I was recently asked to provide some links to some trustworthy sources of sceptical information on climate change and in particular Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) so here is a (very incomplete) starter for 10.
A great place to start is Jo Nova,an Australian science journalist who is most famous for her Skeptics Handbook, a succinct report which takes apart the main arguments for Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, the original terminology used to describe what the media now call climate change.
There are now two versions of the handbook, with the first concentrating on the science and the second looking at the question of where the money goes. If you read nothing else read these.
As an exercise to the reader, it is worth thinking about why we no longer talk about CAGW?
Jo’s blog: http://joannenova.com.au
The Skeptics Handbook I: http://joannenova.com.au/global-warming-2/#handbooki
The Skeptics Handbook II: http://joannenova.com.au/global-warming-2/#handbookii
The Global Warming Policy Foundation
The Global Warming Policy Foundation is an all-party and non-party think tank and a registered educational charity which, while open-minded on the contested science of global warming, is deeply concerned about the costs and other implications of many of the policies currently being advocated.
It was launched by Lord Lawson and Dr Benny Peiser on 23 November 2009 in the House of Lords – in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit.
The GWPF has a distinguished academic advisory board of 26 members, mostly professors and at least one nobel prize winner.
One recent example of their output is a paper highlighting serious errors in a published paper on ocean warming.
The GPFW also has a campaigning forum, confusingly with the same acronym, which conducts campaigns that complement the work of the foundation, promoting:
- Balanced science and policy research
- Open and sceptical science
- Pushing back against bias and alarm
- Economic scrutiny and realism
Both websites provide a wealth of detailed information and analysis, with an emphasis on the economics of renewable energy policies.
Serious Errors In IPCC Ocean Report Revealed: https://www.thegwpf.org/serious-errors-in-ipcc-ocean-report-revealed/
The foundation: https://www.thegwpf.org
The forum: https://www.thegwpf.com
Paul Homewood is a retired accountant who got tired of seeing the vast amounts of fake news on climate change promoted by the likes of the BBC and The Guardian. Although not a scientist, he is able to take apart the various scare stories by pulling out the underlying data and demonstrating that the headlines are at best exaggerated if not completely fake.
He has a particular expertise in the Central England Temperature (CET) record, which is the longest instrumental temperature record in the world. He uses this data to show time and time again that media promoted record temperature claims are nonsense.
Paul now produces longer reports as a contributor to the GPWF (Foundation). He recently demonstrated that the UK’s key climate indicators have barely changed for 20 years and that the CET record temperatures have barely changed with no increase in extremely hot days.
Plus Ça Change – The UK Climate in 2018: https://www.thegwpf.org/uk-climate-trends-plus-ca-change/
Paul’s blog: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com
Tony Heller is an engineer who has a blog “Real Climate Science” and a YouTube channel.
Like Paul he pulls apart exaggerated claims about global warming with reference to data and historical news items in newspapers going back to the start of the 20th century.
He is particularly famous for shining a light on the way that some scientific bodies have manipulated historical temperature data in the US to incrementally cool the past in successive data set reports.
As an exercise to the reader ask yourself what would be the impact of such data tampering?
50 years of failed NASA forecasts: https://youtu.be/TmMenIpz2RA
My Gift To Climate Alarmists – a short video exposing climate fraud: https://youtu.be/8455KEDitpU
Tony’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TonyHeller1
Tony’s blog: https://realclimatescience.com
Anthony Watts is a retired meteorologist who set up what is not the world’s most view site on climate – WhatsUpWithThat. He has a specialism in weather measurement and his site became famous as a result of a crowd-resourced research programme into the poor siting and condition of weather stations in the US and elsewhere.
His site is now extremely large in terms of material and it is difficult to point to any one item so I picked one at random on weather stations, which shows that weather stations are disappearing worldwide.
As an exercise to the reader ask yourself how we can be confident that there is even such a thing as a single global temperature and have your ever heard a figure being quoted with +- errors?
Weather Stations Disappearing Worldwide: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/03/06/weather-stations-disappearing-worldwide/
Anthony’s website: https://wattsupwiththat.com
Pierre is an engineer who runs a popular blog NoTricksZone who believes like myself that we have a small impact on climate but mostly through increased urbanisation causing the well known Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.
One of his key contributions to the climate debate is the curation of an extensive library of research papers which clearly demonstrate that the science is far from settled. He has also gathered together some of the findings from an investigation into the Climate Gate Scandal at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, as well as an extensive set of other climate “Gates”.
The original Climate Gate demonstrated how a group of climate scientists discussed the need to hide the pause in the modern temperate record and dismiss famous historical climate events such as the Medieval Warming Period and the Little Ice Age.
As an exercise for the reader ask yourself why they would do this?
129 Climate Scandals: https://notrickszone.com/climate-scandals/
Pierre’s blog: https://notrickszone.com
Friends of Science
Friends of Science is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers comprised mainly of active and retired earth and atmospheric scientists, engineers, and other professionals. They have a Scientific Advisory Board of esteemed climate scientists from around the world to offer advice on global climate and climate change to policy makers, as well as any other interested parties.
Most recently they highlighted the letter from 500 scientists to the UN’s recent climate conference, explaining that there is no climate emergency, despite what we are told by Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion.
As an exercise for the reader ask yourself why this significant letter was not publicised in the mainstream media?
No Climate Emergency say 500 Scientists to UN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpVBH-HY5Ow
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSjTdgNgUW7VNfemabYV3Kg
Matt is most famous for his book “The Rational Optimist” which is a “counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better.”
He goes on “Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than 6 billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors.
The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going erratically upwards for 10,000 years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 200 years: calories; vitamins; clean water; machines; privacy; the means to travel faster than we can run, and the ability to communicate over longer distances than we can shout.”
If you find yourself getting depressed by the continual doom and gloom emanating from the mainstream media, Matt’s book is an uplifting “must read”.
Matt makes clear that he has commercial interests in a coal mine.
His website: http://www.rationaloptimist.com
Steve McIntire was named as the 32nd of the People that Matter in the New Statesman in 2010 and I quote:
“When the mining expert Stephen McIntyre challenged the basis of climate science on his blog, he became a figurehead for many climate-change sceptics.
His subsequent involvement in the 2009 “Climategate” controversy at the University of East Anglia (he was referred to in the hacked emails over 100 times) emboldened the sceptics further and changed global opinion: the number of people who believe man is responsible for global warming has fallen.
The influence might not be positive, but there’s no doubt he has shaped the debate.”
This is a reference to Steve’s diligent investigation into the Mann, Bradley and Hughes famous temperature hockey stick temperature graph which purported to show that the modern temperature record is rising at an unprecedented rate. It also conveniently airbrushed out of existence the Medieval Warm period an established historical event.
Steve is an expert statistician and showed that Mann’s statistical treatment of proxy tree ring data spliced onto the modern temperature record would produce hockey stick shaped graphs, even if random data were fed into the front end!
As a mark of his success, the IPPC removed references to the Hockey Stick from their 5th Framework Assessment Report.
His website is technical and covers in detail research and findings on proxy temperature data, i.e. looking at evidence like tree rings growth as a substitute for actual temperature measurements.
Michael Mann “Hockey Stick” Update: Now Definitively Established To Be Fraud: https://principia-scientific.org/michael-mann-hockey-stick-update-now-definitively-established-to-be-fraud/
Steve’s website: https://climateaudit.org
Patrick is an ecologist and popular speaker, who has been a leader in the international environmental movement for over forty years. He was a founding member of Greenpeace but left and turned against the organisation, denouncing them as anti-science and anti-human.
He is quoted as saying “As sensible environmentalists we can find solutions that balance environmental, social, and economic priorities.”
One of his key messages is that the rise in CO2 levels is not a cause for concern and in fact should be celebrated because it is the source of all life on earth. Patrick is also famous for promoting the cause of “Golden Rice”. This is a genetically modified strain of rice that could address vitamin A deficiency and save the sight and lives of millions of children in the developing world, but is being strongly resisted by Greenpeace.
The Positive Role of Human Emissions of CO2: http://ecosense.me/ecosense-wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/CO2-Emissions.pdf
Allow Golden Rice Now: http://allowgoldenricenow.org/wordpress/home/
Patrick’s website: http://ecosense.me
Jamie is the writer of the Climatism blog and amongst other topics pushes back against the main climate alarmism memes, such as dangerous sea level rise and ocean acidification. As he explains on his website:
“DEEP within human nature there are certain types of people who yearn for catastrophe. They yearn to have significance in their lives believing that theirs is the time when the chickens are coming home to roost and everything is going to go tits up. The biggest selling environmental books in history, predict the mass destruction of the planet. Rachel Carson’s 1962 international bestseller “Silent Spring” predicted mass cancer from plant pesticides and DDT. Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population Bomb” 1968, argued on malthusian lines that population explosion would mean mass starvation around the world. People buy this stuff. They lap it up and books like this sell in droves, in a way that more reasonable books that say “hang on, let’s look at the facts”, don’t.”
Jamie’s blog: https://climatism.blog
97% of climate scientists believe…or do they?
I couldn’t finish off a list like this without tackling this issue because it’s difficult to hear any interviews on climate in the mainstream media without someone saying that “We must act because 97% of climate scientists say so”. This simultaneous appeal to a consensus and authority has an interesting history but even a cursory analysis shows that it should be rejected.
Many sceptical scientists and bloggers have written on this topic and the following is just a short selection:
Fact Checking The Claim Of 97% Consensus On Anthropogenic Climate Change: https://www.forbes.com/sites/uhenergy/2016/12/14/fact-checking-the-97-consensus-on-anthropogenic-climate-change/#677c3ef41157
The Myth of the Climate Change ‘97%’: https://www.wsj.com/articles/joseph-bast-and-roy-spencer-the-myth-of-the-climate-change-97-1401145980
Debunking The 97% Climate Consensus Myth: https://principia-scientific.org/debunking-the-97-climate-consensus-myth/
Debunking the 97% nonsense: https://www.cfact.org/2019/02/17/32717/
And there are more
I am very aware that there are many more sources that need to be included, including eminent scientists like Judith Curry, Tim Ball, Roy Spencer, Willie Soon and Susan Crockford, journalists such as Donna Laframboise, as well as campaigning organisations like the Heartland Institute in the US and Bjorn Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Center think tank.