Site: Jo Nova

Slant: Sceptic

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Who knew thousands of unpaid scientists are rising in protest against name-calling bullies and rent-seekers?

Jo Nova is one. She’s a prize-winning science grad and author, and her site gets over 2 million hits a year. A long time ago she was a Green, and still wants to save the world, but with the scientific method (…a perfectly good civilization is going to waste.)


Andrew Bolt described her writing as “outstanding”, and called one piece “a magnificant polemic.” She’s been quoted by James Delingpole, Christopher Booker, and Mark Steyn. She’s been blamed for the collapse of the ETS and named in the Australian Parliament. The Oxfam report on ClimateGate news improbably listed her blog influence as being equal to NASA in the Climategate email saga. The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne listed Jo Nova as the balancing counterpoint to the combined scientific weight of The UN and government departments. She must be doing something right.


Recent Articles

Jo Nova: Despite record heat, six times as many people die of cold in Australia not heat

Australia has had the hottest temperatures for a thousand years (according to some). We’ve “shattered records” yet even so, at the peak of this hot era — six times as many Australians were felled by cold weather. Lord help us when the next ice-age comes.

A study on Australian deaths from 2000-2009 found that heat, cold, and temperature variability killed 42,000 people which was about 6% of…

2018-10-19 19:06   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Hadley excuse implies their quality control might filter out the freak outliers? Not so.

The Met Office, Hadley Centre response to #DataGate implied they do quality control and that leaves the impression that they might filter out the frozen tropical islands and other freak data:

We perform automated quality checks on the ocean data and monthly updates to the land data are subjected to a computer assisted manual quality control process.

I asked John to expand on what Hadley…

2018-10-18 16:08   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Three out of four living astronauts who walked on moon are skeptics (men the ABC won’t interview)

Charles Duke, 1972

There are only 12 men who have walked on the moon, and only 4 are still living. Selected from the best of the best at the time, with impeccable reputations, why would any of them speak out and risk being called names like deniers of “basic physics”. Yet three of the four have: Harrison Schmitt, Charles Duke, Buzz Aldrin. (Plus others like Australian born Phil Chapman…

2018-10-18 05:46   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Midweek Unthreaded

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2018-10-16 22:07   Click to comment

Jo Nova: MediaWatch: Jo Nova, McLean, Newscorp fools! Govt committees are always right

Ponder the irony — MediaWatch is meant to be a media auditor, but it starts from the assumption that every government run collective is 100% accurate (at least on climate change). And unaudited UN committees are infallible too. Indeed newspapers have a duty to repeat what these committees say without questioning them. Host Paul Barry actually uses the word duty.

Once upon a time, the duty of…

2018-10-16 17:33   Click to comment

Jo Nova: #DataGate: Hadley reply to first audit is polite fog excuses about problems 2,000 staff didn’t find

Last week we exposed absurd errors, brutal adjustments and an almost complete lack of quality control (was there any at all?) in the key HadCRUT4 data. The IPCC’s favorite set is maintained (I’m feeling generous) by the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Uni of East Anglia’s CRU in the UK.

Finally the Hadley Met Centre team have replied to Graham Lloyd regarding John McLean’s audit. Wi thout…

2018-10-15 12:35   Click to comment

Jo Nova: ABC Climate fiction: Life at 0.5 degrees hotter, dead plants, animals, ghost towns, jellyfish hell

The job of ABC environment reporters is not to serve the public and ask scientists hard questions about whether we can rely on their climate models that fail 98% of the time and on every scale in time and locality.

Instead their job is to be fiction writers, converting failing models into vomiting babies:

Under IPCC forecasts babies born today will be 22 when warming hits 1.5C. What will life…

2018-10-14 09:35   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Weekend Unthreaded

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2018-10-13 18:57   Click to comment

Jo Nova: A close look at the arctic sea ice models that have launched the careers of a thousand polar bears

This is Expertise the UN can bank on

In the GWPF 2018 Lecture, Richard Lindzen pointed out the genius of Arctic climate models

First, for something to be evidence, it must have been unambiguously predicted. (This is a necessary, but far from sufficient condition.) Figure 1 shows the IPCC model forecasts for the summer minimum in Arctic sea ice in the year 2100 relative to the period…

2018-10-12 17:19   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Google is “the good censor” protecting civility by censoring conservative badthink

“Lucky us” Google has appointed itself as the unelected Decider Of Truth (and hopefully election results)

Google says it is unbiased, but a leaked memo explains to staff that free speech can be “a political weapon”, is a “utopian idea” and “users behaving badly” will allow “crummy politicians to expand their influence”. And we can’t have that.

