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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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Saturday snark: a textbook for Vincent

by Gareth February 1, 2014

As Stoat points out, the IPCC has released the reviewers comments on the Working Group One second order draft report. And as you might expect, the IPCC’s favourite inexpert commenter, the New Zealand Climate “Science” Coalition’s very own Vincent Gray was busy reviewing their work. Here’s comment 1-549 from Chapter One (pdf) by Gray: The […]

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Salinger upsets cranks: Treadgold’s toys exit cot

by Gareth January 27, 2014

Jim Salinger’s analysis of the climate crank campaign to cast doubt on New Zealand’s long term temperature record, published last week at The Conversation, has drawn an astonishing response1 from Richard Treadgold (left), the man who kicked off the whole sorry process over four years ago. In an intemperate and libellous comment at his web […]

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When climate cranks lose at law: Salinger on the failed attempt to sue the NZ temperature record

by Gareth January 23, 2014

If you do nothing else today, take the time to read Jim Salinger’s account at The Conversation of the attempt by New Zealand’s little coterie of climate deniers to cast doubt on the country’s temperature record. It’s a useful summary of the cranks’ ludicrous effort, but Jim points out that it is just a small […]

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Prat watch #13: still crazy, after all these years

by Gareth December 2, 2013

There’s a parallel world out there — the planet inhabited by climate cranks and deniers. It’s a world where you can say whatever you like, be as wrong as you like, be shown to be wrong repeatedly, even comprehensively lose court cases, and yet you never have to say you’re sorry, or admit to your […]

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