'There is no climate crisis, but there is a crisis of climate superstition, fraud, incompetence, and censorship. And it is being used to terrify children and threaten the future of western civilization.'

Tony Heller, https://realclimatescience.com/2019/11/there-is-no-climate-crisis/

Monday, 20 January 2020

Terrifying Children to gain Recruits for the Climate Cult Continues

A bout of illness has delayed my next post aimed at helping those who want to protect children from the excesses of the CO2 fanatics, but in the meantime here is some motivation for doing just that - a good piece in the Mail on Sunday:

DOUGLAS MURRAY: Terrifying our children with doom mongering propaganda on climate change is nothing less than abuse

The article ends with these words:
'Natural phenomena, including disasters such as the recent fires in Australia, are presented as though they have never happened before and they are presented as though they are solely the result of this ‘climate emergency’.
It is a cynical and dangerous trend. And so the hyping-up of a generation continues, all encouraged by adults.
Caroline Hickman, a teaching fellow at the University of Bath, recently claimed that eco-anxiety had increased massively in the past year.
‘We’ve been talking to teachers and head teachers about how to help children and young people,’ she said. Some children have reported waking up with eco-nightmares. Her response? ‘Parents can’t just say, “Everything will be all right” as it won’t be.’
And there we get a glimpse into the real project here: a new generation is being terrified into agreeing with a specific and fringe eco-lobby. 
This lobby does not care if it damages the mental health of a generation because it seeks to recruit that generation as foot-soldiers.
It is time we called this what it is: an abuse of children on a massive and unforgivable scale. Something that the generations that will succeed us will look upon with shame.'
Well, parents, it is perfectly reasonable to assure your children that 'Everything will be all right' because there is no good reason to doubt that it will be as far as CO2 and climate variation are concerned.  But what an effort is going to be needed to overcome the decades of scaremongering propaganda!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year Resolution: help adults help children banish fear about CO2 and climate change

Looking Back
2019 was remarkable for those of us interested in the extensive, and utterly unjustifiable, panic over climate variation and our impact on it.  Two features stand out to me:

(1) The exploitation of Greta Thunberg, a troubled youngster whose troubles were increased when she was misled by a schoolteacher who told her that polar bears were dying out.  Of course, that 'fact' is not at all true - the polar bears have been doing relatively well for decades now, and their numbers have increased quite dramatically.  But truth does not really matter much in the CO2 Scare  - speculation, naive extrapolation, avoidance of inconvenient facts, and the dominance of emotive catch-phrases are all far more important.  Greta was but one of countless victims of decades of propaganda in schools, and elsewhere.  She went on to be pushed out front as a figurehead to produce even more such victims.  Ben Pile and Jaime Jessop have each written penetrating essays on what has been happening these past 12 months:

'The only truly new thing that has emerged over the past year or so has been the phenomenon of Greta Thunberg and her school-strike movement. For years, the ‘green blob’ network of campaigning organisations, corporations, academics and UN agencies has fantasised about mobilising the young as a political force. After pumping billions of children full of green propaganda, a climate avatar has arrived in the form of the Swedish truant-cum-activist. There could be no doubting the sincerity of the teen who bore the emotional scars inflicted on her by the movement that she was to lead – she had been so traumatised by green propaganda that she had not spoken, not eaten and had refused to go to school. Environmentalism is nothing if not a cult of self-harm.

Political, cultural and religious leaders fell over themselves to be seen being scolded by the child. Unlike Harry and Meghan, Greta refused to fly. Instead of private jets, European royalty, millionaires and superstars loaned her their sailing yachts and Teslas. To keep her own personal carbon footprint down, sailing crews and her entourage had to fly across the Atlantic.

Politicians and campaigning organisations may have found it useful to hide their political ambitions behind children. But to many people, the emotional manipulation of impressionable minds is unconscionable. It has now emerged that the false stories that many of the children have fallen victim to – such as the claims that charismatic creatures like walruses and polar bears face extinction or that the world’s rainforests face imminent collapse – are distressing young children and causing real harm.'

'2019 – The End of a Decade When Climate Change Alarmism Tipped Abruptly Into Climate Crisis Hysteria

In the final days of 2019, there is much to reflect upon events of the past year and, with the closing of the second decade of the 21st Century, much to reflect upon how climate change alarmism has itself alarmingly morphed into something much more dangerous, visceral, urgent, ideologically driven and immediate as regards public perception and societal impact. A decade during which global warming faded into obscurity (on account of the fact that there wasn’t any from 1998-2013) to be replaced almost universally by the more politically correct term of ‘climate change’, which has itself now been largely displaced in activist circles and the media by the terms ‘climate emergency’ and ‘climate crisis’. Ironically so, because, bereft of an actual climate crisis, alarmist scientists and activists have proceeded to invent one, linguistically, as in the case of the Guardian’s newly introduced style guide and by co-opting extreme weather events and their impacts into the general narrative.'

(2) An increase in scientific papers, and many excellent blog posts with a scientific focus, that undermine the climate panic, and the dreadful, degrading corruption of schools, universities, media, and governments.  Kenneth Richard and Pierre Gosselin have perhaps done more than most to collate and summarise these 'contrarian papers':

'2019 saw a great amount of new science emerge showing that there’s nothing alarming or catastrophic about our climate. 

