Jan 212016
  • Four Fabrications About Firearms
    by justfacts on 2017-10-19 at 20:16

    By James D. Agresti October 19, 2017 According to two recent op-eds published by the New York Times: “more guns means more murder.” “more guns means less safety.” “a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Ginsburg Sexism Charge Undercut By Scientific Poll
    by justfacts on 2017-09-28 at 18:06

    By James D. Agresti September 28, 2017 In a recent interview on CBS This Morning, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spurred the audience to applause by saying she had “no doubt” that sexism played a role in Hillary Clinton’s … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • What the $20 Trillion National Debt Means to You
    by justfacts on 2017-09-14 at 18:07

    By James D. Agresti September 14, 2017 On September 8, 2017—the same day that Congress and President Trump passed a law suspending the federal debt limit until December—the official debt of the U.S. government surpassed the milestone of $20 trillion, … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Hurricanes, Rainfall, and Climate Change
    by justfacts on 2017-09-12 at 15:49

    By James D. Agresti September 12, 2017 In the midst of a severe hurricane season and the destruction wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people are claiming that man-made global warming has intensified rainfall and hurricanes. However, comprehensive facts … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Media and Politicians Twist Trump’s Words About Charlottesville
    by justfacts on 2017-08-22 at 20:12

    By James D. Agresti August 22, 2017 In the wake of President Trump’s comments about the killing and mass violence in Charlottesville, media outlets and politicians have alleged that Trump said some of the white supremacists are “very fine people” … 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

  • L.A. Wildfires Creating Spectacular Smoke Plume
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-12-07 at 12:48

    The warm, dry Santa Ana winds which are fanning the flames of the wildfires in the L.A. area have pushed the smoke hundreds of miles offshore. Yesterday’s NASA MODIS imager on the Terra satellite captured the following image of the smoke being sheared into artistic shapes as it travels downwind. Click on the image for […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for November 2017:+0.36 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-12-01 at 15:57

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for November, 2017 was +0.36 deg. C, down substantially from the October, 2017 value of +0.63 deg. C: The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 23 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. TROPICS 2016 01 +0.55 […]

  • Mysterious Night Flashes Near Mt. Agung Volcano Observed from Satellite
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-11-27 at 22:47

    Today I was watching the 10-minute imagery from the Japanese Himawari geostationary weather satellite for the next eruption of Mt. Agung in Bali, Indonesia, and in the last hour or so there have been some distinct flashes in the nighttime imagery, which you can access here. These only show up in the nighttime imagery. UPDATE: […]

  • Trump Wrongly Blamed for Destroying Sea Ice Satellite
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-11-06 at 12:14

    No, Our Ability to Monitor Sea Ice Has Not Ended Yesterday, The Guardian ran a story with the headlines: Donald Trump accused of obstructing satellite research into climate change Republican-controlled Congress ordered destruction of vital sea-ice probe But as NASA’s leader of the U.S. Science Team on one of the best satellite instruments developed for […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for October 2017: +0.63 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-11-02 at 12:58

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for October, 2017 was +0.63 deg. C, up from the September, 2017 value of +0.54 deg. C (click for full size version): The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 22 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. […]

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for September, 2017: +0.54 deg. C
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-10-02 at 12:49

    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for September, 2017 was +0.54 deg. C, up from the August, 2017 value of +0.41 deg. C (click for full size version): The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 21 months are: YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. […]

  • The Monty Hall Problem: There Is No Correct Answer
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-10-01 at 11:57

    A diversion from global warming topics. The simple little probability problem below has apparently been debated for many years. It came to prominence when Marilyn vos Savant answered a reader’s question about it. Her answer was believed to be wrong by some of the greatest statistical minds in the world, and eventually most of them […]

  • The 11-Year Major Hurricane Drought: Much More Unusual than Two Cat 4 Strikes
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-09-21 at 13:37

    Weather.com published an article noting that the two Cat 4 hurricane strikes this year (Harvey and Irma) is a new record. Here’s a nice graphic they used showing both storms at landfall. But the statistics of rare events (like hurricanes) are not very well behaved. Let’s look at this new record, and compared it to […]

  • Cracks in the Empire’s Armor Appear
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-09-20 at 10:54

    Yesterday brought widespread news coverage of a new “study” published in Nature Geoscience which concludes that global warming has not been progressing as fast as expected, and that climate models might be a “little bit” wrong. (That the “little bit” is a factor of 2 or 3 is a fine point upon which we won’t […]

  • Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed On Global Warming
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. on 2017-09-18 at 22:45

    Partly in response to the crazy claims of the usual global warming experts (Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Ruffalo, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pope Francis), I decided to write another Kindle e-book. This one is entitled, Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed On Global Warming. In it I review […]

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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.

