Site: Climate Scepticism

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The climate sceptic blogosphere is becoming crowded to the point that it’s difficult to keep up. Several of us (all British or UK based so far), are getting weary of the effort of grinding out several articles a month simply in order to remain visible. It’s not that we haven’t got something to say – rather that we’d like to take the time to say it as audibly and as clearly as possible.

Our thinking in launching this new blog (called – very originally – Climate Scepticism) is that a joint site, with more frequent and more varied articles, would be more visible and possibly more useful. 
We don’t aim to compete with Bishop Hill or WattsUpWithThat on the news-gathering front, but to assemble a number of disparate voices in a joint venture. There’s no “party line” or rulebook, and certainly no 97% consensus about anything.

So far we are:
Geoff Chambers
Alex Cull –

Brad Keyes –
Paul Matthews
John Shade
Danny Weston
Ian Woolley –

You can follow us on twitter at @cliscep

Recent Articles

Climate Scepticism: Macron’s Climate Waterloo

The French are revolting. So what? Aren’t they always? Somewhere between a half a million and a million came out on the streets to demonstrate against Macron’s last reform, and the one before that, and the one before that. But that was the unions and the left wing parties, so no-one took any notice. This …

2018-11-17 11:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: My Year As A Believer, Part 3

WHEREIN your author am seduced by the Light Side It started eighteen months and four days ago, the night I picked an argument with my wife’s Dean. He was one of those low-information, high-adamancy climate alarmists who are in such oversupply at our tertiary institutions, they’re giving them away with any $30 purchase at the …

2018-11-17 06:51   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Claim: Scientists Fear Species May Already Be Extinct

From the ‘if it bleeds it ledes’ department, this masterpiece of campfire self-intimidation appeared in Tuesday’s Herald. One can’t help but be impressed by the gullibility of any reporter who still takes the word of David Karoly, the most litigious liar in Australian climate science, at face value. It’s not as if we didn’t try …

2018-11-15 23:14   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: My Year as a Believer, Part 2

Dear entire skeptic leadership except me, This is embarrassing. Tonight an inner voice, intractable to scientific understanding, told me to check the contents of my CENSORED folder. I’m glad I did, because the first thing I noticed was the email I was supposed to send y’all last year—complete with instructions for the maintenance of the …

2018-11-11 06:40   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Lew Unblocked

When I was allowed to comment at the Conversation on their articles about Climate Change (but not only. I also commented on French and Italian politics, modern dance and veganism) their second and third most prolific authors were Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook, with forty-odd articles apiece. They’ve slipped in the rankings since, to sixth …

2018-11-11 01:49   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Gleick, my ass! 2018 Sagan Prize helping climate parody go mainstream

A recurring point of lamentation here at CliScep is the dearth of good parody in the climate debate—an area that is surely ripe for ridicule, or no area is. Reader Canman today alerted us to what might just be a cultural turning-point, however. The prestigious 2018 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization will go… <I …

2018-11-10 08:29   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Jordan Peterson on Climate Change

We’ve discussed Jordan Peterson a couple of times previously here. In particular, Ian wrote An Invitation to Jordan Peterson, encouraging him to investigate the “vast continent of muddled thinking in the climate debate”. Well, it appears that Dr Peterson read Ian’s post and has risen to the challenge — either that or he’s been talking …

2018-11-08 12:27   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: My Year as a Believer, Part 1

A Glib Non-pology for Dropping off the Face of the Skeptosphere So, a few years ago a family member dies and I get roped into attending the funeral. She was a Keyes of the Presbyterian Keyeses, so we all know what we’re in for when the celebrant asks us to be seated. Sure enough, the …

2018-11-08 01:48   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: I also do absurd, Geoff

This post was essentially written for Monsieur Chambres, our Comrade on the Continent, which is why his name is in the title. To whom it may amuse, It may amuse you to peruse the abuse I enjoyed under this post at the world’s most-read climate-change blog. Starting from here, furrow your brow as my nemeses …

2018-11-06 13:29   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Brad Keyes Does Angry

[This post is essentially by Brad, which is why his name is in the title, since WordPress won’t let me post under his name ] Paul Matthews’ post “The Victims of Climate Alarmism” made a simple but telling point about the potential effects on fragile minds of scientists spouting nonsense. I wanted to comment on …

2018-11-04 22:52   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: More misleading alarmism from BBC and Met Office

The BBC Radio 4 headline at 7am this morning opened with “The Met Office says Britain’s weather is becoming more extreme” Yes, this was top of the headline news. The news bulletin then started with “A new Met Office report says the UK has experienced more weather extremes over the past ten years than in …

2018-11-02 11:07   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Victims of Climate Alarmism

Climate “scientist” Kate Marvel has posted another of her infantile rants at “Scientific” American. With the excuse of Halloween, it’s even sillier than usual. In 2018, the idea that we need a special holiday to be scared feels a little strange. Zombies, vampires, and werewolves don’t seem so frightening when the real world provides us …

2018-10-31 18:32   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: “You Don’t Know Anything About It”

Unlike economic recession and wars, which pass, climate change does not, and there are deadlines if we want to avoid a point of no return. In fact, scientists calculate that Obama has four years in which to save the world. That was BBC Newsnight’s Science Editor Susan Watts reporting in January 2009. It was the …

2018-10-28 17:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: And Then There Are Physicists

