Category Archives: Commentaries & Essays

Global Warming Hotheads Freeze out Science’s Sceptics

By | September 17, 2009

GARTH Paltridge was a chief research scientist with the CSIRO’s division of atmospheric research before becoming the director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and chief executive of the Antarctic Co-operative Research Centre. His latest skeptical contribution to the debate on the dangers of carbon dioxide is a book, endearingly titled The Climate Caper.  

Africa’s Real Climate Crisis

By | September 3, 2009

Life in Africa is often nasty, impoverished and short. AIDS kills 2.2 million Africans every year according to WHO (World Health Organization) reports. Lung infections cause 1.4 million deaths, malaria 1 million more, intestinal diseases 700,000. Diseases that could be prevented with simple vaccines kill an additional 600,000 annually, while war, malnutrition and life in filthy slums send… Read More »

A Climate Science Brief

By | August 31, 2009

The Earth has been warming not for 150 years but for 300. Bristlecone pines are unreliable sources of data on temperature because tree-ring width is influenced less by temperature than by rainfall and, more recently, by CO2 fertilization.

Run Silent, Run Deep

By | August 20, 2009

America’s "mainstream" media missed it, but April 17 was a red-letter day for its Deep Ecologists. Red letter because it was the day the Obama Administration declared that carbon dioxide and five other gases emitted by industry threaten "the health and welfare of current and future generations." This opens the door to regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency… Read More »

Answering Three Simple Questions

By | August 11, 2009

We wonder why it is so difficult for straight answers to be given to a few simple and direct questions. The regular scientific obfuscation that occurs regarding global warming issues is surely a major reason for the confusion that exists on the issue amongst public and politicians alike.