Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.

Retracted Ocean Warming Paper & the IPCC

A new UN report relies on discredited research – and on academics who conceal vital information.

October 14, 2019

U of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau

Many of the talks being provided to the community are one-sided, activist, and controversial.

September 16, 2019

Real Leadership vs Climate Grandstanding

If the crisis is real, why don’t prominent individuals act like it?

August 26, 2019

Green Idealists vs the Real World

There’s unicorns, fairness & equity. Then there’s what’s possible.

August 14, 2019

Forget the Heroics, Just Pick Up the Trash

Recycling programs should make sense and be boring.

August 12, 2019

Google, Groupthink & the Media

The media fosters intellectual conformity. Is Google taking the same path?

August 7, 2019

The Elites, the Media & the Little People

Google pampers the already pampered at $20 million climate extravaganza.

August 5, 2019

Marcel Crok’s Climate Adventures

Dutch journalist maligned by TED head office.

July 22, 2019

The Climate Curse: Reprogramming Our Moral Compass

The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice. So do we.

July 17, 2019

Suicide Crisis, Climate Propaganda

How can zero deaths be a ‘health emergency’?

July 15, 2019

Freedom to Read, to Think, to Speak

Censorship is gaining traction in Canada. To a frightening degree.

June 17, 2019

Extreme Politics: The Roger Pielke Jr. Story

Rabid dog climate enforcers will destroy you without conscience or regret.

June 10, 2019

Refuting the Smear Machine – Part 1

When a journalist thinks for herself about climate change, insults & fabrications follow.

May 22, 2019

Defending My Honour

Anonymous allegations are republished by an allegedly respectable website.

May 20, 2019

Australian Elites Equally Bonkers

The rural/urban divide is as pronounced in Australia as elsewhere.

May 15, 2019

UN Targets the Sand People

Allegations that mining threatens wildlife rely on activist ‘evidence.’

May 8, 2019

IPCC Clone Predicts Doom

Once again, the ‘world’s leading scientists’ provide cover for UN machinations.

May 6, 2019

Street Preacher Greta Thunberg

Don’t you listen to the street preacher. He ain’t nothing but a false teacher. 

April 29, 2019

Peter Ridd vs The Dishonourables

A powerful bureaucracy bullies, berates, isolates & intimidates a lone critic.

April 24, 2019

The Splendid Peter Ridd Court Judgment

James Cook University took 28 separate actions against Professor Ridd. Each of them, including his termination, has been declared unlawful.

April 22, 2019

Mice, Medical Research & the Media

Reputable media outlets routinely mislead the public when reporting the latest scientific discoveries.

April 17, 2019

10th Anniversary Fundraiser

If I’ve helped you better understand the climate debate, the IPCC, the shortcomings of academic research, or that Borg-like entity known as the United Nations, please let me know.

April 15, 2019

This Destructive Green Fantasy

Climate change good intentions are causing grave harm.

April 10, 2019

Canada’s Carbon Tax Will Kill People

‘Winter mortality is lower when the price of heating is lower’: new research report. 

April 8, 2019

When Government Lies to You

Carbon dioxide is not pollution. Our planet would be a wasteland without it, bereft of both plants and animals.

April 3, 2019

UN Boss: Power is ‘Taken’

Two days. Two alarming statements about power.

March 27, 2019

UN Abandons Hijab Rebellion Lawyer

2 days after lawyer is sentenced to 33 years, Iran appointed to women’s rights committee.

March 25, 2019

The Media & the WWF Torture Scandal

News organizations have turned their own journalists into WWF cheerleaders.

March 20, 2019

Birds, Wind Turbines & Nuclear Power

How many birds should we slaughter in the name of saving the planet?

March 4, 2019

Parasite Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

Everyone’s standard of living drops as daily necessities become more costly.

February 25, 2019

Zombie UN Body Now Regulates Your Car

An obscure UN body established to rebuild WW2 Europe, is now determining international automobile brake standards.

