Where is the podcast?

I haven’t released a podcast in a long time and you, my loyal fans, deserve an explanation.

And while I have a good explanation, I can’t really tell you about it. All I can say is that I have not been idle this past while, I am working on something that has the potential to be big. [more]

Cosmic clouds?

The connection between cosmic rays and clouds has always been tenuous. The connection between cosmic rays and climate even more so.

But that hasn’t stopped the cosmic ray driven climate (and therefor not caused by GHG emissions) theory from getting more attention than it deserves. From every single study that doesn’t outright disprove the notion that cosmic rays influence the climate from getting undue attention. [more]

The worlds most exonerated climate scientist

Here we go again! Time after time the claims made by deniers about the conduct of climate scientists (in this case Michael Mann) fail to live up to the hype. This time it is the National Science Foundation that found that, like all the previous investigations that resulted from the leaked climategate emails, the scientists involved did nothing wrong,  stating:

We reviewed the emails and concluded that nothing contained in them evidenced research misconduct within the definition in the NSF Research Misconduct Regulation… We found no basis to conclude that the emails were evidence of research misconduct or that they pointed to such evidence…

The research in question was originally completed over 10 years ago. [more]

Quote of the day: Real conservatism, part 2

More sense coming from John Huntsman:

The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position… I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a – a party that – that was antithetical to science. [more]

In the belly of the beast

Scott Denning is not the type of person who you would expect to give talks at the Heartland Institute’s  Climate Change Conference. After all Scott Denning is a well respected climate scientist, a professor in the department of atmospheric science at Colorado state university. While The Heartland institute is a bastion of anti-science denialism, not only denying the role humans play in changing the planet’s climate but also denying the adverse health effects of second hand smoke. [more]

Public relations tactics might influence the public and politicians, but not reality

We’ve won the public opinion debate, and we’ve won the political debate as well, … But the scientific debate is a source of enormous frustration. –Joe Bast, president and co-founder of the Heartland Institute

Both public opinion and political debates are frequently, affected by things other than reality. The scientific debate on the other hand isn’t. [more]

Get the book: Climate Change Denial

John Cook, a regular contributor to the podcast and the mastermind behind SkepticalScience.com, along with Haydn Washington an environmental scientific have written the must read book: Climate Change Denial: Head in the sand:

The book examines the phenomenon of climate change denial. It looks at the many techniques of literal denial, where ‘skeptics’ deny the evidence for man-made global warming. [more]