  • The Original Power Couple
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-16 at 04:09

    Nicolae Ceaucescu and wife Elena were dispatched with extreme prejudice when the Romania people finally rid themselves of a duo so brazen in their greed and tyranny no writer of fiction would have dared invent them. It's quite a story, not least the gullibility of leaders in the WestThe post The Original Power Couple appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Keating’s Distorted, Disgraceful ‘History’
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-15 at 01:45

    When hostilities erupted in September, 1939, the Labor Party attacked the war effort on all fronts, from unionised wharves to the floor of parliament. If Paul Keating wishes to find a villain, he should drop his scurrilous assault on Sir Robert Menzies and look instead at his own partyThe post Keating’s Distorted, Disgraceful ‘History’ appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • XX Marks the Blot
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-15 at 01:04

    If we "must believe" women who assert they have been sexually harassed, as the current meme demands, then the most basic logic says any man attempting to defend his reputation must be disbelieved. Can anything be sillier than adjudicating truth  on the basis of chromosomes?The post XX Marks the Blot appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Caesar’s Wife and the Modern Bench
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-14 at 04:11

    Courts that claim a right to vet reporters copy, demands that journalists "register" in order to report proceedings that always have been open to public scrutiny, a judge re-tweeting an obscene appraisal of a minor but mainstream political party -- welcome to justice, Victoria-styleThe post Caesar’s Wife and the Modern Bench appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Religious Liberty vs Truck Bombs
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-13 at 02:12

    The PM swore he valued nothing higher than freedom of belief and would protect it at all costs. Like his pledged loyalty to Tony Abbott, the truth proved otherwise. Smart move! His office risks no harassment or damage, like the ACL's blown-up HQ, and that Mardi Gras invitation won't be withdrawnThe post Religious Liberty vs Truck Bombs 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
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Jan 052016
  • 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. […]

  • A Veneer of Certainty Stoking Climate Alarm

    In Private, Climate Scientists Are Much Less Certain than They Tell the Public. This article by Rupert Darwall, forward by Judith Curry, explores the expressions of public certainty by climate scientists versus the private expressions of uncertainty, in context of a small Workshop on Climate organized by the American Physical Society (APS). It provides a cogent argument for a red/blue team assessment of climate change. The manufacture and enforcement of a “consensus” on human-caused climate change is a fundamentally anti-scientific process when debate, disagreement, and uncertainty are suppressed. […]

  • Tide Gauge Records to Infer Global Sea-Level Acceleration

    Long records of sea level show decadal and multi-decadal oscillations of synchronous and asynchronous phases, which cannot be detected in short-term records. It is clear from the analyses of the tide gauges of long datasets that the sea level has been oscillating about the same almost perfectly linear trend line all over the 20th century and the first 17 years of this century. The tide gauge information does not support any claim of rapidly changing ice mass in Greenland and Antarctica. The average of four long global datasets gives a sea level rise of 1.3 mm/yr with an acceleration of 0.005 mm/yr, which is statistically insignificant. […]

  • CLOUD Experiment Reduces Climate Sensitivity to CO2

    The CLOUD experiments at the nuclear facility CERN showed that the ionization of the atmosphere by cosmic rays account for nearly one-third of all particles formed. The experiments also shows the aerosol particle formed from biogenic nucleation from naturally produce organic vapour “was the dominant source of particles in the pristine pre-industrial atmosphere”, and that the amount of aerosol was much higher than previously assumed. That means that pre-industrial atmosphere was cloudier than previously assumed, as the aerosols seed cloud formation, and that greenhouse gases caused a much smaller portion of the warming since pre-industrial times. The climate sensitivity in climate models must be reduced for them to match past aerosol amounts and the temperature record. […]

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