atmosphere

  • Global warming bait-and-switch

    Fred Schwindel’s TV City ad promises 40” flat screen televisions for $200. You rush to his store, to learn he’s fresh out but has some 42” models for $1000. That’s bait-and-switch, and Fred could be prosecuted for consumer fraud. In the political arena, however, bait-and-switch is often rewarded, not punished especially in the case of […]

  • Promoting anthropogenic global warming

    David Evans, a CFACT advisor who served as a consultant to the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999 to 2005. Kevin Rudd has failed to see through the vested interests that promote anthropogenic global warming (AGW), the theory that human emissions of carbon cause global warming. Though masquerading as “science based”, the promoters of AGW have […]

  • Calm Sun, Cold Earth!

    On February 7, Investors Business Daily had an editorial titled “The Sun Also Sets” in which it cited the views of Kenneth Tapping, a solar researcher and project director for Canada’s National Research Council. In essence, Tapping wants people to know that solar activity such as sunspots, i.e., magnetic storms, “has been disturbingly quiet.” It’s […]

  • What about the Poles?

    “The relentless grip of the Arctic Ocean that defied man for centuries is melting away,” warned Doug Struck in the Washington Post. “The sea ice reaches only half as far as it did 50 years ago. In the summer of 2006, it shrank to a record low. This summer, the ice pulled back even more, […]

  • Diminishing the Nobel Peace Prize

    In 1964, Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the non-violent crusade against racism and slavery-bettering not only America but the entire world. In 1971, Willi Brandt won the Peace Prize for leading Germany’s peaceful reintegration back into the “world family of nations,” healing the destruction caused by Kaiser Wilhelm and Adolph […]

  • Global warming PR suffers blowback

    In mid-June, a respected newsletter for the public relations profession, Jack O’Dwyer’s, reported on a speech given to a Canadian Public Relations Conference by Jim Hoggan, a Vancouver PR practitioner. Reportedly, global warming is the top public issue in Canada, even more than the economy and healthcare. I have been a public relations counselor since […]

  • The new math on global warming

    The UN climate change panel told us in 2001 that human-emitted CO2 might drive the planet’s average temperature upward by 5.8 degrees C—a bigger average warming than the world has had in the past 100,000 years. The UN’s 2007 report scales the possible overheating back a bit, to a maximum of 4.5 degrees—still a very […]

  • We’re doomed. What’s for dinner?

    On Sunday, Jan 28, the front-page story in my daily newspaper was “A chilling conclusion on global warming.” By Tuesday, the front page story was “Climate Study: Millions will go hungry and dry.” Soon more revelations about a United Nations report on climate change, due in April, will be in the news, but let me […]

  • The Construction of Dogmas in Climate Science

    When you have eliminated the impossible,whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Atmospheric CO2 is as important as oxygen for life on Earth. Without CO2, plant photosynthetic metabolism would not be possible, and the present life-forms on Earth would vanish. Over the last years, it has been a dogma to […]

  • Melting the facts about Greenland’s ice sheet

    Humans now control Earth’s climate, James Hansen of NASA told CBS’ “60 Minutes” recently.  His evidence: the edges of the Greenland ice sheet are melting rapidly. Hansen says the speed of this melting proves that man-made greenhouse gases are responsible. Sorry, Dr. Hansen, but the melting edges of the Greenland ice sheet don’t prove your […]

  • Revised data heats up Global Warming controversy

    Is the debate now over for skeptics of global warming hysteria? Readers of USA Today may certainly have that impression. “Satellite and weather-balloon research released today removes a last bastion of scientific doubt about global warming, researchers say,” reported USA Today on Aug.12. Certainly the USA Today report was partially correct – the researchers did, […]

  • Bringing facts, compassion to global warming issue

    You often hear that in many college classrooms, legislative office buildings, and even church sanctuaries across America, many insist that preventing climate change is a moral imperative.   Unfortunately, you rarely hear that 18,000 scientists have gone on record to say they see no scientific evidence that humans are altering our climate. Nor do you […]

  • Improving air quality helps Americans breathe easy

    A couple of years ago, a group called the Clean Air Task Force published a study indicating that ?nationwide, power plant pollution is cutting short the lives of 30,100 Americans each year.?  This report, along with other claims emanating from such groups as the NRDC, seemed to create the perception that unless we begin a […]

  • Of turtles and Teamsters

    For a while it appeared that environmentalists and labor union organizations were quite happy, though strange, bedfellows. When these powerhouses of the American political system combined forces on issues – such as the WTO protests a couple years ago – they were hard to ignore. However, it appears that the honeymoon phase of the relationship […]

  • Flaws in lung association study

    The sky is falling!  Well, maybe not, even though the American Lung Association (ALA) seems to be making that claim in relation to ozone pollution. Indeed, in a recent and well-publicized report, the organization flunked numerous counties’ air quality. But some simple facts about ozone pollution show the ALA study is fraught with several noteworthy flaws. […]