lose, as a drought that ended proves drought won’t end? And we ask that question because over at the New York...

19 Jun, 2019| Science Notes

Green China

In a welcome development, the firmly alarmist Climate Change News reports skeptically on China pitching its strategically ominous “Belt and Road” as green. The communist government may burble that “The...

01 May, 2019| OP ED Watch

So does Canada get serious?

...of billions of dollars per year in revenues and new capital investment, along with tens of thousands of well-paying jobs, on the Net Zero altar with policies that discourage new...

23 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Saved by the bill

...transformation’ in home electrification”. And down it rolls like waters: “The new climate bill could help clean up air travel”. The Atlantic’s “The Planet” joined the Hallelujah chorus with “History’s...

17 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

Awake because of woke science

Hank Green, popular co-star of Vlogbrothers, Crash Course and SciShow, has a new video on how climate change is robbing you of sleep. By which he does not mean the...

01 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

Washing away the economy

According to a piece in “The Conversation”, a site that frankly reads more like “The PC Monologue” than a diverse exchange of views, “new research finds coastal flooding may cost...

02 Sep, 2020| OP ED Watch

Not for sale, but...

...by misrepresented science. Moore’s tweet provides a link worth checking out. Before you click it, if you didn’t already, we invite you to make a list of news organizations you...

02 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Soaring into failure

...But actually the situation abroad is very like the situation here when it comes to climate. As Global News reports, “The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss...

11 Dec, 2019| News Roundup

It's snow laughing matter

...some of us live in Ottawa (though NB whoever is behind OWR bears no responsibility for what we make of the material). So consider the news that “With a mean...

06 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Easy if only it weren't so hard

...United States to reduce methane emissions for oil and gas production, and to harmonize fuel efficiency regulations for new cars.” Gosh. All we had to do was elect Biden and...

21 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

They figure you haven't suffered enough

...than ever the need to adapt to new and efficient energy sources around the world, and spurring some innovative responses” before saying, as though it were positive, that “This week...

21 Sep, 2022| OP ED Watch

Fox viewers know more about climate

...a better grasp of the facts. According to a recent survey, viewers of Fox News are much more likely to know how much the planet is thought to have warmed...

26 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Saved by the Biden

...on it, that as NBC just put it, “Presidential victory? Check. Inauguration complete? Yup. Now comes the harder part: governing”. Please tell us your crack elite reporters and analysts knew...

27 Jan, 2021| OP ED Watch

That 70s show

...what the New York Times called “an aggressive but untried plan to manipulate the price of oil, the largest commodity market in the world.” Untried being a polite word. Apparently...

06 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

At the altar of climate change

Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms who performed so heroically in helping stop the 2014 terrorist attack on Parliament, is running for leadership of the New Brunswick Liberal party....

20 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

So about that volcano

...news anchor blamed it on climate change. He then denied doing so, foolish in the era not just of video recording but also of the Internet. His actual words were...

02 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Betting other people's money on green

...evidence, that there are vast commercial opportunities in this new economy. If that were true it would mean we don’t need sweeping government intervention, just the same old profit motive...

02 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

Fishy story

...the original study results. It’s good news for fish and even better news for the health of science. It’s good news that there were experts willing to step up and...

15 Jan, 2020| Science Notes

Scientists don't say

...“the administration stopped short, for now, of boosting the cost figure to higher levels that economists and climate scientists say are justified by new research.” So brace yourself. Not for...

17 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

Heat kills tropical plants

...Guardian admits, “When left unattended, trees migrate toward more favorable conditions through a process known as seed dispersal, in which seeds are carried by the wind or birds to new...

22 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Oh that media climate conspiracy

...with which newspapers rush to censor themselves when activists come calling, almost as if they wanted an excuse to substitute propaganda for news, perhaps fearing the heavy hand of the...

24 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

And great was the fall of it

When you get an email teaser to a news story “House collapses into ocean and scatters debris for miles along North Carolina coast” you (a) feel badly for the owners...

16 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Zap, you're heat pumped

...instance Canary Media, who we were just nice to the other week, now publishes a guest essay saying “A new bill could speed up American electrification by 20 years”. Whaaaaa?...

08 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

It's all over

Alas, the last chance to stop runaway global heating has been postponed until next year. As the New York Times noted in a Sunday Nov. 14 email news alert, “With...

