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Today: Tue, May 3 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Environment
29 February 2016
 
 
Al Gore’s global warming doomsday passes uneventfully
by Ed Berry
 sub-topic» Climate

Unless there are no more clouds in the sky and no more snow on the ground, then Al Gore is wrong. You know what Richard Feynman said about the scientific method: If your prediction is wrong then your hypothesis is wrong.

And if you reject the scientific method then you reject true science. Unless you reject your hypothesis that our CO2 causes global warming (or climate change) then your belief is a religion, not science.

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26 February 2016
 
 
Greenpeace co-founder calls out Paris Climate Accord with $100,000 bet
by PRWeb
 sub-topic» Climate

Dr. Moore denies claims that CO2 is a pollutant and is skeptical that it will cause much warming of the climate. The Earth’s climate has warmed slightly over the past 300 years since the peak of the Little Ice Age around 1700. “Humans did not cause the end of the Little Ice Age, and I do not believe human emissions of CO2 are the cause of the continued slight warming over the past 50 years,” said Dr. Moore. “But surely the people who do believe in catastrophic global warming have faith that world governments will heed their warning, as expressed in the Paris Agreement. Or are they just playing a game with the world?”

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24 February 2016
 
 
Making Sense of Bits of the Argument
by David Friedman
 sub-topic» Climate

Once in a while, however, someone offers a contribution to the debate that is obviously dishonest—obviously enough so that a careful reader can spot the trick. The fact that there are dishonest people on one side or the other of the argument does not tell you that that side is wrong. But how their argument is treated by other people on that side does give you some information on who you should or should not trust. Any source of information—newspaper, web page, scientific journal, blog—that takes seriously work which a careful reader can see is dishonest should not be trusted, since it is either dishonest or incompetent.

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31 January 2016
 
 
We just had the hottest year on record – where does that leave climate denial?
by John Ray
 sub-topic» Climate

“We just had the hottest year on record – where does that leave climate denial?”

Asks dodgy psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky. I think I have addressed all his points before but a new lucubration from him is too much fun to ignore. Lewandowski is the very strange social scientist who thinks you can make valid generalizations about a population without at first obtaining a representative sample of that population. So his venture into climate science was bound to be amusing.

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24 January 2016
 
 
Professor Bob Carter - a great intellect, leading advocate and wonderful human being
by Paul McCarthy
 sub-topic» Climate

Bob referred to himself as a "climate rationalist", emphasising the importance of the scientific method. As he wrote for the Institute of Public Affairs in 2003 , "To the extent that it is possible for any human endeavour to be so, science is value-free. Science is a way of attempting to understand the world in which live from a rational point of view, based on observation, experiment and tested theory. Irritatingly, especially for governments, science does not operate by consensus and it is often best progressed by mavericks. The alternative to a scientific approach is one based on superstition, phobia, religion or politics."

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13 January 2016
 
 
1001 Reasons why Global Warming Is So Totally Over in 2016
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» Climate

Let’s start the New Year as we mean to go on: by dancing joyfully and triumphantly on the grave of man-made global warming.

Climate change is over. It’s a busted flush. The alarmists now have all the credibility of bewildered Harold Camping followers shivering on a mountaintop the morning after the night before, looking all shifty and embarrassed as they realise the Rapture their models so confidently promised just ain’t going to happen…

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11 January 2016
 
 
Why Climate Change Rhetoric Simultaneously Succeeds and Fails
by Adam Seth Levine and Reuben Kline
 sub-topic» Climate

In short, political messages that highlight how climate change might affect the personal health or food security of individual Americans -- key ways in which the issue can be connected to their everyday lives -- decreased their willingness to engage in climate-related advocacy even though they increased the salience and concern about the issue. This is an example of self-undermining rhetoric that, even if it changes people's minds, can undermine other goals that it is designed to achieve.

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08 January 2016
 
 
What’s causing all this bizarre weather?
by Dan Hannan
 sub-topic» Climate

Of course, if you're up to your waist in sewage, watching your possessions being ruined, you don't want to hear any of this. You very naturally want to blame someone. Probably someone you didn't much like in the first place, such as a politician from a party you oppose. Okay, you can't burn him in a wicker man to appease the rain gods, but you can berate him on Twitter for not visiting the right places, or not spending enough, or setting too low a carbon reduction target.

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20 December 2015
 
 
Vegetarian and “Healthy” Diets Could Be More Harmful to the Environment
by Shilo Rea
 sub-topic» Climate

“Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon,” said Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decisions sciences and engineering and public policy. “Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calorie than you would think. Eggplant, celery and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.”

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17 December 2015
 
 
On Heat and Cold
by Richard Verney
 sub-topic» Climate

This planet is far too cold for us as a species. The reason we wear clothes is not for modesty but because it is too cold. We have to adapt ourselves or our environment because the planet is way too cold. There are only a few places where man can survive without adapting himself or the environment, For the main part, this is where the lost tribes are. .

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09 December 2015
 
 
Activists go thru 5 stages of grief for the climate change campaign
by Larry Kummer
 sub-topic» Climate

Activists will enjoy the certainty that they were correct even though defeated by an ignorant public led by conservatives and oil companies. They will look forward — as did previous generations of such prophets — to the eventual apocalypse that results from the world’s refusal to believe.

Eventually the weather will decide whose science was stronger, that of the “activists or the “skeptics”. It might take years to see decisive results, or perhaps decades (see some scientists’ predictions here). Climate change is a commonplace in history, sometimes destroying entire civilizations. Our refusal to prepare even for the obvious — continuation of the two centuries of warming or, even more irresponsibly, for repeat of past extreme weather — probably will prove expensive in lives and money.

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03 December 2015
 
 
Global warming - the king is not wearing any clothes
by Nick Clarke
 sub-topic» Climate

After a number of years of irrational and apocalyptic pronouncements that the end of the world is nigh it seems that we are now waking up to the fact that global warming may not exist and if it does is not caused by human activity.

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01 December 2015
 
 
NASA Exposed in ‘Massive’ New Climate Data Fraud
by P Gosselin
 sub-topic» Climate

But then came the “massive” altering of data, which also altered the entire overall trend for the period. According to journalist Ederer, Ewert uncovered 10 different methods NASA used to alter the data. The 6 most often used methods were:

  • Reducing the annual mean in the early phase.
  • Reducing the high values in the first warming phase.
  • Increasing individual values during the second warming phase.
  • Suppression of the second cooling phase starting in 1995.
  • Shortening the early decades of the datasets.
  • With the long-term datasets, even the first century was shortened.

 more» 
27 November 2015
 
 
Keeping up the heat on the UK supreme court
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» Climate

The Court at first broke the law by failing to reply on time to my freedom-of-information request about its pantomime of hate against “scientifically qualified, knowledgeable and influential” skeptics whose “claims” its favoured lecturer said it and its counterparts worldwide should “scotch”.

It then continued to break the law by sending not a single one of the documents or records I had requested. Its excuse was that it would cost more than the statutory $1000 limit to source and send the documents.

Accordingly, I invited readers of WUWT to assist. Within hours plenty came forward. Each of the first nine responders has been asked to send one of the following questions to the UK Supreme Court under section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 more» 
25 November 2015
 
 
The Demise of a Mass Delusion
by Cassandra King
 sub-topic» Climate

Climate science grew too big too fast with no solid foundation on which to base its existence and now the final and ultimately useless attempt to deny reality in favour of models, it must be that observed reality that is wrong and not the models? This inevitable conclusion to this comic tragedy that sceptics saw coming years ago, the epitaph that will be carved on the metaphorical gravestone of CAGW theory. Never before has so few words described so perfectly the demise of a mass delusion.

 more» 
23 November 2015
 
 
Contest 1000
by Douglas J. Keenan
 sub-topic» Climate

There have been many claims of observational evidence for global-warming alarmism. I have argued that all such claims rely on invalid statistical analyses. Some people, though, have asserted that the analyses are valid. Those people assert, in particular, that they can determine, via statistical analysis, whether global temperatures are increasing more than would be reasonably expected by random natural variation. Those people do not present any counter to my argument, but they make their assertions anyway.

