Jan 212016
  • The Washington Post’s Slander on Hurricanes and Climate Change
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-15 at 19:04

    By James D. Agresti September 15, 2018 The Washington Post editorial board has accused President Trump of being “complicit” in Hurricane Florence, because “he plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks” of “extreme weather,” and “he continues to dismantle … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Nation of Kiribati Is Growing, Not Sinking
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-10 at 18:41

    By James D. Agresti September 10, 2018 Journalists are traveling to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, because they believe that global warming is causing it to sink into the ocean, and it will soon be gone. However, the people … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Most Federal Employees Are Paid More Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-04 at 15:25

    By James D. Agresti September 4, 2018 Compensation for federal, state, and local government employees cost U.S. taxpayers $1.9 trillion in 2016. This amounts to an average of $15,176 from every household in the United States. President Trump recently moved … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The “Monkey This Up” Libel
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-02 at 03:17

    By James D. Agresti September 1, 2018 Activists are calling a gubernatorial candidate racist for using the term “monkey this up.” The press is spreading these charges while failing to reveal that others have used this phrase in the same … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The SAT Is Feeding Students Solar Industry Propaganda
    by James Agresti on 2018-08-24 at 19:01

    By James D. Agresti August 24, 2018 The famed SAT, or Scholastic Assessment Test, is a college readiness exam taken by more than 1.6 million students per year. In May of 2018, the College Board, which owns and operates the … Continue reading &rarr […]

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Jan 132016

Dr. Spencer is an internationally recognized climatologist who explains things like why we do not know whether man is causing any climate change or not.

Or, is the planet really warming all over?

Roy Spencer, PhD. Climate Change Research Scientist, Author, Former NASA Scientist

  • My Tucker Carlson Interview Last Night, and Calling Out Bill Nye & James Hansen
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-15 at 15:26

    It didn’t last long, but I was interviewed in one segment on Tucker Carlson’s show of Fox News Channel last evening: Watch the latest video at foxnews.com The subject was Hurricane Florence and whether it could be blamed on President Trump (specifically) or humanity (more generally). You really can’t say much in only a couple […]

  • U.S. Major Landfalling Hurricanes Down 50% Since the 1930s
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-14 at 13:03

    While the wind, storm surge, and freshwater flooding from Category 1 Hurricane Florence will no doubt cause massive damage, we should remember that – historically speaking – major landfalling hurricanes were more frequent in past decades. Contrary to popular perception, the number of major hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. has dropped by an average […]

  • The 36 Costliest U.S. Hurricanes Have Not Increased in Intensity Over Time
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-12 at 14:57

    UPDATE: Includes all 36 most-destructive U.S. hurricanes in the U.S. Govt. report. As part of the 2nd edition of my Kindle e-book Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed On Global Warming, I include the following graph, based upon data in a January 2018 U.S. Government report. In the top panel we see that the […]

  • My new Kindle book: Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-12 at 14:25

    I sometimes get asked for a concise and accessible summary of my skeptical views on global warming. After a year or more of thinking and writing, my new Kindle book Global Warming Skepticism for Busy People is meant to fill that need. As a bonus, I guarantee it will be easier to understand than Neil […]

  • Hurricane Florence: Nature’s Business as Usual, Not Climate Change
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-10 at 14:20

    A potential new poster child for global warming ignores the lack of trend in major hurricane landfalls in the Carolinas. Although it is still 3-4 days away, rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence is increasing the threat of a major hurricane landfall somewhere within 120 miles or so of Wilmington, NC. If it reaches that area as […]

  • East Coast Nervous About Major Hurricane Florence
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-07 at 16:35

    We are now at the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and Mother Nature is revving into high gear. We could have up to three hurricanes in the Atlantic in the coming days, as strong easterly waves continue to emerge from the west coast of Africa: Florence is of the most immediate concern. While […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for August 2018: +0.19 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-09-01 at 14:46

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for August, 2018 was +0.19 deg. C, down from the July value of +0.32 deg. C: Some regional LT departures from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 20 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. TROPIC USA48 ARCTIC AUST 2017 01 +0.33 +0.32 +0.34 […]

  • Green Energy Scam #167: Traffic-Driven Wind Turbines
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-08-21 at 16:21

    A YouTube video making the rounds on social media (with over 27 million views!) describes a system of small wind turbines placed in the median between two lanes of traffic. The wind generated by the traffic spins the turbine blades and generates (a very small amount of) electricity: The question is, does such a system […]

  • Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-08-12 at 14:53

    Update: The NASA Fireball Network, monitoring only a few U.S. locations, logged 56 Perseid fireballs last night. The best meteor shower of the year — the Perseids — peaks tonight. In preparation for a planned outing to a dark sky site, I ran my camera from our roof last night for 8 hours. Despite significant […]

  • Make Agriculture Great Again: Record corn yield and soybean production predicted for 2018
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-08-10 at 17:35

    Today the USDA released its forecast for corn and soybean yields and production for the 2018 growing season. It is expected that corn yields (bushels per acre) in the U.S. will experience their third consecutive record year, with an average of 178.4 bu/ac: The last time there were three consecutive record high yield years was […]

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Jan 132016

“In the realm of ideas there has been no better publication in Australia over the last fifty years than Quadrant magazine.”
— Former Prime Minister John Howard

Quadrant Online » Opinion The leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry and historical and political debate published in Australia.