17 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

First the climate catastrophe, then the anthrax

...rather than news. So we learn that permafrost in Yakutia is hundreds of feet deep and the part that regularly thaws, already several feet deep, is getting deeper by “one...

17 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

Heat and cold

...to invoke anything odd as proof of the warming theory. One NBC news story on the French heat wave and the US women’s soccer team avoided mentioning climate change except...

10 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

Vice squad

An article in Vice denounces the new Ford Bronco as sinful. Parenthetically we wonder whether a publication called Virtue might be better placed to tell people not to misbehave. But...

22 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

The hard part of making predictions

There’s currently a heat wave in the Indian subcontinent. Which if you’ve ever been there might strike you as old news, or no news at all. But it’s climate change,...

04 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

If Quebec had oil...

...In a piece in the Financial Post, Canadian energy policy consultant Robert Lyman, former director general of environmental affairs at Transport Canada, takes aim at the Green New Deal and...

20 Feb, 2019| OP ED Watch

Now do climate theory

...the door to new and better theories and, indeed, the path to scientific advancement and glory. As the New York Times noted about the same story, “Experiments with particles known...

14 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

The end of winter 2.0

With much of the northern hemisphere buried in record snow, a new study yet again touts the end of winter as we know it. Except this time it will be...

20 Feb, 2019| Science Notes

If this is victory...

The Daily Telegraph highlights a supposed victory in the war on climate heating also trumpeted by the New York Times. “A Japanese town is recycling used adult diapers by turning...

08 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

The plane truth

...she’d flown to Newfoundland the previous week to host a “Climate Change Roundtable” and make various ill-founded remarks about extreme weather. It was especially awkward that while in Newfoundland she...

05 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

In a Pickle over climate change

...driving distance of both Pickle Crow, surely one of Canada’s very best place names, and New Osnaburgh and Osnaburgh House. But we digress. The point is, had there been a...

17 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

We are all going to have died later

...change were being felt by the 1980s. As did Maclean’s Jan. 13, 2003 “Global warming is forcing species to move… according to two new studies published in Nature…. In some...

12 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

A plan to plan for a plan

...chargers and “Previously, the government had announced that all new light vehicles sold should be either fully electric or hybrid by 2035, but it added new benchmarks, requiring 20 per...

06 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Cables to carry money to nowhere

Germany, renowned for economic efficiency, has given the world a remarkable display of how misguided green energy policies can burn money far more reliably than fuel. The latest news from...

13 Feb, 2019| News Roundup

If only it were mere hypocrisy

...mask?” since Trudeau, who ostentatiously covers his face in public in Canada to emphasize how splendid he is, also routinely appears with for instance California governor Gavin Newsom without one....

15 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

Captain Carbon and Company

...Alghabra, is making an important announcement about new funding to improve rail safety and efficiency in Regina and southern Saskatchewan.” His riding? Mississauga. The same day “Minister Bibeau to announce...

20 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Vox populi

...are not on board with chattering class alarmism. News stories are still tiptoeing around the way in which the outgoing Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister’s Green New Deal style...

20 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

Say goodbye to the sled

In our last newsletter before the Christmas/New Year’s break we deplored the activist habit of cheapening Christmas by dragging it into policy debates and scaring kids. Well, they didn’t stop....

08 Jan, 2020| News Roundup

The debate is closed

...cite, it’s unhelpful when news outlets and others simply assert that the ravages of climate are upon us without bothering to present data or arguments. If we thought the perpetrators...

20 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

It's a plot

...except the fashionable ones. Thus in his new book Michael Mann sneers that the forces of climate darkness have found a new plan. “The plutocrats who are tied to the...

20 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Virtual lack of reality

A new report from the Manhattan Institute warns that the laws of physics make a green energy revolution impossible. Advocates, it says, dream of a transformation like that in computing...

03 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

It's now or...

...it. Thus it seems to have backtracked somewhat on the total ban. But it still intends to forbid installing gas boilers in new homes by 2025 and new ones from...

02 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

G7, coal 10

...coal plants. Renewables also are outcompeting new natural gas-fired power plants on cost in many locations, and are the cheapest sources of new electricity generation in countries across all major...

23 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Shocked by ice

...Thus Josh Willis, a NASA scientist and study co-author, said it’s bad news in the long run because "Jakobshavn is getting a temporary break from this climate pattern. But in...

03 Apr, 2019| Science Notes

It was all over

Is it a news story that Greenland didn’t melt and inundate us all? Actually yes, because as Paul Homewood just observed, the good old Guardian told us it was going...