In response to that, I am sponsoring a contest: the prize is $100,000. In essence, the prize will be awared to anyone who can demonstrate, via statistical analysis, that the increase in global temperatures is probably not due to random natural variation.

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18 November 2015
 
 
The Cozy Relationship Between Big Business and Climate Change Activists
by Nicolas Loris
 sub-topic» Climate

Another reason Big Business may support domestic and international climate regulations is that it disproportionately hurts smaller businesses. Climate regulations are one of many problematic policies harming small business growth and entrepreneurship in the United States. Big businesses that have a seat at the table can negotiate for exemptions and exclusions and can more easily manage higher energy bills.

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12 November 2015
 
 
Manmade Global Warming: The Solution
by Pat Sajak
 sub-topic» Climate

Now, if those True Believers would give up their cars and big homes and truly change the way they live, I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be some measurable impact on the Earth in just a few short years. I’m not talking about recycling Evian bottles, but truly simplifying their lives. Even if you were, say, a former Vice President, you would give up extra homes and jets and limos. I see communes with organic farms and lives freed from polluting technology.

Then, when the rest of us saw the results of their actions—you know, the earth cooling, oceans lowering, polar bears frolicking and glaciers growing—we would see the error of our ways and join the crusade voluntarily and enthusiastically.

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24 October 2015
 
 
Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide? – Part 4
by Patrick Moore
 sub-topic» Climate

To conclude, carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is the stuff of life, the staff of life, the currency of life, indeed the backbone of life on Earth.

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22 October 2015
 
 
Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide? – Part 3
by Patrick Moore
 sub-topic» Climate

You heard it here. “Human emissions of carbon dioxide have saved life on Earth from inevitable starvation and extinction due to lack of CO2”. To use the analogy of the Atomic Clock, if the Earth were 24 hours old we were at 38 seconds to midnight when we reversed the trend towards the End Times. If that isn’t good news I don’t know what is. You don’t get to stave off Armageddon every day.

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20 October 2015
 
 
Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide? – Part 2
by Patrick Moore
 sub-topic» Climate

The ancestors of every species on Earth today survived through what may have been the warmest time in the history of life. It makes one wonder about dire predictions that even a 2C rise in temperature from pre-industrial times would cause mass extinctions and the destruction of civilization. Glaciers began to form in Antarctica 30 million years ago and in the northern hemisphere 3 million years ago. Today, even in this interglacial period of the Pleistocene Ice Age, we are experiencing one of the coldest climates in the Earth’s history.

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18 October 2015
 
 
Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide? – Part 1
by Patrick Moore
 sub-topic» Climate

Why then did I leave Greenpeace after 15 years in the leadership? When Greenpeace began we had a strong humanitarian orientation, to save civilization from destruction by all-out nuclear war. Over the years the “peace” in Greenpeace was gradually lost and my organization, along with much of the environmental movement, drifted into a belief that humans are the enemies of the earth. I believe in a humanitarian environmentalism because we are part of nature, not separate from it. The first principle of ecology is that we are all part of the same ecosystem, as Barbara Ward put it, “One human family on spaceship Earth”, and to preach otherwise teaches that the world would be better off without us. As we shall see later in the presentation there is very good reason to see humans as essential to the survival of life on this planet.

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15 October 2015
 
 
Judges plan to outlaw climate change ‘denial’
by Christopher Booker
 sub-topic» Climate

The fact that it could be seriously proposed in the highest courtroom in the land that the law should now be used to suppress any further debate on what has become one of the most contentious issues in the history of science (greeted with applause from the distinguished legal audience) speaks volumes about the curious psychological state to which the great global warming scare has reduced so many of the prominent figures who today exercise power and influence over the life of our Western societies.

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12 October 2015
 
 
Why that climate deal is already a dead duck
by Christopher Booker
 sub-topic» Climate

In India last month, these two countries and 11 others declared that, while they will be pleased to share in that (non-existent) $100 billion from the West to help them build windmills and solar farms, there is no way they will hold back on their CO2 emissions.

Even the EU, which has long boasted that it is leading the drive to secure that new treaty, has lately dramatically changed its stance. As pointed out by Dr Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the EU is now prepared to pledge a 40 per cent cut in emissions by 2030, but only on condition that any Paris agreement is legally binding on all countries.

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05 October 2015
 
 
Why are those at the top of organisations so much more gullible on climate?
by Scottish Sceptic
 sub-topic» Climate

I’ve noticed a repeated pattern throughout the world that the people who run organisations tend to be the most extreme of the climate extremists. Why?

Some examples: the Pope, US president, Nurse (former head of Royal Society), Richard Branson.

 more» 
27 September 2015
 
 
Global Warming: Why We Don’t Need to Worry Even If It’s Really True
by Kerry Jackson
 sub-topic» Climate

None of the above means we're changing our approach to the global warming scare. We're not giving in to trendiness, pressure from celebrities and other faux climate experts, or struggling to be popular. We remain skeptics — not of science but of the hype, the politics, the exaggerations, the cooked temperature record and the wild claims that have been made about man-caused climate change. The science is ongoing — and no more settled than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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20 September 2015
 
 
New Word for the New York Times: ‘Fasmunist’
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» Climate

It is Snyder who is the little Hitler here. Like Hitler, he believes that only one point of view is permissible on the question of the hour. Like Hitler, he espouses what history will reveal to have been entirely the wrong point of view. Like Hitler, he accuses his opponents of genocide while advocating it himself by demanding that the U.S. should adopt the brutal, genocidal climate-communist party line. Like Hitler, he uses the environment as a threadbare cloak for rank totalitarian advocacy. Like Hitler, he hates his own country enough to spit upon it and to wish to do it harm for absolutely no good reason. Like Hitler, he distorts the scientific truth and exploits it in an unprincipled fashion for the sake of spreading hatred. Like Hitler, he knows little or no science himself. Like Hitler, he flagrantly, knowingly, repeatedly, hatefully states the direct opposite of the objective truth.

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12 September 2015
 
 
Climate Cuttings 33
by Bishop Hill
 sub-topic» Climate

This is Bishop Hill’s summary (originally dated November 24th, 2009) of some of the juicier moments in the e-mails leaked from the CRU (Climate Research Unit) at the University of East Anglia, UK. Thank you, Your Grace.

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08 September 2015
 
 
Climate issues we need to address
We need to fix the climate of fraud, corruption, and policies that kill jobs, hope and people
by Paul Driessen
 sub-topic» Climate

We do not need to “fix” or “control” the climate. We couldn’t if we tried. We do need to fix the climate of fraud, corruption and destructive policies that kill jobs, dreams and people. We need to realize that most countries will not commit economic suicide. They may sign a climate treaty – but for reasons that have nothing to do with environmental protection … and only if their obligations are distant and ephemeral.

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05 September 2015
 
 
Andrew Brown: It’s justified to burn the heretics
by Lubos Motl
 sub-topic» Climate

He argues that a green religion is badly needed and the future will be great when people will be burning the heretics again because all of them actually believe that it's the right thing. "Should that happen, the denialists, who claim that it is all a religion, will for once be telling the truth, and when they do that, they'll have lost. I just hope it doesn't happen too late."

Wow. ;-)

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29 August 2015
 
 
Decarbonize yourselves first!
by Klaus Kaiser
 sub-topic» Climate

So, expect the crowd in Paris to expedite calls for “decarbonisation” of your wanton emanations of the atmospheric trace (at 0.04%) gas CO2 that also happens to be vital to all life on earth!

Don’t hold your breath though, it’s unlikely that they will lead by example and decarbonize themselves first.

