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Stuff you're not allowed to know #2: tornadoes

...well, think of the implications if people are allowed to see the data, aka Thoughtcrime, we’re re-running our summary series on it from last year. This week we look at...

30 Aug, 2023| Science Notes

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

...if you haven’t yet watched you should because its assessment of reflexive association of floods with climate change probably describes many people you know. Whereas in our continuing review of...

13 Sep, 2023| Science Notes

Stuff you're not allowed to know #1: Hurricanes

...original series, so you can see for yourself what the alarmist goon squad doesn’t want you to know. This week: hurricanes. The authors note that, because of their potential for...

23 Aug, 2023| Science Notes

Stuff you're not allowed to know #6: global greening

...summer. So farmers need to adapt practises accordingly. But we know they are good at adapting and increasing productivity for the simple reason that agricultural productivity has been rising for...

27 Sep, 2023| Science Notes

Stuff you're not allowed to know #5: droughts

In honour of a scientific journal retracting an article not because it was wrong but because the alarmist gatekeepers don’t want you to read it, we are re-running our series...

20 Sep, 2023| Science Notes

It went into the ground

...the slightest clue how little they know. (See the debacle on estimating energy needs in this week’s blog items.) Nor do we know how many more buildings and cars there...

24 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

A Historian Looks At Climate Change

...we want to know the hundredth digit of pi, let’s ask a mathematician or some high school kid who’s memorized the thing. If we need to know how far it...

07 Jul, 2020| Backgrounders

Who is John Kerry?

...people, most people they think you’re just a crazy tree-hugging lefty, liberal, you know, do-gooder or whatever, and, and there’s no relationship. But really, that’s where we are.” John Robson:...

09 Sep, 2023| Backgrounders

Kennedy v Turk

...you’re the deputy Secretary, you’re the expert, I’m asking you how much it’s going to cost.” “I know with the certainty of all the experts I’ve spoken about it’s cheaper...

02 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

The "Simple Physics" Slogan

...have more clouds? Fewer clouds? We just don’t know. Lots We Don’t Know First of all, there are a lot of things we don’t know. We don’t know how to...

16 Apr, 2019| Backgrounders

Oh that's original

...that didn’t use either term. Quibbling, you say? OK then. Back to “what we know”. Do we know “climate change this summer triggers heat waves and forest fires, floods and...

25 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

Don't they know history?

...other nonsense, that: “every fraction of a degree matters. Between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius of warming, coral reefs may disappear…” Can this person really not know coral survived the...

17 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

In tomorrow's news... doom may loom

...days and years to come, stuff will happen. You’re welcome. If you want more precision, well, we incline to the view that if the government predicts it, you can usually...

20 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

The problem of lack of knowledge

...climate stuff. Naturally the veneer of sophisticated mathematical knowledge remains unscratched: “The minister told attendees at a climate change conference in Ottawa that the government used updated scientific knowledge and...

03 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

You probably don't want to know

...chattering classes are all in on this stuff, and once again too much of the famously skeptical press is cheerleading for big government not interrogating it. For instance one gushed...

29 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

Remember traditional knowledge?

...Quebec, despite their claim that from living on the land they knew there were lots. Now a judge has ruled that all that stuff about the wisdom of the ancestors...

27 Nov, 2019| News Roundup

Weather modification, Mexican edition

...of various sorts, which then do complicated stuff, we don’t know what impact clouds have on climate except it’s hugely important in the real world, whatever is going on inside...

10 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

And the kitchen sink too

...abjectly failed”. So we don’t know ECS is 3. And again, before coming to blows over “It is, you know” vs “It isn’t, you know” contemplate the consequences if, in...

09 Dec, 2020| OP ED Watch

And Socrates thought he knew nothing

This question of how people know things, or why they think they know them, deserves careful attention and not just by philosophers who tumble into wells while gazing at the...

26 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

What little we know

...feed millions. Meanwhile, in the places where warming is observed, it's not automatically known that CO2 is the cause, but in any case the locals seem to like it. So...

20 Mar, 2019| Science Notes

Code repetitive

...“Journalists say scientists say world ends soon because evil humans want stuff.” Not that they’d read it, of course; at 3,949 pages it’s not the sort of document you breeze...

18 Aug, 2021| News Roundup

New CDN Feature: Everybody Knows

...from 1970 to 2000. Spot a claim in the media that everybody knows is true but you’re doubtful about? Send it to us at admin@climatedn.com and we’ll check it out....

17 Aug, 2022| Science Notes

We thought you said the science was settled

...will save the planet because we know what to do, it might not because we don’t know what to do. After listing all the things the next President “can do...

09 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

And if they don't know that...

...believed since Svante Arrhenius’s pioneering work, then as Barmby says “The relationship between global warming to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not linear, it is logarithmic.” In case you’re...

06 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Those weren't the days

...was the “breadbasket” of the Empire. OK, there’s a lot of history to know. But you need to know it if you want to have any hope of estimating when...

31 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

The RCP 8.5 Cheat

...would rather you didn’t know about. Namely that the “science” in question has a big exaggerated fudge factor that always guarantees a scary forecast. You see, all of these stories...

03 Oct, 2020| Fact Checks

Transition to we know not what

...fiscally prudent approach.” Unfortunately “continue” is a word this administration uses to describe things they are not doing and would not know how to even attempt; in fact on Trudeau’s...

08 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Only kids know

...a little creepy about the “children’s crusade” turn climate activism is taking. Kids are cute and passionate and all. But they also famously lack experience, judgement, knowledge, you know, the...

15 May, 2019| News Roundup

The true nature of climate journals

...they want climate papers that support certain preapproved narratives – even when those narratives come at the expense of broader knowledge for society.” It is also significant that Brown is...

13 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

But it was

...the oceans could be warming the air, and whether it means something else could be going on with respect to oceans including cycles lasting centuries, is not to be allowed...

11 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

All hail the energy transition

...to make solar panels and wind turbines, and it doesn’t solve the problem that the ugly stuff happens overseas and affects poor people we don’t know. It has a very...

03 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

Nature is so unnatural

...the form of information. Bjorn Lomborg recently tweeted: “Study shows that people who possess more overall environmental knowledge or climate-specific knowledge experience less climate change anxiety (and less knowledge, more...

13 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

Waking up to woke science

...know it’s not true, as these people mostly do. It's not clear what will happen to Kirk himself. But his talk is on YouTube and there’s no stuffing it back...

25 May, 2022| News Roundup

Prove it

...affect them. So those who claim that because we know that in a lab CO2 will absorb and scatter infrared radiation, we know that cars are causing typhoons are guilty...

20 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Gross zero

...we know how to do any such thing because obviously we don’t. We don’t know how to peak emissions by 2025, especially not with China cranking out coal plants as...

07 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

The core of settled science

...We didn’t know there were “longstanding mysteries about climate” since we were told the science is, um, settled. Isn’t it? No. Not even slightly. Although we did know, unlike the...

01 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Oh, that's the problem, of course

...very narrow and male-centric set of ‘knowers’.” Boo. Mean knowers. Narrow knowers. Thus “the participation of female scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the authoritative international...

08 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

We need a global treaty

...they’re merely worrying or in fact trivial. All these things matter a lot. But we just don’t know. And nobody’s claiming we know, not because this sort of science is...

17 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

RPC8.5: still a scam

...much carbon, which makes alarmists see double. What’s worse, we know that they know they’re doing it. But they don’t seem to know that we know that they know. But...

07 Dec, 2022| Science Notes

Everybody knows: global wildfires are getting worse

...climate change.” Everybody knows global wildfires are raging out of control and are the worst they’ve ever been. And because everybody knows, there’s no need to check the data. But...

28 Sep, 2022| Science Notes

Everybody knows: the coral reefs are dying off

...Because everybody knows the surest sign of a dying coral reef is it growing to record size. Feel free to send us tips for our “Everybody knows” series (with story...

12 Oct, 2022| Science Notes

Comrade Geoengineerov to the rescue

...“until we know a law of nature, it, existing and acting independently and outside our mind, makes us slaves of ‘blind necessity.’ But once we come to know this law,...

15 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

How to lie with pictures

...Watts Up With That As John Stuart Mill famously said, “He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.” Eschenbach knows both, unlike the journalists...

25 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

Weinstein deniers

...author, know it. They know nobody is afraid to say we must reduce emissions, even if they just arrived by private jet. (Or flew to Barbados to agree that we...

04 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

Is that stuff snow?

...think the moon landing was faked. But do they know that such figures as Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was once acquitted by a judge of punching a moon landing...

08 May, 2019| OP ED Watch

Choo choo gobble

...they know ahead of time this drivel will become deeply meaningful as opposed to, say, vanishing without a trace.) Especially since there’s way more great stuff it’s bound to do:...

31 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

Follow the science deep into left field

...the risk of reduce the “bite” on the breaking stuff.) But if global heating has already ruined America’s National Pastime then the bad, as well as good if you’re Mighty...

12 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

Penguins give it to climate

As you know, all effects of climate change are bad. And all contribute to runaway instability that laughs at the famous dynamic equilibrium of nature. But here’s one to make...

10 Jun, 2020| OP ED Watch

Deep-sixing the settled science

...we don’t know a lot about it, and we don’t know a lot about the stuff we do know. For instance one story on The Conversation says “Tiny plankton drive...

10 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

Trees wither into saplings

Have you noticed the thing about the trees? Well, it seems they don’t like CO2 despite living on the stuff. And so climate change is causing them to be smaller...

10 Jun, 2020| OP ED Watch

The end of snow as we know it

...thing, and you can still expect harsh winter storms in a warming world.” End of snow? What end of snow? Readers of National Geographic have long known milder winters will...

24 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

¿Dónde están los glaciares de antaño?

Did you know that Venezuela’s last glacier was just demoted to an icefield? Or that this tropical, nearly equatorial, nation even had glaciers? Well, it was and it did. And...

29 May, 2024| News Roundup

Climate change ate my watch

...you know what is happening truly is a first?” He does not. Nobody does. Nobody could, even if they could know today that whatever happened is due to melting ice...

03 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

If only they knew that they don't know

...of affordable energy is causing people to demand more of the affordable kind of energy rather than the stuff that costs a lot and doesn’t work. Just as the news...

29 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

If only it were mere hypocrisy

...John Stuart Mill so famously said, back when any wise thing anyone said was famous: “He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His...

15 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

Oh Mann

...views. Speaking of deep pockets, we now know that Mann had someone paying all his legal bills for him. But we don’t know who; possibly some alarmist billionaire like Bill...

14 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

Everybody knows: climate change is a crisis

We bring our Everybody knows series to a close by focusing on the biggest claim of the modern age, namely that climate change is an emergency, crisis, catastrophe or worse....

21 Dec, 2022| Science Notes

Saving the science from the scientists who say

...and humble about what you don’t know./ 3. Engage with others who hold different beliefs.” Great. Now back to climate change where we crush dissenters’ tiny heads. The piece to...

15 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Hooray, uncertainty

...we don’t know why something is happening, it’s very important to know that we don’t know. PBS said soberly that “Some signs point to human-made climate change, but those conclusions...

05 Jun, 2019| Science Notes

Quis custodiet ipsos fact chuckers?

...warming.” At least she didn’t do the all-warming-since-1850 thing. But we don’t know any such thing; it’s why we check such theories against facts. Precisely because we know the planet...

26 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

They just won't know what snowboarding is

In case you were wondering, the looming end of winter as we know it, TEOWAWKI to insiders, means forget the winter Olympics, and not because of some boring old human...

26 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

The science is so settled we can ignore it

...without knowing what the right level of CO2 actually is. How could you calculate the former without knowing the latter? It’s grade six math: “Billy had four dollars before buying...

26 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Back to bed

...their pants on fire. (If anyone knows the origin of this metaphor please let us know; otherwise we’re claiming to have invented it.) Which brings us to climate policy, in...

10 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

You can't win, you know

...but nay. It seems hydrogen might also destroy the climate like, well, you know. Everything. The Precautionary Principle, as has been observed, sounds good. But if taken seriously would have...

23 Sep, 2020| OP ED Watch

A PhD in sounding like an expert

...that they claim to know more about risk than actuaries and others whose livelihoods depend on getting it right. It will delight some of our readers to know that, whatever...

20 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

Climategate Hide the Decline Backgrounder

...of Mann and his coauthors the paper came to be called MBH98, but to many people it’s best known for introducing the famous “hockey stick” graph. Based on a statistical...

04 Dec, 2019| Backgrounders

Oh, scientists say, do they?

...puts you at or over the RCP8.5 line you know it’s totally unrealistic verging on literally impossible. And what’s crucial here is the “known to be” part. OK, journalists might...

07 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

Governing is Ardern she thought

...good. But the truth is that she got nothing done, not even emissions reductions, because she didn’t know how the world works. Declaring in her resignation speech that “I know...

25 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

The Red-Green Menace

...of Beijing. John Robson Hold on a minute, I know what you’re about to say: this is all conspiracy-mongering, which you told us not to do. Besides surely it’s just...

20 Mar, 2021| Backgrounders

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

Remember snow?

...More likely it’s just weather, the stuff we’ve always had and always will. Including that white stuff any child call tell you is snow, or Schnee, depending where you ask....

11 May, 2022| News Roundup

Oh that peat

...gases is set to play a critical role in the Paris climate agreement.” So we don’t know what’s happening or what to do. Except we know we should panic. As...

07 Jul, 2021| Uncategorized

Arm-wrestling Mother Earth

...the top of the sky. Unchallenged by the “you’re not a climate scientist” crowd, he intoned bizarrely that “for millions of years – literally millions of years – we know...

31 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

Please stay in your seat

...fact is public knowledge. The experts who say are saying climate change makes turbulence worse, journalists say. And if you say otherwise, get ready for the experts to wave the...

29 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Net minus

...the bandwagon about removing CO2 from the air and stuffing it into the ground so we can get back to the ideal weather of, say, 1970, 1870 or whenever it...

25 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

This time for sure... again

...have some uncertainties.” But he quotes a climate modeler that climate modelers are now great and know everything: “’We know enough to trust our climate models” and their message that...

11 Dec, 2019| News Roundup

Heavy breathing

...the question just how little these kids actually know about science if they don’t know we breathe the stuff out, especially while exercising. Predictably the AP story substitutes cheerleading for...

20 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Alberta on fire, must be you-know-what

This just in, there are wildfires in the Canadian province of Alberta. It could be connected with Canada having 300 billion trees made of wood, the same combustible stuff as...

24 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

It's not a gas

...journalists they had “high expectations” of getting natural gas from this country, Trudeau burbled: “We know that being a reliable supplier of energy is important and we’re going to continue...

01 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Putting the dead in deadline again

...supposedly predicts, then we don’t know what caused it. If weird stuff happens to the Gulf Stream for reasons we did not anticipate or even notice until now and still...

26 Aug, 2020| News Roundup

So about that CO2

...is absorbed. The rest remains in the atmosphere”. Oh really? Natural carbon dioxide is naturally absorbed but our artificial stuff isn’t. How, pray, does nature know the difference? Aren’t you...

30 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

Oh that's deep

...the stuff that blundered into the path of Allosaurus. But how much of the warmth, and biological abundance, is related to the oceans being relatively shallower around the slowly separating...

08 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Everybody knows: doing nothing is not an option

...who says doing nothing is not an option? Well, everybody, since everybody knows it’s not an option. But we’re not everybody, we’re a bunch of nobodies who insist on asking:...

30 Nov, 2022| Science Notes

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

Letter to a critic: Dear Idiot

...we do know what “save the planet” means, thanks to the Guardian also letting us know that “Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point/...

24 Nov, 2021| OP ED Watch

Question everything, except you-know-what

...think we know isn’t always true. That’s why it’s important to teach kids to question everything and keep their minds open to new evidence.” Ah. So are we to question...

14 Oct, 2020| OP ED Watch

The end of glacier melting as we know it

...and present glacier changes across scales.” Great uncertainties? Great snakes! But fear not. We know what’s happening at a Platonic level if not at a factual or logical one. Thus...

24 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

The IPCC would have you know

Never mind war in the Ukraine, or oil and commodity prices exploding around the world. The IPCC and its media cheerleaders want you to know that your biggest problem is...

09 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

The 2000 National Climate Misassessment

...in it and when you applied the model to it — pretend you’re running means — your result got more noise. So the model created negative knowledge. This is the...

10 Oct, 2021| Crystal Ball

It's all so simple

...capital? I don’t know any other way, honestly. I don’t know how you’re going to get the trillions moving in any other way. You’ve got to show that you can...

13 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

Is it wet or dry down here?

...means only about 3 percent more than, say, 40 years ago which wouldn’t exactly constitute massive “unprecedented” flooding. Not that anyone really knows what happened 250 or 2,500 years ago,...

23 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

So about those glaciers

...are exceptionally high or whether in fact glaciers have been retreating since long before man-made CO2 became a thing, because if so you’re just engaging in a lavish PR stunt....

17 Nov, 2021| OP ED Watch

The time travel crisis

...damaging if you’re someone who says they are being felt now. And if you’re in the latter camp, we also need to know whether you believe they became evident in...

28 Sep, 2022| OP ED Watch

A planlike object

...plausible prose, documents like these draft “Clean Electricity Regulations” are not based on probabilities known to be reasonable through real-world experience or actions of a sort the state has shown...

23 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

...in the United States. But once everybody knows, well, everybody knows. (Just as everybody knows that weather getting worse is an “effect” of climate change not an example of it,...

22 May, 2024| News Roundup

If I could plant like that...

...people who apparently do not know what they do not know which, pace Sir Humphrey Appleby, could be almost anything. In case you do not live in Canada we should...

22 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

Stop Them If You've Heard It Before

...1992. It’s incredibly short-sighted to say you’re not willing to accept modest changes to your lavish lifestyle to stop the planet from burning up in our children’s lifetime. Endless debates...

06 Dec, 2022| Fact Checks

That old thing again?

...models of course know all and see all: “The use of simulations allowed the scientists to investigate the influences of individual factors including greenhouse gas emissions, other forms of air...

21 Jun, 2023| News Roundup

Bad tasting cheese

...bad compared to the same stuff released by rotting plants or swirling oceans? How does nature even tell our CO2 from the good stuff? It turns out there is a...

27 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

China undercuts China

...they’re not about to go back to freezing and starving just because some warm, comfy, private-jet-taking Western politicians and celebrities don’t know where stuff comes from and think there’s a...

05 May, 2021| News Roundup

Down the temperature hole

...log book? And indeed it’s reasonable to be skeptical of a good deal of the modern stuff, frankly, given the patchy nature of the measurement network and well-known concerns about...

25 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

We're so sneaky

...highly variable in the past, including the distant past, it is very hard to maintain that it only just started changing? Oddly, the authors of the BBC story half-know it....

24 Nov, 2021| OP ED Watch

Oh Mann

...the hockey stick, as you may know, Mann did it in the lab with a computer model. AGW Clue isn’t even a fun game because we always already know the...