February 18, 2019

UN Thwarts Slum Schools – Part 1

Instructs UK to stop assisting parent-financed schools – under the guise of enforcing the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

February 11, 2019

What Happens When We Sign a UN Treaty?

If I were trying to parody intrusive UN behaviour could I have invented a more absurd document?

February 6, 2019

UN Has No Authority Over Me – But Is Working Hard to Change That

Nations have been demoted; on the top level of the org chart we now find the Borg.

February 4, 2019

UN Interferes in Canada & Australia

Lecturing democratic nations. How dare they.

January 30, 2019

International Law: Stealing Our Freedom

Goodbye self-determination. Hello authoritarian conformity.

January 28, 2019

Lancet EAT Report Promotes Activism Over Science

Medical journals are supposed to be the opposite of fake news.

January 21, 2019

What Would a No-Borders World Look Like?

Good intentions aren’t enough. Once broken, some things cannot be mended.

January 16, 2019

Democracy Dies Without National Borders

A nation’s voters decide their own fate, but only their own.

January 14, 2019

The EU’s Immigration-Fueled Nightmare

A report outlines a dystopian future in which EU citizens find themselves outnumbered 7 to 1 by recent arrivals. This is cultural genocide.

January 9, 2019

Global Poverty Can’t Be Solved With Immigration

Economic migrants are distinct from refugees running for their lives. But the two are increasingly blurred.

January 7, 2019

Climate Skeptics: The Despised Minority

Vilifying climate heretics remains socially acceptable. 

January 2, 2019

Whistler Ski Resort Plays Climate Scold, Gets Scalded

Jack Crompton, the mayor of Whistler, has damaged his community but gained nothing.

December 26, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Let us rejoice. Let us be grateful.

December 24, 2018

The Anti-Democratic United Nations

Presidents and Prime Ministers come and go. The smug, bloated, out-of-touch UN machine persists.

December 17, 2018

At the Morocco Meeting on Migration

Norway champions free speech, firmly rejects migration as a human right.

December 12, 2018

About Those French Protests: 5 Insights

Ordinary people loathe carbon taxes – and might bring down your government.

December 10, 2018

UN Migration Pact: Normalizing State Censorship

Which parts of this agreement do our governments intend to implement? Which parts do they repudiate?

December 5, 2018

UN Pact Doesn’t Define ‘Migrant’

A historic agreement to ‘strengthen migrant rights’ doesn’t explain who qualifies.

December 3, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Climate Change Won’t Unite Us

Concern about global warming is dead last amongst 16 priorities.

November 12, 2018

Recycling: Wasting Your Time & Your Money

Spending scarce resources on a separate collection system for material no one wants isn’t sensible.

November 7, 2018

Competing Worldviews

Attempting to understand why people vote the way they do is more useful than sneering at half a country’s population.

November 5, 2018

Systematically Ignorant Nobel Laureates

Scientists score lower than chimpanzees when quizzed about basic, state-of-the-world facts.

October 31, 2018

UN Climate Panel: Meaningless Mental Masturbation

Scores of scientific minds. So much tomfoolery.

 

October 29, 2018

IPCC: Where Dictators Overrule Scientists

No matter how undemocratic, impoverished, sparsely-populated, or terrorism-promoting a nation might be, a sentence written by scientists will not survive if that nation objects.

October 24, 2018

Stories Versus Facts

Last week, in a sickening spectacle, grownups behaved as though a vague, wholly unproven story involving teenagers 30+ years ago is relevant to whether a candidate is fit to be a US Supreme Court judge.

October 1, 2018

Harvard’s Social Justice Infection

‘Social justice’ is an extremist, left wing political analysis many consider repellent and infantile. It’s as though academics have no idea the rest of us think they’ve gone insane.

September 21, 2018

Yale: Social Justice Training Camp

Entities explicitly committed to social justice: Yale’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Art, religious organizations.