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27 August 2015
 
 
A Modest Proposal how to solve the CO2 Crisis
by Anonymous
 sub-topic» Climate

This idea could be expanded. Instead of fighting wars armies could workout on treadmills and exercise bikes and the army that generated the most power would be declared the winner. This is also a solution to the high unemployment rates in some countries. Instead of government paid assistance the unemployed would be paid to generate electricity. It would also cut down on the population explosion because people, especially teens and unwed mothers on assistance, would be too tired at night to be interested in anything but sleep. With the billions of people in this world think of the tremendous amount of power that could be generated!

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26 August 2015
 
 
What is carbon dioxide and what is its role in global warming?
by The CO2 Coalition
 sub-topic» Climate

Atmospheric CO2 is essential to life on earth, since plants use sunlight to combine CO2 molecules from the air with H2O molecules to make carbohydrates (for example, sugar) and other organic compounds. In the process, oxygen molecules (O2) are released to the atmosphere. At CO2 levels less than 150 ppm (parts per million), most plants stop growing. Over most of the history of multicellular life on earth, CO2 levels have been three or four times higher than present levels. Current CO2 levels of 400 ppm are still much less than optimum for most plant growth.

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21 August 2015
 
 
The slick trick behind global frauding
by James Lewis
 sub-topic» Climate

Stalin twisted scientific biology over four decades in the Soviet Union. His favorite fake-scientist, Trofim Lysenko, used all the powers of the police state to enforce his batty belief that the bleeding disaster of Soviet agriculture could be fixed just by making plants grow bigger. It's the old idea that giraffes have long necks because their ancestors stretched their necks out more and more, to nibble at higher leaves on the trees. It's nonsense, as horse breeders have known for ages. You can't make a great race horse just by making their ancestors run fast. You have to do selective breeding.

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17 August 2015
 
 
Our Duty to Save the Planet
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» Climate

Now, it may be that there really is a problem with the environment. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. But I find it historically significant that environmentalism has grown big at the very moment when every other argument against human progress has been disproved.

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15 August 2015
 
 
Key Facts about Global Temperature
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» Climate

  • Recent extreme-weather events cannot be blamed on global warming, because there has not been any global warming to speak of. It is as simple as that.

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11 August 2015
 
 
The Unsettling, Anti-Science Certitude on Global Warming
Climate-change ‘deniers’ are accused of heresy by true believers. That doesn’t sound like science to me
by John Steele Gordon
 sub-topic» Climate

With so many questions still unanswered, why are many climate scientists, politicians—and the left generally—so anxious to lock down the science of climatology and engage in protracted name-calling? Well, one powerful explanation for the politicians is obvious: self-interest.

If anthropogenic climate change is a reality, then that would be a huge problem only government could deal with. It would be a heaven-sent opportunity for the left to vastly increase government control over the economy and the personal lives of citizens.

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07 August 2015
 
 
The Greatest Scientific Fraud of All Time
by Francis Menton
 sub-topic» Climate

You can’t follow this issue at all without knowing that there are very credible and thoroughly demonstrated instances of pervasive data tampering by NOAA. You also can’t follow this issue at all without knowing that there are several other independent data sets, most notably the two satellite data sets of UAH and RSS covering the period 1979 to present, that do not show the warming that the NOAA data shows.

And yet, with this background, NOAA keeps putting out press releases, more or less monthly, trumpeting alleged new high temperature records, and supposed “news” outlets pick up the releases and put out stories with one scary headline after another, never mentioning that other data sets do not show the same records or warming, and never mentioning that serious and thoroughly-proved allegations of data tampering have been made against NOAA and never refuted.

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29 July 2015
 
 
Climate Change Alarmists Appear Immunized Against Reality
by William M. Briggs
 sub-topic» Climate

Now it used to be a fundamental principle of science—one still known to conference attendees—that when a theory made predictions that were not just wrong, but lousy, we knew with certainty that the theory was false, that it was broken, that it was no good, that it should not be used as a basis for decisions, that it should be scraped or hidden from view until it was fixed. Remembering the old saw that “science was self-correcting”? That was the principle.

The principle is effectively dead. We are still asked to believe in global-warming-of-doom even though this theory cannot make good or skillful predictions. Why? Because denier! And because it is in your best political and financial interest to do so. Let me explain.

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07 July 2015
 
 
The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science – Part 5
by Matt Ridley
 sub-topic» Climate

Excusing failed predictions is a staple of astrology; it’s the way pseudoscientists argue. In science, as Karl Popper long ago insisted, if you make predictions and they fail, you don’t just make excuses and insist you’re even more right than before. The Royal Society once used to promise “never to give their opinion, as a body, upon any subject”. Its very motto is “nullius in verba”: take nobody’s word for it. Now it puts out catechisms of what you must believe in. Surely, the handing down of dogmas is for churches, not science academies. Expertise, authority and leadership should count for nothing in science. The great Thomas Henry Huxley put it this way: “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.” Richard Feynman was even pithier: “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”

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05 July 2015
 
 
The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science – Part 4
by Matt Ridley
 sub-topic» Climate

Any one of these scandals in, say, medicine might result in suspensions, inquiries or retractions. Yet the climate scientific establishment repeatedly reacts as if nothing is wrong. It calls out any errors on the lukewarming end, but ignores those on the exaggeration end. That complacency has shocked me, and done more than anything else to weaken my long-standing support for science as an institution. I repeat that I am not a full sceptic of climate change, let alone a “denier”. I think carbon-dioxide-induced warming during this century is likely, though I think it is unlikely to prove rapid and dangerous. So I don’t agree with those who say the warming is all natural, or all driven by the sun, or only an artefact of bad measurement, but nor do I think anything excuses bad scientific practice in support of the carbon dioxide theory, and every time one of these scandals erupts and the scientific establishment asks us to ignore it, I wonder if the extreme sceptics are not on to something. I feel genuinely betrayed by the profession that I have spent so much of my career championing.

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03 July 2015
 
 
The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science – Part 3
by Matt Ridley
 sub-topic» Climate

And of course there was the mother of all scandals, the “hockey stick” itself: a graph that purported to show the warming of the last three decades of the twentieth century as unprecedented in a millennium, a graph that the IPCC was so thrilled with that it published it six times in its third assessment report and displayed it behind the IPCC chairman at his press conference. It was a graph that persuaded me to abandon my scepticism (until I found out about its flaws), because I thought Nature magazine would never have published it without checking. And it is a graph that was systematically shown by Steven McIntyre and Ross McKitrick to be wholly misleading, as McKitrick recounts in glorious detail in his chapter in The Facts.

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01 July 2015
 
 
The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science – Part 2
by Matt Ridley
 sub-topic» Climate

But the commentators ignore all these caveats and babble on about warming of “up to” four degrees (or even more), then castigate as a “denier” anybody who says, as I do, the lower end of the scale looks much more likely given the actual data. This is a deliberate tactic. Following what the psychologist Philip Tetlock called the “psychology of taboo”, there has been a systematic and thorough campaign to rule out the middle ground as heretical: not just wrong, but mistaken, immoral and beyond the pale. That’s what the word denier with its deliberate connotations of Holocaust denial is intended to do. For reasons I do not fully understand, journalists have been shamefully happy to go along with this fundamentally religious project.

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29 June 2015
 
 
The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science – Part 1
by Matt Ridley
 sub-topic» Climate

Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses put to the test. So a really bad idea cannot survive long in science.

Or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I have changed my mind. It turns out bad ideas can persist in science for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they can turn into intolerant dogmas.

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24 June 2015
 
 
Unholy Alliance: Who is Advising Pope Francis on Global Warming?
by Catherine Snow
 sub-topic» Climate

Pope Francis, it seems, has been badly misinformed and led astray by advisors such as Schellnhuber. However, contrary to what global warming extremists suggest, the science of climate change is not decided.

