Polarization may cause climate communication to backfire (so might Tweets from Michael Mann)

Yet more public money poured down the drain on “research”. I have always defended pure research but to waste tax payers dollars in this? It seems universities will do anything to bring in the research grants and they are encouraged to do so. I wonder how much all the nonsense like this adds up to?

Watts Up With That?

From DUKE UNIVERSITY and the department of Mannian screaming and insults, comes this attempt to yet again, find the perfect message to sway climate skeptics.

megaphone-climateMessages that conflict with audience’s partisan identity fail, exacerbate opposition

DURHAM, N.C. — Political advocates who support action on climate change have long sought “the perfect message” for swaying skeptics. If the issue can be framed correctly, they believe, the battle can be won.

A new Duke University study suggests it may be more complicated than that.

“Because climate change has become polarized along party lines, it’s no longer just an issue of finding ‘the right framing’ to convey relevant facts,” said study author Jack Zhou, who will graduate with a Ph.D. in environmental politics next month from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “It has become a matter of political identity, particularly the political party we feel closest to.”

Even efforts to frame climate…

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Major New Complaint Submitted To BBC Over Climate Bias

About time the BBC were brought to account for their shameless support of climate change alarmism.


22nd April, 2016.

A major new and serious complaint has been sent to the Director General of the BBC, regarding the Corporation’s persistent bias in reporting of climate change issues. The complaint is a massive 163 pages long, and is a joint submission from ten complainants. In addition, there are several technical annexes, totalling 125 pages.

Below is the letter sent to the DG:

The Director General
180 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5QZ.
Dear Director General,
Complaint of BBC prejudice in covering of climate change and warning of potential judicial review

We enclose a complaint from all of us about persistent partiality in the BBC’s coverage of climate change. From the outset, on the climate question the BBC has tended to reflect only one view – that of the climate science establishment who are promoting a view that man is causing significant global warming (which, with…

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US Senate Considering Albedo Modification Geoengineering Proposal


Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The US Senate is considering funding for albedo modification geoengineering experiments – pumping particles or aerosols into the stratosphere, to reflect sunlight back into space, and counter the alleged impact of elevated CO2 levels on global climate.

According to ScienceMag;

To fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect more light

Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate want the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the possibility of making Earth reflect more sunlight into space to fight global warming. Earth’s reflectivity is known as its albedo, and the request to study “albedo modification” comes in the details of a proposed spending bill passed by the Senate appropriations committee to fund DOE, the Army Corps of Engineers, and related agencies for fiscal year 2017, which begins 1 October. The bill does not specify how much money should be…

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Aussie Attorney General: “If the [climate] science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?”


Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Australian Attorney General George Brandis has stirred the climate pot down under, by asking a simple yet devastating question.

“If the science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?” Brandis said on Tuesday.

“Wouldn’t it be a much more useful allocation of taxpayers’ money and research capacity within CSIRO to allocate its resources to an area where the science isn’t settled?”

The attorney general’s argument is similar to that used by the CSIRO chief executive, Larry Marshall, who said in an email to staff in February that further work on climate change would be reduced because climate change had been established.

“It doesn’t seem to me that the science is settled at all but I’m not a scientist,” he said. “I’m agnostic, really, on that question. But I can follow a logical argument.

“I am…

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Outmoded Science Journals Fail Again on Peer Review

More and more often these days I hear myself saying “It was never like this in my day” but can I really be sure? My own contribution to academic research was modest and short-lived and I don’t remember having to follow any particular line when I was sponsored by the British Antarctic Survey.

I remember one of my papers being refereed by David Southwood (at Imperial College at the time – he went on to lead the ESA), commenting to the effect “Don’t be afraid to challenge theoretical models if the data is telling you something else.” Clearly he would have been sacked instantly these days!

Then again I do remember sitting in the common room one day at BAS and someone coming in waving a chart showing the discovery of the ozone hole…hmm


Times are moving fast and Science and Nature magazine can’t cope. Caught resting on their laurels these eminent mainstream publications have again been exposed as inept or biased when it comes to peer-reviewing the papers submitted to them.