17 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

Let's talk backlash

...they can’t afford stuff because the supposedly marvelous we-all-win green transition is whacking living standards without improving the weather. And just possibly normal people know more than their supposed betters...

17 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

Must... have... oil...

...just know the ideal temperature (for some reason it’s what we had in 1950, not 1850 or 1150), we also know how to hit it. Except for the tricky bit...

11 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

Plan H

...up conceding the obvious and insisting on it simultaneously: “We won’t really know how much this green hydrogen stuff actually costs until there are some real facilities up and running....

28 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

The Milankovitch mystery, or, wobbly science

...how much solar radiation (known as insolation) reaches the top of Earth’s atmosphere as well as where the insolation reaches. These cyclical orbital movements, which became known as the Milankovitch...

29 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

You had me at 210

...money out of people’s front pockets and stuff it back into their back pockets and expect it to change their behaviour. There’s the real puzzle about this report, and this...

04 Dec, 2019| OP ED Watch

Rime of the ancient alarmist

...in the Paleogene. No, really. All this stuff is in Wikipedia. The reporter just had to Google. You do know how to Google, don’t you? Surely all that activism at...

01 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

Standing short on climate

...Ukraine, that silly stuff. Oddly, it didn’t work; the price kept rising, possibly because the amount released only covers about 70 hours’ worth of U.S. consumption, to the apparent surprise...

01 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

But not for thee

...reports, “Lumley, who has been involved in conservation work, said that while many people remained poor, it was largely ‘the western world that stuffs its face and chucks stuff away’.”...

17 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

We're glad you asked

...do we know? Or are we just making a stereotypical assumption? No. Not at all. As we keep explaining, if things are produced in a free market you know they...

17 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

So not a climate scientist, then

...mean he only knows from trees. It means he’s a really smart guy who knows a lot about a lot of things, knows how scientists think, and somehow endured the...

26 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Ten years after the end of winter

...feet of some white stuff kids can’t remember the name of in Massachusetts, where they do at least still know what a foot is. And it knocks out power and...

02 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Aerosols on ice Part I

...known why or by how much,” explained Dr Liu. “This research offers a possible explanation.” It’s remarkable to read of a scientist calmly telling a journalist that climate scientists know...

16 Jun, 2021| Science Notes

Because it's rubbish

...gap between our knowledge and what we do with that knowledge. And I think that the lack of widespread mobilisation is borne, not from outright climate denial, but rather from...

03 Nov, 2021| OP ED Watch

Trees schmees

...offer a truly painless, indeed almost lifestyle-changeless, transition to a Net Zero sustainable world. Until some spoilsports came along and said sapling or no sapling, you’re eating bug paste. Thus...

11 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

Mind-blowing hogwash

...some people still deny climate change science” and continues, beneath a caricature of Donald Trump: “We all know somebody who thinks this ‘climate change stuff’ is a bunch of hogwash....

28 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

Grid lock

...handle all this, or will it require an upgrade? And how much time and money is all of this going to cost? If you’re overwhelmed by these myriad considerations, you’re...

05 Apr, 2023| News Roundup

Collect all nine and win a prize

...a sedan going 85 km/h, they know whereof they speak. When alarmists speak of planetary boundaries it conjures up images of similar grounded knowledge. But wrongly. Like the metaphor of...

27 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Financial experts say

This just in: Alberta can stuff its fossil fuels into a hole in the ground because Ontario will boom thanks to green energy. The story comes from the CBC but...

21 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

Why oh why won't you look up?

...decisively to confront climate change when we know it’s a threat to humanity?” wails the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Uh, because we don’t know any such thing and neither...

09 Feb, 2022| OP ED Watch

Scientists might say

The current “settled science” on the relationship between climate change and hurricanes is… some stuff may well happen. If you think such a prediction is hard to test, you’re right....

04 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

The Department of Duh

...in a new study, making us stop using so much gas will require a significantly higher tax on the stuff. There are reasons to be skeptical of the pseudo-precision of...

19 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

A Flooded Condition

...climate change, even when most people know it doesn’t make sense because we always had weather and it was often a problem. So if you’re tired of feeling like you’re...

27 Feb, 2022| Backgrounders

Remember Portland?

...highs in the low nineties and even low eighties. Surely global warming was meant to last longer than a week and cover a wider area. If, of course, you’re really...

14 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

A warm bath at the Hotel Climate

...and global mobilization, the result is comfy drowsiness not the sort of informed alertness that would have us questioning whether any of these people really know what they’re talking about...

02 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

All the drought that's fit to drink

...“scientific” scale. Did you know there was one? Or that it has an “exceptional” level on it? Further, did you know that at the tippy-tipping point top of the “exceptional”...

31 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

COPs and robbers

...become a weapon of mass extinction”. Hey kids. Great to see you all here. Though better if you were dead, you know. No, it’s not time travel. And no, this...

14 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

He's the Mann

...serious one. Cold kills far more people in that country than heat. And if they don’t know it, all they had to do was Google. Except they know things other...

14 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

As hot as two decimal places

...it’s hard to claim you know what the “average” temperature was for the year, you’re still only sampling one square centimetre per square kilometer for one minute out of 1440...

13 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Everybody knows: BC droughts are worse than ever

“We need to talk about BC’s drought” warns the Narwhal. “As salmon and red cedar suffer during what many are calling Augtober, we’re reminded of the alarming rate at which...

19 Oct, 2022| Science Notes

Down to two

...as her initial beat was fashion it’s presumably particle physics or something. They are not gulling you. They do not know. They actually do know that: “last year, the world’s...

17 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Nottest summer ever

...during the Dust Bowl year, when huge portions of the West and Great Plains were parched by severe drought.” How do they know? Starting with how they think anybody could...

22 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

But if CO2 drives temperature...

...does not. (Nor does it prehistorically.) Once we get to 1750 the picture becomes less speculative. For instance we know, or think we know, why atmospheric CO2 started rising: Humans...

10 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

Oil industry hit by climate change

...considerable responsibility we do not know that this particular bad thing is a result of it. Or rather, we only know it because of the disquietingly circular dogma that if...

13 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Settled science, by Jupiter

...know why Earth was doing whatever it just did, though somehow they didn’t know before it happened. But if you think we’re lost in space here, or making hip references...

07 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

20 equals 5

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer says the vast subsidies hurled at EV-battery makers by politicians who think they know all about business, technology and the weather will take 20 years to...

20 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Money talks

...be doing it ourselves, not selling it for a modest fee and saying let us know how it went if you can still afford an internet connection when you’re done....

28 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

So about that meat...

...then proposing the same solution: we take away your freedom of choice and your nice stuff, dole out your rations and require that you smile before being allowed to leave...

21 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

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

Or you can just eat it

...the healthy benefits.’” And as the late Jackie Mason memorably observed, if you’re told you need to work on appreciating some supposedly sophisticated food, you know it tastes bad. In...

08 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

Here came the flood

...Merkel the media’s predictable obsession with climate change allowed her to avoid the blame for the inexcusable failure of her government’s emergency alert system. It’s hard to know what’s most...

21 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

Tidbits

...one thing we don’t know about causes another thing we also don’t know about, it could be huge. Or not. Canada’s Captain Carbon is at it again. A story about...

18 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

But but the models...

...know why, it’s that they are no good and we want to know why not. Also, since the question of expertise is frequently flung in the faces of climate skeptics,...

20 Oct, 2021| OP ED Watch

Glad you asked

...rise 0.6 percentage points by 2060, so a third of a century from now if you’re still around your grocery bill will rise by slightly over half a cent on...

25 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

Can't even give it away

...pianist by being good at playing tunes. But you achieve political power by being good at seeming to know stuff you don’t. And the punchline is, you don’t know it....

21 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

The agnotology of jailing deniers

...homophily and agnotology instead of normal words for things that actually happen, you’re not just in an echo chamber, you’re in one full of noise. Turns out “agnotology” is the...

01 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

Do not mention the sun

...added.” In some sense we all know it except when climate is involved. Thus the New York Times recently emailed us “Opinion Today: Is everything we know about the origin...

13 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Sending words to do the work of deeds

...wink. And again, many people including possibly he himself know that CO2 is not “pollution”. When you breathe in pollution you gag. You get sick. Plants and animals die. Stuff...

28 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

The debate is closed

...as we find it exasperating when people comment on our social media that some scientists they can’t name know something they can’t specify to be true for reasons they can’t...

20 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

G7, coal 10

...a policy position and more of a leg tattoo”. Thus fracking like makes tap water burn or something, you know man, and nuclear power is like the Simpsons’ three-headed fish...

23 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Back to California

...would be if you didn’t know that all effects of climate change are bad and all bad things are effects of climate change. On Jan. 9 NBC was still reporting...

18 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

How much is enough?

...carbon taxes be to overcome the inelasticity of demand? Because if you don’t know, or won’t say, or those long words make your head hurt, you’re no use to anyone....

04 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

In case you were worried we would miss out

...hard to understand why. The Clean Fuel Standard – a second carbon tax – is going to hit Atlantic Canada especially hard which the Liberals know because their own government’s...

21 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

The Michael Streisand effect

...themselves being hounded out of academia by various self-appointed gatekeepers known to contact journal editors and so forth. That ICN piece even included the preposterous line: “Mann said on the...

21 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

Putting uncertainty on ice

...during the LGM (Last Glacial Maximum, but enough with the TLAs). It turns out it was all wrong. Not wrong as in actually-there-was-no-ice-age wrong, or the-cold-stuff-started-at-the-equator wrong. Just wrong as...

17 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

The other boot falls

...by saying that, as you know, to have a meaningful impact the carbon tax needs to get to $117/tonne if applied to everyone, and $289/tonne if the government plans to...

14 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

Making arguments is just so tiring

...ourselves. What will be the result of that competition over the next half-century, as climate change worsens? We don’t know yet. But we do know what has happened over the...

03 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

Pielke Jr. on hurricanes

At the risk of boring CDN readers, who know all these things already, we bring you the latest essay by Roger Pielke Jr. called “What the Media Won’t Tell You...

08 Jun, 2022| Science Notes

Green dreams are made of these

...most retarded industrially.” Oops. But what of the rest of it? More growth? More manufacturing? How does she know? What does she even think she is talking about? It is...

24 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

As the Earth boils

...even more alarming than ‘code red.’ I wonder who comes up with this stuff for Guterres”. But what’s really interesting is who uncritically repeats and amplifies it. Even if your...

23 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

Prophets of Doom

Prophets of Doom Crystal Ball TRANSCRIPT John Robson Lately I’ve been reading what the experts are saying about the climate crisis, and it’s frightening stuff. It’s time to get serious....

07 Aug, 2020| Crystal Ball

So about that underwater volcano

...150 metres below the surface of the sea. And water vapour is, as any climate alarmist politician, activist or journalist probably does not know, the most potent greenhouse gas by...

23 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

Precautionary principle, RIP

...you’re sure it is totally safe. That version would have stopped the invention of electricity or even fire. And if you’re wondering why it’s up front in our “News” section...

18 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

Go jump in the lake

...kind of scientific training or they’d know debates don’t stop because some bureaucratic body has a vote. The essence of science is skeptical questioning, no matter what their liberal arts...

19 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Not a fish story exactly

...whole planet. Fortunately we live in our surprisingly robust real world, not in the authors’ computer. As with so many such studies it’s all just computer models guessing at stuff,...

03 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

That was then, drought edition

...for some time.” Then the skies opened in Pakistan and whaddaya know? Floods proved man-made climate change is a crisis. Here in Ottawa we missed the whole drought thing, with...

07 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

The great climate food surplus shortage

...hunger crisis. Climate change makes it worse.” Now if you’re thinking there’s something upside down here, you’re not wrong. See, “hunger is a problem of plenty, not scarcity, in modern...

22 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

Hot cuisine

...Rachel Leingang, “a democracy reporter focused on misinformation”, and aren’t we all relieved to know such eagle-eyed reporters are on the beat, indeed one with a “Masters of Mass Communication“...

06 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

Climate fungus ate my brain

...know it means news outlets will start tottering around moaning that “Climate change also threatens to make several infection-causing fungi more widespread”. The specific mechanism is apparently that “The fungus...

15 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Lack of terrible weather not blamed on GHGs

...geopolitical consequences including, arguably, triggering the French Revolution. (Incidentally national weather agencies, when not directly focused on peddling man-made climate change, generally know about this stuff too.) And if so,...

08 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Seeing the forest for the trees

...and none of that stuff was human-driven. And that once you’ve said “Globally, deforestation has decreased from its peak in the 1980s, but trends vary by region” you’ve fessed up...

20 Apr, 2022| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

...spell it, just write it down”. Except they’re not being funny on purpose. They really don’t know that it matters if you don’t know stuff. Amazon.com offers a gaming keyboard...

02 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

It's only May but why wait?

...complicated set of equations to match a limited set of known inputs to a limited set of known outputs. Especially when what should always have bothered him, and many others,...

20 May, 2020| News Roundup

Soup from nuts

...Friday. We didn’t even know Van Gogh was an oil company. Or is Just Stop Oil Painting a thing? If not, what rational motive could possibly exist for such an...

19 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

So about that storm

...cold records. If these were record highs, you know what they’d say: proof of climate change. Any idiot can see it. Shut up and do as you’re told by “science”....

17 Feb, 2021| News Roundup

Then they came for your gas stove

...in the home to risks associated with secondhand-smoke exposure. (Canary Media is an independent affiliate of RMI.)” That last bit in parentheses is to let you know that just because...

25 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

From the people who plan to control the weather

...sewers? Why, it’s the government. Who didn’t notice poop in the water? Same. So if they don’t even know about that rather in-your-face issue, do you really believe they know...

25 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

The "97% Consensus" slogan

...dioxide is a greenhouse gas, meaning it likely has some overall warming effect. That’s been known since the mid-1800s. And if you did do a survey, you would find overwhelming...

08 May, 2019| Backgrounders

Climate climate everywhere

...they’re set in the distant future. For instance an online publication called Narcity, which bills itself as “Everything you need to know about anywhere you want to go” warns us...

11 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

The elephant in the glacier

...answer is, in fact, a big shrug. Nobody has any real idea. But at least some smart people know, with Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning, that they don’t know anything....

27 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

The Fatal Policy Flaw

...on climate, or “solving the climate crisis.” But there’s a catch, and it’s one they’re not keen to talk about. Namely, they know it won’t work. The same scientists who...

01 Feb, 2022| Backgrounders

The 97 Percent Consensus Myth Revisited

...comes to climate, you don’t need a poll to tell you that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, meaning it likely has some overall warming effect. That’s been known since...

01 Jan, 2023| Backgrounders

It's gone

...of a drink, about that wine. See, Time says “Merlot as we know it is on the verge of extinction”. And media outlets know all about the verge of extinction....

27 May, 2020| News Roundup

Tidbits

...Moment: How Lessons from Earth’s Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis, renowned climate scientist Michael Mann describes the world climate change is creating based on what we know...

15 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

Where'd that CO2 come from?

...between about 180 and 280 ppm over the past 800k years and we’d like to know why. What was driving it? No, really. And we’re not making the smart-aleck crack...

10 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

The Great Lakes Climate Crisis

...know where this is going, don’t you? Of course you do. Water levels in the Great Lakes promptly shot up… and it got blamed on climate change too. As usual...

30 Oct, 2019| Fact Checks

Bucketing the trend

A crucial issue in climate science and policy is whether the world really is getting warmer and at what pace and, again, how do we know? In Australia there’s been...

03 May, 2023| News Roundup

It matters what you believe

California’s weather woes continue. Which is not surprising if you know that the Golden State has had extreme weather as far back as anyone can tell and then some. Despite...

05 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

You'll never guess

...Knutti went on “Is that realistic or not? At this point, we don’t know.” Well, his partial credit. Because in fact we do know. In their 2018 study comparing modeled...

24 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

Now they tell us

...knowledge.” Sound advice. But is it too late? Because despite what people who know as much about “the science” as they do about Etruscan poetry are always shouting, it wasn’t...

08 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Models, birds everywhere

...know the number of trees with reasonable accuracy you’re far from understanding all of it. But we don’t even know if we do. So next time someone tells you what...

15 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Can't COP

...we asked partly because to hear the usual suspects tell it, especially with the latest draft IPCC Working Group 1 report, they know exactly what’s going on and what to...

15 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

There might be a more obvious explanation

...better make them cheaper. Pity we don’t know how. Canadians may soon discover that they've been misled on this point. And if they do, you’re in a heap of trouble....

07 Sep, 2022| OP ED Watch

Back to heat deaths

...the CBC obliged with “What Canadians need to know about how climate change is affecting their health” followed by “Lancet report on health and climate highlights extreme heat, wildfire and...

10 Nov, 2021| OP ED Watch

Speaking of decimal places

...know about how warm it was in the past or even how warm it is today? Well, we know we don’t know it to two decimal places. That’s for sure....

03 Feb, 2021| OP ED Watch

It's hard to look away

...for the straggly beard and eyes like coals crowd, 8°C.) And if you sneak down in the middle of the night and up the thermostat by 0.4, nobody will know...

02 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Stop us if we're getting silly

...other names for the same plant. Even Wikipedia knows that “Amelanchier (/æməˈlænʃɪər/ am-ə-LAN-sheer), also known as shadbush, shadwood or shadblow, serviceberry or sarvisberry (or just sarvis), juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum, wild-plum...

04 May, 2022| News Roundup

Scientists who say (2)

...video on the hockey stick, climatologists know how to draw pretty charts. But the real challenge is figuring out whether the chart is scientifically valid or not. Which is where...

06 Jan, 2021| Science Notes

Luckily you have no soldiers anyway

...employer’s environmental credentials.” As for what will power the armoured vehicle of the future, no one knows. Possibly hay. Nor do we know why the Army wants recruits who would...

02 Oct, 2019| News Roundup

Tidbits

...didn’t just not know the past history of coral, and climate. They also didn’t know what was going on with it now. Even though “The largest yet known deep coral...

31 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

Weather in Texas, climate in New York

...storm that scientists say has been occurring with increasing regularity – a sign that patterns of severe weather are shifting”. So you know what’s coming: “Tornado Alley’s changing borders can...

08 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

What not to read

...it for you and please send us money for therapy as well as research, you read stuff like The Economist’s semi-chirpy: “Next week, delegates from all over the world will...

23 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

It never rains in climate California

If you get your science from celebrities, then you will know that the drought in California is man-made and will never end. That noted climate scientist Leonardo DiCaprio, at the...

22 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

We'll see your glacier and raise you an ocean

...the first time and realize it’s doing things it never did before. And if you’re wondering how we know that if we don’t know what it was doing, well, guess...

22 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

Greenland is burning up! Uh... never mind

...such days. It’s just that to admit such things would imply that greenhouse gases might have beneficial effects on the climate, and we all know that idea is not allowed....