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14 June 2015
 
 
Some thoughts about the meeting between Anthony Watts and Bill McKibben
by Neil Lock
 sub-topic» Climate

The issue here is that Bill McKibben is promoting policies that have already harmed many millions of people – including me. And yet, he doesn’t seem to be even interested in examining the possibility that those policies have been based on, at best, misinterpretations of the facts, and at worst, lies.

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15 May 2015
 
 
Warmism as the folly of the intellectuals
by John Ray
 sub-topic» Climate

Warmism is the folly of the intellectuals because it serves their Leftist authoritarianism. And, sadly, because of the respect which is normally accorded to knowledge and those who possess it, the Warmist tale gets far more respect than it deserves. It survives solely because of the prestige of those who proclaim it. And, in turn, that is why almost all defenses of Warmism consist solely of an appeal to authority -- academic authority. Any defense of it based on the facts fails very rapidly under informed scrutiny. Given the fact that a heated molecule will radiate its heat in all directions, it is not even a good theory.

So for dishonorable reasons most intellectuals espouse a falsehood. They will all be laughed at by posterity and we climate skeptics will be creditably remembered. Their children and grandchildren (if any) will one day be ashamed of them for failing as scientists and whoring for a false god. They undoubtedly enjoy more "lurks and perks" than most skeptics do so one hopes they enjoy their 30 pieces of silver. All frauds implode eventually so who knows how long they will enjoy their silver. Judas did not enjoy his silver for long.

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03 May 2015
 
 
‘Denier’ Delingpole Immortalised on Climate Change Wall of Infamy
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» Climate

I’m proud to announce that I have won a major art competition. Oh all right. (Modesty, James. Modesty!). I am one of several climate change sceptics to have been celebrated and immortalised in an exciting new, prizewinning art installation at Anglia Ruskin, one of Britain’s largest universities. (h/t Liam Deacon)

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01 May 2015
 
 
Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures
by Christopher Booker
 sub-topic» Climate

But only when the full picture is in will it be possible to see just how far the scare over global warming has been driven by manipulation of figures accepted as reliable by the politicians who shape our energy policy, and much else besides. If the panel’s findings eventually confirm what we have seen so far, this really will be the “smoking gun”, in a scandal the scale and significance of which for all of us can scarcely be exaggerated.

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22 April 2015
 
 
Scrap the Climate Change Act
by Ben Pile
 sub-topic» Climate

The CCA mandated the creation of an expert panel to decide what the UK’s carbon emissions should be – the Committee on Climate Change. But, like most quangos, its bureaucrats were more interested in their own political ambitions than the public’s needs. Bemoaning the lack of popular support for climate policies, one CCC member, Professor Julia King, remarked that ‘we have a very selfish population’, and that enforcing ‘behaviour change’ should be a major part of the government’s strategy. Rather than finding technological solutions to climate change, King and others wanted to engineer obedience. The second reason for objecting to the CCC is that it allows technocrats to serve themselves, and legitimises their high-minded hostility to the public.

But the main reason to object to the CCA is that it reflects the growing tendency to hide from criticism behind the comforting certainty of scientific objectivity. The CCA has been an expensive failure, but its critics were dismissed as climate-change deniers. The real objective of the CCA was not to save mankind from the weather, but to save an exhausted political establishment from the public, and from democracy.

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16 April 2015
 
 
What Evidence Would Persuade You That Man-Made Climate Change Is Real?
by William M. Briggs
 sub-topic» Climate

Everybody out of love with any scientific theory should be prepared to say what it would take for amour to flourish. Just as everybody infatuated with a hypothesis should be able to state what would dim their ardor.

This does not only go for skeptics of global-warming-of-doom, but also for proponents. Tell us, if you dare, what would convince you that you’re wrong. I’m answering the question below, but I also insist you answer it, too. If your answer is of the form “Shut up”, “I don’t have to answer”, or “Your answer, Briggs, wasn’t to my liking, and here’s why”, as it is expected to be for many progressives, congratulations. You’re a True Believer. (Appell, I’ll even let you answer.)

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27 March 2015
 
 
Why I Am a Climate Change Skeptic
by Patrick Moore
 sub-topic» Climate

The IPCC’s followers have given us a vision of a world dying because of carbon-dioxide emissions. I say the Earth would be a lot deader with no carbon dioxide, and more of it will be a very positive factor in feeding the world. Let’s celebrate carbon dioxide.

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10 March 2015
 
 
Objective Behind Climate Change Is Economic, Not Climate
by Richard Larsen
 sub-topic» Climate

The primary objective behind environmental activism related to anthropogenic global warming (AGW), aka “climate change,” is apparently not climatological, but rather is economic. The revelation came not from “global-warming deniers,” but from the United Nations’ own Christiana Figueres, who serves as the Executive Secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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06 March 2015
 
 
Cultural Tipping Point Reached - Hollywood has started mocking global warming
by David Archibald
 sub-topic» Climate

Instead of working against truth and beauty, Hollywood is now on the side of the justly righteous. The next stage will be when, to indicate a character’s gullibility, insanity or mental instability, it is mentioned that he once believed in global warming. Of course Hollywood does not have any moral scruples and mocking global warming is only a business decision. But mocking something is the first stage of destroying it and we should be duly thankful.

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28 February 2015
 
 
Can we stop the doom-mongering?
by David Deming
 sub-topic» Climate

Whenever someone asserts that a scientific question is “settled,” they tell me immediately that they don’t understand the first thing about science. Science is never settled. Science is not a dogmatic body of doctrine. It is an open system of knowledge that establishes probable truths that are subject to continual revision. The entire history of science is one of established theories being overthrown. Astronomers once believed the Sun revolved around the Earth. Naturalists maintained that species were immutable. Geologists thought continental drift was physically impossible. Physicians attempted to cure people by blood-letting. Are we to suppose that the process of history has stopped?

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14 February 2015
 
 
NCDC Breaks Their Own Personal Record for Data Tampering in 2014
by Steven Goddard
 sub-topic» Climate

The total amount of tampering reached record levels in 2014, at almost 1.8 degrees F. They create the appearance of warming by cooling all years prior to 2003, and warming all years since that date.

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07 February 2015
 
 
How to Get Your Message Over
by Neil.
 sub-topic» Climate

Hello climate alarmists, if you wish to communicate with myself, the following rules apply:

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23 January 2015
 
 
The Merchants of Smear
by Paul Driessen
 sub-topic» Climate

The caterwauling over climate change has nothing to do with real-world warming, cooling, storms or droughts. It has everything to do with an ideologically driven hatred of hydrocarbons, capitalism and economic development, and a callous disdain for middle class workers and impoverished Third World families that “progressive” activists, politicians and bureaucrats always claim to care so much about.

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19 January 2015
 
 
How Many of World's Poor Will Climate Alarmists Let Die?
by H. Sterling Burnett
 sub-topic» Climate

'How many people do you want to kill or let die?" That's how I'm going to respond from now on to anyone who argues we should end or sharply restrict fossil fuel use to prevent global warming.

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15 January 2015
 
 
Type I and Type II Error Avoidance and its Possible Role in the Climate Change Debate
by A Chemist in Langley
 sub-topic» Climate

So where are we today? In 1990's parlance, skeptics are from Mars and warmists are from Venus. Like in the book, the two sides are not speaking to each other but rather are speaking past each other. Until the two communities can learn to speak each other's language and acknowledge the underlying differences, but ultimate validity, in both world views, we are not going to advance the discussion. The frustrating part, from someone who has worked on both sides of this intellectual chasm, is that neither side is "wrong". Each lives in a world where risk avoidance decisions are made and feel their approach is "right". We need to develop a "consensus" that acknowledges that both sides have legitimate concerns and that any acceptable compromise has to recognize the validity of differing points of view.