PSI overtakes Science and Nature
The latest blow concerns the questionable peer review policies of these “top” journals. These denizens of academic publishing are being pulverized in the blogosphere for their inflexibility and conservatism more in keeping with the bygone era of traditional paper and print publishing. Signaling the revolution this week are astute analysts from various quarters. Leading Aussie science blogger, Jo Nova, reflects the mood in the climate science community lamenting:

“The peer review system has decayed to the point where the culture of the two “top” science journals virtually guarantees they will reject the most important research done today. It is the exact opposite of what we need to further human knowledge the fastest…

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We’re All Going To Drown – BBC


By Paul Homewood

h/t Stewgreen



Stew draws my attention to the above new piece on BBC Earth about sea levels. Even by the BBC’s standards, it must be one of the most dishonest and one sided reports they have published.

Let’s start with these two photos:


Yes, tide gauges show that sea levels are rising. But a photo of sea level reaching the 3-meter mark is clearly an attempt to suggest that this is how much sea levels have risen by already.

(I have checked the whole article and can find no reference at all to the actual amount of sea level rise).

We then move onto this piece of Orwellian propaganda:


The usual “black smoke” is seen coming out of chimneys, but why show that expanse of parched land in the front? A subliminal message perhaps?

You will have guessed by now that the article itself does not…

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Germany’s Wind & Solar Obsession Killing Industry & Thousands of Real Jobs



In Germany, around €190 billion has already been burnt on renewable subsidies; currently the green energy levy costs €56 million every day. And, the level of subsidy for wind and solar sees Germans paying €20 billion a year for power that gets sold on the power exchange for around €2 billion.

Energy poverty is a feature of daily life for hundreds of thousands; the promise of millions of groovy ‘green’ jobs is little more than a cruel hoax; and, adding insult to injury, the pretext for the insanity – the reduction of CO2 emissions in the electricity sector – hasn’t quite panned out as Green edicts predicted: emissions are, instead, rising fast (see above and our post here).

German power prices

Then there’s what perverse market incentives for meaningless power sources have done to prices of an essential input to Germany’s industrial sector. Once the envy of the World, German manufacturers have…

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Deep-sixing another useless climate myth

Watts Up With That?

The vaunted “97% consensus” on dangerous manmade global warming is just more malarkey

by Dr. David R. Legates

By now, virtually everyone has heard that “97% of scientists agree: Climate change is real, manmade and dangerous.” Even if you weren’t one of his 31 million followers who received this tweet from President Obama, you most assuredly have seen it repeated everywhere as scientific fact.

The correct representation is “yes,” “some,” and “no.” Yes, climate change is real. There has never been a period in Earth’s history when the climate has not changed somewhere, in one way or another.

People can and do have some influence on our climate. For example, downtown areas are warmer than the surrounding countryside, and large-scale human development can affect air and moisture flow. But humans are by no means the only source of climate change. The Pleistocene ice ages, Little Ice Age and monster hurricanes…

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Shameful Britain: terminal cancer patient told to attend work interviews or lose benefits

It’s hard to believe that we have stooped so low.

Pride's Purge

(not satire)

UPDATE: Charlotte has now sadly passed away. She has left a beautiful message on Facebook which can be seen by clicking here.

RIP Lotte


From Charlotte Ryan:

“I have terminal cancer, my prognosis is 0-3 years and I was diagnosed in March 2014 with my brain stem glioma. In April 2014 I was placed in the support group* for 3 years and I have gone from being able-bodied to hopelessly disabled. I have many neurological deficits including diploplia, dyspraxia, dysarthria and dysphagia. To save you googling, this means that I have double vision and am going blind, I’m very clumsy and most days I drop everything I pick up, my speech is failing and one day I won’t be able to communicate verbally at all and I have such difficulty swallowing that I now have a feeding tube. I cannot leave the house alone…

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