Australia Accused of Manipulating a UN Climate Report

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Australia has been repeated accused over the last few weeks, of successfully lobbying UNESCO to drop mention of the Great Barrier Reef from a climate report. My question – if a relatively minor world player like Australia can manipulate the content of a UNESCO climate report, what does this say about the scientific integrity of other UN bureaucracies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Every reference to Australia was scrubbed from the final version of a major UN report on climate change after the Australian government intervened, objecting that the information could harm tourism.

Guardian Australia can reveal the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”, which Unesco jointly published with the United Nations environment program and the Union of Concerned Scientists on Friday, initially had a key chapter on the Great…

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Introducing the global warming speedometer

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A single devastating graph shows official climate predictions were wild

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

The new global warming speedometer shows in a single telling graph just how badly the model-based predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have over-predicted global warming.


The speedometer for the 15 years 4 months January 2001 to April 2016 shows the [1.1, 4.2] C°/century-equivalent interval of global warming rates (red/orange) that IPCC’s 1990, 1995 and 2001 reports predicted should be occurring by now, compared with real-world, observed warming (green) equivalent to less than 0.5 C°/century over the period.

Observed reality

RSS and UAH monthly near-global satellite lower-troposphere temperature anomaly values for each month from January 2001 to April 2016 were assumed to be broadly accurate and were averaged. The least-squares linear-regression trend on their mean was determined and found equivalent to 0.47 C°/century.

Predictions in IPCC’s Assessment Reports

IPCC (2007, 2013) are…

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Rural Mass Migration to Cities: Must be Climate Change

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China's burgeoning coal power industry China’s burgeoning coal power industry – without industrial progress, Chinese people would still be starving in their millions.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Remember history lessons about the Industrial Revolution – about how the rise of city based factory jobs, and more efficient farming practices, caused mass migration from farms to cities?

Now a similar mass migration is occurring in the poorer parts of Africa. But some green charities are doing everything in their power, to stop it from happening.

Zimbabwe: Climate Change Opens Up Migration Floodgates

Two years ago, 35-year-old Bernard Chingawo was a successful small scale tobacco farmer in Mt Darwin, Mashonaland Central.

Now he wakes up early in the morning to buy an assortment of wares from a Chinese shop in Harare for resale.

Still in Mashonaland Central, 41-year-old Titinotenda Chaora, a single mother of one who used to eke out a living from buying tomatoes…

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Full page ad in NYT today slams Attorney Generals climate witch hunt

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Today, CEI sponsored a full-page advertisement in The New York Times highlighting abusive efforts by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, and a coalition of other “AGs United for Clean Power” to silence the speech of more than 100 businesses, nonprofits, and private individuals who question the AGs’ positions on climate change. Published as an open letter, the ad features signatures from 43 organizations, legal experts, and individuals who value Americans’ First Amendment rights and believe they should be protected.


Full text below. View the ad as a full color PDF here.


All Americans have the right to support causes they believe in.

The right to speak out is among the most fundamental principles of American democracy. It should never be taken away.

Yet, around the country, a group of state attorneys general have launched a misguided effort to silence the…

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Texas attorney general calling for end to Virgin Islands’ Exxon probe

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By Andrew Restuccia

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is calling for a halt to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ investigation into ExxonMobil.

Paxton is slated to hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss his request “to put an end” to Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker’s probe into the company over whether it suppressed internal research about the threat of climate change. Walker has issued subpoenas to Exxon and at least two other groups with ties to the company: the Competitive Enterprise Institute and DCI Group. In addition, Walker’s Exxon subpoena requests communications between Exxon and more than 100 right-leaning and free-market groups, climate skeptics, academics and others.

Exxon, CEI and its allies have stronglyobjected to the subpoenas, arguing that they amount to a fishing expedition. Exxon is separately complying with a separate subpoena from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who requested climate change-related documents under his state’s…

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Schmidt’s Histogram Diagram Doesn’t Refute Christy

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schmidt histogram GLBIn my most recent post,  I discussed yet another incident in the long running dispute about the inconsistency between models and observations in the tropical troposphere – Gavin Schmidt’s twitter mugging of John Christy and Judy Curry.   Included in Schmidt’s exchange with Curry was a diagram with a histogram of model runs. In today’s post, I’ll parse the diagram presented to Curry, first discussing the effect of some sleight-of-hand and then showing that Schmidt’s diagram, after removing the sleight-of-hand and when read by someone familiar with statistical distributions, confirms Christy rather than contradicting him.

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