Calling all Canadians: Check your climate’s context

Back in my halcyon days, i.e. long before “global warming” aka “climate change” – aka whatever the dedicated “we must de-carbonize now” activists and advocates are calling it this week – crossed my radar, it did not even occur to me to give a second thought to or to question the message(s) being relayed by…

Walport’s ignorance and banal soundbytes

Writing in Spiked, the U.K.’s Ben Pile has an excellent essay on the latest shoot-from-the-lip pronouncements emanating from the keyboard of the government’s “Chief Scientific Advisor”, Sir Mark Walport (and/or perhaps that of his ghost-writer!) Some excerpts from Pile’s assessment: Sir Mark Walport’s demand that climate-change sceptics ‘grow up’ only reveals his ignorance about the…

A refreshing debate … on the IPCC

There have been a couple of so-called debates pertaining to climate change that I’ve watched over the past few days, thanks to pointers at Andrew Montford’s Bishop Hill. The first was not really a “debate” (at least not by my definition of the word); but rather an Al-Jazeera English (AJ) editing of a live event…

Andrew Weaver’s intergalactic ballistic boomerang

2007 was the year that the fourth edition of the IPCC’s climate bible (AR4) was bestowed upon a far too trusting universe. In 2007, according to the Ottawa Citizen’s Dan Gardner in an opinion piece published in yesterday‘s (Victoria, BC) Times Colonist, Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is reported to have gone with the flow…