Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

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

Does the IPCC Follow the Rules? Insiders Say ‘No’

According to insiders, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change rules are being ignored on the one hand – and circumvented on the other.

January 31, 2011

Credit Where It’s Due

A news account suggests Michael Oppenheimer is a class act. Rather than calling climate skeptics “deniers” he admits they might be smart people.

January 29, 2011

Mr. Chairman, Your Carriage Awaits

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is dysfunctional and unaccountable. That Rajendra Pachauri remains as its chairman – despite widespread calls for his resignation – is proof of this.

January 28, 2011

If IPCC Meetings Were Televised

The IPCC documents most likely to be read by outsiders – the Summaries for Policymakers – are not scientific statements at all. Rather, they are the result of a messy, arduous political negotiation that pits scientists against politicians.

January 27, 2011

The Sneaky, Not-So-Secret Purpose of the IPCC

According to scientists who’ve helped write its reports, the IPCC is not a scientific body first and foremost. Rather, its primary purpose is to lay the necessary groundwork so that an international climate change treaty can be negotiated.

January 26, 2011

All For a Nobel Cause

How often does the media imply that IPCC Peace Prize winners are scientific Nobel laureates?

January 24, 2011

Perceptions of Pachauri

What do IPCC insiders really think of chairman Rajendra Pachauri?

January 22, 2011

Grey Literature: IPCC Insiders Speak Candidly

IPCC insiders say non-peer-reviewed literature is essential and unavoidable when they write one of the world’s most important reports. Yet chairman Pachauri has, for years, insisted only peer-reviewed material gets used. Why haven’t scientific organizations set the record straight?

January 21, 2011

IPCC Nobel Laureates Lack Scientific Credibility

IPCC insiders say many of those who shared in the 2007 Peace Prize lack appropriate scientific credentials. They were selected because they are of the right gender or come from the right country.

January 20, 2011

The Uses and Abuses of a Nobel Prize

A news story tells us we should believe a report because a “Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist” is associated with it. But the Nobel turns out to be the same Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore – and the report’s findings are highly improbable.

January 19, 2011

The Sad State of the Debate

According to some people, only a “climatologist” can be a credible scientific voice in the climate debate. Why do we spend so much time trying to disqualify people – rather than addressing their ideas?

January 17, 2011

Is the IPCC a Scrutiny-Free Zone?

A senior author thinks the IPCC should take a stand by declaring Freedom of Information requests a form of harassment.

January 16, 2011

The Silent Treatment

Should AGW proponents acknowledge critics? Or should they avert their eyes and block their ears?

January 14, 2011

Is a Meteorologist a Drought Expert?

Why does the media keep interviewing a meteorologist about droughts & floods instead of those with genuine expertise?

January 13, 2011

Science Website Publishes WWF Press Releases Verbatim

A website called ScienceCentric.com contains more than 400 “articles” written by the World Wildlife Fund. Activist group press releases are not bona fide science news.

January 12, 2011

Flooding in Australia

Australia’s poets have written about alternating droughts and floods since the early 1900s. Is a preoccupation with alleged global-warming-induced-droughts linked to too little government attention on precautionary flood measures?

January 11, 2011

IPCC Errors: in the Eye of the Beholder

Opinions regarding how the IPCC deals with errors are diverse. They can also be provocative. One IPCC official thinks public scrutiny of its reports should be discouraged.

January 10, 2011

New Blog Examines Green History

Haunting the Library, a new blog, digs up news clippings that add important historical context to the climate debate.

January 9, 2011

Does Global Warming Look Like Australia?

In early 2009 the Los Angeles Times said hot, dry Australia was a warning to us all – and that things would only get worse. The very next year, dry areas were flooded and snow fell during the summer.

January 7, 2011

Greenpeace: Corporate Stocks & Noah’s Arks

Greenpeace spends its time trashing corporations. Yet it solicits donations in the form of corporate stocks. Any kind of corporate stocks, apparently.

January 5, 2011

If You Don’t Believe in Global Warming, the Terrorists Win

A writer fabricates imaginary Osama bin Laden opinions. Then he fabricates imaginary climate skeptic opinions. The fact that they’re identical, he says, proves that skeptics are morally reprehensible “deniers” who should be ignored.