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08 December 2014
 
 
Germany’s Growing Green Dictatorship: Grandmothers Putting Climate Protection Targets “In Jeopardy”!
by P Gosselin
 sub-topic» Climate

Despite the “positive development” in Hanover in reaching climate protection targets, mostly through the herding of people into public transportation and bikepaths, the GGR has discovered that seniors living in the surrounding areas outside of Hanover are using their cars far more than they should. The HAZ quotes the GGR report:

Today’s generation of seniors have a driver license more than ever before. In the meantime older ladies are driving with an automobile almost as often as men are.”

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27 November 2014
 
 
The Climate Scam's Meltdown
by Walter Starck
 sub-topic» Climate

The debate over CC has been unique in the history of science in that its proponents have largely abandoned the primacy of evidence and openly declared methodology in favour of self-proclaimed authority backed by their own confidential methods and models. It is also unique in that the alarmists refuse to directly address their arguments, preferring to ignore, censor and personally denigrate them. In a few instances in the early part of the public debate, the proponents attempted direct debate with their critics but came away looking decidedly second-best and they soon refused any further direct discussion. With no convincing answers to the uncertainties and conflicting evidence raised by their opponents they simply chose to ignore them, declare the science “settled” and anoint themselves as the only experts. All who disagreed were deemed to be fools, knaves and/or in the pay and pocket of Big Energy.

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23 November 2014
 
 
Climate Change and the left
by Lord Donoughue
 sub-topic» Climate

While this need persists and there persists the misconception that the Green faith is somehow leftish and in pursuit of the common good, then most on the political left will stay with it. To shake them it will be necessary to show them that the costs of implementing climate alarmism will actually destroy the economic hopes of the poor and is often a cynical device to enrich the wealthy. That it enables self righteous middle class posturers to parade their assumed moral superiority at the expense of the poor. And that it's so-called scientific certainties are very uncertain indeed. It is also necessary for the sceptical and realistic side to show more publicly that they accept the proven aspects of climate change (which every sceptic I know does) and care about the genuine concerns of the environment (which the Greens ignore by littering our landscapes with inefficient and costly windmills.)

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08 November 2014
 
 
Climate Research needs Re-distribution
by Viv Forbes
 sub-topic» Climate

What is referred to reverently as “climate research” is mainly just grubby advocacy supporting the political war on carbon. Why are we still funding scientists who believe that “the science is settled”? If they believe that they know the answers, what are they are doing with their research funds?

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05 October 2014
 
 
Global Warming Zealot McCarthy of EPA PLays Race Card
by Investors' Business Daily
 sub-topic» Climate

You can't argue with global warming zealots: Whatever the thermometer reads, they're right and you're wrong. Whatever the short-term, intermediate or long-term data suggest, all these eco-radicals see is additional proof of their distorted worldview.

Hot summers? Mild winters? That's global warming. Mild summers? Frigid winters? That's global warming, too.

You see, if you're a disciple of climate change, it all makes perfect sense — every measurement is further validation, and every validation is an excuse to impose costlier obligations on taxpayers (and more onerous restrictions on what's left of our free market).

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27 September 2014
 
 
Robert F. Kennedy Jr: People Who Don't Believe in Global Warming Alarmism Should be Thrown in Jail
by Ace of Spades
 sub-topic» Climate

We are in a strange and dark chapter in history. The left doesn't just want to demolish capitalism, they want to repeal the Enlightenment as well.

They want a second Dark Ages.

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17 September 2014
 
 
Report - emails reveal 'collusion' with green activist groups over EPA climate agenda
by Anthony Watts
 sub-topic» Climate

In multiple instances, green lobbyists provided EPA with their polling on the shared priorities, were directly involved in deciding where EPA would hold public hearings, and ensuring supportive crowds. Further, EPA repeatedly gave green groups a leg up in preparing comments intended for the administrative record on important regulations. This meant the green groups were able to submit comments ahead of any members of the general public, or other interested parties, even though the comments in question were submitted before the record was open for comment by the general public. EPA employees also submitted special interest group comments directly if those groups failed to do so themselves.

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15 September 2014
 
 
The Reasons for Britain's Climate Fatigue
by Benny Peiser
 sub-topic» Climate

The reason for growing climate fatigue is not so much a PR failure. After all, hundreds of millions are being spent each year around the world by thousands of NGOs, green energy lobbies and green government ministers.

It is rather that reality no longer corresponds with alarmist predictions that were issued just a few years ago.

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09 September 2014
 
 
The Demise of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming
by John Robertson
 sub-topic» Climate

Dishonesty is an essential career trait.

Honesty is to be “anti” what ever the delusion of the day.

That we cannot have a civil society (AKA civilization) without trust, seems to escape the attention of those who lie and sneer at those who do not lie to advance their own interests.

These Climatologists are not outliers, this is management central.

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31 August 2014
 
 
How many Climate Scientists does it take to change a light bulb?
by Bob B
 sub-topic» Climate

Q: How many Climate Scientists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: 6.

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29 August 2014
 
 
Repeated and Uncontrollable Failures
by Tim Blair
 sub-topic» Climate

The United Nations was about to hold its 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen, and Thornton felt she had a personal investment in it. She, like many thousands of activists and scientists and green campaigners, had high hopes that a new and robust version of the Kyoto agreement would be created in Denmark.

“But the reality was a massive, epic failure of political will. It broke me,” she says. “The trigger point was actually watching grown men cry.”

I don’t mean to diminish anyone’s pain or suffering, but it is impossible to read those two paragraphs without laughing.

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25 August 2014
 
 
It's buttons for global warming! (2)
by Your Editor
 sub-topic» Climate

Here's your Editor's re-work of the new climate change logo...

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17 August 2014
 
 
"Cloimate-smart" policies for Africa are stupid, and immoral
by Paul Driessen
 sub-topic» Climate

Africa is blessed with abundant oil, gas and coal. Turning food into fuel would squander those resources and divert land, water, fertilizers and energy from feeding people – to produce expensive fuels and leave people malnourished. This is not “climate-smart” energy or agriculture. It’s just plain stupid.

Wind and solar will let people in remote areas have light bulbs, tiny refrigerators and cell phone chargers, until they can be connected to an electrical grid. They cannot support modern economies, factories, shops, schools, hospitals or families. Coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydro-based electricity are essential.

Here is the real bottom line: Africans should not do what the United States is doing now that it is rich. It should do what the United States did to become rich.

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13 August 2014
 
 
Vaust
by Neil Humphrey
 sub-topic» Climate

A government official approached Vaust and said, “We want your help. We already tax people out of existence. But we need new excuses to take away even more of the wealth they earn, so we can rule over them ever harder.

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23 June 2014
 
 
The Debate is finally over on "Global Warming" - Because Nobody will Debate - Part 3
by Caleb S. Rossiter
 sub-topic» Climate

“Anti-intellectual, and anti-science,” I would complain, as the catastrophists dominated mainstream debate, turning the noble scientific title of “skeptic” into the horrific libel of being a “denier” of a coming Holocaust. At least I could be thankful that the domination of mainstream and leftist debate did not translate into domination of policy. Both rich and poor countries continue to talk down fossil fuels while using them every chance they get, because these low-cost forms of energy have been the source of the economic growth and longer life expectancy the world has experienced in two dramatic waves: the industrialization of Europe, the United States and Japan in the 19th century and the industrialization of Korea, China, India, and others in Asia and to a lesser extent in Latin America and Africa in the 20th century.

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21 June 2014
 
 
The Debate is finally over on "Global Warming" - Because Nobody will Debate - Part 2
by Caleb S. Rossiter
 sub-topic» Climate

The reversal resulted from a concerted campaign by catastrophists who saw that the Medieval warming might imply that the cooling afterwards was an oscillation, caused by nothing but the natural regression to a long-term mean. That, in turn, might imply that the recent warming is just another natural counter to that, without the need for SUV’s to explain it. The reversal was fraudulent in two ways: technical, by using data manipulation and ignoring error margins to create a “hockey stick” that shows a recent spike up in temperature (the stick’s blade) after a thousand year flat-line (its handle), and theoretical, by arguing that logically the recent increase from a flat-line, even if true, is somehow evidence of human cause.

