Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise has been watching the climate world since 2009. What she sees isn't pretty.

232 Opinions Concerning the IPCC

An important collection of documents has entered the public domain. These are the comments 232 individuals submitted to the committee that investigated the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this year.

December 21, 2010

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It isn’t your imagination. We were advised that global warming would mean milder winters. The record-breaking cold temperatures & unusual snowfalls in recent years are odds with the claim that global warming is happening faster than predicted.

December 19, 2010

The IPCC’s 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a climate bible with integrity.

December 16, 2010

Missing Documents, Unfulfilled Promises

The InterAcademy Council has been promising since August to release documents associated with an investigation of the IPCC’s policies and procedures. There’s still no sign of them.

December 15, 2010

If the Science is So Persuasive, Why the Theatrics?

If climate change science is so convincing, why did Timothy Wirth schedule James Hansen’s historic 1988 testimony during the hottest time of the year? And why did he sneak into the hearing room the night before & open the windows so there’d be no air conditioning?

December 11, 2010

A Powerful New Research Tool

A hyperlinked and annotated version of the 2007 climate bible gives us new ways of viewing this document. Produced by two dedicated volunteers, it’s a gift to the public as well as the research community.

December 7, 2010

New York Times Reporter Spanks the UN

Andrew Revkin has identified a mistake in a UN climate negotiations document. This same “small error” has also appeared in the headlines of two UN press releases.

December 5, 2010

Speaking of Holiday Cheer…

Please consider supporting this blog and my book-in-progress. Via a PayPal donation button, you can buy me a holiday cocktail, so to speak.

December 4, 2010

Why I’m Giving ‘The Hockey Stick Illusion’ for Christmas

It’s difficult to read Andrew Montford’s Hockey Stick Illusion book and not conclude that something is terribly amiss – in the world of science, in scientific publishing, and within the bowels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

December 3, 2010

Should UN Employees Be IPCC Lead Authors?

Koko Warner is a UN employee whose research has been funded and brazenly promoted by the UN in order to advance the UN’s climate change agenda. Now she is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

November 18, 2010

Still Clueless in Australia

Journalist Margot O’Neill has just completed an Oxford University sabbatical on climate change reporting, but her views aren’t much altered from a year ago – when she accused IPCC critics of embracing conspiracies.

November 4, 2010

Message to Young Journalists: Connect the Dots

Invited to speak to journalism students, here are a few ideas I’ll try to communicate: First, large increases in heating bills are the result of green energy policies. Second, these policies are the result of our belief that carbon dioxide emissions are harmful. Third, that belief is the result of reports written by the IPCC. Fourth, much of what we’ve been told about the IPCC and how it works is not true.

October 29, 2010

An Even Younger Senior Author

If climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity, why have kids filled senior IPCC roles for the past 15 years?

October 22, 2010

Meet the IPCC’s Youngest Lead Author

At the age of 25, Richard Klein became an IPCC lead author. He held a Masters degree, and had spent a year working for Greenpeace.

October 21, 2010

More Grad Student Expertise

15 years prior to receiving her PhD, Sari Kovats began serving as an IPCC contributing author – followed by two stints as a lead author.

This means governments have been relying on the expertise of graduate students when making multi-billion-dollar climate change decisions.

October 20, 2010

Lead Author Lacked a Master’s Degree

When Laurens Bouwer served as a lead author for the 2001 climate bible he had not yet earned his Masters.

The IPCC surely needs to explain how research assistants and those-working-on-their-masters qualify as the world’s best experts and top scientists.

October 19, 2010

The Non-Stop IPCC Spin Machine

A new IPCC press release says “thousands of scientists” contribute to the climate bible. But a list of authors selected to take part in the upcoming edition contains only 831 names.

Among these is Lisa Alexander. She began writing IPCC reports a decade before she’d even earned her PhD.

October 18, 2010

Rub Asbestos on Your Face, Why Don’t Cha

The man in charge of one of the world’s most influential organizations thinks his critics should rub asbestos on their faces. Those who disagree with him, he says, are arrogant, have suspect motives, and practice “voodoo science.”

October 15, 2010

The IPCC’s Confused Chairman

Delegates to a four-day Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting chose not to replace chairman Rajendra Pachauri with someone more credible and professional. Journalists beware: nothing this man says should be taken at face value.

October 14, 2010

Extinction Fiction

Two earlier blog posts on the IPCC’s dubious species extinction claim have now been combined into a single 9-page PDF essay available here.

October 9, 2010

Another IPCC Train Wreck: Species Extinction (Part 2)

When five out of ten lead authors of an IPCC chapter have documented links to the World Wildlife Fund their findings aren’t credible.

October 7, 2010

Another IPCC Train Wreck: Species Extinction (Part 1)

The IPCC’s chairman tells us constantly that 20-30% of the planet’s species are at risk of extinction due to global warming. But experts in that field say the research on which the IPCC bases its conclusions is rubbish.

