Category Archives: Skeptics

Climate change: what we don’t know

by Judith Curry

This past week, there have been several essays and one debate that provide some good perspectives on what we don’t know about climate change, and whether we should be alarmed.

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Positioning skeptics

by Judith Curry

What use is science to society, if its advocates are not brave enough to point out the nonsense that is produced in the name of the scientific consensus? – Ben Pile

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Steyn et al. versus Mann

by Judith Curry

Some significant developments in various lawsuits involving Michael Mann

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Chemistry’s climate of skepticism

by Judith Curry

While climate change is occurring, the drivers of change are less clear.’

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Liberal denial on climate change and energy

by Judith Curry

Well, this is an interesting twist on climate denialism.

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Perspective from a weather forecaster

by Judith Curry

The answer is the fruit of my labor, not the object of it. Because of that, you’ll look for anything to come up with the correct answer, not just a predetermined one where your self-esteem depends on it. – Joe Bastardi

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Peer review: the skeptic filter

by Judith Curry

As the IPCC struggles with its inconvenient truth – the pause and the growing discrepancy between models and observations – the obvious question is: why is the IPCC just starting to grapple with this issue now, essentially two minutes before midnite of the release of the AR5?

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Who is on which ‘side’ in the climate debate, anyways?

by Judith Curry

Well, if you judge ‘sides’ by what climate scientists have to say about the science, it is getting difficult to tell.

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‘Denier’ blogs

by Judith Curry

Judith Curry’s blog, Climate Etc., is an exception to the stereotype of denier blogs. Curry is a real climate scientist with strong credentials.  Committed to reason, evidence, and open inquiry, she is willing to examine legitimate points the climate skeptics may be making — as well as the evidence and arguments from mainstream climate science. – Society of Environmental Journalists

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Why farmers don’t believe in anthropogenic global warming

by Judith Curry

If there’s one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it’s bad weather, and perhaps as a result, many of them don’t think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change.

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AGW skeptics in the professional community

by Judith Curry

We find that climate science scepticism is not limited to the scientifically illiterate, but well ensconced within this group of professional experts with scientific training – who work as leaders or advisors to management in governmental, non-governmental, and corporate organizations.

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Anatomy of dissent

by Judith Curry

Two particular subgroups of ACC-questioning mainstream scientists that emerged from my research among atmospheric scientists were two kinds of research meteorologists: the (by definition physics-strong and theoretical) dynamicists and more empirical research meteorologists with past training in synoptic methods and weather prediction. – Myanna Lahsen

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What exactly are we debating?

by Judith Curry

The climate debate is becoming more complex and sophisticated, and the issues and the ‘sides’ in the debate seem less black and white than they used to.

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Calling out climate change deniers in Congress

by Judith Curry

We need to work to curb climate change, and a big step is to raise our voices to change the conversation in Washington. Call these deniers out. Hold them accountable. Ask them if they will admit climate change is a problem.

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Cool first, warm later

by Judith Curry

From an article in the New Scientist by Fred Pearce, written in Sept 2009:

One of the world’s top climate modellers said Thursday we could be about to enter one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.

“I am not one of the sceptics,” insisted Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University, Germany. “However, we have to ask the nasty questions ourselves or other people will do it.”

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PBS Ombudsman

by Judith Curry

A segment on climate change last Monday evening produced a storm of protest from critics who felt the program mislead viewers — by a faulty application of journalistic balance — about the very real threat of global warming and man’s contribution to it, as well as a sprinkling of support from those who think that threat is overstated and that balance was just the right touch for the NewsHour. – Michael Getler, PBS

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Skeptics: make your best case. Part II

by Judith Curry

By popular request, here is  new thread on one of the original ‘hot topics’ at Climate Etc.

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BS detectors

by Judith Curry

Most likely, their bullshit detectors just went on high alert. – Greg Breining

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The ‘hard won’ consensus

by Judith Curry

The extent to which a consensus is “hard won” can be understood to depend on the personal qualities of the participating experts.” Brent Ranalli

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The ‘irresistable’ story of Richard Muller

by Judith Curry

The story surrounding Richard Muller is providing some interesting insights into the psycho-dynamics of climate change science.

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John Christy’s EPW testimony

by Judith Curry

John Christy’s testimony to the Senate Committee Environment & Public Works Committee can be found here [christy testimony 2012].

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Cato’s Impact Assessment

by Judith Curry

The Cato Institute has a new report entitled ADDENDUM: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, which is an addendum to the 2009 USGCRP Report with the same title.

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Garth Paltridge held hostage (?) by the uncertainty monster

by Andy Lacis

JC note:  this essay responds to Garth Paltridge’s recent post Science held hostage in climate debate.

What’s up with Garth?

Why the surprisingly out of touch lack of understanding of what it is that makes the global climate change?

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Science held hostage in climate debate

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by Garth Paltridge

The broad theory of man-made global warming is acceptable in the purely qualitative sense. If humans continue to fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, there can be little doubt that the average temperature of the world will increase above what it would have been otherwise. The argument about the science is, and always has been, whether the increase would be big enough to be noticed among all the other natural variations of climate. The economic and social argument is whether the increase, even if it were noticeable, would change the overall welfare of mankind for the worse.

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Analyzing people who talk about AGW denialism

by Judith Curry

Sociologists and journalists are writing articles about understanding AGW skepticism and denialism.  This latest article from Nature  makes me think somebody needs to study these people who think that:

Study 2 examined whether framing climate change action in these ways (increasing interpersonal warmth and societal development) may be a more effective approach for motivating action in deniers than the more traditional focus on the reality and risks of climate change. 

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