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19 June 2014
 
 
The Debate is finally over on "Global Warming" - Because Nobody will Debate - Part 1
by Caleb S. Rossiter
 sub-topic» Climate

The believers in human–induced catastrophic climate change, strongly represented among the liberal and radical left of American and international politics, have won the mainstream media and government battle for the conventional wisdom, but lost the war for policy change. None of the governmental and few of the institutional and individual actors who claim to fear climate change will take real steps to reduce their use of energy, choosing instead to put on phony shows of “green-ness” and carbon-trading shell games. So it’s over, on both fronts.

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17 June 2014
 
 
Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change
Western Policies Seem More Interested in Carbon-dioxide levels than in Life Expectancy
by Caleb S. Rossiter
 sub-topic» Climate

Every year environmental groups celebrate a night when institutions in developed countries (including my own university) turn off their lights as a protest against fossil fuels. They say their goal is to get America and Europe to look from space like Africa: dark, because of minimal energy use.

But that is the opposite of what’s desired by Africans I know. They want Africa at night to look like the developed world, with lights in every little village and with healthy people, living longer lives, sitting by those lights. Real years added to real lives should trump the minimal impact that African carbon emissions could have on a theoretical catastrophe.

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05 June 2014
 
 
Evidence mounts against climate change: Obama acts anyway
by Rick Manning
 sub-topic» Climate

Yet, President Obama persists on using this shaky science to impose crippling regulatory regimes on the nation. New regulations that are not only economically disastrous as evidenced by the GDP contraction last quarter, but also more importantly, put our nation’s ability to produce enough electricity to meet our growing demand in jeopardy.

And that would be a global warming disaster – our nation devolved from the most developed in the world to a third world status all due to Obama’s fealty to an economic suicide pact on the green altar of climate change.

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03 June 2014
 
 
Who will rid us of this totalitarian Prince?
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» Climate

Charles must go. His future, along with that of the thousand-year monarchy, is in the past. It used to be said there would soon be only five kings in the world: spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds, and England. Scrub that last one.

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31 May 2014
 
 
Thermageddon Blues
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» Climate

Cleese: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this pet Theory what my government purchased not a quarter of a century ago from this very boutique.

Patchy Pachauri: Oh yes, the, uh, the Thermageddon Blues … What’s, uh … What’s wrong with it?

Cleese: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. It’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

Patchy Pachauri: No, no, it’s uh, … it’s just Pausing.

Cleese: Look, matey, I know a dead Theory when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

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22 May 2014
 
 
The Cleansing of Lennart Bengtsson
by Steve McIntyre
 sub-topic» Climate

As a general point, it seems to me that, if climate change is as serious a problem as the climate “community” believes, then it will require large measures that need broadly based commitment from all walks of our society. Most “skeptics” are not acolytes of the Koch brothers, but people who have not thus far been convinced that the problem is as serious as represented or that the prescribed policies (wind, solar especially) provide any form of valid insurance against the risk. These are people that the climate “community” should be trying to persuade.

Begtsson’s planned participation in GWPF seemed to me to be the sort of outreach to rational skeptics that ought to be praiseworthy within the climate “community”.

Instead, the “community” has extended the fatwa. This is precisely the sort of action and attitude that can only engender and reinforce contempt for the “community” in the broader society.

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18 May 2014
 
 
Science as McCarthyism
Another scientist gets blackballed for his skepticism about global warming
by Rupert Darwall
 sub-topic» Climate

Science regresses if it becomes intolerant of criticism. At the beginning of her reign, Queen Elizabeth I of England spoke words of tolerance in an age of religious strife, declaring that she had no intention of making windows into men’s souls. Unlike religion, science is not a matter of the heart or of belief. It exists only in what can be demonstrated. In their persecution of an aged colleague who stepped out of line and their call for scientists to be subject to a faith test, 21st-century climate scientists have shown less tolerance than a 16th-century monarch.

There is something rotten in the state of climate science.

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16 May 2014
 
 
IPCC Wiki Launched - Volunteers Needed
by Donna Laframboise
 sub-topic» Climate

Don’t be fooled. This stuff matters. Recently, I was contacted by a journalist in Los Angeles who was exploring the possibility of writing a story about IPCC author and non-Nobel-laureate Woodrow Clark. There are lots of puff pieces about Clark on the Internet. But my explanation of why his Nobel claims are inaccurate is also now on the record.

After reading my coverage, the journalist advised me that a Clark story was no longer viable. In his words:

“I appreciate your excellent work. Because of it, Woody Clark is now radioactive.”

One inch at a time, one person at a time, we can help make the world a saner place.

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14 May 2014
 
 
National Climate Assessment Report Raises False Alarm
by Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
 sub-topic» Climate

Let’s get one thing clear: The National Climate Assessment is a political call to action document meant for the president’s left-leaning constituency. What pretense of scientific support that decorates it quickly falls away under a close and critical inspection.

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06 May 2014
 
 
Full Moon on Lewandowsky
by Anthony Watts
 sub-topic» Climate

We categorized the following morbidities:

  • (LOL) Latent Obsessive Lamentation – Thinly disguised obsessive expression of sorrow over calamity caused by measly 0.8C temperature increase over entire last century.
  • (OMG) Omniscient Meglomaniacal Grandiosity – Grandiose delusions of unquestionable certainty and infallible prophetic vision regarding future climate. Grandiose delusions of being savior of the world.
  • (LMAO) Limbic Manic Alarmist Outrage – Anger at alarmist predictions being contradicted by observation or reason, stemming from the deep reptilian brain.
  • (STFU) Selective Transparency, Factually Unchallenged – Refusal to release source data and methodology to opponents. Refusal to debate or acknowledge contradictory viewpoints, “even if we have to redefine what peer-review means.”
  • (FUD) Fantasizing Ultimate Doom – Dogmatic paranoid belief that the sky is falling, even after 17-year average of major datasets shows no surface warming, after insignificant sea level rise, and Antarctic ice extent reaching 30-year record highs.

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25 April 2014
 
 
A Climate Osychology Lew Paper
by http://eric.worrall.name/kant.cgi
 sub-topic» Climate

Because of the relation between irritable climate syndrome and the objects in the study domain, our conclusion, then, stands in need of the Deniersphere. There can be no doubt that lost underwear is the clue to the discovery of the ideation of practical reason. In natural theology, it is not at all certain that the peer-reviewable objects in the study domain have lying before them the moon landing. We thus have a pure synthesis of apprehension.

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12 April 2014
 
 
Climate 'consensus': Is carbon dioxide the new cholesterol?
by Paul Mulshine
 sub-topic» Climate

Climate science is infinitely more complicated than human physiology. Once all of the data are in, we may find that atmospheric carbon dioxide‚ actually has the effect predicted by physicist Freeman Dyson of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. The 90-year-old Dyson, whom many consider to be the smartest guy on Earth, argues that far from harming the planet, atmospheric CO-2‚ may have a positive effect by increasing plant growth.

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09 April 2014
 
 
Green 'smear campaign' against professor who dared to disown 'sexed up' UN climate dossier
by David Rose
 sub-topic» Climate

Prof Tol, from Sussex University, is a highly respected climate economist and one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of an important chapter in the 2,600-page report published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He has been widely criticised by green campaigners after he claimed that the much shorter ‘summary for policymakers’ – hammered out in all-night sessions between scientists and government officials over a week-long meeting in Yokohama, Japan – was overly ‘alarmist’.

In his view, the summary focused on ‘scare stories’ and suggestions the world faced ‘the four horsemen of the apocalypse’.