15 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Antarctica didn't get the memo

...raise sea levels. If. A new historical reconstruction of the vast West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has turned up a puzzle: the ice was retreating during the cold years of...

15 May, 2019| Science Notes

Core blimey

...that were not entirely irrelevant before Henry Ford or possibly James Watt. A new study says changes in the Earth’s orbit may have caused the famous (well, in some circles)...

09 Sep, 2020| News Roundup

What if they died?

...climate doom appears first as a press release on Eurekalert!, a valuable service even if overloaded with the obvious, like “New research finds that preference for remaining is key to...

18 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

When green economics isn't

...And indeed the New York Times in reporting/cheering this announcement conceded up-front that “The department’s analysis provides only a broad outline, and many of the details will be decided by...

15 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

If it moves, ban it

...reminder of what life would be like under the Green New Deal. As the New York Post editorialized bluntly, “If you like the locked-down US economy, you’ll love the Green...

03 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

Financial experts say

...it must be true because it’s full of phrases like “Sophisticated new analysis” and “those in the know”. Whereas we hicks are going um it didn’t really work in Germany,...

21 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

Must have been all those buses

...that melting glaciers are something new... It amounts to claiming the glacial epochs never happened; their mile-high ice sheets never blanketed a third of the Northern Hemisphere, multiple times, with...

03 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

The not so great green fleet

...a refinery built in this country since the 1970s. I personally don’t believe there will be a new petroleum refinery ever built in this country again…. we live in a...

22 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

English weather

...schools prepare to close early and cancel sports days”. Climate Home News sneered “It takes an advanced level of denial to dismiss the climate crisis during a record-shattering heatwave, but...

27 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Fools pedal in...

...down on new sales of gas and diesel vehicles” including France, still on its 2040 target and Norway with a classic “non-binding goal that by 2025 all cars should be...

12 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

The downside of doomism

It’s not all bad news. Really it’s not. Lately we’ve been highlighting some outbursts of climate sanity from unlikely places and we’d like to add another. Zeke Hausfather, whom we...

22 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

No doubt there's a good reason

...it’s good news in a planet sadly short of same. To be sure, it’s not necessarily the case that this finding is good news. You might think when the dominant...

24 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

Not so dumb after all

...be forced to do so. But now the New York Times gloats that climate change is destroying a hallowed “American institution”, namely long-term mortgages: “Up and down the coastline, rising...

24 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

The people in charge wish they had more clout

...joining the moms who are now against climate change, which the New York Times “Climate Forward” – whose parent publication increasingly struggles to speak the word “woman” – is content...

16 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Do not ask questions

...New York Times bestseller ‘On Fire: The burning case for a Green New Deal.’” So we didn’t read the books but we looked at a website. On the plus side,...

12 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Just because they're fools?

...meant to be in. Here we don’t have in mind the New York Times “Climate Hub” saying “Science says that global warming can be slowed if we reduce greenhouse gas...

28 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

We finally figured out the answer

Reuters reports that the UN Secretary General recently demanded we crank global governance up to 11, since evidently whatever that world-governmenty thing that meets in New York has been doing...

09 Feb, 2022| OP ED Watch

But we were only off by a factor of 10

...percent more rain than it otherwise would have. But a little-noted asterisk said their analysis was just a preliminary estimate, rushed into print while the hurricane was still news. With...

12 Feb, 2020| Science Notes

Green acres are getting greener

...new satellite records show the farmers are benefiting as much as the forests, perhaps even twice as much. The authors of the new study took the satellite measurements and divided...

06 Nov, 2019| Science Notes

Dreaming of a green Christmas

If climate change is this big existential emergency, what’s the New York Times doing saying you can fight it by shopping early for Christmas? The idea is that “you’ll avoid...

04 Dec, 2019| OP ED Watch

Sneaking up on you

In his new book Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore makes a remarkable point about current environmental concerns that is easy to overlook but, once...

03 Feb, 2021| News Roundup

City nights

...is very much what you’d expect if human structures including roads were trapping the sun’s heat during the day then releasing it at night. A July news story out of...

29 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Greens against greening is something to sneeze at

...of course “our changing climate is altering the distribution of allergenic plants, with some particularly potent species invading new areas.” At least they are admitting carbon dioxide is driving all...

25 May, 2022| News Roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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