October 4, 2010

Politicians Dressed in Lab Coats

When a forensic pathologist testifies at a murder trial he describes bruises, lacerations & bullet holes. He does not decide whether the accused is guilty. Nor does he opine to the media about how such murders might be prevented.

So why do climate scientists think it’s their business to prescribe solutions – rather than telling us about their data and only about their data?

September 12, 2010

The New Graduate Who Served as IPCC Lead Author

A recent medical graduate with no relevant publications was a lead author of the IPCC’s first health chapter. That report was supposed to have been written by the world’s top experts.

September 9, 2010

The Book the IPCC Plagiarized

Entire passages in the IPCC’s 1995 report were lifted from a 1993 book authored by Anthony McMichael – the IPCC person in charge of the health chapter.

September 3, 2010

Pachauri Defrocked

A report released this week blows smoking holes through just about everything the IPCC’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, has been telling us.

September 1, 2010

Conflict-of-Interest at the IPCC

The review committee examining the IPCC process has recommended that “rigorous conflict of interest” policies be adopted. Hallelujah.

August 30, 2010

IPCC Author Profile: Alistair Woodward

In June the IPCC put Alistair Woodward in charge of the climate bible’s health chapter. He thinks doctors should “educate and encourage” their patients in “climate change action.”

August 25, 2010

See You in Mid-August

Includes links to submissions various informed individuals made to the body examining the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The uncritical coverage by the mainstream media notwithstanding, the IPCC is a profoundly flawed organization.

July 5, 2010

IPCC Says Climate Prediction Impossible

In its 2001 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted that long-term climate prediction is not possible. So why are we telling kids the world won’t be habitable by the time they grow up?

June 30, 2010

Climate Bible’s New Authors Announced

831 people will help write the next edition of the climate bible. We’re being told their names and countries of residence but not much more. How do we know if they really are the world’s top experts?

June 23, 2010

Cross Examining the IPCC

A law professor cross-examines an “expert witness” – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate bible. Although this document is supposed to be objective and even-handed, he says its authors frequently ignore, minimize & conceal scientific evidence that doesn’t fit the carbon-dioxide-is-the-culprit narrative.

June 13, 2010

Forget Genocide & Malnutrition – Sudan Fights Climate Change for the IPCC

Sudan is a troubled, impoverished nation with a questionable human rights record. Why is a representative of that country occupying one of the most senior positions with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Is the fight against climate change to be led by the violent & unsavoury?

May 27, 2010

We Trusted Too Completely

Close examination of the climate bible leaves one dumbfounded. Almost nothing we’ve been told about it seems remotely true. Almost nothing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, has said – or continues to say – about that document seems connected to reality.

May 24, 2010

More IPCC Mischief

According to the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 2007 climate bible “was based on scientific studies completed before January 2006.” So how could a paper that wasn’t accepted for publication in a scientific journal until May 2008 (29 months later) be cited multiple times?

May 21, 2010

IPCC Cites an Unpublished Journal 39 Times

Climate bible authors referenced numerous yet-to-be published scientific papers in order to make their case. This raises troubling questions about the role of certain editors of certain scientific journals.

May 13, 2010

Cutoff Dates, What Cutoff Dates?

When the IPCC flouts its own rules outrageously – yet insists it has followed them religiously – its credibility evaporates.

May 10, 2010

Citizen Audit Report is Now a PDF

If the IPCC can’t be trusted to describe its own report accurately, why should we believe anything else it says?

May 9, 2010

IPCC Snowed by Snowmobile Lobby

We’ve been told the climate bible meets the highest standards. Guess that’s why the section dealing with global warming and North American tourism uses a number taken from a snowmobile lobby group press release.

May 3, 2010

Press Release Masquerade – Part 2

The climate bible relies on a news article that is actually an abridged press release to backup certain claims. Even worse, this news article doesn’t talk about the issues the IPCC is discussing. Not even close.

April 30, 2010

IPCC Falls for Press Release Masquerade

The climate bible bases its argument on a news article that’s really a press release in disguise.

April 28, 2010

What the IPCC Learned from Press Releases

The UN’s Nobel-winning, allegedly gold-standard climate bible bases factual assertions on dodgy source material like press releases.

April 26, 2010

The Stern Review Scandal – IPCC Breaks 3 of Its Own Rules

Ten months after the official cutoff date, and well after the expert reviewers were out of the picture, climate bible authors inserted references to the Stern Review into 12 different chapters.

April 24, 2010

Dr. Pachauri, Call Your Office

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has repeatedly declared that the climate bible relies solely on peer-reviewed source material. This claim is false. Rajendra Pachauri should resign.

April 21, 2010

A Seasoned Veteran’s View of the IPCC

“Over the years, the IPCC has changed from a scientific institution that tries to be policy relevant to a political institution that pretends to be scientific” – so says Richard Tol (an economist who has participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change process since the early 1990s).

April 19, 2010

IPCC Reliance on Grey Literature 30 Times Greater than UK Threshold

The British government says 99% of the sources on which the climate bible bases its arguments should be peer-reviewed. But only 70% are.

April 18, 2010

What’s Left if We Disregard Non-Peer-Reviewed Claims?

