Climate change news

Solar doomsaying

It seems the sceptic blogosphere is doing a bit of doomsaying of it's own over the last few days - latching on to a controversial claim that the next Sun cycle (we are only half way through the present one) will be void of sun spots - like the Maunder Minimum of the Little Ice Age. We don't know but some sceptics are getting excited - if the world enters a new very cold phase of climate that might put to bed AGW but it will be a tragedy. Cold is a killer - unlike warm weather, which is a blessing.

Ogres and Dire Warnings

Recent AGW prognostications attempt to link every extreme weather event, volcano, or heat-wave - even out of season snow pack in North American mountains and June snow fall on the summit of Snowdon in the UK, as proof of global warming (disruption). As ludicrous as this obviously this it is going on - in shrill tones and a hectoring manner. It is quite reminiscent of pagan Roman reaction to the rise of Christianity.


The Lindzen paper, it seems, found that climate models are routinely exagerating climate sensitivity. It was accepted for publication on May 22nd and was written by Richard Lindzen of MIT and Song Choi of Seoul. All climate models rely on the hypothesis of feedback increasing the warming effect, the idea being that water vapour increases with rising temperatures so as to inhibit infrared cooling. Clouds become less reflective and cause increased solar absorption and therefore further and deeper amounts of warming.

An alarmist throat hold on information

This story can be seen at .... (see also June 10th) ... Professor Richard Lindzen is not flavour of the month with AGW alarmists. It seems he alarms the climate science fraternity and their political lackeys - inside science and not just in government.

All things green and wonderful

At (or at simply June 6th) there is an interesting post by Doug Keenan on a paper by Koutsoyiannis which seems to show little empirical evidence of rising global temperatures and that the case supporting AGW rests almost entirely on computer simulation - but everybody knows that already. Basically, IPCC climate scientists make an assumption known as ARI - derived from the statistical concept of 'first order autoregression'.


Willis Eschenbach at raises an interesting point. Extinction events in the past have involved lots of dead bodies and fossils in rocks - but where are the dead bodies of the modern AGW induced extinction event?

The Hockey just won't go away

This story is at is by Willis Eschenbach. It homes in on the hockey stick climate model which seems to have a life of its own. In spite of being discredited over and over again it keeps on sparking back into life. Why? That is the question Eschenbach seeks to answer.

Games people Play

The Los Angeles Times in 1979 quoted two scientists ( a professor of engineering and a research scientist in geochemistry) that had taken an interest in past, present, and future climate trends. They predicted, in one of those eerie prophecies, that 1980-2000 would be much warmer than 1950-1980 - but this would be followed by cooling. This is exactly what has happened - so far. They used past proxy climate data, such as ice cores and tree rings, to reach their conclusion. This is just like alarmist AGW climate scientists that claim to use similar data.

AGW claim of no MWP in the southern hemisphere is debunked ... again

At ... this post is based on a paper published last week in PNAS on research in South America and appears to show, and indeed it does show quite transparently that warmth in the northern hemisphere coincides remarkably well with lower precipitation in the Peruvian Andes. A sediment core taken from a lake displays evidence of big swings in rainfall levels.

The oceans and the climate - a new study

This story occurs at May 20th and Pierre Gosselin is faintly sarcastic in his description of a new study just published by Nature that says the oceans play a role in climate that is still not understood. In a cynical post he casts a jaundiced eye on the surprise expressed by the climate scientists - his take on their enthusiastic description of previously unknown fluctuations of currents and ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic.