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Graham Readfearn: Peter Ridd and the climate science deniers – group think, anyone?

In some ways, the way the climate science denial community and the conservative echo chamber has rallied around Professor Peter Ridd is impressive. In other ways, it is entirely predictable given the James Cook University academic is serving up two of their favourite dishes in one serving- a supposed fight for “freedom of speech” against …

2018-03-29 05:25   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: All those OMICS linked companies in one place

So I’ve been spending a bit too much time in recent weeks knee deep in dodgy “open access” journals for some stories I hope to get up in the not too distant future Predatory “open access” journals are popping up all over the place – online-based publications that allow researchers to publish papers for a fee, …

2018-01-12 01:31   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: One Nation’s website has fake quote from former UN chief

Sometimes, climate science denialists make stuff up.  Sometimes, their distinct lack of scepticism has them pushing around fake quotes. I’ve written about that for DeSmogBlog, where I tracked down the source of some of the most popular “quote mining” that goes on. Here’s one example.  On the website of One Nation, is a page that …

2017-11-08 23:59   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: The Anthropocene – a special Brisbane Writers Festival podcast edition

Will it be the sudden emergence in rock strata of layers of chicken bones, the well dispersed deposits of plastic or the leftovers from nuclear bomb tests? It could be all of these things, and more, that scientists will use to mark the beginning of a new geological epoch made entirely by humans. Personally, I’d …

2017-10-31 05:41   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: How a 1969 snorkelling trip was “cooler” than the moon landing

  It’s 1969 and NASA had put two men on the moon. About 500 million people huddled in front of TV sets around the world. But for a ten-year-old Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the thing that really got him excited that year wasn’t Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man”. Instead, it was a snorkelling trip with his grandfather …

2017-10-20 03:36   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: A response to “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a story for DeSmog reporting on self-described “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin’s views about climate change and how he thought it might not be caused by humans. There’s been quite a reaction to the story, mainly through Facebook discussions sparked by Salatin himself and by others who are …

2017-07-27 08:25   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Will Australia have ‘clean coal’ questions in a new citizenship test?

Is the Australian Government about to introduce a bunch of questions about “clean coal” and climate change into its citizenship test? If you’d read stories and reaction late last week, then you might have thought that it was. But it isn’t. High profile TV presenters, politicians and online media outlets were all sparked into indignation …

2017-06-26 06:02   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Andrew Bolt brings readers news from climate denialist echo chamber – three years late

“Wow,” proclaimed Andrew Bolt as he shared a clip on his blog a few days ago, “a brilliant smackdown of a CNN host by a climate sceptic and scientist, John Coleman. Great stuff.” “Wow,” proclaimed me just now, “that clip’s nearly three years old and John Coleman’s not even a scientist. Fake stuff.” That’s the …

2017-06-12 02:22   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: How climate science denier Senator Malcolm Roberts turned warmer into colder

Sometimes watching YouTube videos is a lot like eating your favourite flavour of chip, fudge or whatever else it is that you think is moreish. You watch one video and then, on that panel on the right hand side, up pops a whole load of others that YouTube thinks you’ll like. No doubt because of …

2017-05-15 04:12   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Hey Andrew Bolt. The guy in that picture isn’t who you say it is, and Richard Lindzen is totally not a world leading climate scientist

Every now and again I drop over to News Corp climate science denialist Andrew Bolt’s blog just to check that he’s still doing the stuff he’s always done, like misrepresenting climate science and giving his readers and followers bum information. The answer is still yes, although Bolt’s post from a few days ago caught my …

2017-05-05 01:39   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Why has Andrew Bolt suddenly fallen out of love with Antarctica?

Andrew Bolt used to love writing about Antarctica [adopts sarcastic tone] bringing his laser-like scientific mind to the continent’s sea ice. In December 2013, News Corp Australia’s climate science mangler-in-chief was delighting in the predicament of Professor Chris Turney, who had led an exhibition to Antarctica but whose ship had become stuck in sea ice. Screaming …

2017-03-08 01:38   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Launching Positive Feedback – a podcast on climate science, denial and all that other stuff

I’ve launched a new podcast called Positive Feedback that will look at “climate science, denial, and all that stuff in between.” Right now, it’s an entirely independent operation. I’m drawing on the few radio skills I gained from a couple of years at BBC Radio more than a decade ago (mostly forgotten) to produce the …

2017-02-17 06:50   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Here’s Donald Trump’s “100 day action plan” for energy and climate change. He wants to pull out of the UN Paris agreement.

So Donald Trump won. I’m not going to add right now to the mountain of hastily-written “think” pieces about what went wrong, who’s to blame and how roughly half of America’s voting public thought he was an OK option. What’s important to remember, though, is that last bit. Roughly half of Americans who voted chose …

2016-11-09 10:27   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Great Barrier Beer – when three planets align

Sometimes you feel like all your planets have suddenly aligned — like the cogs of chaos have finally locked themselves into place to give you a bit of purchase on life’s unsealed road. This seems like an overly loquacious and ornate start to this post, but screw it. I’m having an attack of enthusiasm. Anyway, a few weeks back …

2016-11-02 23:59   Click to comment

Graham Readfearn: Introducing Alex Jones, the rage machine who thinks Hillary Clinton “Smells of Sulphur” and global warming is a total hoax

In case you didn’t know, there are people on Hillary Clinton’s security detail who think that she’s a “demon possessed” because she “smells like sulphur”. President Obama smells like sulphur too and, apparently, the internet is awash with photographs and images of the president in crowded rooms where he is the only person to have …

2016-10-14 09:28   Click to comment

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