September 19, 2018

The Nightmare on Campus

Reading Heather Mac Donald’s new book is like stepping into a bad dream.

September 17, 2018

Beware Swedish Election Coverage

Every time the media mentions the Sweden Democrats, we’re reminded of sins decades in the past. But there’s no parallel, incessant reminder of the Green Party’s documented links to the Nazis.

August 24, 2018

The Earthquake About to Hit Sweden

Sweden’s population: 10 million. France and UK total population: 133 million. Sweden has accepted more asylum seekers than France and UK combined.

August 22, 2018

Public Trust & Press Freedom

There’s a world of difference between denouncing media bias and sending in the military to close television stations.

August 15, 2018

The Media’s War on the Public

When Donald Trump rails against fake news he speaks for millions of people who are tired of being silenced and smeared.

August 13, 2018

InfoWars Ban: Why Hermione Granger is Smiling

The people who removed InfoWars content from Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes this week need to re-read the fifth Harry Potter book.

August 10, 2018

Plastic Straw Ban: Humorous Memes

Online jokes about plastic straws provide welcome comic relief.

August 1, 2018

Ocean Plastic: The 1% Solution vs the 55% Solution

If we want to protect the ocean from plastic, we need to think strategically.

July 27, 2018

Coercing Your Neighbour Over Plastic Straws

Green activists are in the business of taking away choices.

July 25, 2018

More Oxford University Fake News

A webpage vetted by Oxford is misleading the public about a fake geological era.

July 16, 2018

Greenpeace’s Nazca Vandalism: Half-Truths & Trifling Consequences

Only one person has been held accountable. To this day, Greenpeace refuses to identify the full list of culprits.

July 13, 2018

Oxford University Spreads Fake News

The most reputable publishers imaginable are misinforming the public about basic geology.

July 9, 2018

Anthropocene: The Media’s Fake Geological Epoch

Journalists declaring something to be the case before it has actually happened is outrageous and unethical.

July 6, 2018

The Recycled Plastic Scandal

Green groups fantasize about a world in which everything is virtuously recycled. They’re prepared to use other nations as refuse heaps in pursuit of that fantasy.

July 2, 2018

Hallucinations in High Places (More on the 1988 Hansen Climate Hearing)

Powerful people construct amazingly inaccurate narratives about their own lives.

June 27, 2018

Banning Plastic Straws, Harming Real People

Causing real harm with no realistic chance of improving the world makes no sense.

June 13, 2018

Ehrlich’s Guide to Being an Intrusive A**hole

People with 8 kids should be told they “surely would not behave that way today.” Those considering a third should be accused of self-indulgence.

June 6, 2018

The Fanatical Paul Ehrlich

Saving the world = demonizing alternative visions

June 1, 2018

Anything Goes When You’re Saving the World

Paul Ehrlich advocated the use of US helicopters so that Indian peasants could be kidnapped & forcibly sterilized.

May 30, 2018

How They Sold ‘The Population Bomb’

Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, and oblivion.

 

May 28, 2018

Coleman Hughes on the ‘Racism Treadmill’

We regularly urge young people to think outside the box. Hughes is doing just that.

May 16, 2018

Totalitarian Thinker David Suzuki

On June 7th, the University of Alberta will lionize someone who rejects freedom of thought.

May 7, 2018

David Suzuki’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

He decries over-population, but fathers 5 kids. He’s against economic growth, but his once-tiny foundation now has offices in 3 cities.

May 2, 2018

Skin in the Game

Emotionally attached to ideas, some of us have little interest in how they perform in the real world.
 

April 30, 2018

Europe’s Jews Are Living in Fear

Naive compassion for some people endangers the safety of others.

April 27, 2018

Why is Discrimination Against Asians OK?

Full-fledged racism is being practiced by the very institutions that claim to abhor it.

April 25, 2018

Polar Bears & the Sleazy New York Times

A gang of 14 scientists attack a lone scientist in an academic journal. Erica Goode justifies & amplifies the assault in the Times.