January 3, 2011

Last Call

The donation button on this blog will retire at midnight tomorrow (Monday, January 3rd).

I took some great photos today and it seems to me that nature is unendingly, searingly beautiful. But it should be respected – rather than romanticized.

January 2, 2011

Celebrating Science

A web comic that reminds us what’s powerful, noble, and inspiring about the scientific endeavour.

January 1, 2011

Merci Beaucoup

Thank you, dear friends. I have learned much this year.

December 31, 2010

World Wildlife Fund Infiltrates UK Government

Environmental advocacy groups strive to influence government. In 2006 a senior WWF executive simultaneously became chairman of a UK government body. Meet the Defence Ministry’s idea of propriety.

December 30, 2010

Best of 2010 at NoFrakkingConsensus

The five blog posts I’m proudest to have written in 2010.

December 28, 2010

Future Babble

Possessing scholarly expertise is one thing. Being able to predict the future is another matter entirely. Future Babble is a book that explores the question of why expert predictions fail – and why we believe them anyway.

December 27, 2010

Have a Little Faith

Humans are ingenious and creative and resourceful. Whatever challenges the future may hold, we shall overcome.

December 25, 2010

Season’s Greetings – via Maggie’s Blog

An amusing, politically-correct holiday greeting from Sweden.

December 24, 2010

Blood Supply Threatened by Green Extremism

For every green idea that truly makes sense, there’s half a dozen dumb ones. When bureaucrats promote these dumb ideas communities lose their bloodmobiles.

December 23, 2010

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 Climate’s Gonna Kill Us (Circa 1974)

News reports from the 1970s said ocean temperatures were dropping, polar ice was growing, and the coldest temperatures in 200 years were being recorded at the Arctic Circle. We were told be worried. Very worried.

December 17, 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

Forty Years of Drama Queen Scientists

No matter what the concern, drama queen scientists have been pushing the same solution for decades: less consumption, less travel & less freedom. For them, every problem is a crisis that requires radical social change.

December 13, 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

The UN’s Grim Fantasy: One-Child Laws

Ted Turner has fathered five children. But he thinks China’s coercive one-child policies should be exported to other countries. Why aren’t other UN officials scrambling to distance themselves from his remarks?

December 9, 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

Why People Think Public Transit Sucks

Environmentalists scold us for not making more extensive use of public transit. But transit systems are run by bureaucrats – whose priorities aren’t necessarily aligned with transit users.

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

World War II Rationing – the ‘Hated Sacrifice’

Some people argue that energy rationing of the sort imposed during wartime is necessary to save the planet. But World War II rationing made life miserable for ordinary people. It also nourished the black market & organized crime.

December 1, 2010

Kevin Anderson: The Ration Card Man

Kevin Anderson says additional nuclear power plants are unnecessary because climate change can be easily dealt with. Instead, he wants to establish a costly, intrusive, liberty-restricting bureaucracy to ration your access to energy.

November 30, 2010

The Royal Society’s Big Oil Award

The UK’s Royal Society awarded an Esso Energy medal annually for 25 years. A short time later, when opinions on climate change diverged, the society began painting Esso’s parent company, ExxonMobil, as demon spawn.

November 29, 2010

Why Good Judgment Matters

Data is collected, recorded, adjusted & interpreted not by disinterested robots but by people. Because highly-educated individuals can look at the same data and come to different conclusions, the degree to which a person’s judgment can be trusted becomes a central concern.

November 28, 2010

Appalling Rhetoric from a Climate Skeptic

The climate change debate is important. Human lives (and trillions of dollars) hang in the balance. We therefore need open, vigorous dialogue. We need to hear all perspectives. But this can’t happen when both sides are trying to shut down the debate by declaring other people’s views criminal.

November 26, 2010

Greenpeace’s 12th Century Technology

Greenpeace recently dismissed the Canadian Senate as a 19th century institution. But it aggressively promotes wind power – a 12th century technology. While it accuses the Senate of being undemocratic, Greenpeace itself scored only 42% when evaluated from an accountability perspective.

November 24, 2010

The Non-Stop Disaster Narrative (2-minute video)

One environmental scare story always seems to follow another. Even though the predicted disasters never materialize, we still believe the latest one.

