Category Archives: ScareWatch

“CO2 Warming will be worse than Feared” (Oh, No It Won’t.)

By | December 29, 2009

And still the scare stories keep coming. A paper in Nature Geoscience, published “coincidentally” just before the collapsed Copenhagen climate change conference, suggests that long-term temperature feedbacks in response to warming induced by anthropogenic CO2 emissions will be 30-50% higher than the already enormous estimates of the UN’s climate panel.   The British authors said the “more-than-expected” warming… Read More »

Dangerous Climate Change Is Coming

By | April 30, 2009

“Dangerous Climate Change is Coming” by Christopher Monckton | April 30, 2009 The Scare: Two papers published in Nature in spring 2009 say that the rise in global temperature is unlikely to remain below the politically-defined threshold of “dangerous climate change”, if global economic growth continues at its current pace. The papers are based on computer simulations of… Read More »

“Wet Office” Issues a Scarewatch

By | April 15, 2009

The scare: For years, scientists, politicians, journalists, academics, and schoolteachers have been fabricating lurid and imaginative disaster stories about the supposed environmental impact of anthropogenic “global warming”. There have been apocalyptic predictions about soaring temperatures, Arctic ice-melt, sea-level rise, hurricanes, extreme-weather events of all kinds, species extinction, etc., etc. These scare stories have little basis in scientific reality:… Read More »

“‘Global warming’ will kill 6 billion”

By | March 16, 2009

The scare: In March 2009, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, director of a grand-sounding pressure-group called the “Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research”, said that “global warming” of 7 Fahrenheit degrees would wipe out all but 1 billion of Earth’s 7 billion human population. Mr. Schellnhuber said, “In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science, because at last we… Read More »

“Cracked earth may cause ‘global warming’”

By | February 20, 2009

The scare: In mid-February 2009, Discovery News announced that “a new study” had found that cracks in dry soil exhale large quantities of gas, “perhaps enough to affect ‘global warming’”. Noam Weisbrod of Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a team of researchers monitored a crack about 6 ft 6 in long and a yard deep for… Read More »

Sea Level Rise

By | February 9, 2009

The scare: An article published in early February 2009 by Jonathan Leake, the environment editor of The Times of London, said “The ice caps are melting so fast that the world’s oceans are rising more than twice as fast as they were in the 1970s.”

“Hudson air crash caused by ‘global warming’”

By | January 19, 2009

The scare: In late January 2009, Time magazine blamed the bird-strike that brought down an Airbus passenger aircraft in the Hudson River, New York, on “global warming”. This was the latest in a long series of articles in scientifically-unaware mainstream news media, blaming real or imagined climate events on “global warming”. Such alarmism defies Occam’s razor, the philosophical… Read More »

“2009 will be one of the five warmest years on record”

By | January 12, 2009

The scare: In early January 2008, as part of an apparently-coordinated spate of stories in the international news media about “global warming” intended to distract public attention from the coldest start to a Northern-Hemisphere winter in at least 30 years and the end of the coldest year for almost a decade, Reuters ran a story saying that scientists… Read More »

Melting Greenland ice “will drown coastlines”

By | January 8, 2009

The scare: In early January 2008, Stephen Schneider, a biologist turned climatologist, put up a blog posting to say that “We cannot pin down whether sea levels will rise a few feet or a few meters in the next century or two”; that there is a “potential for up to 7 meters of sea-level rise stored as ice… Read More »