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: 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

Climate Scepticism: 1976 vs. 2018: The Strange Case of the Mismatch Between Central England and England

As I showed a few days ago, this summer 2018 turned out to be the fifth warmest summer on record in the long running Central England database, going all the way back to 1659. It was beaten hands down by 1826 in second place and the superlative summer of 1976 in first place. …

2018-09-04 19:09   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Sceptical Cli-Fi (1) Huckleberry Finn

Long before I discovered Cli Fi and wrote about it somewhere here (hope the WordPress bot picks it up) I’ve had the feeling that literature can help us understand the incredible fiction which is catastrophic man-made global warming. Ten years of frequenting warmists has convinced me of the truth of Ben Pile’s observation about the …

2018-09-02 23:35   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: August Goes Pear-Shaped, Dashing Warmist Hopes of a Record Summer

It’s official: 2018 is only the 5th warmest summer on record in Central England, beaten by a full half a degree by 1976, closely followed by 1826, before we started belching out planet-destroying CO2. Glum faces all around at Warmist HQ. Good grief, we couldn’t even manage to beat 2003, the classic climate changed …

2018-09-01 11:19   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Monsieur Hulot’s Mid-Life Crisis

The resignation of the French Ecology Minister made waves not only in France, and rightly so. As number two in the government, and its most popular member by far, Hulot’s resignation, announced spontaneously during a radio interview, has given Macron’s government its…

2018-08-31 23:23   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: On Madness, Method and Mushrooms

Kelvin Hall, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, offers psychotherapy that embraces the intervention of other-than-human life in both content and process; this includes equine-assisted work. He has twenty-six years in the business and is a student of ‘natural and classical’ horsemanship. He is immersed in the British countryside. Emma Palmer, from Bristol, is an embodied-relational therapist, wild…

2018-08-31 17:20   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: About that “global heatwave”…

At the end of July, the alarmist media was shrieking hysterically about a “global heatwave”. 2018’s global heat wave is so pervasive it’s surprising scientists The global heat wave that’s been killing us The ‘Cause’ of the Deadly Global Heatwave Shocking Global Map Shows the Extent of a Global Heat Wave Global heatwave: Climate change …

2018-08-29 17:17   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: August climateballs

Another round-up of some of the latest climate silliness – some stories that are worth commenting on but don’t really merit a full post on their own. Mr Hulot resigns The clueless French environment minister, appropriately named Mr Hulot, has resigned, see AFP report and Climate Home. Apparently he announced his resignation live on radio …

2018-08-28 12:40   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Up Lewandowsky’s Memory Hole without a Paddle

Here we are, with the unlimited resources of the Fossil Fuel Lobby, and we haven’t even noticed (at least, I hadn’t) what Professor Lewandowsky has been up to: (apologies to anyone who may have already blogged on this) Welcome back to April 24, 2018Stephan LewandowskyStephan Lewandowsky The…

2018-08-24 01:05   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: What is the sound of one hand hand-wringing?

One of my favourite lines in anything I’ve ever read about politics is possibly an apocryphal attribution to Voltaire. On being told that, ‘life is hard’, Voltaire is said to have replied, ‘compared to what?’. Comparison is essential to all humanist thinking – thinking that puts humans, rather than gods and monsters, at the centre …

2018-08-22 16:32   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Thinking – Is it Overrated?

In a quiet and private room, somewhere in the northeast of England, an earnest debate was taking place. “I do understand that the human mind is the stage for a complex interplay between thought and emotion, in which it can be nigh on impossible to determine which comes first,” opined the old man. “Oh no!” …

2018-08-16 21:12   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Nothing is caused by human activity

There are some aspects of the climate debate where the arguments taking place seem to be based on nothing at all, when you go back to first principles and try to start from the beginning. Tim Osborn started a long twitter debate by saying that sceptics “haven’t provided a credible explanation for observed warming”. Another …

2018-08-16 12:26   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Who Pushed the Alarmist Domino – Scientists or the Media?