For your own safety, you are not encouraged to…

2018-10-11 07:47   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Lindzen on why the educated elites are so vulnerable to being fooled

So smart and yet so stupid

Global Warming for the Two Cultures by Richard Lindzen

Prof Richard Lindzen, a giant of the skeptical debate delivered the 2018 Annual GWPF lecture this week talking about two cultures of two different educated elites. Those at the higher intellectual level may be more prone to groupthink than ordinary folk…

The two different kinds of elites and a vast gap between…

2018-10-10 17:32   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Both AGL, Origin warn renewables threaten grid, create chaos, drive off basload, cause higher cost

Another Hazelwood-size batch of renewables coming on line in Australia by 2020.

Solar Farm, Canberra

That’s 1600MW of random subsidized energy dropping into a market that is artificially priced to value weather-changing potential over reliability. Now, even the bosses of two gentailers which both benefit from renewables subsidies are warning things are chaotic, going to get turbulent and more…

2018-10-10 06:20   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Midweek Unthreaded

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2018-10-09 22:03   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Australia discovers a spine! Pushes back against UN hysterical coal hate

Finally, for the first time since Tony Abbott was PM we see Australia not rushing to adopt everything a foreign unaudited committee tells us. The IPCC has overreached — the economic neophytes and b-grade scientists calling for the fantasy wipe-out to Australia’s main source of electricity, one of our top two export industries and the complete devaluation of a resource that could last for the…

2018-10-09 07:50   Click to comment

Jo Nova: IPCC Coral-apocalypse: 243,000 km² of Great Barrier Reef corals to die in only 20 years

Wise Hok Wai Lum: Flynn Reef 2014.

That’s it for corals.

The IPCC have gone full apocalyptic: “Coral reefs would decline by 70 to 90 per cent with warming of 1.5°C…” And this catastrophic prophesy will unfold sometime around 2040. (See the graph).

The IPCC are practically holding the Great Barrier Reef Hostage. Things are so dire, the Financial Review has just declared that the next election…

2018-10-08 19:23   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Scandal: First ever audit of global temperature data finds freezing tropical islands, boiling towns, boats on land

The fate of the planet is at stake, but the key temperature data set used by the climate models contains hundreds of errors and more than 70 different sorts of problems. Trillions of dollars have been spent because of predictions based on this data – yet even the simplest of quality control checks have not been done.

The IPCC expertise and demands for cash, rests on freak data, empty fields,…

2018-10-07 08:16   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Big news coming tomorrow: watch this space

All the info later on Sunday Australia time, first thing in the morning for most of the world. Just in time for the IPCC report Monday. Do come back. :- )

This will be the unthreaded line til then.

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2018-10-06 15:16   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Warning! Wind power warms local climate for next hundred years, needs 5 – 20 times as much land

It’s not often we see a report that turns things on their head quite like this.

Wind turbines may cause more local warming than global cooling in the next century.

Wind power could warm the United States by 0.24 degrees Celsius instead of cooling it, because wind turbines redistribute heat in the atmosphere. (That would be equivalent to two decades of recent warming.) Apparently this only…

2018-10-05 18:12   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Global Flipping. Manitoba dumps carbon taxes too

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted all the Canadian provinces to do their own carbon tax, and threatened to do a weapons-grade national tax if they didn’t and they aren’t. Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland all said No. Now the Premier of Manitoba has done some spectacular backflipping to join them.

A mere few weeks ago he was Trudeau’s best friend…

2018-10-04 17:34   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Blogs Tenth Birthday and 50 comments to go til we reach 500,000

Comments count sitting at 499,955

Sometime today the comment ticker will hit 500,000 and sometime last Sunday we reached the blog’s tenth birthday.