Professor Lord Martin Rees thinks that runaway anthropogenic global warming poses one of the greatest existential threats currently facing mankind – and he should know, given that he is a co-founder of The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. Furthermore, as a former President of the Royal Society, his scientific credentials and professional integrity …

2018-10-26 17:03   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Sound of Bob Ward Clapping

The latest IPCC report has provoked the inevitable articles, and the inevitable articles have been as predictable as they have been inevitable. Bob Ward, at the Guardian tells us that: The dangers if governments ignore efforts to limit warming to 1.5C are more grave than the summary makes out.. There is no mention in the report’s …

2018-10-24 00:14   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Apocalypse delayed

Ben Pile has another article up at Spiked, Apocalypse Delayed: The IPCC report does not justify climate scaremongering. We should all be dead by now, thanks to overpopulation and resource depletion. The few of us remaining should be scavenging a landscape denuded of life by acid rains and UV rays. Thankfully, we are not. Also still standing …

2018-10-19 17:12   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Fascinating Algorithm

You may have heard about the recent crackdown by internet providers on purveyors of Fake News, which began by the banning of Alex Jones by Facebook and Twitter. First they came for the loony rightwing racist chemtrail conspiracy theorist But I wasn’t a loony rightwing racist chemtrail conspiracy theorist So what me worry? Then it …

2018-10-17 01:36   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: It’s Official: Scientists are Sexist Pigs

As a male, climate change sceptic with a physics background, I have three attributes that condemn me to the fate of a dyed-in-the-wool sexist – and the only one I can do anything about is my scepticism. Yes, if only I could see the light and accept the CAGW message, I would at least then …

2018-10-12 17:13   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: IPCC Chap.1: Verse 1: Commentary

This was going to be a comment on Jaime’s excellent article but it got out of hand. Here are some quotes from the Executive Summary of Chapter 1 of the report, with comments: Depending on the temperature dataset considered, 20-40% of the global human population live in regions…

2018-10-12 00:21   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: #SR15 Under The Looking Glass – Part I IPCC Claims All Warming is Now Anthropogenic

Much has been written about the newly released IPCC Special report on global warming of 1.5C, in the media and on blogs ranging from sceptical, to not so sceptical, to climate consensual, to downright alarmist. Much more will be written I am sure. This is just a short(ish) post on my initial impressions …

2018-10-09 22:12   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Jo Nova on HADCRUT

Jo Nova has a must read article on the first ever audit of the HADCRUT temperature records It’s based on the doctoral thesis of John McLean who found a pile of steaming detritus where the world’s top scientists had been. A month in Romania at -45°C; 3 months in…

2018-10-08 06:34   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Notorious Mr Slade

Earlier this year, former US president Barack Obama, standing before an audience attending the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture, took the opportunity to explain why there is no longer any point in debating with those who question the threat of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming. It’s as simple as this, he opined: “You have to believe …

2018-10-05 13:37   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Red Ken Supports Climate Hysteria

Ken Livingstone has an article on Climate Change at Russia Times. Russia Times is an on-line news source hated by the western establishment of left and right; Ken Livingstone is a retired leftwing British politician hated by the British political establishment of left and right. Ken was a popular and successful Labour Party leader of …

2018-10-04 00:39   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: September 2018 – The Very First Time It Was Hotter Than This Was 1749!

Mean Central England Temperature for September 2018 turned out to to be 13.7C. This puts September 2018 in the entirely unremarkable middling territory between the coldest and hottest Septembers ever recorded, being 10.5C in 1674 and 16.8C in 2006. In point of fact, the very first time we had a warmer September (i.e. 13.8C) …

2018-10-03 09:34   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Taking the Truth Pledge

Barry Woods, in a series of comments at Paul’s article draws our attention to a Climate Change and Philosophy Colloquium at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a small, liberal arts college in Upstate New York, which offers the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and master of arts in teaching. The colloquium …

2018-09-29 08:33   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The myth of a climate crisis

Over at Spiked magazine, Ben Pile has a new article on The myth of a climate crisis. It’s mostly a review of Roger Pielke Jr’s book on The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change, originally published in 2014 but now updated in a new edition. In the Introduction, that you can read at the Amazon …

2018-09-26 14:45   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Breaking: Final Draft Of IPCC Key Climate Alarmist Report Is Not Alarmist Enough!

Yes, it’s true. The forthcoming IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C has been formally accused of ‘pulling its punches’ in order to let polluters off the hook by none other than Bob Ward, policy wonk at the Grantham Institute. The Graun, of course, has the story. Warnings about the dangers of global …

2018-09-23 09:50   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Sceptical Cli-Fi (2) The Third Policeman

[Thanks to Wikipaedia for many details, since I don’t have the book to hand and haven’t read it for a while.] The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien (Brian O’Nolan) (published in 1967 but written in 1940) is probably the only humorous novel in history in which the narrator commits a brutal murder on the first …

2018-09-22 20:56   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Fabricated news

This post isn’t directly climate-related, but it’s about a tactic used in the news media where considerable scepticism is warranted. I’m not sure if its use is increasing, or if I’m just noticing it more. Here is the top BBC Radio 4 News headline presented at 7am this morning on the Today Programme: Two EU …

2018-09-20 11:46   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Misleading Figures Behind the New Climate Economy

A tweet came my way, encouraging the world to read the New Climate Economy Report. The report is the work of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which claims to be… … a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change. …

2018-09-06 14:06   Click to comment

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