The Climategate Inquiries

By | February 20, 2019

The release of emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia at the end of last year provoked a global controversy that is still raging today. Allegations that senior climatologists had manipulated results, fl outed Freedom of Information laws and prevented critics from being published in the academic literature have swept the media and… Read More »

Mercury for Dummies

By | February 20, 2019

The scientific literature fails to support the hypothesis that the trace amount of naturally occurring mercury in the fish we eat in any way endangers or threatens health, especially that of expectant mothers and their babies. Exactly the opposite is true: those alarming people away from fish pose the real danger to public health.

Quantitative Implications of the Secondary Role of CO2 Climate

By | February 20, 2019

Abstract: A review of the recent refereed literature fails to confirm quantitatively that carbon dioxide (CO2) radiative forcing was the prime mover in the changes in temperature, ice-sheet volume, and related climatic variables in the glacial and interglacial periods of the past 650,000 years, even under the “fast response” framework where the convenient if artificial distinction between forcing… Read More »

SPPI eWire

By | February 20, 2019

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Observed climate change in Colorado

By | July 21, 2013

Annual temperature: The historical time series of statewide annual temperatures in Colorado begins in 1895. Over the entire record, there has been an upward trend, which has resulted in temperatures in the early 21st century being about 2ºF warmer than temperatures 100 years ago. Despite this long-term rise however, the record continues to be largely dominated by annual… Read More »

Historic Trends in Arctic Glacier Behavior

By | January 3, 2012

Computer simulations of global climate change have long indicated the world’s polar regions should show the first and severest signs of CO2-induced global warming. If the models are correct, these signs should be especially evident since the second half of the 20th century, when approximately two-thirds of the modern-era rise in atmospheric CO2 occurred and Earth’s temperature supposedly… Read More »

When Sea Level Change is Not Sea Level Change

By | November 22, 2011

Many claim sea level is rising because of global warming and point to changes along the Gulf of Mexico coast. Sea level has risen since the end of the last Ice Age (Figure 1), but it has slowed dramatically in the last few hundred years. However, shoreline change is not just a function of water level change. Misdirection… Read More »