April 13, 2018

Climate Change in the Courts

For well-funded green groups (and a growing list of governments), lawyers are weapons and courtrooms are a political battleground.

April 4, 2018

When Scientific Evidence is Ambiguous, Private Philosophies Matter

Some discoveries are easy to measure and easy to verify. But much of science is about groping in the dark.

March 26, 2018

For Greenpeace, Honesty is Just a Word

Greenpeace tells a court that everyone knows its campaigns are based on opinions & interpretations rather than hard facts.

March 21, 2018

Immigration is a Class Issue

Elites make immigration decisions, while the working class lives with the consequences.

February 26, 2018

Why We Need Jordan Peterson

While the rest of us are playing hopscotch, he’s battling humanity’s demons.

February 23, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Making Me Laugh

Taking a fresh look at some fundamental moral ideas.

February 19, 2018

Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear

University activists now behave like fascists: stifling unpopular perspectives and denying others the opportunity to hear those perspectives firsthand.

February 12, 2018

Fossil Fuels Save Lives

It is immoral to deny needy people access to fossil fuels because experts have made dire predictions about the future.

February 7, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Helping Young Men Reboot Their Lives

Young people are told incessantly that everything they might want to do with their lives harms the planet.

January 31, 2018

Crucial Climate Verdict, Fledgling Evidence

History’s most momentous climate decision was based on research so preliminary it wasn’t published in a scientific journal until seven months later.

January 26, 2018

The Harvey Weinstein of the Climate World

Some news outlets still haven’t reported on the 3-year-old sexual harassment allegations against prominent climate official, Rajendra Pachauri.

January 15, 2018

Change is Natural

The bees and the butterflies have their own story, their own rhythms.

January 3, 2018

Nature Wants You Dead

The natural world isn’t kind or pristine. We need to stop telling children that disturbing it is sinful.

January 1, 2018

Obesity, Diet Pills & Death

Whether it’s climate science or medical science, a fake crisis leads to bad decisions that harm real people.

April 10, 2017

Science Funding Misinformation

A headline on a news story falsely claims that ‘9 countries outspend the US on science.’ In fact, America spends more than all nine combined.

March 5, 2017

Bill Nye, Fake Facts & the New York Times

I’m aware of two occasions in which the Science Guy has misled the public. But the New York Times says he’s saving us from misinformation.

February 20, 2017

Science and the Issue of Trust

Many messages emanating from the world of science are entirely bogus.

February 15, 2017

US Scientific Integrity Rules Repudiate the UN Climate Process

The US government says it’s a violation of scientific integrity for political officials to alter scientific findings. But political revision is central to how IPCC reports get produced.

January 29, 2017

Politicizing Science at the US Dept. of Energy

How does encouraging scientists to criticize government policy enhance scientific integrity?

January 27, 2017

Wind Turbines: Lots of Problems, No Free Energy

In the dying days of 2016, three serious wind turbine malfunctions occurred in a small corner of Europe.

January 3, 2017

Our Ignorance is Breathtaking – We Should be Humble

We humans consistently miss the big picture. The world is improving dramatically, but our brains are addicted to worry and fear.

December 20, 2016

Left-wing Climate Reexamination

UK Labour Party veteran says climate policies that hurt the poor must be abandoned.

December 8, 2016

Empty Bellies and Carbon Taxed Food

Carbon taxes at the gas pump are just the beginning. Oxford University researchers think we should pay carbon taxes on food.

December 6, 2016

How Peer Review is Used to Shut Down Debate

Some inhabitants of the Ivory Tower are using peer review – a process that helps scholarly journals decide what to print – as a shield to hide behind. Delegitimizing public input about publicly-funded science is arrogant and counterproductive.

November 1, 2016

Canada’s Carbon Tax Drama

A tax that will take an extra $1,250 from the pockets of struggling Canadian families is applauded by corporations.

