Fallacious claims of climate contrarians /deniers /faux-skeptics along with attacks by the right-wing media and the fossil fuel industry against climate risk management actions and climate science are exposed below:
The notorious contrarian comparison in the misleading picture above with two graphs exhibits confusion manufactured by contrarians and provides an instructive example of contrarian fallacy. Contrarians use an apples-and-oranges comparison of the two graphs, which correspond to entirely different geographical regions, in a fraudulent argument that the current global warming over the last 30 years is not caused by humans..
Current global average temperatures are actually the hottest in 1,000 years and the current temperature trend is UP. Besides, there was no pronounced global "medieval warming period", contrary to the implication of the bottom graph. HEREare relevant data. A great video is HERE
Actually this contrarian argument, besides being wrong, is a red herring.
Attribution of the observed global warming trend over the last 30 years to human activity is done completely differently and has nothing to do with irrelevant old data, as explained HERE.
The Climate B.S. (Bad Science) 2011 Awards by deniers / contrarians / faux-skeptics have been announced!
The 2011 Climate BS Award Winners Final...
Quick one-liner rebuttals to contrarian claimsLast Updated on 2013-12-06 22:12:09
Here is a list of quick one-line rebuttals to over 100 fallacious claims by contrarians/skeptics on the popular Skeptical Science website. They rebuttals are not intended to be complete, but simply to enable the respondent to "bat the ball back over the net" in an informal encounter with someone quoting a contrarian claim. As described HERE, most of these one-liners were written by Dr. Jan Dash, Director of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative, with some editing by John Cook, author of Skeptical Science. Details on the science at Skeptical Science are obtained by clicking on the one-line responses.
In THIS document of some historical interest (online HERE), the first line in a response labeled JWD is the one-liner summarizing the science by Jan Dash. The next lines labeled JC are the summary responses by John Cook, which he... More »
Global warming deniers guilty of attack on science Last Updated on 2013-11-30 21:21:55Jeffrey Bada is Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Chemistry at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He ventured into the unruly other-world of climate science deniers and wrote about his experience in the very interesting newspaper letter below, in italics. Background on climate science deniers is HERE and HERE.
Global warming deniers guilty of attack on science
Jeffrey L. Bada 03:00p.m. Nov 28, 2013, updated 11:29a.m. Nov 27, 2013. U-T San Diego.
Following my North County Times and U-T San Diego letters to the editor on the relationship between rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and global warming, some subsequent letter writers praised me while others questioned my credibility.
This took a different twist after a letter from me that was published back in February 2013, when some individuals started to directly email me (I have now... More »
International Climate Conference November 2013: COP19 in WarsawLast Updated on 2013-11-24 11:38:53
WARSAW CLIMATE CONFERENCE COP19 (UNFCCC) 2013
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Warsaw Climate Agreement Reached
General COP19 Information
Youth Video - Green wins race vs. Black (Coal)
Video Coverage of Conference iisd/ENB
Statement by Christiana Figueres
Side Events Coverage by iisd
Schedule of Events
Tree Planting in Warsaw Event
Warsaw Climate Agreement Reached
Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort (NYT)
UN talks approve climate pact principles
Compromise breaks deadlock at UN climate talks
We will post more details as they become available. It appears that minor progress was achieved and the process did not break down, with a last minute document. All eyes are now forward to the Paris 2015 Climate Conference. Some news source stories are... More »
Global Warming has NOT stoppedLast Updated on 2013-11-14 10:48:16GLOBAL WARMING HAS NOT STOPPED!
The fallacy "global warming has stopped" starts with a cherry-picked unusually high surface atmosphere temperature point in 1998 that resulted from a huge "El Niño", which basically transferred a lot of heat out of the ocean to the atmosphere. Following 1998, La Niña dominated, which transferred heat from the atmosphere into the ocean (and lately into the deep ocean). Looking only at the atmosphere and neglecting the heat transfer in and out of the ocean leads to the fallacy. The total warming of the planet (ocean + atmosphere) has been going up. Alternatively, if the El Niño/La Niña noise is subtracted out, or if the Arctic region is included, the global warming trend in the surface atmosphere is clear (see below). The scientific consensus is that with careful analysis there has been no pause in global... More »
FOI Abuse and Attacks on Climate Risk ManagementLast Updated on 2013-11-11 05:53:39FOI Abuse and Attacks on Climate Risk Management.
This topic is concerned with abuse of Freedom of Information Acts (FOI Acts) ultimately aimed at attacking responsible climate risk management. The backers are fossil fuel interests and right-wing libertarian supporters. Attacks on climate science is a main intermediary strategy. While FOI Acts generally protect the public, FOI is misused by some climate science deniers as a weapon with two main goals. First goal: Request many emails and documents to find a few isolated comments that are misinterpreted and used as fodder in right-wing media to attack climate science. Second goal: Harass targeted climate scientists, sometimes including intimidation, disrupt their work, and try to discredit them. Examples are documented below. Click to go to the original articles.
General FOI Information
FOI Climate Reports (excerpts)
FOI Climate... More »
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