November 22, 2010

UN Style Empirical Research

First, UN researchers conduct a climate change survey. Second, they release a report that fails to provide even an overview of the results, never mind detailed evidence of the assertions being made. Next the report gets cited as though it were gospel by Canada’s Library of Parliament.

November 20, 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

Suzuki’s Children (The Political Kind)

Dan Kellar is a geography student at the University of Waterloo. He is writing a doctoral thesis under the supervision of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author and already teaches climate change courses to impressionable undergraduates.

Last week Kellar prevented a journalist from speaking to a campus audience about her new book. He says that because (he thinks) she’s lying free speech doesn’t apply to her.

November 16, 2010

Monkeys Could Do This

Al Gore said global warming caused Hurricane Katrina and that hurricanes were going to get worse. This gave insurance companies an excuse to increase premiums by tens of billions. How embarrassing that US hurricane damage has since fallen to less than half the historical average.

Perhaps those who lost their properties because they could no longer afford to insure them will forgive & forget.

November 14, 2010

Splattergate – Six Weeks Later

An essay by an Australian writer attempts to answer the burning question: what were the environmentalists thinking? What sort of bubble does one need to inhabit to imagine that a video in which children are executed for insufficient carbon-cutting enthusiasm is funny?

November 12, 2010

Lest We Forget the Importance of Liberty

To a large degree the climate change story is a media story. Journalists are supposed to be guard dogs, not lap dogs. Instead, they’ve become arbiters of scientific truth – refusing to report on non-conformist perspectives.

Last of a five-part series.

November 11, 2010

Margaret Atwood Should Resign From PEN International

As Vice President of PEN International, Margaret Atwood has pledged to oppose “any form of suppression of freedom of expression.”

But she sits on a board directors with a man who says some people have no right to free speech. She has written the foreword to a book by David Suzuki – who thinks politicians should be jailed for their climate change views. She has also encouraged her Twitter followers to visit a web page that says a TV station that hasn’t even begun broadcasting should be stopped.

November 10, 2010

Slaying the Unicorn

The campaign against ‘Fox News North’ threatens the intellectual freedom of all Canadians.

November 8, 2010

When is a Job Offer Not a Job Offer? (Part 2)

What kind of company invites you to be part of a bold new television station and then, a few months later, shrugs and mumbles that it was all a practical joke?

November 6, 2010

When is a Job Offer Not a Job Offer? (Part 1)

Invited in May to join a new Canadian television station, I was supposed to be a contrarian voice on topics such as global warming and David Suzuki. By October, the broadcaster had lost its nerve.

I’m a bit player in this drama. The bigger picture is that Canadians will continue to be fed the same old pablum.

November 5, 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

Wind and Solar in Fantasy Land

A + B = C

A: Certain companies produce wind and solar power.
B: The rest of us pay inflated prices for this power.
C: Politicians point to the above as proof that they’re green.

November 2, 2010

Wind Power’s Double Standard

Wind power companies would never be allowed to set up shop in the first place – and could not remain in business – if they were penalized in the same manner as oil companies for the bird deaths they cause.

November 1, 2010

Halloween’s Eco Monsters

Even frivolous childhood rituals can’t escape the censorious notice of the green police. Have you purchased your organic pumpkins – and snacks “that aren’t so bad for the planet” – yet?

October 30, 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

Speech Crimes & Ethics 101

An ethics professor thinks corporations that challenge climate dogma should be charged with a new kind of crime against humanity.

Strangely, he’s unconcerned that a representative of the violent & unsavoury Sudanese government fills one of the IPCC’s four most prominent positions.

October 28, 2010

Glimpses of Delingpole

New photos of UK blogger and climate skeptic James Delingpole. Taken in Chicago, May 2010.

October 27, 2010

The Media Messes Up

Journalists said Toronto’s mayoral race was too close to call. In fact, a winner was declared eight minutes after the polls closed. So go ahead, take their word for it when they tell you about global warming.

October 26, 2010

Local Government Is Not About Being Green

Local government is supposed to be about water, sewer, garbage collection, police and ambulance services. So why are so many election candidates obsessed with the environment? Canadian taxpayers already fund environment ministries at two other levels of government.

October 25, 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

David Suzuki’s Five Kids

People are surprised to learn that eco icon David Suzuki (who insists there are too many humans on the planet), has himself fathered five children. But his autobiography reveals this to be the case. It also tells us he began dating his second wife when she was 22 – and he was 35.