21 Aug, 2019| News Roundup

Denier, denier, job on fire

...not allowed to know. Not the charge, court or verdict. But if you’re an aspiring academic, well, we wouldn’t go expressing any doubts about a man-made climate crisis. Nice professorship....

23 Oct, 2019| News Roundup

Don't Panic!

...knowledge base to critically assess, and which is filling them with terrifying visions of a hopeless and bleak future. Narrator Throughout history, times of mass hysteria have always led to...

03 Jan, 2021| Backgrounders

Chickens, meet green roost

...ban farming. If you’re wondering why that elite is targeting nitrogen in the Netherlands just now, since those following the science know it comprises around 78% of the atmosphere so...

13 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Insuring against success

...California for decades, and populations are growing in the places most vulnerable to burning and flooding. Decades of suppressing natural fires have allowed fuel for wildfires to accumulate to dangerously...

21 Jun, 2023| OP ED Watch

Whereas a virus...

...with issues. Specifically climate change. Well sure. Whereas, as is well known, dictatorships can turn on a dime and go green, quarantine entire cities and spray them with ineffective disinfectant,...

29 Jan, 2020| OP ED Watch

#GettingWorse: Global Disaster Losses edition

...do it by ignoring the fact that economies are larger and there is more stuff, and more valuable stuff, in the path of whatever storms come along. Once you adjust...

13 Mar, 2024| Science Notes

Let's hear it for China's green... never mind

...there could be between 250 and 700 quadrillion cubic feet of the stuff. Which is a bunch of zeroes (15 before the last comma, if you’re counting) but, the article...

08 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Nord Stream 0

...got stuff like “China’s coal declaration is a win for the climate movement”. Even the United States imports Russian oil. And yet it turns back the Canadian stuff. You cannot...

02 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

Oh ship

...that ships have generally burned because it is very very cheap and because they are…out at sea. Research indicated that the pollution from this stuff was blowing back to port...

12 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Can't say we didn't try

...it is that he believes it. People sometimes assert that there’s some kind of hoax or scam here. But there’s not. We hear the same stuff regularly including patronizing, angry...

26 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

That 70s show

...with midterms looming, from the gas tax holiday to leaking oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to begging ugly dictators to pump more of the stuff, which French President Macron...

06 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

Auf Wiedersehen, Autos

...Mold than the pseudo-free-market Merkel. And some in German industry, primarily the digital stuff like banking, are on board. So are many in the press; in Foreign Policy Jason Bordoff...

27 May, 2020| News Roundup

Extremist rhetoric

...in payouts (or anything else). Instead there is more stuff on the ground, and more valuable stuff, for them to damage when they do hit. The failure to adjust damages...

22 May, 2024| News Roundup

Up Under

...right. The same guy saying they could use all that free money to lower energy prices and continue to discard the stuff that works for the stuff that sounds good....

02 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Oh that CO2

A viewer recently asked whether it’s really true that climate alarmists claim half of human CO2 is rejected by nature whereas the natural stuff is all absorbed. The answer is...

22 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Real real reality

...ballooning costs led to cancelled deals and huge losses that set back states’ decarbonization goals and hit the balance sheets of the companies trying to build the stuff off the...

28 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

The fuel of the future

...depressing prices so that the shortage persists. Oh, and make sure the system is dependent on the stuff that doesn’t work not the stuff that does, as “Coal spurned: renewables...

14 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

Accelerating the strategy to envision a plan

...it might be stuff that could be hard to get done in eight years. Especially if you’re a government that can’t buy military gear in a decade… or two… or...

23 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

That was quick

...land, wildlife and cultures in the face of the crisis.” Unless you’re Ukrainian, that is. Or anywhere that culture includes having stuff and being happy. But ER has it covered:...

16 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

Simply dismantle oppression, and...

...peddling moonshine. But luckily getting poor would make us happier. Turns out we didn’t need all that stuff anyway. Aka “You’ll own nothing. And you’ll be happy.” But it won’t...

19 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Betting other people's money on green

...de dépôt et placement du Québec, CPP Investments, HOOPP, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and PSP Investments.” All stuffed with public-sector money and insulated by government guarantees from the cost...

02 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

Or the manatee gets it

...Florida's waterways from wastewater contamination and nutrient runoff that trigger toxic red tides and overgrowths of algae, known as algal blooms. These recurrent problems are killing off seagrass, seaweed-like plants...

09 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

We have ways to make you think

...at UNLV, wants to know why.” Allow us to explain: The stuff you cite either isn’t happening, or has been happening since long before significant human emissions of GHGs. Alas,...

19 Jun, 2019| OP ED Watch

Could would might

...computer simulations of the impact of “1-in-30 events” (also known as “very rare”) and computer simulations of worst-case climate scenarios (also known as “very unlikely”) to say theoretically bad stuff...

19 Jun, 2019| OP ED Watch

Man-made cooling

...clockwise. But then another “way” question is: what possible way could they have of knowing what the temperature “really” was in those places in, say, 1957, since they can’t go...

17 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

How many degrees have you got?

...(If you know any, send us their addresses please.) But reporting speculation as fact, or saying stuff that ain’t so including about extreme weather, certainly spreads misinformation. What we’re after...

03 Jul, 2019| Science Notes

Just more weather

...had to close as white stuff fell from sky. And what the heck the Weather Network was thinking telling us “Canada’s first -40 reading a harbinger of a frigid week...

06 Dec, 2023| OP ED Watch

The debate about the debate

Climate alarmists want you to know who is to blame for early delays in responding to COVID-19. Katherine Hayhoe insists that it’s down to those nasty climate deniers who also...

01 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

We don't need no stinkend power stations

...is true we need to know it. Which brings us to another alternative energy story out of Germany, or possibly another energy story out of an alternative reality Germany. According...

09 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

What a real crisis looks like

...Do they know there’s nothing significant to see here, just at worst a minor drop in the rate of growth? (If you’re tempted to ask why they weren’t concerned about...

18 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

Because we never used to have icebergs

...climate change.” Not as long as they keep discovering you’re making stuff up. For instance, in NBC’s fine print we discover that there’s no rational reason to link the berg...

26 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Sweltering in Siberia

...many of whose members must know there’s something fishy about this Siberian temperature anomaly, are now all-in on man-made climate change and instead of doing the scientific thing where you...

04 Mar, 2020| Science Notes

Neither skeptical nor science

...even more ignorant than you were to begin with if you came in knowing nothing, because now your head will be stuffed with phrases that are misleading when not meaningless,...

15 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

UNESCO to the rescue

UNESCO, which is an organization that does stuff like “Building peace in the minds of men and women” according to its website, offered up a somewhat warlike plan last year...

18 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

My way or the highway

...transition? Where has it brought prosperity, so we can have confidence that it might here? They don’t know and don’t care. But they can see it in their minds and...

21 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

Solar panels cooked my planet

You know what would be brutal? If we installed a bunch of solar panels to stop global warming and they caused it instead. But that pesky physics warns that it...

17 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

And death will be a relief

...undeniable, it’s impossible to know exactly how those effects will play out for species vulnerability, especially far into the future. Methods of forecasting vulnerability are ever evolving, while limited and...

21 Aug, 2019| News Roundup

It's all over

...saying we know exactly what’s happening and what to do and it’s incredibly urgent then fire off a damp squib and call it the greatest fireworks show ever. Climate Home...

17 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

Don't let it snow

Supposedly we’re facing the end of winter as we know it, the hottest year ever and so on. So can someone tell us why last week Minnesota experienced the largest...

28 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

Climate change causes bears to act like bears

...whereby the scary brown grizzly bear hived off the even scarier white polar bear with its, um, greater genetic distinction manifested in stuff like pale fur. (Something the settled science...

22 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded

...humidity, you know what’s coming. “The authors estimate that the global population experienced a total of about 40 billion days when wet-bulb temperatures hit at least 86 degrees in 1983....

03 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

We don't need no stinking snow

...the Washington Post says with a straight typeface that “Climate change is altering the smell of snow”. Possibly you didn’t know it had one. Water doesn’t. But here’s something you...

16 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Charred models

...projections. But wait until you get to the stuff about how what we think we do know about it isn’t just wrong, it’s contradictory and nobody even noticed. Some settled...

04 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

Your proposal is acceptable

...in exasperation “How does stuff like this get published?” But we ask how to make sure that once it is published it is made binding, because if there were one...

19 Jan, 2022| OP ED Watch

Stripes Across My T-Shirt

...true. And certainly polar bears, coral reefs and other nice stuff didn’t go extinct at that time, nor did horrors swarm. And in case you’re tempted to say yeah, well,...

15 Sep, 2023| Fact Checks

Causality is a difficult concept

...abstract thing called “climate change” is causing stuff like more tornadoes, more dry spells, more heat waves, more snowstorms or whatever. Everywhere you look you see claims like “Climate change...

27 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

We found Sven's horned hat

...to be warmer there. And wouldn’t you know it, some Norwegian scientists have reported they’re finding cool old stuff on Lomseggen Ridge near the Lendbreen Glacier. (No, we don’t expect...

22 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

The unhelpfullest cut of all

...do it, let’s hope they know how to turn it off. Now Biden’s remarks, apparently a last-minute addition to the speech, are superficially incoherent. At first glance you’d expect him...

12 May, 2021| News Roundup

And when the glacier goes, you go

...a coldspot with plague as well as famine and war and whatever. It’s hard to know whether we’re in the presence of science or science fiction here. The piece insists...

02 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

The dusking of the Age of Aquarius

It starts small. Possibly a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand. You admit minor doubts about some aspect of climate orthodoxy and before you know it you’re marooned on...

03 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

Captain Carbon and Company

...was he afraid when he started pontificating they’d all start checking Facebook? Did anyone in the meeting, or outside it, not know he cared about this stuff? If he had...

20 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Warming pandemic

...crisis is rewriting disease algorithms. Gosh. Scary stuff. And how do they know and how bad is it? Well, you know how it goes. All effects of warming are bad...

20 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Happy Hump Day

...camel enthusiasts, the stuff is a treat: “A little nervous to try camel milk? You’ve heard about the amazing health benefits, but what about the taste? Camel milk has a...

01 May, 2024| News Roundup

The original strike for climate

...than 225 dead. The outbreak is driven in part by unusually wet conditions caused by the climate phenomenon known as El Niño.” Actually El Niño is a cyclical phenomenon of...

27 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Greenhouse gasbags

We told you so. COP27, which Rex Murphy dubbed “the annual funeral deliberations for Mother Earth”, was a gathering of self-important windbags who did not know they did not know...

23 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

The year in review in advance

...have happened on NOAA data and says blah blah blah. You know. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Melting Arctic ice. Scientists say. Oceans hiding heat. The usual. There was a time when news...

27 Nov, 2019| OP ED Watch

Hottest coldest driest wettest year ever

...claimed: “Buffalo is a city that knows how to handle snow, but it was hit with ‘a once-in-a-generation’ storm that killed dozens of people. I don’t think it will be...

18 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

No sacrifice is too large

...Only 20 percent say they hear people they know talk about it at least once a month…. Research shows that people do not much know what terms like ‘net zero,’...

21 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

This time it's different

...solid as we might like. We don’t know as much as we would like to about the past history of the Earth’s climate, and much of what we hope we...

18 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

Bad rainforests

...and knowledge that not everyone shares. According to Reuters, the solution to this alarming mess is “for indigenous knowledge systems to be taken seriously”, and perhaps such systems have insights...

18 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

Heatwaves then and now

...of information you're not supposed to know. But you better do it quickly. Apropos of our related story this week about data tampering at the CRU, you just never know...

03 Jul, 2019| Climate Emergency Tour

Summer gets it

The New York Times asks “Is This the End of Summer as We’ve Known It?” And in keeping with the rule that the answer to any rhetorical headline question is...

04 Aug, 2021| News Roundup

Making the Barrier Reef Great again

...As he added, “It is also unreasonable to expect that the small temperature rise over the last century (1°C) will have caused much impact, especially as it is well known...

17 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

Unsettling the apple cart I: Koonin on Climate

...comments. This week: Part I: What we know about warming. Koonin responds early on (p. 14) to the inevitable charge that he’s not a “climate scientist” by pointing out, correctly,...

14 Jul, 2021| Koonin

Ye sun spottes

...the natural carbon cycle. How that feature got switched off in the Nixon years has never been explained. Then there’s the problem that we know, or think we know, that...

04 Aug, 2021| News Roundup

EV come EV go

...midsize five-seater from Hyundai or Kia or Volkswagen; or even something unusual like the new Cybertruck. There’s a lot, and it’s all pretty exciting. But you know what EV you...

14 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

Something odd about the weather

...As for sunshine, records only go back to 1929 so no one knows if there were sunnier Mays in previous centuries. And, Homewood adds for good measure, the spring as...

10 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

The fire next time

...a swath of the populace” unlikely to read his newspaper. But, he writes, he doesn’t know how conservative politicians can live with their anti-carbon tax stunts and “lies” about climate...

10 Apr, 2019| OP ED Watch

Court jesters

...University of Zurich”. Strange field of study, one might say. Whereas she says “This is a turning point”. Zzzzzz. If you’re wondering what the ruling said, well, it’s one of...

17 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

Oh no, no snow

...or too remote. For instance the infamous 2007 “children just aren’t going to know what snow is” (which Eric Worrall notes was deleted although unsuccessfully as the Internet tends to...

13 Jan, 2021| OP ED Watch

The strong weak sun

...as the Svensmark effect, named for Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark who has been studying it for decades. But don't scientists know everything there is to know about the sun's magnetic...

10 Apr, 2019| Science Notes

Arctic olive groves in flames

...is trends. We don’t know if the BBC author has statistical training, since they are not identified. But we know about the UN and we don’t like what we see....

22 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

Deniers on the couch again

...do know but, with the aid of Sigmund Freud, we repress the knowledge. See, deniers “aren’t reasoning in the careful manner of a judge who impartially weighs up all the...

16 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

In your (North) Face

...there were Gortex trees in the rainforest. Just because you say you love nature doesn’t mean you know anything about it. For instance, as Wright explains, globally 60 percent of...

30 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Soaking Man

...20% to just under 50%. So they don’t know what is going to happen in a week and a half. Yet they know what would have happened 48 years ago...

13 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Math am hard and so are economics

...crying out loud. If you know damages will be larger than the scenario insists, you know how to tweak the scenario so it’s not wrong. Why not do so? But...

01 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

Henderson the Ice King

...know enough about climate to go throwing it off kilter. What if we triggered another ice age and killed 90% of humanity? Ooops would not suffice. For those who were...

25 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

Picture a security blanket

...of years – we know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of the Earth to the...

02 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

COP-in Red

...gabfest by thousands of people who claim they know exactly what to do and always have. In which case it is not unfair to ask why they are not doing...

18 Aug, 2021| News Roundup

Tidbits

...the “settled science” file, Heatmap tells us “We know dangerously little about how hot it’s getting inside” before insisting that “Heat is the deadliest extreme weather phenomenon in the United...

24 May, 2023| News Roundup

All that glitters

A study in Nature Climate Change, ostensibly celebrating the 40th anniversary of weather satellites, claimed that the influence of CO2 on the climate is now known to a "5-sigma" level...

20 Mar, 2019| Science Notes

Dust to Beijing

...say experts say you know what we say. Also when it’s China, the world’s largest and most hypocritical emitter of GHGs, you know what we say when journalists say nothing....

24 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

It's a non-gas

...Humphrey replies “Minister, I don't know what you don't know. It could be almost anything.” Governor Cuomo has the nerve to accuse the utility of “acting in bad faith” because...

23 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

Vice squad

...Jane Q. Commuter, the only thing you need to know about the Bronco… is that it does not come with a hybrid or electric version. In the year 2020, this...

22 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

Where'd my green recovery go?

...really are planning a “Great Reset”, not as some plot but because they all believe in it and don’t know, or want to know, anyone who doesn’t. And they know...

30 Sep, 2020| News Roundup

Climate hammers

...events increasingly common.” Well, if you don’t know what causes it how can you know what’s causing it to become more common? Simple. Global warming causes everything bad. Including freezing...

27 Oct, 2021| News Roundup

How 'climate science' is done

...Egad. Does this person not know that the temperature of a human body fluctuates considerably? By the way and speaking of “settled science,” it has long been known that the...

29 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

We're not going to fry

...is complicated, as a science and in its effects. And there is much we do not know. But we do know that unseasonable frost kills crops, and that it matters....

17 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

Henderson the climate king

...risk having dreadful consequences. They are that the science on climate is settled and we know warming must be stopped. As Ivor Williams recently warned, people who believe both things...

28 Oct, 2020| OP ED Watch

Mann that was fast

...a climate scientist to understand climate science. Mann fumes that “You know, the physics isn’t that difficult here. You make the planet warmer, you’re going to get more heat. You’re...

28 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

Now do climate theory

...match predictions is when things really get interesting.” In fact all scientists like having observations match their theory. It means you’re onto something and haven’t been wasting your time and...

14 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

We just fiddle this dial here and...

...this Economist piece says “A decade ago, Arctic temperatures were widely believed to be rising twice as quickly as the global average. Today, we know that was an underestimate: since...

28 Sep, 2022| OP ED Watch

Storm (lack of) warning

...says there are. The IPCC itself has examined the matter and said there aren’t. Yet politicians and journalists continue to yell about it like know-nothing, closed-minded… well, you know. And...

08 May, 2019| Science Notes

Why the Paris Agreement is doomed to fail - Part II

...really quickly because you’re cutting into more and more valuable economic activity. You know, economists, we like to draw charts and diagrams and have a line going here and another...

21 Mar, 2019| Backgrounders

#Gettingworse: floods edition

...they know floods are getting worse? The same way they know everything is getting worse: because with climate change everything is getting worse. And in some places they probably are....

28 Feb, 2024| Science Notes

Exactly the same as it wasn't

...know perfectly well that for the last 2.5 million years we’ve been in the Pleistocene “ice age”, defined as a period with significant polar ice. And we know perfectly well...

19 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Didn't tell you so

...know the names of the men. The calamity struck in a city built by Mussolini a century ago, below a dam built under Gaddafi 50 years ago that last had...

20 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

Klang

...series of raids early on Wednesday across the country against a group of climate activists known for attacking art and gluing themselves to roads to raise awareness.” “Known for”. Not...

31 May, 2023| News Roundup

Facebook goes after Koonin

...to read them. It’s not the behavior of serious scientists, and it demonstrates the need for a book like ‘Unsettled.’” It would be interesting to know how much of this...

02 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Time for a coup

...why not a Committee of Public Safety while you’re at it, to silence “enemies” in this crisis? One of the strangest things about the whole climate alarmist movement is that...

24 Apr, 2019| OP ED Watch

The IPCC bucket list

...knows about the climate” although it is of course nothing of the sort; what humanity knows, or thinks it knows, about the climate fills endless shelves in libraries. The report,...

