Global Warming: Competing Views
For your interest, here are some contrasting perspectives on the
global warming issue.
For my views, see my
Publications and Papers
or better yet my book
Taken By Storm
When assessing a school of thought's position, here is a comment I find quite pertinent:
"Even when discussing a subject which seems capable of objective treatment, one can scarcely expect to escape charges of writing with political bias.
These charges have now taken on such ingenious forms that they are hard to refute. No longer is the primitive objection made, that a statement is
contrary to the truth; it is old-fashioned to say that an opponent is mistaken, though subjectively honest. Nowaday's the opponent's point of view is
accepted as a point of view, but is dismissed on the grounds that the person concerned is not in a position to argue objectively by reason of his
belonging to a certain social class, or because he has grown up in a certain milieu."
Source: T.J.B. Hoff, 1949.
Economic Calculation in the Socialist Society pp. 5-6.
(If you see the connection, you might also like this quote:
"Karl Marx omitted to discuss the question of how the socialist state would work in practice, and [he] kept others from doing so. Those of his
disciples who went into the question were derided and stamped as "unscientific", the most awful malediction to which members of "the scientific school"
could be exposed." (p. 4))
Climate Audit is run by my coauthor Steve McIntyre. He works at trying to verify the results in published paleoclimatic
papers, and much of the blog documents his attempts to get the data and methodology. Which turns out to be surprisingly difficult.
is excellent-quality commentary by atmospheric scientist Roger Pielke Sr. Visit daily.
The Science and Public Policy Institute among other things features the work of Christopher
of Brenchley, who has emerged as a skilled and determined opponent of climate alarmism. Be sure to check out his movie, which presents his recent
lecture at Cambridge. I think that if Churchill were still around he would walk past a roomful of MPs to shake Monckton's hand.
CO2Science is an on-line library put
together by two Arizona-based plant biologists. You can search the
scientific literature on any climate-change related topic and find ample
contrarion research. They provide the citations and summaries of the
study and results. There is especially
detailed information about the effects of climate change on plants. They
also publish editorials each week.
The Friends of Science
A group of sensible people out west have begun to do what Environment Canada ought to have done
long ago--compile some on-line information so that people can read up on some unsettled issues on
this interesting topic.
The Competitive Enterprise Institue. This small think tank in
Washington runs on a shoestring, yet has had a huge impact on international climate policy.
Real Climate. Set up by Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt, it presents the orthodox take on climate science.
Papers of interest are usually
discussed here and at Climate Audit simultaneously so it's worth comparing approaches.
Government of Canada Climate Change Web Site
Hope you enjoy it--you paid for it. See what a billion dollars will buy you. It reports on all
the deep thinking in Ottawa concerning climate change.
The David Suzuki Foundation.
environmental gadfly has been warning about the imminent dangers of
climate change for over a decade. This is one of the prettiest web sites
on the Internet--it must have cost a fortune.
The Worldwatch Institute. They have
published an annual State of the World report for decades, and generally
are worried about a lot of things, including climate change.
The Heat is On. Based on a book
by journalist Ross Gelbspan this site exposes the vast international
conspiracy by big industry to destroy the planet and make fun of the author.
Global Warming: Early Warning
Signs. Sponsored by a host of green groups this map digs up
evidence of global warming, or at least of warm weather, in
literally tens of places around the world. It also shows where
global warming has caused precipitation to increase, except for the places
where global warming has caused precipitation to decrease.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Oops, can't forget the folks who got the game started.
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