October 6, 2016

The Climate Inquisition: Attorneys General Go Rogue

No matter what voters say in the upcoming US election, a coalition of Attorneys General intends to push for ‘even more aggressive’ climate action.

April 20, 2016

Is Science Really Self-Correcting?

No one wants to confront scientific fraud. Not managers, not journals, and not lab colleagues. So the system isn’t designed to prevent it.

April 11, 2016

Another Look at Science

Since the early 1980s, grave concerns have been raised about the process by which scientific evidence gets produced.

April 1, 2016

Pachauri Criminal Charges Total 1,400 pages

The former head of the world’s most important climate body has been charged with a long list of sex offences.

March 1, 2016

The WWF: Thugs & Guns Against Pygmies

The WWF may have a friendly panda for a logo, but amongst the poorest of the poor it’s known for something else: violent thugs called ecoguards.

February 16, 2016

Carbon Taxes: Real Misery, Imaginary Results

Carbon taxes aren’t merely pointless, they’re regressive. Politicians earn ‘green’ cred by making life worse for the poor.

January 28, 2016

Bob Carter: Scientist, Mentor, Extraordinary Human Being

A shining beacon of how to lead by example, I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him.

January 24, 2016

Beware the Green Lobby

Nothing we do to protect the environment will ever be good enough. Like the Nazgûl in The Lord of the Rings, green lobbyists are relentless.

January 14, 2016

Climate Question of the Year

Why aren’t we celebrating last week’s Paris climate deal? Where’s the joy and the gratitude – the dancing in the streets and the fireworks?

December 20, 2015

The IPCC’s Post-Paris Political Rallying Cry

IPCC official Chris Field claims the latest IPCC report set the stage for a Paris climate deal. An e-mail he sent colleagues three days ago is pure politics.

December 15, 2015

Paris and the Poor

Rich countries that try to meet their Paris commitments will spend huge amounts of money replacing cheap, higher-emissions energy sources with expensive, lower-emissions sources. This will harm the poor and do nothing for the climate.

December 14, 2015

As the Paris Climate Summit Fades Into History, A Real News Story

A US Senate committee hears that climate science is so intolerant and close-minded, the integrity and reputation of science itself is threatened.

December 11, 2015

The Climate Show Carries On

The Paris climate summit is a gigantic photo op – where ineffectual political leaders will pretend to be environmental superheroes.

(includes details of my Dec. 2 talk in Paris)

November 18, 2015

21 Days Until Paris

Millions of children perish each year, but world leaders think a problem that’s unlikely to become worrisome for decades is the world’s most pressing concern.

(photo credit UNICEF: http://tinyurl.com/pekcx2g)

November 9, 2015

Journalist Philippe Verdier Terminated (No Climate Free Speech, Part 6)

French weatherman Philippe Verdier is a free speech hero, a heretic whose livelihood has been stolen by the intolerant Church of Climate Change.

November 2, 2015

Flagrant Climate PR from the Australian Associated Press

A polar explorer is falsely described as a climate scientist in a news story; his activist connections aren’t reported.

October 29, 2015

Private Jet Airport Hosts Paris Climate Summit

December’s climate conference is being held on the grounds of Europe’s busiest private jet airport. If we were serious about fighting climate change, wouldn’t private jets have been banned long ago?

October 21, 2015

The Courts & the Climate

What lessons does the environment arm of the United Nations intend to learn from the Chief Justice of Malaysia – whose court has been condemned by Amnesty International?

(includes links to other voices on the proper role of courts in the climate debate)

October 13, 2015

The Unseemly Lord Carnwath

Why is a Supreme Court judge part of an unsavoury UN advisory panel?

October 7, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Carnwath: Climate Activist

A sitting UK Supreme Court judge took part in a Rio+20 event that said the UN (a political body) should be given more scope & authority.