18 May, 2022| News Roundup

Hot is climate, cold is weather part 63

...change is disrupting the jet stream, in a particularly brazen piece of scientists-don’t-know-but-journalists-do reporting: “Some scientists have been investigating what impact — if any — global warming has on the...

09 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Fish suffer as fish flourish

...as you know, every effect of climate change is bad and thus the poor little big fish are struggling to find ocean food because of fish farming. Or something. Something...

12 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

Was that your house?

...of its agricultural water use to a single crop — almonds — known for its vast thirst. Then it exports most of the result…. Californians love building homes in deeply...

15 May, 2019| OP ED Watch

The war on nothing

...heating up, and then we cut GHG emissions and it stops, we’ll know humans were to blame. If we keep emitting GHGs and the warming stops, we’ll know they weren’t....

12 Jun, 2019| OP ED Watch

In the land of make-believe

Reuters “Sustainable Switch” emails that “Activists ramp up protests against fossil fuels”. How do they know? Who counts the number, size and intensity of protests worldwide and determines that they...

25 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

Leafhoppers ate my climate

...a world 2C or more warmer than it is now. We know better. See: “Leafhoppers are well-known carriers of bacteria viruses, the study said, and more research is needed to...

06 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

English weather

...like to know what a carefully constructed network of rural stations like the American USCRN would say about Britain because even small towns have hotspots. Remember also that in 2019...

27 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

The climate nervous breakdown continues

...says “The mental health effects of weather-related disasters are well characterized, yet less is known about the effect of chronic, slow-onset climate change.” Untrue. We know that when conditions change...

07 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

And yet it snows

...line is clear: The municipal government doesn’t know what’s going on even with its own snow plows or apps, let alone the climate. Worse, it doesn’t know it doesn’t know....

27 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Monarchs deposed by climate

...22 percent to 72 percent over the past decade.” It’s a nice precise figure. And what exactly has happened in the past decade? Well, you know. The drastic alteration in...

27 Jul, 2022| News Roundup

Time runs backward, no glacier at 2050

...in its gloomy conclusions: “Just over a decade ago, relatively little was known about glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the vast ice mountains that run across Central and South...

12 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

Would you not shut up already?

On the CBC Don Pittis complains about climate change intruding into every imaginable story about energy. Before you say “Hear hear” you need to know that his actual complaint is...

19 Aug, 2020| OP ED Watch

A new assessment of extreme weather trends: tornadoes

...we don’t all know. CDN followers know, but many others apparently have the wrong idea. So we’re working our way through the latest data, this week on tornadoes. According to...

23 Feb, 2022| Science Notes

Hairy elephants to the rescue

...Well, seems the “Arctic elephants” will stomp the snow flat bringing cold back to the permafrost and saving Earth. Duh. Apparently such a plan is urgent because, as you know,...

16 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

The Pentagon's Cracked Climate Crystal Ball

...you know, and the Dutch certainly know it, it didn’t happen. The Hague still exists, and people still live there. In fact in 2019 there was a big Climate Change...

05 Apr, 2020| Crystal Ball

Peer review: silver bullet or lead balloon?

...are known as “HARKing” and “p-hacking.” For those of you behind the curve, at least to hear Wired tell it, “p-hacking” means fiddling data analysis so you seem to generate...

26 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Let's do it here

...cleaner, they want it gone. So if you’re going to embrace their goal while trying to keep the industry alive what exactly is the plan? Well, you know, this and...

29 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

Climate change is for the birds

...that matter giant spinning blades of death across the countryside, no it’s you-know-what. But did man-made climate change really hit in 1970? We know the date moves around a lot,...

08 May, 2024| News Roundup

The ghost of weather stations past

A crucial climate alarmist assumption is that we know the temperatures of the past, at least the recent past, everywhere and with great precision. And another is that we know...

10 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

The last of us, climate edition

...was the driest two-decade stretch in the Southwest in 12 centuries. Climate models predict the Golden State will endure more droughts in the future.” They do not know the first...

13 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

Ida vultures

...a you-know-what. But let’s do it anyway. Louisiana governor Jon Bel Edwards said it was one of the worst since at least the 1850s before it even hit. In fact...

08 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

When volcanoes go bad

...out GHGs in what, though as usual we know a lot less than people think, seem to be fairly small relative not just to the vast carbon cycle but even...

08 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Just the facts, methane

...Committee (of Yes Minister fame): “We are engaging with other Federal Departments to draft a response.” We pointed out that they used the number so we hoped they would know...

12 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

The penguins get it

That perennial alarmist favourite, the end of Antarctica as we know it, is back. As in “UK homes could be at risk of flooding if Antarctica becomes ‘global radiator’ and...

06 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Free speech is for losers

...if you’re a bad person who thinks citizens of a free country can for instance claim that oil promotes prosperity, or even just that natural gas gives off fewer GHGs...

14 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

A cold time in the old house tonight

...it’s a fine time to increase the cost of frivolous luxuries like heating the house you’re increasingly forbidden to leave. After all, with global warming you won’t need that silly...

20 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Oh what a tangled web

...economists, they would instinctively recognize the perverse incentives created there, as when companies with products to sell are allowed to fund studies of their safety or effectiveness. (Or politicians are...

15 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

Declining trends in recent Australian fire activity

...of fire activity for Australia over the period 2001-2015. Their time period of selection allowed them to utilize satellite data from the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on the...

09 Feb, 2022| Science Notes

From the Department of Duh, Wood Branch

...penetrating insight. Of course where climate change is concerned the news is not allowed to be good. Thus “But the scientists note that what we see today may not be...

02 Sep, 2020| News Roundup

It can't work, can it?

...was about to cite was “When you cannot measure something, your knowledge is meager and unsatisfying.” But sometimes you can’t get mathematical precision except at the cost of accuracy, and...

29 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

Code blue for the energy industry

...industry, including Canadian energy executives, may not know the term “code blue“ without Googling, or “code red,” which Guterres also invoked though like much else that he said it is...

18 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

Unsafe at any speed, or none

...even Lada owners went through that stuff. Ah well, some may say, looks like GM messed up. Other EVs are safer. But it’s not just GM. Ford had to recall...

22 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

A not so strong wind

...us. Back in late November NBC allowed that “There was a collective sigh of relief Tuesday as the Atlantic hurricane season officially came to an end.” The reason they gave...

26 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

The man-made forest fire problem

...stuff detached from reality.) Fortunately the experts keep firmly pushing back with some simple if inconvenient truths. Globally, fires large enough to be detected by satellite have been declining for...

23 Sep, 2020| Science Notes

Stark lunacy

Chris Stark, the former head of Britain’s “quango” Climate Change Committee, just told the Telegraph that: “if you’re a person going about your day-to-day life in Britain right now, I...

08 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Big Trouble in Tropical Troposphere

...which is the bit of the Earth between the northern and southern parts, and the second being the “troposphere”, which the bit of the atmosphere between the stuff that’s really...

27 Aug, 2021| Crystal Ball

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

World ends, no film at 11

...of climate change is widespread anxiety, depression and even panic. To subject susceptible young people to this sort of stuff you’d better be very sure you’re right because it will...

13 Nov, 2019| OP ED Watch

It is more patriarchy

...prove that climate change causes patriarchy… It’s easy to make fun of this stuff. And we’re not making light of the vicious attacks that female politicians and public figures experience...

18 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

Moose ate my planet

...in Nunavut” and, duh, it’s to preserve superior traditional aboriginal knowledge and you-know-what: “The Government of Canada continues to work with Inuit partners to protect nature, conserve biodiversity, and combat...

22 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

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

...long been inexcusably weak given all our advantages, and has turned disastrous under the current administration, provinces are literally telling businesses to stay away, you can’t plug in your stuff...

20 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

Having his tax and eating it too

...making you choose between buying stuff you don’t want or just waste the points. How many bicycles can a person ride? But then, you could sell the second bike online...

21 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

Get out of class free

...some uncool cause like a pro-life rally, of course. But in France you can even steal stuff for Mother Earth and the judge will smile and wink at you. The...

25 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

What goes around...

...chancellor of the University of Suffolk) argued for doing stuff. Channelling her great-grandmother’s rhetoric about women’s suffrage, she wrote: “The climate activists who recently threw tomato soup on a Vincent...

07 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

So there's a market after all

Just months after Germany’s chancellor was sent packing by Canada’s Prime Minister when he came seeking natural gas, with a jibe about there being no market for the stuff in...

11 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

Just weather

...where it gets attention, in the nation’s capital, which had one of the longest snowiest winters on record in 2018-19, only ridding itself of the white stuff in mid-April. By...

20 Nov, 2019| News Roundup

Tidbits

...at least the good stuff? Chocolate certainly gets it again, courtesy of The Atlantic and, of course, “extreme weather, heightened by climate change.” Plus a huge range of other stuff...

24 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

CO2 is bad for plants

...pays any attention to the issue that greenhouse owners pump the stuff into their hot wet glass boxes to help plants grow. Hence the famous image of Sherwood Idso next...

08 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

No, not that Antarctic ice

...and a massive flood will wipe out civilization. Who writes this stuff? We don’t know because that item was unsigned. And just as well since it mocks the settled science,...

24 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Trash can

The Atlantic reports that Americans are finally joining the church of recycling. Regrettably there’s now nowhere to put the stuff, since China stopped accepting it and doing whatever they did...

13 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Wealth: It is a difficult concept

...when you’re using up wealth to get people not to create wealth it’s not, how shall we put it, sustainable. The renewable energy field is not actually central to climate...

17 Jun, 2020| OP ED Watch

If only they were on the sidelines

...one of the world’s biggest producers of the stuff can’t sell it to them. The economic hit is overwhelming: At current prices, even just one Canadian port exporting liquid natural...

31 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

Tell us about carbon sequestration again

One of those quirky stories you’re tempted to scoff at, tweet and then forget is that American craft breweries are in trouble because of a shortage of CO2. Yes, the...

31 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

Maybe with more CO2?

...We have lost the biological function of soils? Really? Our back yard still has stuff growing in it. Some of which we actually wanted. The world has more food than...

30 Oct, 2019| News Roundup

On the beach

...know it was badly flawed and caused, of all things, “unnecessary alarm”. And in such a basic way that it almost looks deliberate although as we have repeatedly stressed, one...

25 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

When in doubt, sue

...likes to anyone willing to pay its price (unless the government says the stuff is dangerous, correctly or not). But customers might decide that they want to get gas from...

02 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Greenwashing, emphasis on green

At CDN we are not big believers in conspiracy theories. Mostly when people say and do stuff you disagree with it’s because they think stuff you disagree with. But we...

14 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

Earth snooze

...the steady stream of apocalypse porn typically emphasized. As readers of THB well know, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’” What about today? When people get steamed up about plastics...

01 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Defending Canada from heat tyranny

...debt didn’t carry interest, has found some cash for the good stuff. Tristin Hopper complains in the National Post that “As part of a surprise outlay of cash announced at...

03 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Marijuana smoked my planet

...really ought to cut down on the stuff. But apparently the issue is that greenhouses full of weed are boosting the greenhouse effect, partly because federal laws against driving it...

25 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

All downhill from here

...you’re on the scrounge for a grant in order to study vital questions like whether skiers are unhappy if there’s not enough snow. Incredibly, they are. The researchers “found that...

09 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

The permafrost melt of doom

Nature Geoscience tells us we're in a heap of trouble, or a bog of the stuff, because permafrost is liable to crumble far faster than the firmly settled, totally reliable...

12 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

Speaking of plans

...one thing to sweep aside checks and balances and hope nothing bad happens. It’s quite another to know what you’d do with power if it turned out you could get...

27 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

Zzzzzzzzz

...on energy questions, but he is also an active participant in the oil industry.” As, for that matter, is anyone who relies on the stuff to get around and heat...

09 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

A new year's resolution

...theory that rising temperature is not the result of rising atmospheric CO2 is grounded in a vital piece of common sense regarding that well-known massive climate phenomenon, the carbon cycle....

10 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

Scientists say (6)

Herewith our latest installment of stuff that actual scientists actually say, as opposed to stuff journalists make up then adorn with the phrase “scientists say” to make it sound legit....

03 Feb, 2021| Science Notes

Following the science round and round

...around the key point: atmospheric CO2 continued to rise, indeed rose faster than at any point since 1850 yet the increase in temperature stopped. All the other stuff they said...

07 Jun, 2023| OP ED Watch

Baby it's cold outside

...or drought to prove there’s a climate breakdown while skeptics hope for six feet of the fluffy stuff to prove there isn’t, and shoveling be hanged. But facts are facts,...

21 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

Science deniers

...on the ground. And you don’t know if you’re in the presence of satire or demented reality when you read that: “A statue of a polar bear urinating into a...

06 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

It's now or...

...climate scientists” by Climate Home News so apparently those degrees count if you’re on the right side of the issue) recently acknowledged that some Net Zero pledges are mere “greenwashing”,...

02 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Score one for Greta

...Ms. Thunberg could turn her profound learning to explaining why COVID lockdowns didn’t put a dent in the increase in atmospheric CO2. Or why politicians promise stuff and then don’t...

23 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Wind over math

...on others, even though demand exists on both. Which makes you wonder what else they don’t know. As Etam writes, “The UK has 24 GW of wind power installed. The...

29 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

Nature blue in rain and flood

...mitigate the effect of what we know will result from future storms. It’s not as much fun as scaling towers or attending summits, but it has much more impact on...

01 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

#ECS in the real world: Lewis 2013

...possible values. You might be wondering why you didn’t hear about it at the time. But as we all know by now journalists aren’t interested in papers that throw cold...

01 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

Hey, let's mine the ocean to save the Earth

...nickel from rainforests destroys 30 times more life than getting it from the depths”. How would they know? Certainly humanity’s approach to fishing out the world’s oceans doesn’t inspire much...

02 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

The climate racket

...Forty-nine minutes is a very long time when you’re in the groove, warmed up and making the plays you know you can. Forty-nine minutes to shuffle around, stretch, keep active...

04 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

Derev'ya derivatives

...who knows, Russian statistics are rubbish. (OK, they said “Estimates of the extent of fires in Russia’s boreal forest vary over an order of magnitude (table 1); those made by...

07 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

Busted

...know what’s hitting them. What the geniuses of the PR firms who work for these big fossil fuel companies know is that truth has nothing to do with who wins...

17 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

Canada does fertilizer

...in the middle of an inflation crisis with looming food shortages. And before we get to the appalling human cost of this latest scheme from the projectors who don’t know...

17 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

Scare stories that didn't happen

...outfit, seems to think it’s that much since 1880. But why not shorten the time span or added impact? Also, why not pretend we know how warm the planet was...

14 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

Right there in black and white

...accelerating due to anthropogenic climate change”. And if you didn’t know risk could accelerate, well, you’re right because it can’t. It can rise. But there’s a difference between accelerating rising...

30 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Cold winters and melting Arctic ice

...the middle latitudes in winter and melts Arctic sea ice. Something else as in... well they're not sure. But even though they admit they don't know why winters have gotten...

18 Sep, 2019| Science Notes

Saved by the bill

...a big dent in U.S. emissions, or cut them as rapidly”. Um guys it hasn’t happened yet. And when the results trickle grimly in we just know what you’re going...

17 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

Out of gas

...Minister or anyone else in that crowd even to concede that much. As with their new plan to deliver free dental care but they don’t know how, these people do...

17 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

Canadian Gothic

...of burbling partisan rubbish. But before you know it they’re putting out press releases saying “Conservative Bill exempting farm fuels from the expensive carbon tax passes committee” as though it...

30 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

Fire freezes planet, plume at 11

...‘It all depends on the feedback loop that your model gives us’. So you’re caught in a loop.” Pfui. In the first place, you’re caught in a computer model whose...

04 Aug, 2021| News Roundup

Awake because of woke science

...you sleep. We are to take seriously the statement “We know that the temperature of a room can influence sleep, but these researchers wanted to see if the outside temperature...

01 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

Tidbits

...for our health, bad for our sanity, and bad for our wallets.” And it quoted “a pioneer of the New Urbanism” that “You know what cities are in essence? They’re...

19 Apr, 2023| News Roundup

Climate porn fails to titillate

...didn’t know about. The same is true of Al Gore’s endless claims that the evening news has become “a nature hike through the Book of Revelation” because there’s weather. Or...

10 Apr, 2019| OP ED Watch

How to think about thinking

We told you so. And yes, we know nobody likes a smart-aleck. But nobody likes us anyway, because our job is not to peddle comforting illusions or string words together...

02 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Where'd my ice go?

...retreat of the glaciers. And now we hear from the University of Norway, where they know a thing or two about ice, that around 11,000 years ago the ice in...

17 Feb, 2021| OP ED Watch

Atlantic 2, Dolphins 0

...declares that pro sports teams are so “woke” they’re right into the climate fight. But one problem with being a bully is it’s hard to know whether people really agree...

05 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Nothing it can't do

...and expensive feed have forced ranchers to flood the market. Now we know what you’re thinking. How does any of this bad weather affect the price of gas? More, we...

22 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

We have ways to make you notice

...the government-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, wants you to know they plan even more, and won’t let a mere Ukraine War distract them from the menace of runaway global heating. We...

27 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Out of the mouths of Ubers

...what Cann actually knows about climate other than that there’s gold in them thar hills. But it’s clear what he thinks he knows. He chuckles that the Uber driver believes...

27 Apr, 2022| OP ED Watch

Canada's 2001 Climate Predictions Revisited

...and which we think some of our newer viewing and reading friends might have missed and might appreciate. The main point here is that, if governments don’t know what’s happening,...

12 Jun, 2023| Crystal Ball

Soaring into failure

...know. That the Liberals believe Canadians with one voice endorsed what they wanted to do anyway is especially odd given the level of Western alienation. Ah, but what of climate?...

11 Dec, 2019| News Roundup

Where are the hurricanes of yesteryear?

...question orthodoxy at which point you’re liable to be told you’re not a “climate scientist” so you can’t have an opinion. Still, if it’s so simple, we want to know...

21 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

Have a hot coffee

...selection of just two varieties from the more than 100 known to exist, the high-tone Coffea arabica which is harder to cultivate but tastes good, and the rugged Coffea robusta...

26 May, 2021| News Roundup

#GettingWorse: Global GHG emission trends

...all the time, and over the coming century we’re going to add so much it will cause the climate breakdown thingy. How do they know? They have scenarios. They call...

17 Apr, 2024| Science Notes

Now that you mention it...

...within Britain’s borders, from power stations, cars, homes, offices and what’s left of industry. These are known as territorial – or production – emissions.” But it falls to bits if...

20 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

Re-Finking the whole thing

...it is important to understand that while there are politicians who sincerely believe that businesses wouldn’t know an investment opportunity if it jumped into their lap with their slippers, the...

26 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

Are skeptical science reports good for science?

...“the competitive situation created by the publications of the NIPCC reports ... is beneficial for climate science in general; it fosters knowledge creation, i.e. the reviewing process, mobilizing a growing...