October 13, 2010

Transformational Canadians

Please nominate Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick as “Transformational Canadians.” Help a Canadian newspaper understand the enormous contribution these gentlemen have made to the climate debate. Nominations close November 26th.

October 11, 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

Greenpeace and the Violent Video

A Greenpeace spokesperson suggests that the only people concerned about the video in which kids are executed for insufficient eco enthusiasm are those with ulterior motives – “climate skeptics and think tanks funded by corporations.”

October 5, 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

If We Are Not Free to Disagree, We Are Not Free

The video in which people are summarily executed for questioning the need for emissions reduction is being denounced by prominent global warming activists. Organizations that have aligned themselves with the 10:10 Campaign – such as Sony, Oxford University, and UK local governments – also need to distance themselves from it.

October 1, 2010

Blood & Gore Against Global Warming

A UK green group has produced an advertisement in which people (including school children) who exhibit insufficient enthusiasm for reducing their carbon footprint are blown to pieces. Yep, they are cavalierly murdered while those in the vicinity get splattered with blood and gore.

September 30, 2010

David Suzuki’s Odd View of Women

David Suzuki thinks women are capable of saving the world. I agree. But before we support him financially and in other ways, shouldn’t we spend a few minutes looking closely at the kind of world he wants us to fight for?

September 27, 2010

The Politics of Fear

According to many commentators, conservatives are now ascendant because they have invoked the politics of fear.

So where are the denunciations of the politics of fear employed by greens? They’ve played that hand for years – exploiting & targeting kids in the process.

September 24, 2010

Can We Recycle Bono?

Climate change activist Bono now appears in Louis Vuitton ads – a $1200 bag slung over his shoulder. How exactly does extreme conspicuous consumption fight global warming?

September 22, 2010

Seven (Real) Questions for David Suzuki

David Suzuki has been asked a series of softball questions by a mainstream newspaper reporter. My own list of questions begins with:

1. You think there are too many human beings, that our numbers over-burden planet Earth. Why, then, did you yourself father five children?

September 20, 2010

Anti-Science Claim Is Devoid of Meaning

During the first half of this month, activist-scientist-blogger Joe Romm described other people as anti-science on 16 separate occasions. This is the equivalent of a toddler calling everyone from the babysitter to grandad a poopy head.

September 17, 2010

The Shoddy Climategate Inquiries

A new report examines three UK inquiries launched after the Climategate documents surfaced in late 2009. Intended to restore public confidence, those inquiries have done nothing of the sort.

September 14, 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

Are Humans Parasites?

Hostage-taker James Lee’s views about the planet being better off without humans are chillingly similar to those expressed by The Ecologist magazine in its debut editorial.

September 7, 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

Extreme Nonsense

Canada’s weekly news magazine currently has a cover story declaring that extreme weather is “only going to get worse.”

Remember the 2008 story in the same magazine that said $200 per barrel oil was imminent, that commuters would become petroleum refugees & that the suburbs would shortly turn into ghost towns?

August 27, 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

1969 Climate Predictions Miss by a Mile

Back in 1969, smart people made some predictions regarding the effect carbon dioxide emissions would have on the climate by the year 2000. A 7-degree F increase in temperature and 10-foot sea level rises were among them. As usual, the predictions were wrong.

July 3, 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

The Legal Disclaimers Behind the Climate Science

Dangerous climate change is supposed to be such “settled science” we’re being told to transform the way we live & work. Yet some of the parties promoting this view are covering their butts by protecting themselves from legal consequences.

June 28, 2010

The Story That Should Be on the Front Page

Attempts to deal with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are being hampered by a foolish EPA regulation and other bizarre concerns.

June 26, 2010

Who is William R.L. Anderegg?

A naive grad student is the lead author of a controversial paper that purports to assess the credibility of scientists who hold a variety of views on climate change.

June 24, 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

Climate Skeptics Photo Essay – Part 2

What do climate skeptics look like? Is it possible they’re smart, well-intentioned men and women who simply see the world differently?

June 22, 2010

Scientists & Science Journalists – Please Grow Up

The “screaming death spiral” scientist now admits he might have overstated the Arctic ice melt situation.

