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Carter in Dunedin: Otago Uni provides platform for climate crank plagiarist

by Gareth September 11, 2014

For reasons best known to themselves, Otago University’s senior management this week provided climate denier and serial plagiarist Bob Carter with no fewer than two opportunities to spread his misinformation and misrepresentation of the state of climate science. The first, a public lecture on Tuesday evening (poster on left), gave Carter the chance to spruik […]

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Brill’s bills still unpaid, but Barry’s off to Vegas

by Gareth June 19, 2014

The attempt by a small group of climate cranks to bring a legal case against the New Zealand temperature record will leave the taxpayer to pick up a bill likely to run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Radio NZ News yesterday. Efforts by the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) […]

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Postcards from la la land: David Archibald and the four horsemen of the cooling apocalypse

by Gareth April 30, 2014

A day or two ago, my interest piqued by a link that popped up in a news feed, I started to investigate the strange climate world of Australian oil man David Archibald. It was a weird journey down the rabbit hole of climate denialism, and the further down into the dark I went, the stranger […]

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How to become a climate change denier (in 4 easy steps)

by Gareth April 24, 2014

Cartoon drawn by Joshua Cakeburger Drummond as a contribution to the High Water Project, and rooted in bitter experience, I suspect…

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AAAS “What We Know” Initiative: Same Denial, Different Issue – From Ozone Depletion to Climate Change

by cindy March 20, 2014

(Cross-posted with permission from Polluterwatch.com) It must be like Groundhog Day for Mario Molina, the scientist who has presided over the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new report and publicity drive aimed at convincing Americans about the urgency of what’s happening on climate change. The normally reticent AAAS has taken a highly unusual […]

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Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?

by Gareth March 14, 2014

This powerful article by Lawrence Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, first appeared at The Conversation here. It examines the potential legal liabilities that should attach to deliberate misinformation campaigns to delay action on climate change. The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding […]

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TDB Today: through the looking glass into the world of climate denial

by Gareth February 26, 2014

In my post this week at The Daily Blog — Investigating climate change deniers and their spin against global warming — I take a look at the PR campaign being run against action on climate change and one of their most important tactics, creating a smokescreen to hide the reality of climate change: The resulting […]

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Climateballs: O’Sullivan strikes again

by Gareth February 23, 2014

John O’Sullivan — the pseudosceptic who is serially and persistently wrong about almost everything he chooses to write about, and who has made a career out of misrepresenting his own abilities and qualifications — is at it again. In a “review” of a new book by Canadian denier Tim Ball (left), O’Sullivan1 writes: The courage […]

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Risible Rodney rides again

by Gareth February 17, 2014

Rodney Hide’s regular opinion slot in the Herald on Sunday has often provided the former ACT Party leader with a platform to spout his trademark climate denialist nonsense, but yesterday’s has to take some kind of biscuit1 for purveying unsubstantiated, completely made up nonsense. He starts by riffing on new research that suggests that an […]

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Memo to Brill and his NZ climate cranks: pay up or shut up

by Gareth February 4, 2014

I suppose it had to happen. Jim Salinger’s excellent summary of the strange case of the climate cranks and their attempt to sue the New Zealand temperature record has attracted a response from deep inside La La Land. Barry Brill, chairman of the NZ Climate “Science” Coalition and litigant in chief, has posted a piece […]

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