22 Dec, 2021| Science Notes

Save the whales

...Greenpeace supports massive wind farms in whales habitat. Traitors all!” Strong words from a guy not known to mince them. But as Leighton Woodhouse and Michael Shellenberger explain, justified in...

22 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

A Titanic policy

...knows yet how to remove carbon from the atmosphere at anywhere close to that scale.” Now there’s a lot wrong with that passage. For instance if we can no longer...

14 Jun, 2023| OP ED Watch

Jusssst trusssst us

...know that the issue was increasing evidence that major social media platforms had worked hand-in-glove with a (liberal Democratic) American executive branch to control what people could say and read...

12 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

17,000 peer-reviewed studies can't be wrong

...nearly 17,000 scientific studies have been published using RCP8.5, a bogus over-the-top emission scenario that is known to be hopelessly exaggerated, and which makes impossible assertions about future CO2 levels....

09 Dec, 2020| Science Notes

Nothing beats panic

...Britain under Queen Victoria), whose success was attributed in part to their capacity to outwait an imaginary crisis. In the United States Barack Obama was known during the 2008 campaign...

22 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Ice wine, and not in a good way

...like reliable enough. You’re lucky if they give you a rough picture of a century. They don’t do September. Nobody knows if spring came like clockwork when brontotheres roamed the...

20 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

What do they really think?

...managing a monthly expense increase of $150 and two-thirds say so about $300. And while these people know they are meant to tell pollsters they want to save the planet,...

06 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

Don't put that in your pipeline

...First, it doesn’t address all the other oil stranded in Alberta by lack of pipelines; we don’t know what Ms. May thinks the train that caused the disastrous Lac Mégantic...

06 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Al Gore bombs in Davos

...“atmospheric river” is, they actively detest the term. According to Mark Gibbs, an oceanographer and climate researcher from Queensland University of Technology, “Every meteorologist I know hates this term. I...

22 Feb, 2023| Science Notes

Bottom feeders

...more, in the form of traditional aboriginal knowledge: “Gordon Mohs considers the flood of 1894 one of the ‘smaller floods.’ That’s because the archeological consultant for the Sto:Lo people has...

24 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

All climate all the time

...“A vibrant, sun-drenched island” (that was Bing). But everyone who’s anyone knows it’s a catastrophe and it’s all we should talk about. And if you make the mistake of thinking...

26 Apr, 2023| News Roundup

The mysterious thing worse than warming

...to be known, iced over the Thames River.” But does not add that the Thames regularly froze into the 19th century and hasn’t since 1814, as such a thing would...

26 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

...some know-nothing fuddy-duddy in a weird hat. Facts shmacts. Caught wildly overestimating the return on their huge subsidies to EV makers, one Liberal MP reproached the Parliamentary Budget Officer by...

11 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

#GettingWorse: Global wildfires edition

In advance of the Northern Hemisphere forest fire season let’s clear our throats and practice reciting the ominous headlines we know are coming. Climate-driven wildfires out of control globally. Scientists...

15 May, 2024| Science Notes

Urbanization affects thermometers

...elsewhere; the UK just happens to be where the study was done. Reassuringly, this change in temperature readings did not bring about the apocalypse, but you never know, maybe the...

29 May, 2019| Science Notes

It really bugs them

...cent fewer carbon emissions and used 94 per cent less water than regular coffee”, measured we know not how, and moreover: “The firm expects to see similar figures for its...

11 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

So about that ice

...whose disappearance is an article of faith. Also known as “the evidence of things not seen.” Because while they have been quietly backing away from Antarctica which seems to have...

01 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Facts are facts

...$1,500 in current dollars per employed person, and the loss of over 184,000 jobs nationwide.” As always we are wary of that decimal place. Unless you know to a decimal...

24 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

Zero means zero... energy

...you’re not being persistent, you’re being foolish. It is a large question why someone who himself does not respect the rules would expect others to do so. Although the phenomenon...

03 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

Why stop at saving the planet?

...when it comes to ending the end of the universe, “I don’t pretend to know anything about this mission. It could have been some alien from the future that transmitted...

29 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

We need to raise your premiums

...we know what would happen in a world where climate did not change. Or that any such thing ever existed or ever could. Still, better pay higher premiums, right? It...

16 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Heat buckles roads or something

...damage to concrete structures. How will winters becoming milder ruin everything? Because reasons. Basically there’s no effort to explain. Everybody knows. It does offer that “the infrastructure will need to...

11 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

Scientists say

“[There] is overwhelming evidence that the planet has warmed during the past century. But could this warming be due to natural dynamics? Given what we know about the complexity, long-term...

24 Mar, 2021| Science Notes

Oh snap!

...record temperatures we saw in recent weeks would ‘most likely’ have been even colder without climate change.” How do you know? Because it’s getting warmer. And how do you know...

24 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

When scientists rebel

A group of 90 Italian scientists just signed a strongly-worded petition asking governments to concentrate on fighting known environmental problems and not to waste resources and spread panic over climate...

10 Jul, 2019| OP ED Watch

The lack of fire next time

...want to miss, beyond the self-satisfied marketing rhetoric: “Expensive energy is baked into Britain’s future/ It’s not cheap being green”. Gosh. Without you we never would have known. Unless we...

16 Feb, 2022| OP ED Watch

We are all going to die, part 43

...fact conquest/tyranny, war, pestilence/famine and death, the last seeming vaguely redundant). And our readers, who know all effects of climate change are bad and all bad things are effects of...

04 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

You're silencing us by not letting us silence you

...sympathetically interviewed by the usual activist journalists, Kalmus explained that “If the people who know the most about Earth breakdown are still acting like everything's fine, then of course everyone...

11 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

Shut up, they explained

...question as to his capacity to review the document dispassionately. Well, we can’t discuss all their claims, even to underline their obsession. But we can say that you know where...

01 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Warming means a greener Sahara

...this finding is not a huge surprise because we know that the Sahara was lush during the Holocene climatic optimum, home to giraffes, crocodiles and hippos. And the latter name,...

23 Oct, 2019| Science Notes

The hard part of making predictions

...more heat waves there and whether this summer it happens again. Because otherwise you’re just Zaqqum-picking. In case you’re not up on your Qur’an, this devil’s-head-shaped berry awaits you in...

04 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

The sun, the sea and European temperatures

...no hurricanes, or a pleasant summer and a mild fall? Well, the theory goes, that’s just nature at work. It’s weather. But how do we know? Perhaps we were in...

28 Oct, 2020| Science Notes

It's over, we won, now we fight

...to raise the profile of climate catastrophism among the general public. As Wallace-Wells repeatedly noted, no matter how much you think you know, it’s ‘worse than you think’. It was...

01 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Oh darn

...Coal summit with a call on G7 nations to commit to a 2030 end date for coal power generation.” As for China, well um uh that is… I know. I...

10 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

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

Saved by our valiant leaders, again and again

...and collect their Nobel Peace Prize with a self-satisfied smile. (Evidently they will also discuss “women’s economic empowerment” in case you didn’t know Jordan was a world leader on that...

01 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Icing A Climate Scare

...environmental activist organization the World Wildlife Fund, which were then picked up and inserted verbatim in the 2007 IPCC Report. John Robson: You know, one of their reports that are...

25 Feb, 2023| Fact Checks

The plans of Cairo

...PR people clearly don’t know it. And now online media steps up with a late entry that renders satire as futile as films like Young Heroic Sisters of the Mongolian...

13 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

I am not a climate scientist but...

...But he does know that the illusion of knowledge is more dangerous than pure ignorance. And the illusion is what we have with all those fancy models. In his words,...

31 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

It went to outer space

...not know about or do not talk about. It is that the man-made warming crisis is a vast speculative edifice resting on one solid foundation: namely that CO2 is transparent...

24 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Some pictures of hot models

...and observations as of the earlier part of this decade because privately the alarmists know it’s a scientific as well as a public relations problem and they need to address...

20 Nov, 2019| Science Notes

Climate change stole my bees

...don’t really know why.” Must be climate change. We know because we don’t. How do you like that science? Now at this point some clown may say yeah, climate change...

12 May, 2021| News Roundup

#ECS in the real world: Aldrin et al. 2012

...best-known ocean heat content data series, is 2.0°C. But if they use other ocean heat content data it drops even lower. It’s certainly not up where most alarmists claim, or...

15 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

Models versus observations: AMOC edition

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation or AMOC, which we have mentioned previously including in our Pentagon Crystal Ball video, and which is better known as the “Gulf Stream” (though technically...

15 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

A rising tide lowers all standards

...of course from you know which side: “The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing...

12 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

We are all going to die

...classes” that “we are already deep into the trajectory towards collapse” of civilisation and, the paper added, it “may now be inevitable because 9 of the 15 known global climate...

17 Jun, 2020| OP ED Watch

Better than life: the planetary edition

...How much does he really know about the complex interactions that drive planetary conditions, or even about the past history of the outcomes? Any rational examination of temperature data reveals...

28 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

Arctic circle

...is even worse is that we know the Arctic has been warmer in the past 3,000 years, let alone the past 3 million years. This particular piece ran in The...

11 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

Unsettling the apple cart II: Koonin on climate

...processes that are simply unknown. So modelers have to make educated guesses about what goes on. The next problem is that many processes are known but take place on too...

21 Jul, 2021| Koonin

A plan to plan for a plan

...put down a clear track for where the sector needs to go. It’s also something that I know engineers and workers in the oil and gas sector are going to...

06 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

The ice that wouldn't melt

...We’ve only been measuring ice in a lot of these places since satellite coverage began in 1979. But we know that ice had been growing since the balmy 1940s when...

22 Apr, 2020| Science Notes

It's a gas gas gas

Lost in the pandemic shutdown are some numbers that ought to give anyone concerned about climate pause. You know how our government is like so totally going to meet its...

13 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

Battling models

...12 million Haitians. As for the general folly of Western leaders, well, as in the old Yes Minister gag, the answer to the question of what they do not know...

02 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

The madness of clouds

...one has been able to measure accurately. And if you don’t know what you’re trying to approximate, you can never tell if you’re getting the wrong answer. Morrison et al....

26 Aug, 2020| Science Notes

Addled eggs

...where it’s warm all year round there are lots of birds, and in those with a brief chilly summer there aren’t. But what do those bird-brains know? The press release...

11 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

Get your markers ready

...they don’t know what will happen or when or what to do about it but they do know we need to do it soon or one thing they can’t describe...

18 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

The 100,000 Year Problem or lack thereof

...to us sounds like a perpetual motion machine except less probable. And we’d like to see computers predict the known past before they tackle the unknown future instead of the...

06 Apr, 2022| OP ED Watch

Interview with climatologist Bjorn Stevens

...models less accurate.” We could go further. To use modeling techniques you know are inaccurate, or should know are inaccurate, because they make modeling easier really is the joke about...

02 Nov, 2022| Science Notes

Out of thin air... and back into it again

Even though alarmists are sure they can spot the effects of climate change everywhere they look, scientists know just how hard it is to actually measure the effect of greenhouse...

11 Nov, 2020| Science Notes

Speaking of predictions

...immediately add “If anything, scientists say, Kerry’s phrasing understates the problem facing the planet.” Oh, scientists say, do they? Which scientists? You know. Them. The scientists. “The question of whether...

03 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

How to fix the _________ crisis

As you know, we are approaching a tipping point and must change our ways. We must act now. It’s time for new ideas. And in case you’re still waiting for...

07 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

Out of thin air

...know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of the Earth to the ideal, life-sustaining temperature…. about...

15 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

And so it begins

...against the whole flawed narrative from which they sprung. If so, he knows where to find the facts and arguments he’ll need to withstand the tempest of scorn he will...

05 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

Warming isn't making hurricanes worse

..."warming overall makes hurricanes more frequent and devastating than they would otherwise be." It's the sort of offhand remark everyone knows must be true so they don't bother citing a...

30 Oct, 2019| Science Notes

The silence of the trees

...work for that Department and they know it. Thus the report starts by emitting this cloud of smoke: “The climate in Canada’s north has changed over the past 70 years....

15 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

Credit where due: new data, new conclusions

...trend will return. Or maybe it will go down, we don’t know. What we do know is there are some honest folks out there willing to let the data do...

28 Feb, 2024| Science Notes

The Nostradamus Times

...baseline temperatures for the planet. Now, a weather pattern known as El Niño is going to make things even hotter when it develops later this year.” And make no mistake;...

31 May, 2023| News Roundup

Big Trouble in the Little Ice Age

...Instead he’s a geographer [actually an archaeologist - the video narration is wrong] with a wide range of knowledge and interest. But what’s important here is he doesn’t have an...

05 Apr, 2022| Backgrounders

How to do climate 'science' journalism

...“culture wars”. For instance when Scientific American reportorializes that: “Scientists Just Warned We Need to Cut Emissions by 60 Percent, but the U.S. Is Years Away”, we know without looking...

05 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

It's a plot

...such fever swamp rhetoric and those who spew it. It would probably shock most alarmists to be accused of peddling poison. After all, they know they’re the good guys trying...

20 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Math is hard, saving the planet is easy

...out their own tax system. One thing politicians do know how to do is barrage us with smug press releases about how their wonderful plans are in full swing. Or...

03 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

Was that it?

...our dreams can survive the loss of a planet,” and “Earth is under threat, yet you would scarcely know it” in the online version, even though “there is scarcely an...

05 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

#CoolClimateData: Rutgers Snow Lab

...is down compared to the 1970s. But fall and winter snow cover is up. How do we know? We’re not just going from memory because people are notorious for having...

05 Apr, 2023| Science Notes

Say goodbye to your toboggan... again

The National Observer warns that some York University professor has warned in Limnology and Oceanography that children won’t know what ice is. And then we will all be poor and...

08 Jan, 2020| OP ED Watch

If only they were just in it for the money

...when those bureaucracies turn to known zealots to do the writing. After all, if the corruption were merely mercenary we could, in principle, bribe them to dismiss the alarm as...

22 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

You'll need a magnifying glass to see it

...to the Washington Post: “The Pine Island glacier was already scary. The 160-mile-long river of ice is known as “the weak underbelly” of West Antarctica. It contributes more to sea...

23 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

148 papers for high sticking

...are anywhere near MWP levels. Others emphasize that what we know, or think we know, about temperature patterns in the long and short run do not support the hypothesis that...

20 Jan, 2021| OP ED Watch

This won't hurt a bit

...principal industry.” Harsh. But fair, because it is easier to destroy than create, something all practical people know all too well. Unfortunately those we have entrusted with power do not...

18 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

Here now, and coming soon

...are still mostly saying they think there might be trouble some decades hence not that we’re already in the process of dying? We just don’t know. Because there doesn’t seem...

20 Sep, 2023| OP ED Watch

Eco-Colonialism: The Green Man's Burden

...really is a replay of the older kind, right down to the conviction that they know better than the people they’re colonizing so it’s justified to make decisions for them...

02 May, 2023| Backgrounders

Another reefer

...coral reefs have turned a ghostly white in what scientists said on Monday amounted to the fourth global bleaching event in the last three decades.” And you know what the...

01 May, 2024| News Roundup

Climate Emergency Tour: Ski Resorts Edition

...us know so we can pass it along to the alarmists and they’ll know what posh spots to avoid. But good luck scaring them away from their annual enclave in...

08 Jan, 2020| Climate Emergency Tour

Drought, heat, climate disaster

...stay in the Western U.S. How will states adapt?” Because everybody knows, apparently. You don’t even have to say it any more. The New York Times “Climate Fwd.” didn’t seem...

23 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Southern elephant seals of maritime Antarctica

From the CO2Science Archive: Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) are apex predators of Antarctic marine food webs; and the authors say that knowledge of the status of elephant seal populations...

20 Jul, 2022| Science Notes

Aerosols on ice Part II

...Earth” were on fire? We debunked it at the time by showing that the fire rates weren’t even exceptional by modern standards. Yet now we know they also were low...

23 Jun, 2021| Science Notes

When we get the new computers

...that “The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.” And if you’re wondering what half-witted venal hack...

24 Apr, 2019| Science Notes

Blowing off the wind

...that rebates will protect the less fortunate “Working people know that this is a lie, issued in bad faith.” Man, when Justin Trudeau is a filthy lying capitalist flunky you...

15 May, 2019| News Roundup

If only it were that easy

...the sales, is propped up by subsidies? It’s hard to know whether to call it success or failure that in Canada: “A federal program to pay $5,000 rebates to electric...

18 Jan, 2023| OP ED Watch

Hurricanes will get worse, or not

...of course claims to know: greenhouse gases cause global warming which causes warmer oceans which causes stronger storms. Simple. But if we want some actual insight into the matter, we...

26 Jun, 2019| Science Notes

The elephant in the Arctic

...gushing that, in NBC’s version of the AP story, “Scientists discovered the oldest known DNA and used it to reveal what life was like 2 million years ago in the...

14 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

Square circular economics

One major red flag in any reform movement is if they try to reinvent economics without knowing what it said before. Such as the new enthusiasm for “circular economics” where...

28 Jun, 2023| OP ED Watch

Red-faced planet

...2.4-million-year cycles, known as ‘astronomical grand cycles.’ Comparing this fluctuation to astronomical events, researchers found an unexpected connection: Each cycle coincided with records of gravitational interactions between Earth and Mars.”...

01 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Arctic in flames, film at 11

...even know if the thermometer reading was accurate, or the event unprecedented. But never mind. Some stories are just too good to check. On Watts Up With That, Michael Kile...

08 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Chump summit

...was a one-day conference didn’t leave much time for any of them to say anything even if they’d wanted to. And certainly nobody knows or cares what Pakistan did say....

04 Oct, 2023| OP ED Watch

A statistician recants

...low; only the assumptions of the simulation models are allowed, and other explanations are absent. In both of these circumstances, classical statistics can then be used to deceive you into...

01 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

Another children's crusade

...We’re not sure if you’re allowed to criticize old people for fear of seeming ageist, since apparently we’re not meant to insult Greta Thunberg for fear of seeming anti-youth, anti-this...

18 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

Not really about the economics, is it?

...deductions would be allowed and wholesale price setting would be left intact.” But you can’t both steal people’s profits and not steal them and entrepreneurs will know which is happening....

30 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

So does Canada get serious?

...too late to start turning things around. Even if Canada cannot be part of the solution to the current crisis — though for all we know, the West could have...

23 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Climate hypocrite of the week

...and she alone accounted for $329,000. And we grant that if you’re going anywhere from New Zealand driving is an unattractive option. But Greta used to take sailboats. And anyway...

30 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

The Ball is not in his court

...Many years ago someone (we think it may have been Samuel Johnson but cannot find the quotation; if you know the source please email us) wrote that if a man...

28 Aug, 2019| OP ED Watch

Who will Ridd us?

...and indirect financial resources (being famous, Ridd was able to fundraise) but also knowing that they will be blacklisted in the profession they love, will ever dare challenge authority if...

