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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

  • In Defense of the Term “Greenouse Effect”
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-05-09 at 14:03

    Over the years I have gone along with the crowd and derided the term “greenhouse effect” as a poor analogy between the atmosphere’s ability to keep the Earth’s surfce warmer than it would be without IR-absorbing (and thus IR-emitting) gases, versus a greenhouse in which plants are grown. But the more I think about it, […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for April, 2018: +0.21 deg. C.
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-05-01 at 14:29

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for April, 2018 was +0.21 deg. C, down a little from the March value of +0.24 deg. C: Some regional LT departures from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 16 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. TROPIC USA48 ARCTIC AUST 2017 01 +0.33 […]

  • New Lewis & Curry Study Concludes Climate Sensitivity is Low
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-24 at 15:01

    Global warming “problem” cut by 50% As readers here are aware, I don’t usually critique published climate papers unless they are especially important to the climate debate. Too many papers are either not that important, or not that convincing to me. The holy grail of the climate debate is equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS): just how […]

  • The 100th Meridian Agricultural Scare: Another Example of Media Hype Exceeding Reality
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-18 at 15:52

    A new paper published in the AMS Earth Interactions entitled, Whither the 100th Meridian? The Once and Future Physical and Human Geography of America’s Arid-Humid Divide, Part II: The Meridian Moves East, discusses the climate model-expected drying of the western U.S. and how this will affect the agricultural central- and east- U.S. as the climatological […]

  • Midwest’s April chill most unusual on Earth
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-16 at 14:20

    If you thought the cold April weather in the U.S. was exceptional, you are correct. In terms of temperature departures from average so far this April, the U.S. Midwest, Northern Plains, and much of Canada have been the coldest on Earth (graphic courtesy of Weatherbell.com): The areas of green have averaged at least 6 deg. […]

  • Stormy April to give snow job to Midwest
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-12 at 15:10

    Friday the 13th is not shaping up to be very lucky for some people, weather-wise. A strong springtime (or late winter?) storm currently moving across the northern and central Rockies will move east over the next several days with a wide variety of severe weather, including blizzard conditions to the north and severe thunderstorms to […]

  • DC Cherry Blossom Peak to be met with Peak Snow?
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-04 at 13:51

    After continuing delays due to cold weather, the National Park Service’s daily update for the DC Tidal Basin cherry blosson predicts that the peak blossom time will finally be this weekend. But you might want to get out the snow shovel if you want to go see this annual event. The latest weather forecast models […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for March, 2018: +0.24 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-02 at 14:01

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for March, 2018 was +0.24 deg. C, up a little from the February value of +0.20 deg. C: Some regional LT departures from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 15 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. TROPIC USA48 ARCTIC AUST 2017 01 +0.33 […]

  • Return to Sender? China is Country Most Likely to See Tiangong-1 Burn Up
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-04-01 at 19:15

    As China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station now rapidly falls to meet its fiery demise in the next several hours, the Aerospace Corporation’s most recent estimate of the potential paths of reentry show that China has the greatest statistical chance of any country of seeing the spectacle, with the longest potential reentry orbit sections: Of course, the […]

  • U.S. chance of Tiangong-1 sighting now less than 2%
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2018-03-31 at 15:47

    The latest Aerospace Corp. prediction of the reentry time for the Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 is now 3:30 p.m. CDT (plus or minus 8 hours) on Sunday, April 1. As reentry approaches, the predictions will get better, and the potential paths of the satellite will be narrowing. The latest potential paths of reentry look like […]

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“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.

  • Emma, You’ve Done It Again!
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-19 at 04:01

    Even casual stock-watchers know shares of vaccine-maker CSL go for around $180. But not the ABC's go-to market guru, stumblebum chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici. She didn't bat an eye while presenting the closing price as $7.31The post Emma, You’ve Done It Again! appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Royal Weddings: Things Have Changed
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-18 at 04:29

    Eighty-one years ago, on the very day of Prince Harry’s betrothal, the British Cabinet rejected King Edward VIII's bid to wed the last royal American fiancée, Wallis Simpson. That Meghan Markle is a divorcee matters not at all, and that is as it should beThe post Royal Weddings: Things Have Changed appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The ABC: Perfect in Every Way
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-18 at 03:26

