Category Archives: Reprint

From Shakespeare to Defoe: Malaria in England in the Little Ice Age

By | July 26, 2010

Present global temperatures are in a warming phase that began 200 to 300 years ago. Some climate models suggest that human activities may have exacerbated this phase by raising the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Discussions of the potential effects of the weather include predictions that malaria will emerge from the tropics and become… Read More »

Early Climate Change Consensus at the National Academy: The Origins and Making of “Changing Climate”

By | July 26, 2010

The 1983 National Academy of Sciences report entitled Changing Climate, authored by a committee of physical and social scientists chaired by William Nierenberg, was an early comprehensive review of the effects of human-caused increases in the levels of atmospheric CO2. Study of the events surrounding the committee’s creation, deliberations, and subsequent report demonstrates that the conclusions of the… Read More »

Wind Energy The Case of Denmark

By | July 26, 2010

Denmark generates the equivalent of about 19% of its electricity demand with wind turbines, but wind power contributes far less than 19% of the Nation’s electricity demand. The claim that Denmark derives about 20% of its electricity from wind overstates matters. Being highly intermittent, wind power has recently (2006) met as little as 5% of Denmark’s annual electricity… Read More »

Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser and Climate Change

By | July 26, 2010

In creating the position of Chief Science Adviser (CSA) in May 2009, the Prime Minister commented that “this role is one of vital importance that demands not only a high level of science expertise, but also the utmost integrity to fairly represent the state of science knowledge.”  There is no detailed job description, nor any body of precedent,… Read More »

America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution

By | July 21, 2010

Once an official or professional shows that he shares the manners, the tastes, the interests of the class, gives lip service to its ideals and shibboleths, and is willing to accommodate the interests of its senior members, he can move profitably among our establishment’s parts. If, for example, you are Laurence Tribe in 1984, Harvard professor of law,… Read More »

A Review of Garth Paltridge’s Book: “The Climate Caper”

By | July 17, 2010

This one doom has gradually swallowed up all the others, offering the prospect of one magnificent monolithic doom for all of us to marvel and tremble before. It was formerly known as “global warming,” but that famous brand has been changed to “climate change,” for reasons only an advertising agency could understand.