  • Sole Brothers
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-20 at 04:34

    Not so long ago, Nike was the company the left loved to hate, with its stupendous profits wrung, as activists asserted, from the sweat of the Third World's poor. Now, suddenly, it's the progressives' toast. All it took was the embrace of a black athlete who won't stand for the US national anthemThe post Sole Brothers appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The Scientific Method: Hate, Spite, Spleen
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-19 at 07:10

    As all who browsed the infamous Climategate emails will know, the men and women of science can go to almost any lengths to suppress, harass, slander and deride those whose theories are at odds with their own. Well guess what? It's not just climateers who are at home in the gutterThe post The Scientific Method: Hate, Spite, Spleen appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Another GFC?
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-18 at 01:46

    The meltdown of 2008 was misdiagnosed, mostly by those with an ideological barrow to push. Thus have we been treated to sermons about greed, derivatives and, of course, the sins of capitalism itself. Wrong, dead wrong. To a large extent it was the product of government interferenceThe post Another GFC? appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • ‘Slut-Shamed’ Victimhood’s Loose Logic
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-17 at 21:48

    Once upon a time, 'slut' conveyed opprobrium but is now held to reflect poorly on those who use the word to denigrate women engaging in what modern mores assert is perfectly acceptable behaviour. So why is 'slut-shaming' presented as an insult?  The concept is irredeemably incoherentThe post ‘Slut-Shamed’ Victimhood’s Loose Logic appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Dark Daze
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-16 at 10:09

    Zeg's thoughts on Mark Knight's recent ordealThe post Dark Daze appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

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Jan 052016

Independent Institute Articles Recent Articles and op-eds from the Independent Institute

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Jan 052016
  • “Voices from Syria” and “The Dirty War on Syria”: Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria

    Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: Purchase these two essential books on Syria for one low price. *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria Author Name: Mark … The post “Voices from Syria” and “The Dirty War on Syria”: Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • Iran Sanctions Are Damaging the Dollar

    Painful sanctions on Iran have demonstrated the long reach of the U.S. Treasury, forcing much of the globe to fall in line and cut oil imports from Iran despite widespread disagreement over the policy. Yet, we are only in the … The post Iran Sanctions Are Damaging the Dollar appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • What the Idlib Deal Means for the Syrian War

    While a crisis has been prevented in Idlib through a deal between Russia and Turkey, the deal in itself also contains sufficient substance that brings America’s role in Syria down to zero. This becomes particularly evident when we compare the … The post What the Idlib Deal Means for the Syrian War appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • 3.4 Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence’s Flooding

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs. “This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms … The post 3.4 Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence’s Flooding appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel

    Foreign mercenaries, trained covertly at secret IDF camps in the Negev desert, are now leading the new assault on the Yemen port city of Hodeida, an assault that observers warns threatens to dramatically worsen Yemen’s already catastrophic humanitarian crisis. A… The post Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel appeared first on Global Research. […]

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Jan 052016
  • Urban Heat Island Effect in China; Early and Current 20th Century

    This paper by Soon et al 2015 found that temperatures in rural China in the 1940s were higher than at the present. The mostly rural stations had the highest temperatures in the 1940s, and the most urbanized stations had the warmest recent period. The paper found that the homogenizing algorithms that are supposed to remove the UHI effect from the records actually blends the effect over all stations, which increases the temperatures of the least urban records. […]

  • The State of the World’s Beaches

    This paper examined the historical shoreline change trends using satellite images since 1984. The paper reports that 31% of the world’s ice-free shoreline are sandy or gavel. The study says that 24% of the world’s sandy and gravel beaches are eroding at rates exceeding 0.5 m/yr, while 28% are accreting more than 0.5 m/yr and 48% are stable. References to sandy beaches include gravel beaches. More sandy beaches are growing than are receding despite sea level rise. On a global scale, the world’s beaches have accreted on average 0.33 m/yr over the past three decades, i.e. a total gain of 3,663 km2. […]

  • Antarctic Specific Features of the Greenhouse Effect

    A research paper by the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany presents a radiative analysis of the greenhouse effect over central Antarctica using measurements and models to shows that the greenhouse effect of CO2 is around zero or even negative in central Antarctica. An increase in CO2 concentration leads to an increased long-wave energy loss to space over central Antarctica, which cools the earth-atmosphere system. The most negative greenhouse effect occurs in autumn with its peak in March, which is also the season with the strongest surface cooling. […]

  • Changes in the Rate of Sea Level Rise; Gavin vs Eschenbach

    Gavin Schmidt says that sea level rise has accelerated since 1860, but Willis Eschenbach says "Yes, a quadratic provides a better fit than no acceleration, but NOT significantly better. Which means you can't claim acceleration. Eschenbach analyzed the statistical significance the the variance between the quadratic and linear fits of the Church and White 2011 data. Church and White are experts is creating reconstructions of global sea levels from tide gauges. Eschenbach shows that there were large changes in the 31-year trends over the 20th century, ranging from a low of 0.80 mm/y ending 1931 to a high of 2.10 mm/yr in 1961. He concludes "The 95% CI for each of the residuals encompasses the variance of the other residual … and this means that there is no statistical difference between the two. It may just be a random fluctuation, or it might be a real phenomenon. We cannot say at this point." […]

  • Uncertainties in Greenhouse Gas Induced Climate Change

    Friends of Science advisor Madhav L. Khandekar wrote a report describing the uncertainties in greenhouse gas induced climate change and problems with climate models, dated March 2000. Since then the discrepancies between the climate model's hindcasts and the climate measurements have only grown larger. The mean surface temperature increase during 1978 to 1997 was 0.32°C, however, the impact of urbanization and land-use changes may have contributed about 0.1°C to that increase. The temperature trend in the lower atmosphere 1979-1998 was about 0.10°C/decade which is much less that the 0.16°C/decade at the surface, contrary to theory. The cause of the temperature change is a combination of natural variability including solar effect and anthropogenic sources. There are large uncertainties in radiative forcings by aerosols, which may offset a significant part of the greenhouse gas forcing, and in cloud and sea ice cover. […]

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