Thanks

For the curious, see that first post on Sept 30th, 2008

I didn’t really know what a blog was then. I had no history of commenting, no experience moderating, and somehow didn’t even have a list of blogs I read daily. For the first year my…

2018-10-04 05:56   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Humanities research politicized too: Silly fake papers “feminist Mein Kampf” get through peer review

Unfalsifiable theories and no dissenting ideas allowed

A kind of social snakeoil is being pushed upon us….

a culture has developed that make only some conclusions allowed.

Three left wing academics wanted to expose the political corruption in feminist, sexuality, queer, gender, race and fat studies. They hoped to bring back some rigor and reintroduce skepticism to peer review. They submitted…

2018-10-03 18:34   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Midweek Unthreaded

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2018-10-02 22:04   Click to comment

Jo Nova: New study: Conservatives not fooled by “extreme weather” in media but liberals suffer imaginary droughts

Good news. There is hope for average Americans; not so much for academics.

It’s bad news for the Eco Worriers though who were hoping that constant displays of extreme weather would finally convince conservatives — a flood here, a Cat 6 there, a hottest first Sunday of Lent. It all washes over Conservatives. The weather-porn won’t convince them.

But the most interesting and novel discovery…

2018-10-02 18:53   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Wait! “Critical”,”life changing” IPCC report by 33.5 unpaid women is just like all the last ones

There is no new science here but it could be the most simpering advertising I have seen dressed up as “reporting”. IPCC: Climate scientists consider ‘life changing’ report

by Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC

It is likely to be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years.

Scientists are meeting this week, right now, to try to save the world or to…

2018-10-01 17:37   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Weekend Unthreaded

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2018-09-30 03:57   Click to comment

Jo Nova: The Chinese coal fired steam engine from hell. Holy Volcano Train!

While Elon is charging up the EV to save the world, in China somewhere coal-fired steam trains live on, burning coal, hauling coal, spewing coal up in the air.

Get a load of this industrial marvel. This is the Fossil Fuel Nightmare Express. Raining live climate destruction at 6pm.

Surely the ultimate Iowahawk Grand Champion Carbonator of all time.

h/t co2isnotevil

This is one way to…

2018-09-29 17:25   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Dump Paris says former BHP Chief Jerry Ellis

Retired chiefs are an asset — they can say what they think without worrying that they will offend a politician.

Jerry Ellis is a truly independent opinion. Just the kind of guy the very dependent ABC won’t put on the 7:30 report this week.

Ex-BHP Chief: Scrap Paris Now by Tony Thomas

Ex-chairman of BHP (1997-99), Jerry Ellis (left) ex-chancellor of Monash University, and an ex-director of ANZ…

2018-09-29 07:38   Click to comment

Jo Nova: It’s not a job interview, This is hell — and other stuff the ABC left out of our news.

One of the fieriest and most apt speeches in Washington was surely from Senator Graham. Since ABC viewers have missed this, I thought I would help out.

If the Democrats get away with this (so they can do it again) only a kevlar-coated-narcissist would want to run for public office.

Question for the #Metoo movement. When the mob rules and evidence is irrelevant, which gender will be less…

2018-09-28 16:15   Click to comment

Jo Nova: We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four

Some points here that the national media may not have shared. Supreme Court Justices in the most powerful Democracy on Earth may be at the point of being selected by character assassination. Evidence is so old fashioned…

As Donald Trump says “ it’s a ‘very big cultural moment‘ for the United States.” In terms of civilizations, some things matter.

We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four

Victor…

2018-09-27 15:33   Click to comment

Jo Nova: Add that to the windpower bill: SA Battery cost $90m which is $220 per family of four

The ABC reports that finally the people of SA can find out what the emergency Tesla battery cost — $56 per person, or $220 per family, just for the purchase, not for the operation. Hands up South Australians, who would have rushed to sign up to be the Star Renewable State if they had to sign the checks themselves and their electricity bill had a item called: “The price of renewables”.

South…

2018-09-27 12:01   Click to comment


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