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Sea level rise whiplash

February 9, 2019

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Some recent sea level rise publications, with implications for how we think about the worst case scenario for the 21st century.

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Climate hypochondria and tribalism vs. ‘winning’

February 8, 2019

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Some reactions from Wednesday’s Congressional testimony.

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Climate Change Timeline – 1895-2009

June 4, 2018

via Climate Change Timeline – 1895-2009

Comparing the Kobashi and Alley Central Greenland Temperature Reconstructions

April 12, 2018

Watts Up With That?

By Andy May

In 2000, Richard Alley released an ice core temperature reconstruction for Central Greenland using Oxygen isotope ratios. He describes the technique used here. I used this ice core proxy data in a previous post “Climate and Civilization for the past 4,000 years.” Since Alley’s data stops at 1855, I spliced the Greenland HadCRUT surface temperature data on the end to show the Modern Warm Period. In the previous post I erroneously thought Alley’s reconstruction stopped at 1905, not at 1855, so the plot in the earlier post is shifted 50 years. This problem is corrected in this post. I spent too little time on the splice, since my focus was on the effect of climate on civilization and several commenters rightly objected to the error. These included David Middleton, who offered up a better Central Greenland reconstruction by Kobashi, et al. as an alternative…

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NASA GISS gets slammed in Inspector General report for questionable ‘$1.63 million of GISS’ expenditures since 2012’

April 6, 2018

Watts Up With That?

From the “Climate of Gavin” department.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently completed a report on out favorite set of climate alarmists, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Regular readers know that in addition their mission to study planets and planetary atmospheres, they also study Earth, and regularly sound the alarm that global warming/climate change will roast us all.

They don’t even measure their own data, using NOAA’s GHCN and other data, along with their “special sauce” of adjustments that give them a almost always guaranteed “warmer than normal” Global temperature report.

It seems GISS caght the eye of the OIG, and they made a report on GISS shortcoming and failings. Here are some excerpts and highlights:


GISS is a major contributor in helping NASA meet its Earth science research goals, in particular the Agency’s effort to improve the ability to predict climate change by…

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The Enormous CEO Salaries Behind Earth Hour

March 17, 2018

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Earth Hour was born with a silver spoon in its mouth. Brought into this world by wealthy corporations, one of the reasons it has become “the largest environmental event in history” in less than five years is because of its influential corporate backers.

These include the World Wildlife Fund, Fairfax Media Ltd., Coca-Cola, Ikea, banks, and insurance companies (see here and here).

More evidence that Earth Hour is the product of a multinational corporate machine rather than small-scale, earnest activists may be found by examining how much the World Wildlife Fund pays its CEOs.

Blogger Richard Telofski pointed out last week that Carter Roberts, the CEO of the US branch of the World Wildlife Fund, was paid a total of $455,147 in 2009 – his base salary being $425,000.

By comparison, the President of the United States has a base salary of $400,000 and the US Vice President is…

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A conversation with Patrick Moore

March 14, 2018

Watts Up With That?

Originally published for the French “Association des climato-réalistes”, republished here by request of the author

clip_image001Patrick Moore is a Canadian activist, and former president of Greenpeace Canada. Since leaving Greenpeace, which he helped to found, Moore has criticized the environmental movement for what he sees as scare tactics and disinformation, saying that the environmental movement “abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.” He has sharply and publicly differed with many policies of major environmental groups, including Greenpeace itself on other issues including forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture, and the use of chemicals for many applications.

Mr. Moore had a conversation with Grégoire Canlorbe, an independent journalist, during his stay in Paris in December 2017 for the climate-realist conference day. The interview was conducted on behalf of the French “Association des climato-réalistes,” the only climate-realist organization in France.

Grégoire Canlorbe: The beliefs and values of…

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Cook’s 97% Scam Debunked

February 10, 2018


By Paul Homewood


Yesterday, we saw how easily debunked the original “97% of scientists agree” turned out to be.

There therefore had to be a renewed attempt by the warmist establishment to make the claim stick, so step forward John Cook with a much more sophisticated scam.

Jose Duarte, expert in Social Psychology, Scientific Validity, and Research Methods, has actually called the Cook paper “multiply fraudulent”, and, as far as I know, Cook has taken no action to challenge the claim. This, as much as anything else, shows just what a con trick the whole business was. How many scientists, after all, would accept being called fraudulent without taking action?

This was the Abstract:

We analyze the evolution of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, examining 11 944 climate abstracts from 1991–2011 matching the topics ‘global climate change’ or ‘global warming’. We…

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Were Aerosol Spray Cans Really a Threat?

January 19, 2018

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

SPOTLIGHT: There’s a long history of scientists spreading premature alarm in the media.

BIG PICTURE: Bernie Lewin’s exhaustively researched book, Searching for the Catastrophe Signal, describes how the US campaign against spray can CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) began.

In September 1974, a Harvard atmospheric scientist told a New York Times journalist that hairspray and other aerosol products were damaging the Earth’s ozone layer. The front page news story explained that ozone protects the planet “from lethal ultraviolet radiation.”

Readers were only advised in paragraphs 34 and 35 that no one had yet taken “a hard look at the Harvard calculations” since the research was still in the process of being submitted to a scientific journal.

By the time it was officially published four months later, its robustness was beside the point. An anti-CFC movement was already in full swing. Television newscaster Walter Cronkite and others had hyped the findings and a frenzy…

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Sea level rise acceleration (or not): Part I – Introduction

January 17, 2018

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Introduction and context for a new Climate Etc. series on sea level rise.

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