Few have missed the fact that Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene, published two days ago is a reworking of 1990s ‘runaway global warming’ hypothesis, now dubbed ‘Hothouse Earth’. The abstract: We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization …

2018-08-08 12:59   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Twice as Likely as Not: Attribution of Increased Probability of Discrete Events

We are obsessed by time series, and rightly so. Daily changes in the stock market; monthly movements of unemployment or inflation; annual trends in birthrates or immigration; these graphs are the key to understanding the direction in which our society is heading, and how fast. It is quite impossible to formulate sensible economic or social …

2018-08-06 02:50   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Rupert and the Mystery Denier

Rupert Read teaches philosophy at the University of East Anglia, chairs the Green House thinktank and was “Green Party 2015 MP-Candidate for Cambridge.” He was twittering the other day: BBC Radio wanted to have me on today to debate a climate-denier in the context of the drought/heatwave. I said NO. I told them it was …

2018-08-03 20:18   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Attributing The 2018 Northern European Heatwave to Climate Change

  Rapid extreme weather attribution, aka climate ambulance chasing, has come of age and the attributors are in high demand: For Friederike Otto, a climate modeller at the University of Oxford, UK, the past week has been a frenzy, as journalists clamoured for her views on climate change’s role in the summer heat. “It’s been …

2018-08-03 13:57   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climatism versus Democracy

Translated from this post by Benoît Rittaud: The dream of environmental dictatorship is being expressed more and more openly, and the normal social safeguards no longer work. Take this headline to an interview with climatologist François-Marie Bréon in Libération, 29/07/2018: “The Battle for the Climate conflicts with Individual Freedoms.” This title alone might suggest a …

2018-08-03 10:11   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The shape of British summers to come?

Following this summer’s long heat wave, with weeks of hot sunny weather and hardly a drop of rain, there’s been a lot of talk about whether this is the new normal, thanks to man-made climate change. Fortunately, the Guardian’s climate expert Fiona Harvey has an article that sets the record straight on this, helped by …

2018-08-01 13:11   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Lewandowsky, Parliament, and the Gloucestershire Village Idiot

The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has just published its “Interim Report on Disinformation and ‘fake news’.” I was mildly interested since Professor Lewandowsky was a witness. There’s a transcript of his oral evidence before the committee, and his written evidence can be found here. Professor Lewandowsky proved a bit monomaniac. …

2018-07-30 12:43   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Stringing Us Along

John Shade, who is semi-retired from this blog, has an excellent article at about what happens when a group of scientists see themselves as a monolithic élite with a strong sense of consensus and a “disregard for and disinterest in the ideas, opinions, and work of experts who are not part of the…

2018-07-24 21:17   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Monbiot and Klein – the Schlock Doctrine

I’ve been leafing through two recent books by two of the most prominent promoters of climate hysteria, George Monbiot and Naomi Klein. I haven’t actually read either of their works, so I can’t do a proper review, but a crash course in fuzzy logic from John Ridgway enables me to utterly destroy any claim they …

2018-07-17 23:55   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Bad News For Anthropocene Fans – It’s All Over Because The Holocene Officially Isn’t (Over)

    The climate change convinced dared to dream a dream: that human beings, single-handedly, uniquely, in the 4.2 billion year geological history of planet Earth, had, some time within the last few hundred years, initiated a new geological epoch they dubbed the Anthropocene. They have lovingly nurtured their dream for nearly two decades now, …

2018-07-17 22:30   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: More surveys – look at my face

Following on from the previous post, showing that most people in the UK seem to adopt the Catherine Tate approach to climate change, here are three more new surveys. University of Michigan A report from the University of Michigan announces that a record 73% of Americans now think that there is solid evidence of global …

2018-07-16 17:14   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Brits Lukewarm on Climate

A new version of the British Social Attitudes Survey is out. There’s a summary of the key findings of the whole survey, which says in its first bullet point,  • The British public are not as worried about major global challenges as the experts who work on them. Public concern about the threat of climate …

2018-07-10 14:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Black Swans and Barber Shops

Nassim Taleb has published a chapter from his recent book “Skin in the Game” at  According to Amazon, in this book: Taleb challenges long-held beliefs .. Among his insights: – For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing… – Ethical rules aren’t universal. You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s …

2018-07-07 19:57   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Poison in the Air

Who said this? Scientists are an interesting bunch. More than willing to ascribe whatever properties fit the government’s ever more implausible stories, in exchange for an MSM appearance fee, 5 minutes of fame and the fond hope of a research grant. It could have been any of us, but it wasn’t. It was Craig Murray, …

2018-07-05 07:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Don’t Trust a Fox in a Green Meadow

Bereft of gainful employment, I now find myself spending more time than is good for me plucking at the internet for morsels of entertainment. Thus engaged, and being a sucker for the allure of an intriguing title, I recently settled upon the following article, written by a certain Michelle Nijhuis, and posted on Vox,1 the self-proclaimed …

2018-06-30 15:05   Click to comment

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