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07 April 2014
 
 
Common Sense and Climate Change
by Anthony Watts
 sub-topic» Climate

Finally it took a lowly, uncompromised child to state the obvious: the emperor was naked, exposed, commando; like the centerfold in a peer reviewed skin magazine for mole rats.

Perhaps the common sense of any observant child is exactly what the fawning entourage of global warming pretenders needs. Let’s give it a try.

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27 March 2014
 
 
Proof? Pouf!
by Ron C.
 sub-topic» Climate

I hope the APS [American Physical Society] will address the basic issue. Skeptics are ordinary people who are simply asking for proof that rising CO2 is causing dangerous global warming. The proofs that have been offered are not convincing.

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04 March 2014
 
 
On Those that Want to Suppress Global Warming "Deniers"
by Crosspatch
 sub-topic» Climate

This is an indication of desperation and an acknowledgement that they risk losing their own base of support. They are manipulating their support base emotionally. The last thing in the world they would want is for the general public at large to see these sorts of things being said because they know it is over the top and they would be forced to back down from such statements. They are designed to be seen by and distributed among the people who are already on board with them to keep them there. It is rhetoric for the “true believers”. The best weapon we have against this sort of thing is sunlight as you are doing here. Expose them for the manipulative weasels they really are and make them take ownership, in public, of their words. It isn’t really designed to sway anyone’s opinion who might be on the fence or on the other side as over the top rhetoric like that doesn’t work on more thoughtful people who might be on the fence. In fact, it is likely to further alienate more thoughtful people from them. This is designed to elicit a very emotional reaction from the people already in their camp and keep them there.

They’re scared.

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28 February 2014
 
 
Where are the Global Warmists for Freedom?
Warmism is an essentially Authoritarian creed
by Daren Ionescu
 sub-topic» Climate

Here, then, is my point. Is it conceivable -- just conceivable -- to you that, having achieved the Nirvana of settled science regarding man-made climate change, you might seek to persuade your unfortunate brothers on the outside to see the light, and to join you in voluntarily altering your collective behavior in the direction of a less carbonated world? And that you might just accept the unfortunate possibility that, should you be unable to persuade us, the imaginary effect you suppose us to be having on the climate may have to continue through to its ultimate imaginary apocalypse, given that the alternative solution -- brute force aimed at curtailing human life -- would be draconian, tyrannical, and inhuman?

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21 February 2014
 
 
The real reason for flooding in Somerset Levels: Not global warming - the pump was turned off!
by Corporal Jones' Ghost
 sub-topic» Climate

We all hoped that the 2007 flood would wake the EA up and get them to re-think their stance on the KSD pumps, they would not even agree to a meeting! We were pumping furiously on a limited facility in that year or that flood would have been horrific.

Today, looking at the flood charts and pictures it is obvious that the connection to the Huntspill is blocked, silted up.

So the water can’t be ‘smeared’ over all the levels as in the past, that is why ‘record’ levels are being recorded in certain areas whilst others are barely affected.

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19 February 2014
 
 
No, global warming did NOT cause the storms, says one of the Met Office's most senior experts
by David Rose
 sub-topic» Climate

Meanwhile, the Met Office has continued to issue questionable long-term forecasts. In mid-November, two weeks before the first of the storms, it predicted persistent high pressure for the winter, which was ‘likely to lead to drier-than-normal conditions across the country’.

It added that its models showed the probability of the winter being in the driest of five official categories was 25 per cent. The chances of it being in the wettest category was 15 per cent.

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13 February 2014
 
 
95% of Climate Models Agree The Observations Must be Wrong
by Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D.
 sub-topic» Climate

Whether humans are the cause of 100% of the observed warming or not, the conclusion is that global warming isn’t as bad as was predicted. That should have major policy implications…assuming policy is still informed by facts more than emotions and political aspirations.

And if humans are the cause of only, say, 50% of the warming (e.g. our published paper), then there is even less reason to force expensive and prosperity-destroying energy policies down our throats.

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02 February 2014
 
 
Thermosoft Offers Radiant Floor Heat as Solution to Global Cooling
by Thermosoft
 sub-topic» Climate

With the global warming bump-in-the-road behind us, now is the time to move forward to the real crisis plaguing humanity. Global cooling’s debilitating effects have been felt across America during this winter’s record low temperatures and high snowfalls. The absolute truth is that there’s nothing that can be done about the weather, but there is something that can be done to defeat global cooling and keep warm, comfortable, healthy and in good spirits.

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23 January 2014
 
 
Climate Change Scammers' Worst Week Ever
by Kurt Schlichter
 sub-topic» Climate

Oh, how “scientists” hate deniers for actually applying the scientific method to the scammers’ political propaganda. And, as fiascos like Operation Mocking Penguin pile up, and as the coming climate collapse never actually comes, they’ll get even more desperate. The Los Angeles Times and Reddit recently barred dissenters from their pages – there’s no better concession of defeat than silencing your opponent.

The science is settled that “climate change” was a lie from the beginning. And every day without the long-promised climate catastrophe is one day closer to the day leftists will have to find themselves a replacement scam.

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21 January 2014
 
 
What if man-made climate change is all in the mind?
by Sean Thomas
 sub-topic» Climate

All of which raises a fascinating possibility. Perhaps man-made climate change is all in the mind – because, in our instinctive terrors, we always think that something wicked this way comes, especially from the sky: as a punishment from God, for things we have done. This paranoia, should it exist, would be hardwired into the human psyche, so we would rarely notice it – as the mind deceives itself.

If this is true, it means that lefty and greeny believers in man-made climate change are merely the Mormons of Meteorology, the Wahhabi of Warmism: they are the psychic equivalent of apocalyptic religious maniacs, forever spying signs of the promised Endtimes, and yet forever being disappointed.

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14 January 2014
 
 
Why I Worry about Global Warming - Part 2
by Bill Merritt
 sub-topic» Climate

Here are some other things that socially aware, scientifically literate people have told us:

  • Tomatoes aren’t really tomatoes, they’re love apples and they will kill you.
  • Poinsettias will kill you, too, so keep poinsettias away from kids.
  • If you swim after a meal you’ll catch stomach cramps and drown.
  • If you hide under your fourth-grade desk, atom bombs can’t hurt you.

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13 January 2014
 
 
Why I Worry about Global Warming - Part 1
by Bill Merritt
 sub-topic» Climate

For decades people had swallowed what Margaret Mead ladled out because nobody had the chops to call bullshit. It would have been worth the career of any anthropologist to claim that somebody as powerful as Margaret Mead, with all her chairs and important committees, was spectacularly, laughably wrong, especially an anthropologist who hadn’t gone to Samoa and done the fieldwork himself. And who’d want to do that? She had already done that fieldwork. If you wanted to go study a tribe, you’d go somewhere that hadn’t already been studied. So Freeman did the obvious thing, he waited until Mead had shuffled off to that great steering-committee in the sky, before he published.

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06 January 2014
 
 
Warmism - A Very Modern Death Cult for Trendy Lefties
by Christina
 sub-topic» Climate

As much as anything, the left seek out policies and positions that make them feel better about themselves and superior to those they despise (i.e. anyone who disagrees with them). The Warmist religion allows them to do just this. It allows them to indulge their Marxist/socialist redistributive tendencies to the full. The pipeline of cash from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries, in the name of Warmism, is likely to only benefit arms dealers and German car makers but this fact barely raises a flicker of concern in the Warmist and why should it? How much better can you make yourself feel than when you’ve just convinced yourself you are saving the world? Questions, especially those that may spark doubt, are to be avoided at all costs.

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05 January 2014
 
 
The Akademik Shokolskiy Passenger's Lament
by The Darn-Poor Rhymer
 sub-topic» Climate

And so, we came to sea ice,
And to our penguin count.
They said, “Don’t be too precise;
The total must not mount.”
One penguin, two penguin, three penguin, none!
One penguin, two penguin, three penguin. Fun!

