Dumbing Down Extinction

Guest ridicule by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (AAASA)…   The world’s largest amphibian is being bred to extinction By Katie Langin May. 21, 2018 , 11:00 AM The world’s largest amphibian—the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus, pictured)—should be split into at least five species, all of which…

The Conversation: Talking Up Carbon Taxes will Win Conservatives

Guest essay by Eric Worrall University of Queensland Literature PhD student Jamie Freestone thinks the way to convince Conservatives to support climate action is to make climate action sound Conservative. To get conservative climate contrarians to really listen, try speaking their language May 15, 2018 2.06pm AEST Jamie Freestone PhD student in literature, The University…

Oh Boo-Hoo! NSF to Sell Only Taxpayer-Funded Seismic Survey Vessel!

  Guest ridicule by David Middleton Somebody call the wambulance!!! From who else? The American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (homage to Dodgeball is intentional)… Update: Despite protests, NSF plans to sell seismic research ship By Paul Voosen Apr. 30, 2018 , 1:00 PM Marine seismologists are decrying a move by the National…

Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen

Claim: Global Warming Causing More Icebergs

Guest essay by Eric Worrall From the “Global Warming Causes More Snow” department comes a claim that the substantially increased risk of maritime embarrassment for scientists trying to sail to the North Pole is the result of global warming. New research documents a counterintuitive impact of global warming: sea-ice hazards to shipping Human-caused warming is…

Catherine McKenna

Canadian Government: “consider the gendered impacts of climate change”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Catherine McKenna, Canadian minister for the Environment and Climate Change is training “woman negotiators” to combat global warming. Canadian Climate Minister Urges Attention to the ‘Gendered Impacts’ of Climate Change by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 10 Mar 20183407 Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is urging environmental activists to…

Fridge or freezer left in a ditch.

Climate Explainers Tackle All That Snow

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The localised US “global warming hole” seems to have taken an excursion to Northern Africa, Europe, Russia, Asia and Great Britain over the last few weeks, but this hasn’t stopped climate explainers from trying to fit all that cold and snow into their global warming narrative. Q&A: What does all…

Christiana Figueres: Heavy Industry Dragging Down Green Progress

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Paris Agreement Architect and Former UNFCCC head Christiana Figueres is disappointed at the ongoing failure of heavy industry to reduce their dependency on vast amounts of reliable energy. INTERVIEW-Dirty industry undermines push to curb global warming – ex-UN climate chief by Sophie Hares | @SophieHares | Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday,…

Grist: Bitcoin Gobbling Up the Clean Energy Revolution

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Grist has joined the rising chorus of greens condemning the vast energy expenditures of Bitcoin miners. Bitcoin gobbles up clean energy — just when the real world needs it most By Eric Holthaus on Feb 16, 2018 One of the biggest near-term threats to our clean energy future doesn’t even…

OECD: Energy Taxes Too Low to Fight Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The OECD thinks member governments are not doing enough to impose punitive carbon taxes on citizens. Governments should make better use of energy taxation to address climate change 14/02/2018 – Taxes are effective at cutting harmful emissions from energy use, but governments could make better use of them. Greater reliance…

Study: Climate Skeptics Arguments are Demonstrably False

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A lecturer in critical thinking has demonstrated his technique for defeating climate skepticism. How to use critical thinking to spot false climate claims February 7, 2018 3.46pm AEDT Peter Ellerton Lecturer in Critical Thinking, Director of the UQ Critical Thinking Project, The University of Queensland Much of the public discussion…

Fridge or freezer left in a ditch.

Time Magazine Promotes Climate Broken Window Fallacy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to Time Magazine, forcing everyone to switch from CFC refrigerants to more climate friendly refrigerants is a job creation opportunity. Here’s the One Climate Change Deal the Trump Administration Might Back By JUSTIN WORLAND February 6, 2018 … The Trump Administration has hesitated to throw out a key deal…

Catherine McKenna and Don Cherry

Canadian Environment Minister Predicts Ice Free Canada

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has demanded climate skeptic Hockey commentator Don Cherry think about all the children who might one day not be able to play outdoors on the ice in Canada. Don Cherry says “cuckaloos” believe in global warming Don Cherry calls people who believe in global warming…

Oepidus and Antigone - The Plague of Thebes

“Don’t they Love Their Grandchildren?”: HuffPost Celebrates the Climate Wisdom of the Pre-Moderns

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the Huffington Post author and historian Evaggelos Vallianatos, climate wisdom ended when the rise of technology displaced Renaissance appreciation of the Greek Gods. Global Warming Is a Slow-moving Civilization-ending Catastrophe 12/26/2017 02:38 pm ET Evaggelos Vallianatos, Contributor Historian and environmental strategist Ancient Greeks worshipped the Earth. In the…

Narwhals freeze? Really?

Guest essay by Mike Jonas The UK’s public broadcaster, the BBC, reported on 7 December 2017 that: Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened Scientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats. When these tusked whales are frightened, their hearts slow,…

Too much sustainability in the Shower Cubicle.

Claim: Peeing in the Shower will Help Save the Climate

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Techly, an online publication aimed at Millennials, has advised its audience to save the world by peeing while taking a shower. Worried about climate change? Do something about it and start peeing in the shower According to science, you could actively help to save the planet by peeing in the…

10.02 °C of Warming & Human Extinction by 2026!!! Film at 11.

Guest ridicule by David Middleton “Film at 11” is a US idiom from television news broadcasting, where the viewers are informed that footage of a breaking news story will be screened later that day. –Wikipedia Eric Worrall’s brilliant ridicule of a Toronto Now article about imminent human extinction due to climate change elicited an even more…

Duck fat French Fries with Rosemary

Claim: Deep Fat Friers Are Cooling the Planet

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to British researchers, droplets of oil from deep fat friers are measurably contributing to a vast, cooling cloud over big cities, helping to mitigate the damaged caused by global warming; though more research is required to confirm this effect. Deep fat fryers may help form cooling clouds By Matt…

Cabotella beach beer, author Jordan Gardenhire, source Wikimedia

NASA: Beer Production has hit a Climate Tipping Point

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to NASA scientist Joshua Fisher, climate change in regions which produce hops for breweries in the Pacific North West may have reached a tipping point, impacting the future availability of craft beer. Climate change is hurting craft breweries IRINA IVANOVA MONEYWATCH November 1, 2017, 5:00 AM First it came…

UGLY: Disputing peer review by lawsuit

Wow, just wow. Some scientists and their egos. Sheesh. Michael Shellenberger writes: Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson has filed a lawsuit, demanding $10 million in damages, against the peer-reviewed scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and a group of eminent scientists (Clack et al.) for their study showing that Jacobson made…