17 Feb, 2021| OP ED Watch

Oh, that modeling problem

...Eocene, warm temperatures in the arctic allowed for the growth of azolla, which is a floating aquatic fern, on the Arctic Ocean. Compared to current carbon dioxide levels, these azolla...

05 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Et tu, EV?

...in a piece entitled “Is the EV House of Cards Collapsing”. And Heatmap Daily allowed that: “It’s been a confusing and sometimes dismaying week of electric vehicle news. Ford, GM,...

08 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

How are Earth's islands being impacted by rising sea levels?

...to underpin such assertions.” And, hence, they proceeded to see what they could learn about the subject themselves, “using historic aerial photographs and recent high-resolution satellite imagery,” which allowed them...

25 Jan, 2023| Science Notes

Climate Catastrophe

...the Fall of Rome? I’m John Robson, and you’re watching a Climate Discussion Nexus backgrounder on the Catastrophe Question. Narrator Now here’s a different perspective. Swedish climate scientist Dr. Lennart...

15 Jan, 2020| Backgrounders

There's that dang settled science again

...OK. We’ll bite. What was this “Faustian bargain”? Did we sell our souls to the devil in return for knowledge of climate and not get it? Or in return for...

08 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

COP In

...idea how to cut carbon emissions significantly without devastating economic and social impacts, so the conference won’t accomplish anything. As usual. The October Reuters piece also allowed that: “Spain’s Energy...

11 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

It's called global for a reason

...It’s partly that what matters is the global total, because if there is such a thing as global warming, it’s, well, global, and nobody knows how to make the bad...

21 Feb, 2024| OP ED Watch

EV for thee but not for me

...with “we’re all hypocrites” before sneering “You’re being a boring interviewer, mate.” Not really. He even got her to admit that she doesn’t have an electric car because she can’t...

01 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

Taking the sun seriously

...degrees C, in line with a few other recent studies. Then he estimates a different model in which the sun is allowed to exert both direct and indirect effects. In...

11 Oct, 2023| Science Notes

Comrade Rickford misspeaks

...the UN IPCC, whose material does not say what the alarmists claim. You might be surprised what you’re allowed to say if you stick with the evidence. The funny thing...

18 Dec, 2019| News Roundup

The BBC's Nature trick

...quality and its defensiveness. Writer Owen Sheers, for instance, says “The events that came to be known as Climategate were a powerful coalescence of forces that have since shaped much...

16 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Because Greenland really needs more ice

...be swallowed untasted, we reply that if their home is not melting, nothing you say about what happens as it does tells us anything except that you are either gullible...

25 Sep, 2019| Science Notes

We will all drive the cars from Cars

In California they seem to be going all in on a green transformation. Governor Gavin Newsom really did just ban cars as we know them as of 2035. Remarkably, in...

30 Sep, 2020| News Roundup

The Supreme Scientists speak

...of GHGs are known, and the fuel and excess emissions charges are based on the global warming potential of the gases. GHG emissions are also predominantly extraprovincial and international in...

31 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

UN-hyping global climate disasters in 2022

...a longstanding downward trend in the number and severity of climate-related disasters. But, as Pielke Jr. also notes, while most scientists working in the area know the public is being...

11 Jan, 2023| Science Notes

Blame Brexit, that's the ticket

...allowed on Jan. 9, “UK becoming less attractive for investment, manufacturers warn.” And what seems to be the problem? Why: “Britain has become less competitive and less attractive to foreign...

01 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Now that we have made you miserable...

...and extreme weather events to global warming and climate change. More recently, by putting these events into context with the past, researchers have revealed clearer connections. This has allowed us...

01 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

Tidbits

...claim that “We’ve passed a $368-billion climate control facility”) lest readers suspect that the real emergency in Washington is an incapacitated president with a VP too flaky to be allowed...

23 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

Not the right month to tell us warming is bad

...years – literally millions of years – we know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of...

13 May, 2020| News Roundup

A climatologist looks at history, or, Maunder Maximum

...weather allowed for unprecedented crop growth, urban expansion, and the establishment of Scandinavian settlements in Greenland and North America.” Maunder points to some of the familiar markers of the Medieval...

21 Jun, 2023| Science Notes

Going hot and cold

If you’re wondering whether the actual data says the Earth has warmed or cooled recently, the answer is yes. As Willis Eschenbach notes, it’s a complex picture. Some parts warmed,...

06 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

About that big Greenland melt

...studies that showed changes in cloud cover over the past two decades allowed more solar energy to reach the surface, which explained the observed energy imbalance and warming, as opposed...

17 Nov, 2021| Science Notes

Glowing in the dark

...a British Parliamentary committee recently saying people should basically stop owning cars although, one presumes, ministerial limousines would still be allowed; the New York Times by contrast says Americans, who...

04 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

Tidbits

...be “much more expensive than people imagine”. How expensive? He didn’t know and nor does anyone else. But really, crushingly. “The public does not believe, or has not been made...

28 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

Getting Medieval on China's Temperature

...1850, which allowed them to grow so far forward before they began their retreat hundreds of years ago (one such brochure shows them reaching their maximum extent in the late...

13 May, 2020| Science Notes

All steamed up

If you’re fed up with the lockdowns and are looking for some action, well, MSN offers you “11 steamy signs that climate change is speeding up”. And like other online...

03 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

American Energy for Grownups

...billion. Natural gas or methane is classified as a “Greenhouse gas”, of course. But all that extra production allowed the U.S. to reduce its coal consumption from over a billion...

29 Sep, 2022| Backgrounders

It had to be

...point around 1970, half-way through. It seems a strange way to proceed. But they have to, because the one thing they’re never allowed to do, if they want to keep...

04 Sep, 2019| Science Notes

The A-B-C of alarmism

...of the science and economics instead of letting the C crowd dictate what you’re allowed to think or say,” he advises. “Figure out a new way of talking about the...

19 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Arctic sea ice: worse than we thought

...Pole, with the retreat of Arctic sea ice since the mid-90s, has been a point of pride among alarmists since it allowed their stopped clocks to be right at least...

19 Feb, 2020| Science Notes

Pipe(line) dreams

...Guess it’s really important to have fuel after all and that snooty virtue-signaling was just… well, what? Did he know he was lying about not wanting Alberta energy? Or was...

27 Nov, 2019| News Roundup

Tidbits

...allowed to crumble. Still, we can always hope. P.P.S. Even more belatedly, after visiting the edge of space William Shatner reports bursting into tears because “things are going extinct at...

27 Sep, 2023| News Roundup

Dude, it rained in California

...deposited by the raging climate breakdown waters, um yes well the New York Times allowed that “California Evades Catastrophic Damage From Rare Tropical Storm” and “After bracing for the worst,...

30 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

This just in: Arctic cold in winter

...in total, because of “Heated diving suits with air pumped from the surface” that “allowed some of those dives to last for hours.” But did anyone actually look at a...

06 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

The alleged maniac of Gaza

...are allowed into the story… except people saying the city isn’t doing enough fast enough. Interestingly, the CBC claims it has long insisted on putting quotation marks on “terrorist” and...

25 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

Speaking of messaging

As the Economist incautiously allowed, the drafting of the latest IPCC report was all about messaging. And it’s striking that the mainstream press, famous critics of the rich and powerful,...

13 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Moo de har har

...say “little is known about N2O emissions from permafrost soils and until recently, it was assumed that releases had to be fairly minimal because of the cold climate…. there might...

08 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Passing the champagne for the planet

...circumstances. The small number of flights taken by committee members and staff allowed the CCC to support international climate work, where our expertise has been requested by the UK Government...

24 Jul, 2019| OP ED Watch

Fools pedal in...

...well-being, including their ability to deal with inevitable extreme weather events? They don’t know and apparently don’t care. For all his willingness to challenge conventional wisdom on a variety of...

12 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

We might be going to die

There’s a vigorous debate going on about how bad it would be if the Earth warms. You might not know it from the general tone of politics or the media....

12 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

And your children's children

...to see significant warming is for their theory. And since the alarmist models basically blame all the warming on CO2 and related gases, if another factor is allowed to have...

15 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

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

#GettingWorse: Sea level rise edition

...major ice sheets disintegrate into the ocean at exceptional speed. And the authors coyly declined to assign probabilities to their set of scenarios, which not coincidentally allowed the usual media...

29 May, 2024| Science Notes

What price carbon neutrality?

...of modernity and the west. This is the real emergency.” Perhaps her views are slightly overheated. Perhaps not. But surely we are still allowed to debate the matter. Aren’t we?...

26 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Green machine

...of the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, rising CO2 levels in the air have not only allowed the world to keep greening, the process is accelerating despite extended...

07 Feb, 2024| Science Notes

Exploding harder

...seem to have swallowed its own tail and chewed its way up to its navel. And to nitpick, since the crisis is allegedly urgent, why not in 2024? Why wait...

29 Nov, 2023| News Roundup

A great wind, or not?

...But what is to become of the consumer, the power grid and even government finances if it turns out that people cannot build wind turbines unless their operators are allowed...

20 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

The EV market is on fire

...devices, which have been the source of over 100 fires so far this year.” Good thing fire trucks are still allowed to run on gas. Not that governments will admit...

05 Jul, 2023| News Roundup

Tidbits

...“historic”. The EV house of cards continues to collapse. An article in The American Spectator explains that a key to Tesla’s dazzling success was that it “allowed car manufacturers to...

08 May, 2024| News Roundup

A 1,500-year temperature proxy from southwestern Greenland

...A relationship between the chironomid assemblage data and mean summer (JJA) temperature recorded at the Ivittuut weather station (AD 1873-1960) and at the Narsarsuaq weather station allowed the scientists to...

15 Mar, 2023| Science Notes

Where did all this ice come from?

...compounds give scientists clues about the amount of sea ice covering the ocean in millennia past. And since we all know the world is the hottest its ever been, that...

29 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

The mouse that roared

...aside the New York Times with its fiddly suggestions like buying local organic because it’s “probably better for the planet, even if the emissions picture is complex”.) In case you’re...

13 Nov, 2019| News Roundup

Greening schmeening

...planet today where after a century and a half of warming, most of it natural, and rising atmospheric CO2, there’s been a dramatic expansion of the green stuff and a...

16 Dec, 2020| OP ED Watch

Koonin gets it

...as scientifically empty as it was in 2013”. It’s not even clear how they would know because, as Koonin pointed out, they seem only to have read the Wall St....

09 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

The climate over-under

From the “you cannot make this stuff up” department we bring you the New York Times’ “The Morning” announcement that “Chicago has a strange problem: water levels that may be...

14 Jul, 2021| News Roundup

The 37 problem consensus

...as determined by primal, non-logical factors means “we are the bottom half of a double boiler. We are all steamed up but we don’t know what’s cooking.” If true, we...

31 Jul, 2019| OP ED Watch

All for a good cause

...above those vital, cherished, stable pre-industrial levels, the fifth horseman gallops off and we’re done. Which again seems incompatible with actual knowledge of the past, including the Roman Warm Period...

18 Nov, 2020| News Roundup

The insurance company gets it

...accounted for, is that there are more people who own more stuff that is more valuable and occupies more space. So any storm that comes along is going to do...

09 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

Lomborg on the 21st century part 2: impacts of warming

...the supposed accelerating disastrous impacts of climate change) the same size weather event moving across the landscape today has many more people and much more stuff in its path to...

06 Sep, 2023| Science Notes

JSP protests the lack of oil

...all, JSO ranted on that “will not be intimidated by changes to the law, we will not be stopped by private injunctions sought to silence peaceful people” who smash stuff...

19 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

Surfing on Earth Day

...have more money and stuff than they used to. Mitt Romney took a surprising amount of heat for giving his wife a horse for her birthday (as if most husbands...

01 May, 2019| News Roundup

You sank my tanker bill

...the 2015 Liberal platform was Hail Mary stuff, the Liberals then being the third party and hoping to fire up the base not devise a governing program. As with Bob...

22 May, 2019| OP ED Watch

A blast from the past

...while calling it the highest temperature in the past century appeared to seal the deal since we all know things are getting warmer, the actual all-time Death Valley record was...

18 Nov, 2020| OP ED Watch

The rain in America falls mainly on Democrats

...stuff including droughts? People who bother to check will thereafter doubt claims that these things are are all increasing, so if Republicans are doubters, maybe it just means they looked...

31 Jul, 2019| Science Notes

The UK heat wave death toll: alarmists wrong again

...and Wales. But you can hardly expect a famous scientist and climate activist like Sir David King to, you know, look this stuff up. Such basic statistics are undergraduate level....

14 Sep, 2022| Science Notes

A blessing in deep disguise

...nations back to burning coal and their citizens back to burning trash. But to the zealots it’s different. They know it’s going to lead to an acceleration, so surely that...

19 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

None so blind

...go around saying stuff like we have to stop using them or the planet will burn up. Or, in congratulating the rival Progressive Conservatives for winning the Prince Edward Island...

19 Apr, 2023| News Roundup

Oh no, our plan succeeded

Strange news from BC, which specializes in the stuff. Premier John Horgan, ardent advocate of carbon taxes and foe of pipelines, says if gas prices keep rising the government will...

10 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

Suddenly cold weather isn't so cool

In mid-December the New York Times reported that “Survivors Face Subzero Temperatures After Quake Kills Over 120 in China”. Knowing how the Times considers any news of warm weather as...

17 Jan, 2024| News Roundup

Tidbits

...agreement that a more natural garden is good for the environment, especially the urban environment… and if the greens could spend more time on this stuff and less on fighting...

17 May, 2023| News Roundup

Extinction bait and switch

...the ultimate plan is to turn it back into a fuel that, when used, will release you-know-what. It sounds a bit like a perpetual motion machine (and the plan to...

10 Apr, 2019| News Roundup

Cyclones don't surge

...damage now than before, not because the weather is worse, but because there is more stuff to be damaged. The exasperation is palpable in the words of that paper's authors:...

01 May, 2019| Science Notes

This won't hurt a bit

...good deal of what used to be called pollution, stuff that actually harmed human beings. And speaking of old-fashioned, we also think the prospect of more of the people on...

23 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Where the bodies aren't buried

...time it’s not climate change doing the killing, unless greenhouse gases can shoot a man and stuff his body in a barrel. To its credit Newsweek, while furnishing a number...

17 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

It's coming for your coffee

...both at once. Power to the people, man. Unless you’re a coffee snob who knows that Coffea robusta is the stuff that prompted Edward Abbey’s jibe that “Our culture runs...

17 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

Destroying the climate in order to save it

...the American armed forces to leap into continuous action to rescue millions of soggy parched refugees which will require, um, fossil-fuel-powered craft because the other stuff is useless junk. Oh...

10 Feb, 2021| News Roundup

Virtuous conspicuous consumption

...you suppose eats this stuff? MAGA types from Appalachia in overalls and tractor caps? Or impeccably liberal folks, impeccably attired in the latest fashion and so concerned about the plight...

04 Aug, 2021| OP ED Watch

The old cane pole

...with native cutthroat trout, a mixing that has been abetted by changing water flows. If left unchecked, this could wipe out the cutthroat population, devastating a cherished American fishery.” You’re...

01 Jun, 2022| News Roundup

Pop goes the lawsuit

...voting and legislatures is all fine and good for boring old person stuff, but when it comes to social justice you bypass all that rubbish and block a road or...

30 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

Yes, they are coming for your gas stove. For your own good you see, since progressive starlet Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted “Did you know that ongoing exposure to NO2 from...

22 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

Net zero net trillions

...just grand. They told us Net Zero was low-cost, low pain. And now you’re talking trillions? Isn’t it a lot of money especially in these troubled times? Oh no. “Great...

17 Feb, 2021| OP ED Watch

Frogs and fake news

...every newspaper and media outlet. And many times, you will later see the scary claims dialed back or refuted altogether… if you know where to look. In the fine print....

10 Apr, 2019| Science Notes

Oh that's original

...mean misery for the general public. Dr. Huntley says “Knowing what we know about human beings, our psychological and evolutionary makeup, there's no evidence that these divisions are going to...

05 Feb, 2020| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

...change is trashing our brains, causing everything from amnesia to ADHD in boys. These days, finding someone else willing to object to that stuff is actual progress in the debate....

17 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

Green Wutopianism

...of the lockdown not by finding a quiet cave somewhere and living off honey and podcasts but by going back to work and getting stuff: “after the acute phase passes,...

08 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

A demonstration we'd like to see

...Oil kind. Rather the kind that the Manhattan Contrarian has berated them over: If you’re so sure this energy transition can work, and be fun exciting cheap easy and great,...

06 Dec, 2023| News Roundup

1919 or 2019? Victoria BC Edition

Since we're looking at rainfall, we should go somewhere they get enough of the stuff to know when it's changing. Especially since Victoria is also where those mighty computer models...

10 Jun, 2020| 1919 or 2019

A mole in the IPCC confirms cyclone fabrication

...be dealt with by any means necessary. Including, in this case, just making stuff up. One thing that is settled about science is that you don’t do it that way....

17 May, 2023| Science Notes

Tidbits

...after more than two decades of throwing money at stuff and keeping a bunch. But the feds are trying to keep it quiet, as they are also trying to fend...

06 Dec, 2023| News Roundup

OK now you've gone too far

...“What we don’t know is how intentional the collision with the drone was. It is possible that this was just a reckless, incompetent piece of aviation by the pilot.” We...

22 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

Don't say Canada will benefit

...stuff. Which could make a horse fat on a glacier. But never mind. Climate change is bad. All bad. All the time bad. Totally bad. Now it’s even turned Black...

11 Dec, 2019| News Roundup

The snows of yesteryear

...the good old days? Was there more of the fluffy stuff in the fall? Were winters nothing but blizzard upon blizzard and non-stop shovelling? Was playing in the yard more...

05 Feb, 2020| Science Notes

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

...centuries. And of course “uncharted territory” is unmitigated rubbish since we know that in the Holocene Climatic Optimum, which ended before writing started, it was considerably warmer than today, so...

12 Jul, 2023| News Roundup

1919 or 2019? The Movie

...others. The climate will vary, so will the weather. Some trends may be noticeable, some may even be important. But not compared to all the other stuff. So, if you’re...

24 Oct, 2020| Crystal Ball

Et tu, IEA?

...of people earning massive salaries for saying the stuff their paymasters want to hear, it would finally nudge all those dolts out there into embracing Net Zero. Thus Climate Home...

26 May, 2021| News Roundup

CDN by the Sea: Tromso Norway

...north coast of Norway, north by northeast to Tromso. Because it’s a town in the Arctic, where as everyone knows the ravages of climate change are worse than the worst...

01 Jun, 2022| Science Notes

Vultures circle collapsed building

...the coasts now instead of building dopey barriers and stuff. On what basis? All the buildings that don’t fall down? And let’s circle back to that line in the NBC...

30 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

Quick, see it before it's gone

...wasteful windmills and solar panels. Some of the stuff not to like in the documentary is a strength not a weakness. It deliberately exposes the enormous financial hypocrisies of those...