October 4, 2015

Climate Secrets at the UK Supreme Court

Organizers of a climate conference co-sponsored by the UK Supreme Court won’t reveal who attended, how much the event cost, or how many participants had their airfare paid by the United Nations.

October 3, 2015

RICO20 Letter to President Obama Disappears

The institute that published a letter demanding mobster-style investigations of non-mainstream climate views has removed it. But the letter was archived in at least three other places.

September 29, 2015

Silencing Dissent Via the Courts (No Climate Free Speech, Part 4)

A British academic wants an international court to declare climate skeptics wrong, once and for all.

September 21, 2015

Silencing Dissent Via the Police (No Climate Free Speech, Part 3)

20 American academics think unorthodox climate views should be subjected to an organized crime investigation.

September 18, 2015

In League with the Devil (No Climate Free Speech, Part 2)

Climate activists have redefined the venerable concept of free speech. According to them, it means the polar opposite of what John Stuart Mill famously wrote about.

September 15, 2015

No Climate Free Speech – Part 1

Climate activists are behaving like tyrants. If my four-year-old acted this way, I’d be worried.

September 13, 2015

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

Slides and text of my presentation to the World Federation of Scientists, 20 Aug. 2015.

September 1, 2015

See You in September (And a Few Words About the Pope)

New material won’t be added to this blog until Autumn. You are invited to explore the six-years-worth of content already published here – as well as my two books.

June 21, 2015

Will Rajendra Pachauri Be Held Accountable by Green Activists?

The environmental movement routinely demands accountability from third parties. When will it acknowledge the creepy sexual misconduct of one of its leaders?

May 29, 2015

Pachauri Accuser ‘Vindicated’

The former head of the IPCC has long posed as a saviour of the planet. In reality, he’s been a systematic sexual predator – the kind of boss no young woman should have to endure.

May 23, 2015

Petition to Oust Pachauri

People who once worked at Rajendra Pachauri’s TERI aren’t surprised by the sexual allegations leveled against him.

May 19, 2015

Kofi Annan’s Infantile Climate Morality

The disgraced former head of the UN smears skeptics while ignoring the dubious motivations of green opportunists.

May 5, 2015

The Nobel Lie That Just Won’t Die

The Guardian newspaper once again wrongly calls Rajendra Pachauri a Nobel laureate. For good measure, it publishes a photo of him looking pious – while neglecting to mention the serious sexual offenses for which he is being investigated.

April 25, 2015

Indian Courts to Pachauri: No Travel For You

A man who used to joke that he lived “at 30,000 feet” is well and truly grounded. This week two courts denied the former IPCC chairman permission to leave the country.

April 23, 2015

The United Nations’ Fake News Machine

A UN official delivers a speech. An account of that speech is written up to look like a news story. It gets published on a website funded by the UN. Casual readers are unlikely to appreciate that this is 100% spin.

April 22, 2015

Court Rejects Pachauri, Water Summit Still Says He’ll Be Keynote Speaker

A lawyer for Rajendra Pachauri says that preventing the former IPCC chairman from delivering a speech at a trade show in Greece will damage India’s image and harm Pachauri’s reputation.

April 20, 2015

Do Science Bodies Know Whereof They Speak?

The American Geophysical Union is led by a climate evangelist with zero climate science credentials. When the American Physical Society produced its latest climate statement, it failed to consult members with the most relevant expertise.

April 17, 2015

Climate Change Special Interests Condemn Special Interests

Many of the scientists who signed an open letter against museums taking money from special interests are themselves linked to special interests. Part 3 of 3.

March 29, 2015

Scientists Object to Intellectual Freedom

Libraries define intellectual freedom as the public’s right to examine all points-of-view. These climate scientists are trying to stifle alternative perspectives. Part 2 of 3.

March 27, 2015

Another Reason Pachauri’s Book May Be Disappearing

A passage in his 2010 novel makes it clear the former IPCC chairman understands that it’s wrong for an older male boss to hit on a young woman new to his organization.

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