Climate & Environment

Here is a link to my book Climate Change, Climate Science and Economics (Springer 2013), where you can get a downloadable copy (free if your library subscribes).
And here is a Guide to Understanding Global Temperatures (22pp.)
A Nobel Prize physicist comments on global warming here

The truth about bee colony collapse, scientific advocacy, and the ban on neonicotinoids. Neonics were replaced with less effective, more dangerous pesticides and the issue likely contributed to  a pro-Brexit vote. 

Interesting article entitled ‘The Real War on Science‘. It is a defense of conservatism.
Dilbert vs the scientists: How to identify a denier?
Interesting video: Believing in Six Impossible Things before Breakfast, & Climate Models

A Sociologist’s View of Climate Catastrophism: “Belief in climate catastrophism is a social phenomenon, and requires an explanation in terms of the social sciences. … But while a psychological analysis may explain why certain people choose to be environmentalists, it can never explain how environmentalism – and in particular its most acute form, climate catastrophism – came to conquer the world; how, in other words, belief in climate catastrophism managed to attain a critical mass that permitted it to impose itself as a consensus belief, or ideology. Only a sociological explanation can do that. And a sociological explanation must account for a unique event – the rise of climate catastrophism – in terms of unique, or at least rarely repeated, social phenomena.” Read more

People keep sending me information concerning various aspects about climate change, much of it against the current sentiment that Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is an immediate threat to our survival as a species. In this regard, Ross McKitrick is a climate economist well worth reading; Roy Spencer is a climate scientist who compiles the satellite temperature data; Steve McIntyre is a thorn in the side of the climate community, especially Michael Mann and his hockey stick; and the well-respected climate scientist Judith Curry of Georgia Tech provides ongoing comments on the AGW.

PARIS folly: The impossibility of meeting CO2 targets without destroying economies (see energy).

I recently reviewed a book for possible publication by UBC Press entitled Hubris: The Troubled Science, Economics and Politics of Climate Change by Michael Hart. Despite my recommendation, UBC Press declined to publish it (probably because it is an anti-establishment book), so Michael published it on his own. It is well worth reading (e.g., here), and can be found at Amazon. It is an excellent complement to my book, Climate Change, Climate Science and Economics (see top of this page). An excellent review of Hart’s book is by Michael Kelly, Emeritus Prince Philip Professor of Technology, University of Cambridge.

Nordhaus’ response to the Catholic Pope (here)

Nature has a section with plenty of articles regarding the need for reproducibility of results (here) and whether science has become increasingly politicized to its detriment (here). The statistician William M. Briggs often comments on errors people make in predicting temperatures (see here). As a result, I am not only skeptical that humans are the primary agent driving global warming, but I put little faith in much of what I read in the so-called peer-reviewed literature.

There is increasing fear that university education is becoming too focused on environmental religion (here) and are losing their focus on science, scientism and liberal arts training.

DROUGHT: Is drought increasing? Well … An article indicating a decline in droughts in the U.S. (here). See also information on drought found at a CO2 think tank.

The Global Warming Challenge (here)
Climate Change Predictions — Crying wolf!
An interesting website that exposes corruption in organizations that attack climate skeptics (here). For example, witness corruption associated with the  Institute of Global Environment & Society which advocates prosecuting climate skeptics under U.S. racketeering legislation (here). A defense of skepticism and nonsense of RICO (here).

Want to know about Polar Bears? See Polar Bear Science for the BEST information. A 2017 film exposing the lack of knowledge about the global warming icon is worth watching.

Sea level rise is attributed to global warming with a recent (May 2016) paper in Environmental Science given media attention because it shows that several small islands in the Solomon chain had disappeared. However, the authors indicate the media misinterpreted their paper because they did not even consider climate change, but rather natural factors for the demise of the islands. See discussion here.

Ross McKitrick has also made available an environmental website with historical climate and environmental data. And continued reliance on coal by India (here) and China (here) will offset any attempt by the U.S. and other countries to curtail global coal consumption.

Why climate science will cause the death of science! (here)
What happens when funding to climate scientists is cut? See here

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts
Tenth International Climate Conference (Washington DC)