29 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Plus you didn't even want a car

...policies being passed in cities around the world.” Except before you know it, you’re 34 and loading kids and hockey gear into a minivan. But we digress. No. We don’t....

22 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

But if it's working so well...

...costs inexplicably soared. So if this stuff is so profitable, why isn’t it profitable? Why are renewable funds in the tank worldwide? As Bjorn Lomborg just wrote: “Underpinning the climate...

06 Dec, 2023| OP ED Watch

Gated community

...but the paparazzi aerial photo shows that it’s cheek-by-jowl with other really expensive rich-person houses to the point that there’s, um, no lawn or other green stuff, and it’s a...

29 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Oh that snow

...to avoid non-essential travel.” So you know what’s coming. An ad for global warming. As in “The bad weather is intense.” Just weather? Yup. “The cold snap is expected to...

22 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

Another glorious climate triumph

...because foreign investors recognize that we have a price on pollution and we have a strong climate plan and that means they want to be here and make stuff here...

15 May, 2024| News Roundup

Then all the plants died and...

...we know the firm, genuine-catastrophe-not-imaginary-one answer to the question how much CO2 would certainly be too little. It’s 150 ppm. At that level most plants, those that use C3 photosynthesis,...

11 Dec, 2019| OP ED Watch

Where has all the carbon gone?

...stuff. (Yes, you don’t have to tell us, nature can’t tell the difference.) Rather, when the Earth is warming the oceans degas CO2 and atmospheric concentrations rise. And when it’s...

29 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Climate change not for the birds

...stuff that causes table-shaking arguments at the right sort of conference. But research does not continue into the question whether the climate was stable until Henry Ford, or perhaps James...

14 Jun, 2023| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

The usual alarmists keep saying alternative energy is now cheaper than the regular stuff, especially with all the subsidies which for some reason they need even though they’re supposedly cheaper....

22 Feb, 2023| News Roundup

We're out of money, better spend big on climate

...turn down the global thermostat by 3 degrees in 3 decades, we don’t know what will. And neither of course does the government or these “experts” with whom media and...

11 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

Speaking of the gnomes

...as a lobbyist for Fannie Mae, a government-backed private company (a worrying concept in itself) that was up to its clavicles in the 2008 financial collapse. And he knows Joe...

30 Jun, 2021| OP ED Watch

A trillion-pound dawk klunk

...stuffed into an email on the fly. The starting point to this multi-layered embarrassment is that two years ago a warning from then Chancellor of the Exchequer to then PM...

27 Jan, 2021| News Roundup

Add history to her study list

In the Edmonton Journal David Staples says it out loud. Greta Thunberg has gone off the beam and some “knowledgeable adult” needs to explain economics and history to her. He...

11 Mar, 2020| OP ED Watch

Facts are fun

...extreme weather, it’s obvious that the weird stuff on this site would tend to be recent. So there’s the maximum temperature for Alabama in… wait a minute… 1925. In Alaska,...

01 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

#Gettingworse: severe storms and tornadoes

...it because you’re not supposed to know that things aren’t getting worse and worse. And here the data show that the number of large tornadoes is going down over time....

20 Mar, 2024| Science Notes

International man of misery

...as they are covetous. But what exactly is the opportunity, other than not to buy stuff that’s about to be washed away, burned up or both, which seems obvious but...

18 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

#ECS in the real world: Otto et al. 2013

...the 1970s they’d get about the same answer, roughly 2.0C. This number is not zero, so if you’re looking for evidence that CO2 has no effect on the climate, you...

08 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

Independent research?

...have them so it is not just excusable, it’s commendable, for doctors to start by looking for the usual stuff and only take a second look if something won’t fit...

17 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

Not everyone is worried about the coming winter

If you’re looking for two people who won’t be cold or hungry this winter, not least because their lavish travel energy costs are paid for by other people, it will...

24 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

Maybe chase him on a scooter?

Obviously the solution to climate change is alternative energy if we could just get the wretched stuff to work. Which so far it’s not. Including the awkward admission by British...

15 Jan, 2020| OP ED Watch

We'll take it

...Tuesday, the city announced it would add 30 so-called sponge parks, also known as water squares, over the next year and add 400 sponge sidewalks. The infrastructure is particularly useful...

11 Oct, 2023| News Roundup

Tidbits

Tipping onto the nearest pillow: A New York Times “Climate Forward” piece “Tipping points for the planet” regurgitates the usual stuff about “profound upheavals as a result of human activity”...

21 Feb, 2024| News Roundup

The 30% solution

...in a month as the cool kids don’t follow trends, they make them, in herds. And don’t look for journalists to ask “How do you know” or anything party-spoiling of...

24 Nov, 2021| News Roundup

Turns out carbon taxes aren't free after all

...with an entire bucket of the stuff. It is also hard to determine whether the federal Liberals who made the promise intended it to be true. Or whether they realized...

30 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

It's going to be a cold winter

...in 7th place, behind 2018’s 85 days (June 15-Sept. 7). Proof of warming, right? Um except tied for fifth are 1910 and 1874. OK, throw that stuff out the window....

25 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

Losing the green bet

...retort “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” is entirely appropriate. In general terms, if greens knew the secret to beating the stock market they’d be beating it, not...

02 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

John Kerry sees his shadow

...droning virtuously onward and upward and do stuff. So we ask: Why must they all be in a hall to do it? These roadmaps and action plans, when they aren’t...

17 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

When the land really was green

...Greenland has a mountain range under the eastern part of the ice cap, when the ice disappears, the lower-altitude western stuff goes first, then the melting spreads up the slopes...

01 Jul, 2020| Science Notes

And forgive us our trespasses

...commuting alone in a car. But these misdeeds seem trifling. Let’s talk about the mortal sins. You make stuff up. You fabricate. You repeat discredited stories. You take things out...

25 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

Who let it snow let it snow let it snow?

...they don’t know. Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott “says January and February will be pivotal months in deciding whether this winter will be exceptionally cold and snowy, noting forecasters will...

07 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

Carbon cycle blows tire

...closely at the various graphics that insist that nature is in carbon balance but our stuff smells bad and is often rejected, that they all deliver the same message but...

24 Mar, 2021| News Roundup

Jetting off to save the world

...Riga.” It’s quite the carbon footprint for someone committed to making everyone else cut theirs. But of course what he’s doing is really important, unlike what you’re doing. Why, the...

30 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

The stars foretell doom

...of stuff. Something like 1,900 species, Wikipedia says, “occur on the seabed in all the world's oceans, from the tropics to frigid polar waters. They are found from the intertidal...

01 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

March for... um... a plan

...and it will strengthen their brand loyalty. But even an ad is meant to be catchy. This stuff is deeply forgettable. One small original item: He says “We have less...

25 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

COVID-19 concentrates the mind

...care. And many Democratic voters are happy with the front-runner.” So you’re saying that like a lot of others, they’re only pretending to care? For our part we can think...

25 Mar, 2020| News Roundup

We're talking about people

Concepts like “efficiency” often get a bad rap as Scrooge-like obsessions when people’s lives and happiness are at stake. But in fact efficiency just means getting the most good stuff...

24 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

The Beavers of Death

...the stuff of settled science. But that has never stopped alarmists from writing the headlines. What is also missing from the article is any recognition that more beavers means more...

22 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Now that I'm in power laws matter

...weather. So saying it’s all over, or that it’s all over unless we do really really drastic stuff like destroying art, smashing the economy and eating bugs, is, um, off-message....

07 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

Snow cover, more or less

...data. There’s the alarmist stuff that makes the papers, then there are the details that get left out that show the climate system is complicated and never just one simple...

18 Mar, 2020| Science Notes

Yes they really mean it

...sacrifices that entails including, particularly, any benefits we derive from fossil fuels. In the real world this stuff plays out painfully. Including for these worldly-naïve investors. It’s worth noting that...

16 Jun, 2021| News Roundup

A reminder that cold is worse than heat

...and pharmacies to close.” Heatwaves don’t do that sort of thing. Everybody knows it, too. On Dec 18, warning of travel disruptions and presenting a map of the country with...

11 Jan, 2023| News Roundup

A plan, you're right, we'll need a plan

...there. The top finding in the study is a model of clarity, unless you’re its target: “The federal government was not prepared to support a just transition to a low-carbon...

04 May, 2022| News Roundup

Charles Darwin, call your office

...piece is a Bachelor of Journalism from the University formerly known as Ryerson until Egerton Ryerson was deemed a bad white male unperson and it became Toronto Metropolitan University. Thus,...

24 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

Speaking of your livelihood

...it? The CBC does the usual everybody-knows move-along thing, saying “The group representing more than 2,000 municipalities is asking for billions of dollars from the federal government to help cities...

01 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

Here come the dissenters

...the rest of us know that term too. Even the historians among us. How bad is it? Worse than the worst word salad ever. “In a recent commentary in the...

22 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

Not King Canute

...the other stuff going on, perhaps. But when the stars and other space objects are suitably aligned, and a low pressure zone happens to come by and adds to the...

19 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

When was it again?

...in all of the world’s oceans”. And as we all know, hot weather only ever does bad things from killing nice birds, animals and coral to spreading nasty algae while...

30 Sep, 2020| News Roundup

Just what we need

There is a persistent illusion in public policy that the reason governments have not delivered all the swell stuff they promised, at a price we can afford, is that they...

19 Jan, 2022| News Roundup

Iced

...said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro. ‘Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real.’” Well, why not? If heat in Europe is proof of you-know-what, why not ice in...

10 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

Meanwhile in the world of make-believe

...of saying some stuff about it. The only storm cloud on this particular horizon is that there’s no actual action, just vague promises and suspicious carbon accounting. And a peculiar...

22 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Methane in the dock

Late last fall we warned that alarmists in search of a return to that first blissful high had started turning from CO2 to more potent stuff, namely methane. Regrettably their...

16 Feb, 2022| OP ED Watch

Contains 25% of your daily guilt

...and oxygen that are to be avoided as “central to nutrition”, you’re behind the times. These labels are to nag you about the carbon footprint of that sinful food you’re...

14 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

With friends like these...

...adapt to increasingly severe storms, drought, heat and rising sea levels.” It did not say who the scientists who say are. Everybody knows. Speaking of friends like these, Al Gore...

13 Dec, 2023| News Roundup

You are not reading this item

...order. While we were baking sourdough in lockdown, artificial intelligence evolved from the stuff of movie magic into big business. Basketball and soccer closed in on hockey to join the...

29 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

Looking for patterns

...around you can find odd stuff. For instance another Ottawa statistic: On Oct. 19 we ended a streak of 159 days with a maximum temperature at or above 12°C. Which...

27 Oct, 2021| OP ED Watch

Hotter than the hottest thing... yawn

...in that period a lot of stuff has happened including dramatically warmer and cooler cycles. But at NBC and NOAA it began in 1880 instead. And even the word “recorded”...

22 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

One way to keep warm this winter

...far south as Texas (so much for the end of winter as we know it), Heatmap Daily editor Matthew Zeitlin seemed positively giddy: “What if all you had to do...

24 Jan, 2024| OP ED Watch

What big feet you have

...double, triple, quadruple or whateverple our generating capacity in less than 25 years, and must not use the stuff proven to work (and which abounds in astonishing amounts under the...

27 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

Mental gridlock

...who know full well they will pay the costs either in their capacity as ratepayers or taxpayers. However the real issue isn’t just who will pay for these fictitious “new...

24 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

When the sun burns

...Oh sure, it’s up there doing stuff. However as NASA’s Goddard Institute for Global Warming Alarmism recently insisted, “Our planet is constantly trying to balance the flow of energy in...

14 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

They already did

...of the sincere stuff produced any actual change in behaviour, especially if it ran counter to the motive of maximizing sales, salaries and profits. But in a strange way it...

13 Jul, 2022| OP ED Watch

No one told us it might actually cost money

...because it was nothing but vague feel-good stuff that would only matter many years down the road. But objects in calendar are closer than they appear, and in addition to...

28 Sep, 2022| News Roundup

Et tu, hydrogen

...of course alternatives to liquification, including compressing hydrogen into a “metal hydride of alkali metals”. But then you have to get it out again by heating. And if you’re going...

30 Sep, 2020| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

...it’s nowhere near done. So they can do easy stuff like change the weather… but not hard things like twin an already existing pipeline. And another thing. Blacklock’s Reporter tells...

27 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

So about that freezing

...of ice. Everybody knows warming means it gets hotter and freezes less, so his charts showing that in fact there’s been a reduction in days below freezing in all three...

10 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

Blimey, a climate emergency

...government to act, was approved without a vote.” Triple J Hack is a pseudo-person (currently one Tom Tilley) who evidently “talks about the stuff that matters to young Australians”, soliciting...

08 May, 2019| News Roundup

Magic mushrooms

...certain kinds. But as the rhetoric escalates so do the odd solutions. This story, for instance, blares: “Cars, planes and plastics are some of the most well-known sources of pollution....

27 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

CO2 hurts plants

...Or rather that they were going to do so if CO2 levels kept rising; right now, the study conceded, the stuff is still the plant food it has been for...

10 Jul, 2019| Science Notes

Fish story

...clear that rising water temperatures and “other climate challenges” such as, who knows, floods, are really hammering the industry. Nor is it obvious that if farmed fish are so unhealthy,...

15 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

How dare you follow our advice?

...days old, even though the stuff actually sounds rather better on Wikipedia than in the nursery rhyme, we’d rather swallow it than the hypocrisy of people who spend most of...

01 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

Can't anybody here play this game?

...a major problem for those who would control GHG emissions. It’s not just that it pumps the stuff out in ever-larger amounts as its economy expands and builds coal plants...

05 Jun, 2019| News Roundup

Clintel Report: IPCC snow job on snow cover

...in AR6. The IPCC found another data compilation from a different author, which mingles actual snow observations with fluffy model-generated stuff to come up with a downward trend in Autumn...

21 Jun, 2023| Science Notes

Charge of the lightweight brigade

...know the world’s climate activists applaud them from faraway Las Vegas as they run out of energy, not to mention food, clothing, building supplies and other necessities. Theirs not to...

09 Mar, 2022| News Roundup

Bad dog

...had great carbon-neutral sacks of the stuff about. And they want you to flush your dog’s products down the toilet if you call the city government and it says it...

12 May, 2021| News Roundup

Insurance and Climate Change

...more stuff to get damaged. Narrator This is what the west side of Toronto looked like in 1959 where Rathburn Road crosses Highway 27. Notice that it’s mostly farmers’ fields....

04 Sep, 2019| Fact Checks

Regulation isn't cool

...expensive, and avoid buying the new “efficient” stuff if the cost is excessive. Remember, people already don’t like wasting money. Another unrelated article says you’ll save money by running the...

26 Aug, 2020| News Roundup

Oh that energy crisis

...why is a grid that can’t meet existing demand being asked to increase capacity enormously, while waiting for the hydrogen fairy to wave her magic wand and make that stuff...

31 Aug, 2022| News Roundup

A global energy transition reality check

...hydrogen? Smil quotes the International Energy Agency which projects that by 2030 the world could be producing 38 million tons of the stuff, “but only if all intended projects for...

27 Mar, 2024| Science Notes

Try it anyway

...know what the Liberals might have done if given seven more years in office, it’s a proposition incapable of refutation. But only because it means nothing. Despite which it flatly...

09 Mar, 2022| OP ED Watch

Weather v climate

...the warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.” Scary stuff, huh, kids? Better pester your parents to support the Green New Deal. Except to its credit,...

13 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

Why the Paris Agreement is doomed to fail - Part I

...Carbon Capture and Storage—but that’s very expensive and impractical in most cases. It amounts to trying to stuff gas into a hole in the ground and hope it doesn’t seep...

08 Mar, 2019| Backgrounders

Climate is such a big deal that we... zzzz

...Biden, a Democratic hero for making stuff up from FDR going on television after the 1929 stock market crash to heroes trying to refuse medals from him, who told Greenpeace...

04 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

More money than brains

Everybody knows, or once knew, about the poor little rich kid whose family’s affluence spoiled them despite their parents’ best efforts. But what about an entire society? It’s a question...

01 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

We deniers may have all the money, but...

...reduce emissions and stuff. And there’s a great pile of money to be hurled into “expansion of zero-emission vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen refuelling stations” all as part of a...

11 May, 2022| News Roundup

So now can we build back better?

...a 180-degree turn on climate change”. (Does that mean CO2 emissions will reverse their long decline and start going up? But we digress.) One problem with winning is you’re expected...

11 Nov, 2020| OP ED Watch

It's working, really

...public authorities driven by zealotry not some sinister plot keep shutting down the other stuff. Yes but look at how much better wind’s supposedly doing than its previous dismal showing....

31 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

Follow the money

...and unpredictable ways.” Their report itself says all the usual stuff. “Canada faces risk from the physical impacts of a changing climate, including floods, heatwaves, wildfires, and sea-level rise. By...

29 Jan, 2020| News Roundup

Hooray, California is on fire

...the key point is that if California’s P&E Energy giant has lousy transmission lines that blow down and set stuff on fire, it’s because of CO2. And “Perhaps if blackouts...

30 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

How climate change kills crops

...thinking about fertilizer, and if you’re not a farmer or in the business you might well not, you probably didn’t know that despite not containing any nitrogen, “Natural gas is...

11 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

Are you trying to fuel paranoia?

As our regular readers and viewers know, we do not believe in conspiracy theories. And yes, some call us “naïve” for believing that dangerous zealots are dangerous merely because they...

31 Aug, 2022| OP ED Watch

Speaking of odious

...people believe stuff we too think they should not believe. But to link, say, climate skeptics with people who think the moon landing was fake is obnoxious. And not only...

03 Mar, 2021| OP ED Watch

All fired up

One of the annoying habits we aim to cultivate here at CDN is that of looking stuff up. When politicians and important people turn an important topic into a slogan,...

13 Feb, 2019| Science Notes

World ends, children hardest hit

...child born today would grow up without coal, gas-powered cars or any net human emission of GHGs and still somehow be prosperous. (No really; even the stuff we breathe would...

29 Jan, 2020| OP ED Watch

The voice of youth

In case the climate debate is giving you a headache, the New York Times assures you it’s over, this time for sure. And it’s the party formerly known as Trump’s...

07 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

Worse than we thought

...nobody knows what the ocean’s currents are doing. It’s not as though climate modelers go forth and measure stuff. Instead, David Whitehouse points out on the Global Warming Policy Forum,...

19 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

Climate Emergency Tour: Cambridge Bay Edition

...impact on its inhabitants including that “People traveling by snow machine on well-known routes fall through the sea ice with alarming frequency.” We feel that as a public service we...

30 Oct, 2019| Climate Emergency Tour

Where's Justin again

...Paris in 2015.) It’s not to get things done. Everybody knows that, as Richard Nixon said, the real work at international conferences is done ahead of time to avoid embarrassing...

