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: Ongoing ignorance of experts 4

Want the good news or the bad news? Trick question. It’s either both or nothing. To get us started, here’s a tweet from a Greenie today telling us some good news: Those who campaign in defence of science mustn't engage in pseudoscience. Emotive bear footage + narrative from campaigners was picked up uncritically by media… …

2017-12-12 17:19   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: President Macron’s Climate Sums

President Macron’s reaction to Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate was to invent a nice slogan (Make the Planet Great Again) and call an international conference for this Tuesday. You can read the programme (in English) for this one day event at Here’s how they define the purpose of the conference: .. …

2017-12-10 20:38   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Ongoing ignorance of experts 3

Here’s the bottom line, helpfully at the top. For mediocre self-defined experts, climate is a gateway drug. For society, climate is self-harm due to low self-esteem. The only snag is that I don’t know when I’ll reach the bottom line. Death in November The last nine days have in my opinion been some of the …

2017-12-08 18:30   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Friday Funny: Hayhoe talks to Marshall

A bit of light relief. This is hilarious. Katharine Hayhoe talks to George Marshall and other members of the Green Blob about how to talk climate change outside of the ‘green bubble’. She’s preaching in a church. #YouCouldntMakeItUp.   How to talk climate change outside of the 'green bubble'? Check out this video from @ClimateOutreach …

2017-12-08 18:27   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Sir Ian Byatt on the consequences of UK climate policy

Sir Ian Byatt, economist and former Government advisor, is presenting a paper today at a conference in Paris organised by Benoit Rittaud. Other speakers include Patrick Moore and Václav Klaus. Sir Ian’s paper can be read here.

2017-12-07 14:00   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Who Wrote the World’s Worst Scientific Paper?

I want to have a go at analysing the World’s Worst Scientific Paper one of these days, but first there’s the question: Who among the fourteen listed authors actually wrote it? Obviously lead author Jeffrey A. Harvey must take responsibility. But who actually penned it? Harvey is a researcher in terrestrial ecology with expertise in …

2017-12-06 22:59   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Polar-Bear-Gate

The story of the Harvey et al smear paper (previous posts here and here and here) continues to grow rapidly. It’s hard to keep up. The latest news is from a new blog post by Susan Crockford that includes two points of considerable interest – her letter of complaint to the journal, and a release of …

2017-12-06 18:13   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Lying about Susan Crockford and others

This post summarises some of the lies associated with the recent Harvey et al paper. There’s also a request for reader input! See bold italics below. 1. Harvey et al claim that Crockford hasn’t published anything on polar bears. I had a quick look at two of her papers. This 2007 paper mentions polar bears, …

2017-12-06 12:54   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Susan Crockford on the decline of the polar bear icon

Here at CliScep we are gutted that our blog did not make the list of “AGW denying blogs” provided by the lying fraudsters top scientists behind the recent smear job on Susan Crockford. The reason seems to be that we have not been enthusiastically promoting her excellent work debunking the polar bear scare as some …

2017-12-05 17:55   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate Scientists Harassing Women (asexually, of course)–Again–Matt Lauer, Meet Michael Mann

  Consensus climate scientists have long been personal and damning in their criticism of those who don’t agree with them. They’ve threatened physical violence (Ben Santer: “Next time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat the crap out of him. Very tempted.”). They of course use the epithet ‘denier’ …

2017-12-01 23:43   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate Updates from The Royal Society (AKA The Alarmists’ Inventive Inventory of More Bad News)

The Royal Society has produced a new report to try to maintain the climate scare, providing an update on the last IPCC report (AR5) that came out in 2013. It’s in two parts, a document that summarises their main points in a non-technical way, starting off with “Climate change is one of the defining issues …

2017-11-29 18:10   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Social Science as Organised Ignorance.

In a recent article I criticised Catriona McKinnon of Reading University, who wants climate deniers to be banned from expressing their opinions or being employed in universities. That’s a pretty strong position for a Professor of Political Theory to take. The last time certain people were banned by law from working in universities was… never …

2017-11-28 21:45   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Ongoing ignorance of experts 2

Tolstoy hit the nail on the head. All climate alarmists are alike; each climate sceptic is unhappy in his own way. Only kidding. The smug self-satisfaction still includes some minor variations. I wish to return to Matt Ridley, an expert who I believe was unfairly criticised in September by two perceptive experts here, Geoff Chambers …

2017-11-26 18:55   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: How Many Philosophers Does it Take to Change your Mind?

  Philosophers are like buses. There’s never one when you want one, and then three come along at once. Thanks to Barry Woods for alerting me to this paper by Catriona McKinnon, Professor of Political Theory at Reading University, and to Ruth Dixon for pointing out this contribution to the Oxford University Press Climate Science …

2017-11-25 10:29   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Canadian Inquisition

This story is not directly climate-related, but it illustrates the familiar authoritarian behaviour of the thought police within academia and the attempts to promote an agenda and suppress all dissenting views. You can read about the story at the BBC, CBC, the Spectator, Quillette, and many other sources. At a third-rate Canadian university near Toronto called …

2017-11-23 12:46   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Cook and Oreskes are Right