June 18, 2010

The Activists, the Poll & the Data

When the biographies of university-affiliated “researchers” talk about saving the world from climate change, the polling data they produce should be taken with a grain of salt.

June 15, 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

How Many IPCC Scientists Say So?

The media frequently declares that thousands of scientists all agree that the planet’s slight warming in the late 20th century was due to human activity. In fact, only a few dozen people – working on one particular chapter of a much larger report – had a voice in that discussion.

June 11, 2010

Climate Skeptics Photo Essay – Part 1

Images from a 700-strong climate skeptics conference held in Chicago (June 2010).

June 7, 2010

BP, Greenpeace & the Big Oil Jackpot

It is frequently alleged that climate skeptics are being funded by big oil – and that their views should therefore not be trusted. In fact, green groups have received far more funding from oil interests. Really.

June 4, 2010

The Media, Mother Nature and Oil Spills

Journalists go on and on about “fragile” Mother Earth. But the available evidence suggests she can bounce back quickly from oil spills.

June 1, 2010

James the Irreverent

British blogger James Delingpole is feisty and irreverent. In person, he exudes a joyful love of life. I took some photos of him in Chicago, June 2010.

May 30, 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

Intellectual Freedom

The American Library Association defines intellectual freedom as the “right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view.” Eco activists who attempt to silence the voices of climate skeptics threaten intellectual freedom as well as free speech.

May 20, 2010

Skeptics’ Conference – First Photos

Images from the press conference prior to a 700-participant climate skeptics’ conference in Chicago (May 2010).

May 16, 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

Shielding Climate Orthodoxy from Free Speech

American professors are encouraging journalism students to suppress certain kinds of news so that the public won’t be confused by climate skepticism. This turns journalists into arbiters of truth and treats the public like children.

May 5, 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

Earth Day & the Media

A historian says that while “other social movements…were frequently ridiculed or dismissed…the mass media accorded considerable respect to the environmental cause” when Earth Day was founded 40 years ago.

April 22, 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

Money to Burn

The World Wildlife Fund raises half a billion dollars a year. What does it do with this abundance? Short answer: it behaves much like any other large corporation.

March 31, 2010

Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour is a project of the World Wildlife Fund. The truckloads of free publicity this event attracts may be the primary reason the WWF is now the world’s wealthiest environmental organization.

March 26, 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

The Auditor – A Cartoon by Josh

A cartoon pays homage to Steve McIntyre, a private Canadian citizen who believes climate research findings need to be verified by independent third parties. Having led a multi-year crusade to ensure this happens, an excellent book has now been written about McIntyre’s efforts.

March 16, 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

Almost Half Non-Peer-Reviewed

Despite vigorous protests from its own expert reviewers, 42% of the documents cited in one chapter of the climate bible are grey literature rather than peer-reviewed.

March 4, 2010

The Battle for the Soul of Science

The public is being told that to doubt global warming is to be anti-science and that to question behaviour reminiscent of adolescent gamers is to “attack” climate scientists for doing their job. It’s time the grown-ups in the scientific community made themselves heard.

March 2, 2010

Al Gore Blows Tobacco Smoke in Our Face – Again

Al Gore’s family raised tobacco for years. He boasted about his involvement with this crop on the election campaign trail, and accepted donations from big tobacco. With supreme hypocrisy he now attempts to discredit climate skeptics by connecting them rhetorically to this unpopular industry.

February 28, 2010

Let There Be No More Scientific Consensuses

Science is about doubt – not certainty. Journalism is supposed to reveal – not conceal. When scientific organizations claim there’s a consensus, they step over the line into political advocacy. When media outlets trumpet said consensus they “disappear” highly-qualified, dissenting scientists.

February 26, 2010

Reuters’ Climate Change Fiction

One day entire books will be written about the mainstream media’s pathetic coverage of the climate change debate.

February 24, 2010

Independent Bloggers vs Corporate Environmentalists

30 years ago Greenpeace rented creaky fishing boats. These days it purchases $22-million custom-built mega-yachts. The shoestring voices in the environmental debate now belong to skeptical bloggers.

February 22, 2010

Newsflash: Snowless in Vancouver is Perfectly Normal

Mowing one’s lawn is a perfectly ordinary February activity in Vancouver. So why is everyone from President Obama on down arguing that a lack of Olympic Games snow is proof of global warming?

February 20, 2010