The chairman of the IPCC has said that non-peer-reviewed research is so undeserving of the IPCC’s attention it should be thrown “into the dustbin.” Yet on one page of the climate bible, only 17% of the text is backed-up by peer-reviewed research.

April 16, 2010

The Water Cannon of the Climate Debate

The climate bible is the ultimate weapon in the global warming debate. Skeptics are told the experts have spoken and that carbon dioxide is the Great Satan.

April 15, 2010

Climate Bible Gets 21 ‘F’s on Report Card

Forty citizen auditors from 12 countries examined 18,531 sources cited in the latest version of the climate bible – finding 5,587 to be not peer-reviewed. 21 of 44 chapters in the United Nations’ Nobel-winning report had so few peer-reviewed references they earned an F on our report card.

April 14, 2010

Poll: How Many Non-Peer-Reviewed References?

A poll was held prior to the release of our citizen audit findings. That project tallied up the number of climate bible references which involve peer-reviewed sources. (The public has long been told all references are to such material, yet we discovered 1/3 are not.)

April 10, 2010

Does the IPCC Prefer Grey Literature to Peer-Reviewed?

Economist Richard Tol has written a series of blog posts regarding, among other concerns, the IPCC’s apparent use of non-peer-reviewed literature to neutralize peer-reviewed research findings.

March 23, 2010

Who’s Concerned About the Climate Report?

Within hours of calling for volunteers to help examine the references in the climate bible, I was contacted by 19 strangers on four continents. These diverse, well-educated people are now taking a close look at the climate bible for themselves.

March 11, 2010

Help Audit the UN Climate Report – Crowdsourcing Project

In this blog post, I invited people to help me examine the references relied upon by the climate bible. Five weeks later, we delivered a report card in which 21 of 44 chapters of the climate bible received an ‘F’.

March 8, 2010

The Great Peer-Review Fairy Tale

The chairman of the IPCC has repeatedly told the world the climate bible relies solely on peer-reviewed scientific literature. He is wrong.

March 6, 2010

Is This Politics or Science?

For those of us who think science is about being open to new ideas and perspectives, Michael “hockey stick” Mann isn’t the kind of scientist we’d want our kids to grow up to be.

February 19, 2010

The Climate Bible and the Home Inspector

If I pay for an inspection prior to purchasing a house and later discover the report contained significant errors, it will do the inspector no good to argue that 95 percent of what he wrote is still true. Nor will my confidence be restored when he blusters: “Hey, what’s a few typos?”

February 17, 2010

Scientists’ Opinions Are Sometimes Irrelevant

When a dish is being prepared in the kitchen of a four-star restaurant, the chef’s opinion is important. But the minute the meal is set in front of a paying customer the chef’s views become irrelevant. If a customer decides the meal is less-than-acceptable a signed statement from 55 other chefs extolling the design of the kitchen changes nothing.

February 12, 2010

Yes Virginia, the Climate Bible Relies on Newspaper Clippings

When newspaper clippings are cited as evidence in the climate bible, when there’s a discrepancy between what an article says and what the IPCC claims it says – neither the process nor the end result is anything like what we’ve been told.

February 3, 2010

What She Said About the Climate Bible 3 Months Ago

If the climate bible includes significant mistakes, if it uses newspaper & magazine articles to make its case, if it relies on literature generated by activist organizations – then it is rather a different animal from the uber-respectable paragon of virtue so many journalists have described. Bamboozled by the PR machine that is the IPCC, they’ve passed along bad information to the public.

February 2, 2010

Weekend Roundup: Climate Boss Pachauri

Two UK newspapers call for the resignation of Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the IPCC. A third alleges that while he urges others to reduce their carbon footprint, he himself travels to work (one mile from his home) in a chauffeur-driven car rather than walking, cycling, or driving himself in an eco-friendly vehicle.

February 1, 2010

More Dodgy Citations in the Nobel-Winning Climate Report

The climate bible cites numerous documents written by the World Wildlife Fund to back up its arguments. But this document is supposed to be a rigorous, wholly scientific assessment.

January 23, 2010

Al Gore: Not This Thinking Woman’s Thinking Man

The media call Al Gore an “eco prophet” and the “thinking man’s thinking man.” So why did Gore repeatedly tell Slate magazine that “the most recent [climategate e-mail] is more than 10 years old” when, in fact, it was less than a month old?

December 12, 2009

Aerospace Pioneer Dismisses Global Warming

Burt Rutan designed SpaceShipOne, the first privately-funded craft to enter space & return. Having examined the arguments supporting the global warming hypothesis, this exceptional engineer is less than impressed.

He says the Earth’s climate has always changed & always will. He also accuses the IPCC of weighting one group of data 390 times more than another in order to transform falling temperatures into rising ones.

August 19, 2009

Global Warming and ‘My Cousin Vinny’

My Cousin Vinny isn’t just a great comic film. It does a stellar job of demonstrating the danger of listening to only one point-of-view, of jumping to conclusions before all sides have been heard.

August 4, 2009
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