    The ABC would have you believe its billion dollars-plus per year is barely adequate to underwrite the sterling stuff editorial director Alan Sunderland insists is so good, so far beyond reproach, that nothing about the national broadcaster needs to change. That's right, 'absolutely nothing!'The post The ABC: Perfect in Every Way appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Eyeless in Gaza
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-17 at 00:12

    It is quite the puzzle for Islamic apologists: how to cast Hamas' eagerness to march a lemming-like army of its own people, even small children, into border fences and Israeli guns? The solution: overlook Islamic scriptures' exhortations to grievance and barbarismThe post Eyeless in Gaza appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The PM ‘Soars’! Really?
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-14 at 02:52

    The PM's backers are hailing the latest Newspoll, which registers a significant gain in his personal approval ratings. But here's a sobering fact: Turnbull remains four points less popular than Donald Trump and, on the latest numbers, his principle-free Liberals would still loseThe post The PM ‘Soars’! Really? appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

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

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  • Fos Extracts - 2018 Table of Contents

    2018-05-03   Friends of Science May EventWhat Global Warming? How About Global CoolingGovernment’s Electricity Plans Will Shock AlbertansAlberta’s Copying Ontario’s Disastrous Electricity Policy-What Could Go Wrong?What Canada Can Learn from Germany: The Truth about “Cheap” Solar and Wind PowerThe Political Activities of Canadian CharitiesWhy is a “Green” Car Company Pivoting Back to SUVs?EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Moves to End Reliance on ‘Secret Science’Four Questions on Climate Chang […]

  • FoS Extracts - 2018

    By: Ian Cameron                 TABLE OF CONTENTS   2018-05-03   Friends of Science May Event There are only four days left to purchase tickets to our Annual Event in Calgary on May 15: Extreme Climate Uncertainty. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/extreme-climate-uncertainty-tickets-44583681993>   Also, […]

  • Modulation of Ice Ages via Precession and Dust-Albedo Feedbacks

    The slow wobble, or precession, of the axis of the Earth causes the "Great Year" because it gives warm and cool seasons over its approximate 23,000-year cycle. The advancing ice sheets during a "Great Winter" increases the Earth's albedo, reflecting sunlight and resisting the warming effect of the next "Great Summer". As the ice sheets grow and the seas cool, CO2 also reduces as it is absorbed by the oceans. Most plants suffer severe stress at 190 ppm CO2 and die at 150 ppm, because CO2 is a primary plant-food. The concentration finally reaches the critical 190 ppm level where world flora begins to die and the Gobi steppe-lands turn into a true sand desert. The ensuing dust storms dump thousands of tonnes of dust onto the northern ice sheets each year. The interglacial periods occur only every fourth or fifth Great Year. Ice core data shows that every interglacial warming period is preceded by about 10,000 years of intense dust storms. When the next Great Summer comes along, the dusty polar ice sheets can warm and melt and the next interglacial is born. Low concentrations of CO2 near the end of an ice age causes a die-off of plants leading to dust storms, reducing the ice sheet albedo, resulting in warming and the interglacial periods. […]

  • How America Can Dominate the World Energy Market

    Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, writes about America First Energy Conference on Nov. 9, organized by the Heartland Institute, contrasting its message to that from the recent UN climate conference in Bonn. Craig Idso told the audience that the whole biosphere is reaping incredible benefits from increasing CO2. Energy dominance is achievable if current development plans continue. One speaker said America could become a net exporter of oil within five years. America has the world’s largest coal reserves, but exports are hampered due to lack of export terminals. […]

  • Climate Sensitivity from the Bulk Troposphere

    A new study by John Christy and Richard McNider used the warming of the bulk troposphere from satellite data to calculate an upper limit on transient climate sensitivity. The study removed ocean effect like El Nino and effect to two major volcanoes to determine a temperature trend attributable to only greenhouse gasses and natural forcing. If natural forcing contributed nothing, which is extremely unlikely, the temperature trend is 0.069 °C, giving a climate response of 1.1 °C, which is about one-half of the value estimate by climate models. A link to the paper is at the end of the article. […]

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