Pearce, Grundmann, Hulme et al have replied (14 Nov 2017) to replies by Cook (28 Sep 2017) and Oreskes (28 Sep 2017) to a previous article by Pearce, Grundmann, Hulme et al (23 Jul 2017).  It’s been discussed at WattsUpWithThat, but as usual there, any sensible comments get lost in the hubbub. That’s why here …

2017-11-19 22:22   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: ‘Pictures Taken Seconds Before Death’

The climate conversation has been proceeding at a breathless pace since 1988 (a rather arbitrary starting point, but… whatever). The warming period of 1975-1998 was unusual and worthy of discussion. The idea that humans contributed to some portion of that warming was just common sense, given the rapid pace of industrialization. But the warming achieved …

2017-11-19 18:05   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Damning Evidence that the Russians Hacked the Brexit Vote

  In the Times today: “The Russian town of Gelendzhik, on the banks of the Black Sea, has a population of 55,000. According to Twitter, one of its inhabitants is Svetlana Lukyanchenko, a voracious user of the social platform who signed up in May 2016 — less than a month before Britain voted to leave …

2017-11-15 09:33   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Oxford University Press on Climate Conspiracy Theories

In this article I signalled a new article at The Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Climate on Climate Change Conspiracy Theories by Joseph E. Uscinski, Karen Douglas, and Stephan Lewandowsky. (thanks to Paul Matthews.) The Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Climate has 170 articles which you can browse here of which 10 deal with the dynamics of climate …

2017-11-15 00:05   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Ongoing ignorance of experts 1

I’m going to try to divide this up into a series of reasonably digestible chunks, beginning with Dr Matthews’ clever ploy of mostly posting tweets. Let’s start with this guy on the first day of November: The enlightenment needs saving — Matt Ridley (@mattwridley) November 1, 2017 Who had prompted that? This fellow: blocked …

2017-11-11 23:17   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Saving Fiji – from Abu Dhabi

It’s not only marketing men with electrodes in their brains who are worried about Fiji and its environmental fragility. Fiji is presiding the current COP23 talks in Bonn, so it’s much in the news, and the Guardian joined the fray with a frightening account  of how many billions it must spend to adapt to climate …

2017-11-10 15:57   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: It was the Russians!

Isn’t it strange that apparently Russia intervened with everything lefty’s disagree with? #Trump #Brexit — Shirl (@shirl2702) November 7, 2017 By now, we all know that Trump only became president of the US because the evil Russians interfered with the election and manipulated public opinion. We know this thanks in part to the fearless investigative …

2017-11-07 19:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: How Telling the Right Stories Can Make People Act on Climate Change

From the Conversation, slightly abridged by Tom van Laer Senior Lecturer in Marketing, City, University of London, and Ross Gordon Associate Professor in Social Marketing, Macquarie University We can survive climate change. There is something simple and concrete that each of us can do. Telling and sharing stories, from the scientific to the personal, is …

2017-11-07 09:42   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Reconciling CO2 Concentrations With Emissions and Energy Consumption

According to the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, in 2016 the world consumed 580.7 quadrillion British Thermal Units, lovingly known as ‘quads.’ In 2010 we consumed 512 quads,a growth rate of about 2%. Reported emissions of greenhouse gases have plateaued for the past three years and have not risen much since 2010. March …

2017-11-06 11:07   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Jonathan Franzen: the Twitcher Who Came in from the Cold

The Guardian has one of its long read essays entitled “Is it too late to save the world? Jonathan Franzen on one year of Trump’s America” in which Jonathan Franzen “reflects on the role of the writer in times of crisis.” Franzen’s essay weaves together half a dozen different themes; the election of Trump; essay …

2017-11-05 22:31   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Outgassing for the Planet

It’s Conference of the Parties time again. If you you thought COP21 in Paris two years ago had solved the climate crisis you haven’t been paying attention to your favourite site. As we reported a year ago, COP22 last year in Marrakesh brought together the normal tens of thousands of delegates, including six professors and …

2017-11-04 14:21   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Jennifer Bernstein and the New Environmental Paradigm

I”ve written about the New Environmental (or Ecological) Paradigm (NEP) before here and there. The New Environmental Paradigm is a battery of questions designed to establish where survey respondents stand on environmentalism. It’s one of dozens of similar standardised questionnaires used in the social sciences to discover where people stand in relation to numerous subjects. …

2017-11-01 23:45   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Ipsos Mori: UK climate concern decreasing

Today and tomorrow there’s a conference for “environmental communicators” taking place, at Bristol Zoo. See the website or twitter tag. In a time of unprecedented social, economic and political change we urgently need proactive tools for successfully communicating environmental issues. Communicate goes straight to the interface and asks some difficult questions about current approaches as ……

2017-11-01 15:49   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Glyphosgate

It appears that the IPCC may not be the only large organisation with a four-letter acronym starting with I and ending with C that produces reports that distort science to make it conform to an agenda. A group called IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), which is attached to the WHO, produced a report in …

2017-10-25 10:10   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Only half of Americans would pay $1 a month to fight climate change

Roger Pielke Jr has now moved on from the climate debate into sports policy, but he still issues occasional bulletins of climate stories that are well worth reading. The latest, Pielke on Climate #6, discusses emissions intensity, hurricanes, and ocean heat content, but starts off with a remarkable fact from a recent public opinion survey. …

2017-10-17 16:58   Click to comment

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