08 Jan, 2020| News Roundup

Ugh, spring, we're doomed

...and dies by a clock that is being recalibrated by climate change. We don’t yet know how severe the consequences may be.” In fact if nature is out of sync...

05 Apr, 2023| OP ED Watch

We sense a pattern

...And to keep giving stuff away, they say they don’t know why monkeypox is spreading but they do: “while we can’t offer clear answers to the many questions surrounding this...

15 Jun, 2022| OP ED Watch

Somebody open a window

...to do anything, we just need to say stuff. Such an attitude seems childish in principle. And fatuous in practice given that we supposedly face a civilization-threatening crisis in which...

17 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

Say goodbye to the sled

...Board of Trustees said “There was no political agenda.” The play just happened to be called “Santa Goes Green” and preached about recycling and stuff. Oh fess up. The plot...

08 Jan, 2020| News Roundup

How to ditch a used windmill

...to eternity. Indeed, Caspar is aggressively soliciting the stuff because it makes money taking it off people’s hands. But think of how many wind farms there are, and how many...

02 Oct, 2019| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

Apparently if you’re a climate politician jaw-jaw is better than work-work. At any rate Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, spent $140k to take a seven-person delegation to a two-day Chinese...

20 Dec, 2023| News Roundup

Name that weather

...It’s too cold in Africa, and in Europe energy is too expensive to heat… wait a minute. Greenhouses? As in the dreaded greenhouse effect? Places where nice stuff grows because...

08 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

10, give or take 10

...the science only once you’re there and then developing a plan. The conference is a place for making policy plans based on what you think you know, so you have...

20 Dec, 2023| OP ED Watch

Long live the King, provided...

...objected to Charles attending the conference, known as COP27, when she met with the King last month at Buckingham Palace. But a member of Truss' Cabinet said the government and...

05 Oct, 2022| OP ED Watch

Australian bushfires: If only they'd reduced CO2

...of years. Which might explain the exceptional levels of fire once the stuff ignites. The other question, always worth asking when the climate panic brigade is out in full force,...

08 Jan, 2020| Science Notes

We don't want to see this emission reduction plan

...robots possessing superhuman strength, agility and endurance, the resulting terminators might make an obvious choice we didn’t see coming, especially if they conclude from the kinds of stuff we did...

20 Dec, 2023| OP ED Watch

Don't retire to Bedlam

...asking of basic questions like “Don’t all psychological issues from PTSD to arachnophobia present unique and complex challenges?” And “Who writes and edits such stuff?” Including “The need for interventions...

20 Jan, 2021| OP ED Watch

Nooooo, not Rudolph

...scale while displacing actual farms of the sort that grow that food stuff traditionalists consider an important part of a healthy lifestyle, along with fields and trees. Climate alarmists apparently...

08 Mar, 2023| OP ED Watch

Rearguard

...“She did not elaborate.” Allow us to remedy her failure. If this stuff really is an opportunity, private entrepreneurs should be piling in to cash in. Instead they’re running for...

14 Dec, 2022| OP ED Watch

From milk to nuts

...when it comes to flavour, nutrition or authenticity. Or we could retort that if you’re fond of rice, there’s this version of it involving little tiny cylinders rather than a...

30 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

Tidbits

...just cannot win with climate alarmists. It’s hard to know whether Euronews.green was sobbing or exulting, but they certainly were claiming that “Planting trees in the wrong places could be...

03 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

Free lack of money

...Honours BA in Anthropology, with a minor in Environmental Studies”, for the “you’re not a climate scientist” crowd. Or the “you don’t really know a lot about economics, do you?”...

28 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

Not in my back pasture

...the solution". A plan. You’re right. We’ll need a plan. A good plan. A win-win plan. In lieu of which they created a "split gas" approach because of a split...

15 May, 2019| News Roundup

Hypocritist year ever

...continue subsidizing ruinously expensive and ineffective alternative energy while bullheadedly shutting down the stuff that works so as to manoeuvre Vladimir Putin’s foot onto their neck. Still, National Geographic stands...

26 Jan, 2022| OP ED Watch

It was all over

...August 2010. The actual news story was a bit more tentative than the headline, as has been known to happen, with “may pass that tipping point” and some “ifs”. But...

15 Jul, 2020| News Roundup

Experts say

...Thus a recent survey commissioned by the Global Warming Policy Forum found that British adults believed some strange stuff about climate, including that a majority thought the average global temperature...

28 Apr, 2021| OP ED Watch

You mean you expect us to do it?

...executive for BSR, a sustainable-business consultancy, said the Wall Street firms were responding to political pressure, but not abandoning their climate commitments altogether.” Just the ones where you do stuff....

03 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

Stripes across my planet

...really scary stuff being the blue. P.S. Yes, we are working on creating our own merch, in time for Christmas shopping we very much hope. And if we do, you...

09 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

The incredible vanishing U.S. tornado losses

...over the time interval. Also, tornadoes can do more damage today because cities are larger and there is more valuable stuff in the path of a storm, so the damage...

22 Nov, 2023| Science Notes

Imagine there's no carbon, and no warming too

...Network Canada” tweeting about Canada’s amorphous plan to end all fossil fuel subsidies except the good ones, without knowing which are which, boasting that “Today’s announcement is the result of...

30 Aug, 2023| OP ED Watch

Rather not be in Pennyslvania

...calls the Grauniad, music to our nostalgic ears) links to a good paper about historical atmospheric CO2 and temperature in the Pliocene and early Pleistocene. It shows stuff happening including...

15 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

A broken temperature record

...this year that hit -20°C, double the February 13th median of 10 days” we don’t go aha! it’s a new ice age. Instead we go wow, strange stuff happens. But...

23 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Environmental cases

...marginalized.” (If you’re wondering how they got in there, clearly you’re not very woke.) Oddly, she doesn’t seem to have decided to do something practical about greenhouse gas emissions. Instead...

18 May, 2022| Uncategorized

Conquest's second law of electric vehicles

...up.” Unless of course the state bans the stuff they really want and says go fish in China, sending our jobs and cash there because um well see gosh why...

26 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

It's another gas

...to the drawing board. Poor hydrogen power. It’s been the fuel of the future since 1838 and never quite seems to arrive. Possibly because the problem is that you’re trying...

08 Jul, 2020| OP ED Watch

What if they died?

...sometimes wonder whether the proponents of carbon capture are sufficiently concerned that if you stuff gas into a hole in the ground it could perversely leak out again. (We are...

18 May, 2022| OP ED Watch

Who Is Antonio Guterres

...about and know so much about. Narrator: In 2020, Guterres said “Climate-related natural disasters are becoming more frequent, more deadly, more destructive, with growing human and financial costs”. But the...

31 Jan, 2024| Backgrounders

Shocking news about electric cars

...to dispose of them after they've killed so many birds and bats that German wind producers want those stupid environmental laws relaxed so they can get on with building stuff...

11 Sep, 2019| News Roundup

Climate ate my castle

...added, Britain “is stuffed to the attic with heritage properties. Whereas animals might migrate, seeking more hospitable habitats, a Norman church, Roman villa or neolithic stone circle cannot move. They’re...

15 Sep, 2021| OP ED Watch

It's gone even if it's still here

...need to do. We all know.” Right. And we know what comes top of the list: “Lower carbon emission, regulate chemicals, protect ecosystems” even though with all those factors, lowering...

03 Jun, 2020| News Roundup

Billions and billions

...mention that behind the money is the stuff, and if you really took away Ontarians’ fossil fuels you’d cost them hundreds of billions a year in quality of life. All...

15 Dec, 2021| News Roundup

Genuflecting at the climate altar again

Beset by scandal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffles his cabinet again, bringing in Joyce Murray as Treasury Board president. And she says the stuff politicians say when their mouths are...

27 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

That old thing?

...cyclical fluctuations one finds in the real-world climate, to the point that Reuters felt compelled to “Fact check“ the wretched stuff and reach the usual conclusion that while true it...

10 May, 2023| News Roundup

It's a wonder the planet survived this long

...that lead to knock-on warming more serious than the original impulse. But only if wetter air does some stuff they basically hypothesized rather than observing. Nobody knows if it does....

15 Apr, 2020| News Roundup

Climate indulgences

...environment).” How incredibly petty of them. Almost as if they put the rule of law ahead of, you know, good stuff. In the words of William Pitt the Younger to...

27 Mar, 2019| News Roundup

Brownwashing

...big corporations take Toyota is right on board, along with hundreds of Japanese firms big and small. Companies really love this stuff, and not only for the PR. A lot...

15 Dec, 2021| OP ED Watch

Oh, it feels hypocritical, does it?

...international capitalism. You know. Them. Leaving that aspect aside, what’s revealing isn’t that these people, busy shutting down “the system” or at least the part that uses busy Manchester commercial...

11 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

Speaking of paranoia

...To be fair, parts of Colbert’s routine were funny, including “Oh, that’s some bulky waste I wouldn’t mind kicking to the curb, because it’s Tuesday, ‘cause you’re a man in...

11 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

If only it had warmed

...and even the production of microchips, Velcro and Gortex, and a non-trivial amount of cultural and genetic interchange with various other Homo sapiens who have done stuff like build dykes,...

21 Oct, 2020| OP ED Watch

Ravaged

...causes of disasters shape policy responses.” OK, you’re not English majors. At least we hope not. But the essence of this gooblahoy is that all language and thought are political,...

09 Feb, 2022| News Roundup

Bad prediction rising

...shore. You’re the one screaming. It must be. It shall be. That hurricanes have not been increasing lately, or indeed over the last century as far as we can tell,...

29 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Oh Gaia I'm soooo depressed

...other side started demanding crazy stuff in a scary way. He didn’t put it that way, of course. “While climate scepticism has become less of an issue, now we are...

11 Sep, 2019| OP ED Watch

Meat the war on science

...beef isn’t bad for you”. And the authors of the study nailed their colours firmly to the fence, saying you should keep eating what you’re currently eating because who knows?...

09 Oct, 2019| News Roundup

Sea-riously

...wasn’t added while others defended its inclusion. So remember: almost all that scary “peer reviewed” stuff you’re being told about deserves better scrutiny than most of it is getting. Sometimes,...

15 Apr, 2020| OP ED Watch

And what of history?

...variability of the climate over hundreds, thousands and hundreds of millions of years that has also been stuffed down the memory hole. Mallen Baker, who has done unusually thoughtful if...

24 Jun, 2020| OP ED Watch

All for a good cause

...“Gulag” though oddly much less well known. But we’re talking actual concentration camps here which is pretty brazen even by the standards of the Politburo. Including, as Eric Worrall notes,...

19 May, 2021| News Roundup

Climate, son of Mordred

...build by the sea and it has waves and stuff. Which may explain why another of the poster castles for evil human influence, Piel Castle, suffered a major loss in…...

12 Oct, 2022| News Roundup

So about those floods

...detected nine days ago by a satellite orbiting 500 miles above the tranquil hills around the Rhine river.” Of course satellites detect a lot of stuff and it can be...

28 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

The last thing we want is a solution

...thorny problem and the more of this stuff you deploy the more urgent it becomes. So when The Economist tells us “How Japan is losing the global electric-vehicle race” under...

10 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

Fires no longer hot

...you’re sorry. So all we get is eerie silence. In point of fact there continue to be so many wildfires that if you visit Global Forest Fire Watch and click...

26 Feb, 2020| News Roundup

Just because they're fools?

In the National Post Kelly McParland says “The world is awash in reports of catastrophes attributed to climate change. Floods in Europe…. Why won’t we listen?” And if you’re itching...

28 Jul, 2021| OP ED Watch

You didn't really want that car

...your cultural traditions involve you getting to decide for yourself what you’re going to eat. In any case, you’ll be eating ration coupons especially if you’re British. The Times reports...

15 Mar, 2023| News Roundup

Even cornier

...to food crops. It’s especially odd since everyone with even the slightest acquaintance with the topic knows greenhouse owners keep their installations warm and pump in CO2 to help plants...

27 Mar, 2019| Science Notes

And a little child shall lead them

...the intelligence of their audience. And it’s far from innocent; sometimes people go out of their way to say creepy stuff to kids, like that video (no longer available in...

19 May, 2021| OP ED Watch

Unscientific American

...that plants produce as a consequence of higher rates of photosynthesis. This rise in pollen levels can lead to worsening allergy symptoms. Another example is fine particulate matter (known as...

23 Sep, 2020| OP ED Watch

Experts say, Indian edition

...that is in tune with our planet and does not harm it.’” Apparently it involves stuff like turning off the lights. Which isn’t a big sacrifice if, say, you’re among...

10 May, 2023| OP ED Watch

Yellow and green make red

...experiment in France, aims to give citizens a voice to accelerate the fight against climate change.” So if the conclusion was known in advance, why bother with the consultation? It...

06 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

Crisis? What crisis?

...of prosperity means people are cold, hungry, sick and in many cases dead. This stuff is real. And now it’s here. Not in some poor, distant country synonymous with incompetent...

29 Sep, 2021| News Roundup

You wanted energy with that transition?

...more of the stuff at a more reasonable price as in the bad old days. (As for British PM Rishi Sunak, with a household net worth twice that of King...

07 Jun, 2023| News Roundup

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

Kerry saves the debate

...Chernobyl and atomic weapons and all that stuff. But he has also heard of the progress made in safety and probably knows that the open societies never build reactors that...

03 Feb, 2021| News Roundup

So about that there transition

...story saying stuff like “President Biden is trying to appeal to working-class voters by emphasizing his plans to create well-paid jobs that do not require a college degree” without any...

07 Jun, 2023| News Roundup

It's the lack of thought that counts

...and the latter that by carrying on with the pretense they are shoring up bad public policy. And both are annoyed, rightly, that this stuff is everywhere but doesn’t seem...

10 Apr, 2024| News Roundup

Cooling is good but not necessarily

...reduce aerosol pollution. In the developed countries outside the tropics, warming is generally beneficial (shhhh, you’re not supposed to know that) and aerosol cooling is bad both because of the...

26 Feb, 2020| Science Notes

RCP8.5 fever

Would you stop it? There’s a new study out about where malaria will strike in Africa that is totally useless because it doesn’t take into account stuff like dams and...

07 Oct, 2020| News Roundup

Henderson the carbon king

...considerations mostly amount to “Let the silly billionaires fritter away their money trying to grab a gas and stuff it into sacks underground.” What if the result is worse than...

20 Apr, 2022| News Roundup

Down with housing

...own more and more nice stuff, any disaster that does hit will do more harm. It might even kill more people, although in countries where the government doesn’t totally run...

29 Nov, 2023| OP ED Watch

It's not really winter out your way

Remember how it’s the end of winter as we know it? They’re having trouble doing so in Newfoundland, Ontario and Alberta right now. But of course alarmist predictions have a...

22 Jan, 2020| News Roundup

Waiting for YouTube

...though of course his claims have yet to be tested in court, because he says they made stuff up and wouldn’t back down when challenged. There is a certain savoury...

20 Oct, 2021| News Roundup

The era of scalding rhetoric

...has to resort to moronic talk of “global boiling” to get his agenda across”. Except if it were a scam, he would be more careful not to say stuff that...

02 Aug, 2023| News Roundup

The problem of green immorality

...natural lushness? Do we cheer or boo? The question is not hypothetical. We know, Eric Worrall observes, that during the much warmer Holocene Climatic Optimum the Sahara Desert wasn’t the...

04 Nov, 2020| OP ED Watch

Yes, that Little Ice Age

...stuff like floods and brutal cold snaps and high winds and lurid cartoons of the Welsh climbing trees while their cattle floated past their church spire. It is not clear...

20 Apr, 2022| OP ED Watch

The Great Amazon Fire Scare of 2019

...save the forest. John Robson The story spread like, well, wildfire. In a matter of days, before anyone could begin to, you know, think the issue through and check the...

09 Oct, 2019| Fact Checks

You thought we meant it?

...world came part-way to its senses and lunged for reliable energy and oil companies noticed that pumping and refining a lot of the stuff at high prices really seemed in...

15 Feb, 2023| OP ED Watch

Tidbits

...have a duty to warn their citizens of the risks” because dopey ordinary people don’t know from heatstroke. However it turns out that definitions vary, with a heatwave in Sweden...

13 Mar, 2024| News Roundup

The ice cometh, man

...had fled from the valley below” clutching his busted-up or unfinished stuff then “froze to death” in the gully where he was found. Moreover, he was quickly engulfed by ice...

16 Nov, 2022| News Roundup

John Kerry is very very disappointed in you

...stink. He knows it a priori, being non-ideological: “’People are not being told the truth about what the impacts are from making this transition [to net zero greenhouse gas emissions],’...

13 Mar, 2024| OP ED Watch

What is that thing?

...studied as, say, scientists agree on what “hydrogen” is or, at the very least, a lively debate about what it is and why it matters. Because if you’re going to...

10 Apr, 2024| OP ED Watch

The wreck of the Great Lakes

...a few paragraphs long is that they start to blurt out inconvenient truths. For instance the Folger piece starts out with the usual stuff about the delicate balance of the...

16 Dec, 2020| News Roundup

Who let the dogs out?

...wetter or dryer? Or are you just blaming everything bad on climate change including stuff that hasn’t happened yet that is proof positive? Well, yes. Piers Forster of the Priestly...

03 Jul, 2019| News Roundup

Follow the carbon molecule

...Chinese government imposed an embargo on Australian coal only to discover that they had been importing it for a reason, namely their huge and growing dependence on the stuff for...

24 Feb, 2021| OP ED Watch

Putting the fusion in confusion

...hope that perhaps people would say ‘Hey, that fusion stuff sounds great and all, but it’s so far out in the future! Isn’t there some other kind of nuclear energy...

21 Dec, 2022| News Roundup

Papering over dissent

...our question is: Important or unimportant? If someone is trying to debate you on climate, and you’re not sure if they’re serious or a “sealioner“ unable or unwilling to deal...

08 May, 2024| OP ED Watch

Some not hot models

...sneering “You’re not a climate scientist” and going for a refill of snake oil. And there’s always some salesman waving a jug of the stuff. But this time we noticed....

20 May, 2020| OP ED Watch

I'm not a climate scientist but...

...very basic mathematics could hit Canada’s public debate at once” because even if it were plausible that the Parliamentary Budget Officer knows what the weather will be like in 2100,...

16 Nov, 2022| OP ED Watch

Fire burn and ocean bubble

...That’s the ticket. How anyone would know such a thing, given the massive physical and time scale of ocean currents, is clear: program a computer to say it, and when...

05 Jul, 2023| OP ED Watch

Science by press release

A widely publicized Washington Post story, which even made the Atlantic Salmon Federation newsletter, says the Atlantic ocean conveyor belt, also known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is...

07 Apr, 2021| News Roundup

Gates to the rescue

...new, very cool, “sodium-cooled fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system” called “Natrium”. It’s just a pilot project. But admit it: “sodium-cooled” sounds cool. And if you’re concerned...

09 Jun, 2021| News Roundup
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