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27 December 2013
 
 
Of meteorology and morality
by Christopher Monckton
 sub-topic» Climate

As every theologian knows, the simplest and usually the clearest of all tests for the presence of a moral sense is whether or not the truth is being told. The true-believers in the New Superstition are not telling the truth. On any objective test, they are lying, and are profiteering by lying, and are doing so at your expense and mine, and are bidding fair to bring down the Age of Enlightenment and Reason, flinging us back into the dumb, inspissate cheerlessness of a new Dark Age.

Nothing is done about the many lies, of course, because the many lies are the Party Line, and no one ever went to jail who safely parroted the Party Line.

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25 December 2013
 
 
'Twas the nightmare before Christmas
by Joe Bastardi
 sub-topic» Climate

How dare mother nature destroy AGW’s life’s work,
These deniers are as nasty as a Miley Cyrus Twerk.
But the data is there and everyone knows,
The temperatures leveled off while CO2 rose!

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10 December 2013
 
 
Climate Change Anyone?
by A local guide book
 sub-topic» Climate

On 4 February 1287, it was recorded that “the sea flooded so greatly…in the marsh of Romenal and all adjacent places, that all the [sea] walls were broken down and almost all the lands covered from the great [sea] wall of Appledore towards the south and the west as far as Winchelsea”. The mouth of the River Rother was blocked at Romney and its course diverted to reach the sea at Rye. The previously protected Camber was exposed to the sea and became Rye Bay. The little town of Broomhill, situated on the other side of the entrance to the Camber from Old Winchelsea was swept away. This storm also appears to have finished off what was left of Old Winchelsea, although its ruins were still visible at low tide for another five years. At this point, the town disappears from the pages of history.

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08 December 2013
 
 
UN climate change talks; it's really all about the money
by Marita Noon
 sub-topic» Climate

Douglas Carswell, Tory MP, sums up the so-called climate compensations: “We’re spending money that we don’t have to solve a problem that doesn’t exist at the behest of people we didn’t elect.”

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05 December 2013
 
 
My secret showdown with the Royal Society over global warming
by Nigel Lawson
 sub-topic» Climate

But what did emerge was that, if anyone needed educating, it was them. Despite the fact that they were headed by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, the Director of the Grantham Institute, which has pronounced views on climate policy, and a member of the Climate Change Committee, which is concerned with the implementation of the Climate Change Act, they were very reluctant to engage on the crucial issue of climate change policy at all. What was clear, however, was that they had no understanding of, or interest in, the massive human and economic costs involved in the policies they so glibly endorse.

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21 November 2013
 
 
What makes the warmist-skeptic fight go on and on?
by Doug Proctor
 sub-topic» Climate

I’ve been thinking about what makes the warmist-skeptic fight go on and on. What I have noted is the constant difference in how each side places its emphasis, and that this shows up in its speech. Specifically, the skeptics use declarative, as in “this will”, “this shall” or “this does”, and, of course, its negative equals. The warmists use conditionals, i.e. words like “could” or “should” or “may” or “might” that indicate undefined probabilities and, in truth, possibilities, things that are determinable only after the fact.

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15 November 2013
 
 
50,000 attend rally with speech against climate agenda in Poland
by CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow)
 sub-topic» Climate

As more than 50,000 enthusiastic Poles gathered in downtown Warsaw on Monday to celebrate National Independence Day, with millions more watching on live television, CFACT president David Rothbard was invited to the stage to deliver an impassioned address celebrating freedom and warning against the dangerous and oppressive climate agenda of the UN.

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16 October 2013
 
 
Understanding the IPCC AR5 Climate Assessment
by Richard Lindzen
 sub-topic» Climate

By contrast, the reasonable and moral policy would be to foster economic growth, poverty reduction and well being in order that societies be better able to deal with climate change regardless of its origin. Mitigation policies appear to have the opposite effect without significantly reducing the hypothetical risk of any changes in climate. While reducing vulnerability to climate change is a worthy goal, blind support for mitigation measures – regardless of the invalidity of the claims – constitutes what might be called bankrupt morality.

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06 October 2013
 
 
Climate change: this is not science - it's mumbo jumbo
by Nigel Lawson
 sub-topic» Climate

The true scientific method is founded on empirical observation. When a theory – whether embedded in a computer program or not – produces predictions that are falsified by subsequent observation, then the theory, and the computer models which enshrine it, have to be rethought.

Not for the IPCC, however, which has sought to obscure this fundamental issue by claiming that, whereas in 2007 it was 90 per cent sure that most of the (very slight) global warming recorded since the Fifties was due to man-made carbon emissions, it is now 95 per cent sure.

This is not science: it is mumbo-jumbo. Neither the 90 per cent nor the 95 per cent have any objective scientific basis: they are simply numbers plucked from the air for the benefit of credulous politicians and journalists.

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02 October 2013
 
 
IPCC diagnosis - permanent paradigm paralysis
by Judith Curry
 sub-topic» Climate

The diagnosis of paradigm paralysis seems fatal in the case of the IPCC, given the widespread nature of the infection and intrinsic motivated reasoning. We need to put down the IPCC as soon as possible – not to protect the patient who seems to be thriving in its own little cocoon, but for the sake of the rest of us whom it is trying to infect with its disease. Fortunately much of the population seems to be immune, but some governments seem highly susceptible to the disease. However, the precautionary principle demands that we not take any risks here, and hence the IPCC should be put down.

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29 September 2013
 
 
The IPCC's 'inconvenient truth'
by Judith Curry
 sub-topic» Climate

Scientists do not need to be consensual to be authoritative. Authority rests in the credibility of the arguments, which must include explicit reflection on uncertainties, ambiguities and areas of ignorance and more openness for dissent. I have recommended that the scientific consensus seeking process be abandoned in favor of a more traditional review that presents arguments for and against, discusses the uncertainties, and speculates on the known and unknown unknowns.

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18 September 2013
 
 
Parliament goes hostile on climate change
by Alex Singleton
 sub-topic» Climate

Parliament’s cushy consensus over climate change is dead. In 2008, when the Climate Change Bill had its third reading in the Commons, only five MPs voted against. But with doomsday predictions failing to materialize, and the planet failing to warm, MPs are starting to get more skeptical.

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08 September 2013
 
 
Three More Pieces of Evidence that Global Warming is a Fraud
by Investors' Business Daily
 sub-topic» Climate

Conventional wisdom, which is hardly conventional and rarely wise, says things happen in threes. What to make, then, of the three hits the global warming alarmist industry has suffered recently?

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26 June 2013
 
 
When it comes to climate change, we have to trust our scientists, because they know lots of big scary words
by Sean Thomas
 sub-topic» Climate

First, I asked Stephen Belcher, the head of the Met Office Hadley Centre, whether the recent extended winter was related to global warming. Shaking his famous “ghost stick”, and fingering his trademark necklace of sharks’ teeth and mammoth bones, the loin-clothed Belcher blew smoke into a conch, and replied,

“Here come de heap big warmy. Bigtime warmy warmy. Is big big hot. Plenty big warm burny hot. Hot! Hot hot! But now not hot. Not hot now. De hot come go, come go. Now Is Coldy Coldy. Is ice. Hot den cold. Frreeeezy ice til hot again. Den de rain. It faaaalllll. Make pasty.”

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17 June 2013
 
 
Madness of the Met Office Summit meeting to find out why our weather is... normal
by David Rose
 sub-topic» Climate

Pinch yourself. This deserves a headline: ‘Met Office shock announcement: Britain’s weather is normal.’

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07 June 2013
 
 
'Trougher' Yeo recants on global warming
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» Climate

Here's what he said in 2009:

"The dying gasps of the deniers will be put to bed. In five years time, no one will argue about a man-made contribution to climate change.”

And here, less than five years on, is what he is saying now:

“Although I think the evidence that the climate is changing is now overwhelming, the causes are not absolutely clear. There could be natural causes, natural phases that are taking place.”

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