Some 2019 scientific findings

Need to make a presentation showing there is no climate alarm? The following findings we reported on in 2019 will put many concerns to rest.
Hundreds of peer-reviewed papers ignored by media
What follows are some selected top science-based posts we published here at NoTricksZone in 2019. These new findings show there is absolutely no climate alarm.
Hundreds of new peer-reviewed papers, charts, findings, etc – which the IPCC, activists and media ignore and even conceal. No wonder they’ve gotten so shrill.'

Looking Forward

There is a clear need for calmer voices to be heard, and for a wider appreciation of just how flimsy the case is for alarm over our CO2 and our other impacts on climate.  Roughly speaking, more of item (2) above and less of item (1) are needed.

I am planning a series of posts that will be aimed at adults who want to help themselves and their children develop informed, apolitical, non emotive, fact based perspectives on climate variation that they can call their own thanks to their own efforts to learn more about what all the fuss is about.

There is plenty of evidence for the harm being done to young people thanks to their accepting 'off-the-shelf' scary opinions as if they were gospel truths.  Donna Laframboise has written of a recent example:

'A few days ago, a 20-year-old who resides in the UK sent an e-mail to American climate scientist Judith Curry. This young person describes themselves as miserable, fearful, and petrified. Frequently sick to their stomach, unable to eat or sleep, they’re genuinely worried that “climate change is going to kill me and all my family.”

Donna wants to help such youngsters:
'If you are a young person in distress about the climate, please read one or more of the three books listed below. I promise you, your world will be different by the time you finish any of them. If you read all three, I guarantee you’ll see the universe with completely new eyes.'  See the link  for more details of these excellent books.

It is, of course, no wonder that young people are so distressed.  Here is a recent, and abysmal, video produced, believe it or not, to raise votes for a Senate candidate in the USA:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eyJevf-Blg  A disgraceful effort, but it provides insight into the tormented imaginings of climate scare victims and those who wish to exploit them.  The same can said of the video contained in this link showing German children trained to treat their grandmothers with contempt for not toeing the line on the CO2 Scare:   https://notrickszone.com/2019/12/29/gretas-generational-supremacists-indoctrinated-german-girls-sing-grandmother-is-an-environmental-scumbag/

And here is a mother, who is herself a victim of the scaremongering, looking at all sorts of  probably unhelpful ways to help her own kids:   https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-18/climate-change-and-how-to-talk-to-kids-about-it/11686900   This mother needs to fix her own fears first, and I hope my forthcoming posts might prove helpful to people just like her.

In the meantime, here is a pretty good video to start things off in 2020:

Source: https://www.justfactsdaily.com/climate-change-fears-of-teen-activist-are-empirically-baseless/
(hat-tip: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/gretas-fears-of-climate-change-are-baseless/)

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS - here's hoping for more progress in the spreading of a calmer, better-informed  view of climate variation.

Note added 03 Jan 2020
Predictive skill is the acid test for good science.  The CO2 Catastrophists fail it time after time after time.  More links on their failures can be found here:

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Christmas Greetings to all who come here


Wonderful hymns are part of the beauty of Christianity.  This one, in the video, sings of the beauties of nature, of weather, and of farming.  All good in these days of a continued growth in world food production,  We can also note and appreciate the dramatic reduction in poverty and starvation over the last 30 years or so.  Truly, things have never been better for so many people, and there is no good reason to doubt further great progress is within our reach.

Here's another video, by an expert in CO2 and its effects.  This would make good holiday viewing for any youngster, or indeed adult, badly troubled by all the shameless, mindless scaremongering about CO2 and climate:

And here is some reinforcement from an extremely distinguished physicist who has specialised in the interaction of radiation with matter:

Merry Christmas to one and all, and here's hoping for a calmer perspective on airborne CO2 to keep on spreading round the world in 2020!

PS.  More scientists are getting through into the scientific literature with results in conflict with the scaremongers' demented visions:   https://notrickszone.com/2019/12/12/the-list-grows-now-100-scientific-papers-assert-co2-has-a-minuscule-effect-on-the-climate/

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Layers of Climate Incompetence - a quote for the classroom wall

'It takes layers of incompetence to wind up an atmospheric spectral change into Death To Billions. Mass delusion and catastrophic hyperbole just doesn’t come from nowhere — it’s starts with incompetent scientists who never ask each other hard questions, not even in the tea rooms. They tell journalists ambiguously phrased, cherry picked lines which are then amped up by the media, who also ask no hard questions and go on to misquote and exaggerate. By then it’s a junkyard of science communication, and that’s when attention-seeking zealots get hold of what they thought were scientific pronouncements and turn them into bumper stickers of enviro-biblical jello.'

Jo Nova, http://joannenova.com.au/2019/12/takes-layers-of-incompetence-to-create-mindless-catastrophic-hyperbole/

What a neat summary of this dreadful, destructive fiasco.  How  much longer can it continue?  Alarmism science is bankrupt, but the political alarmism forces may yet cause even more massive damage than they have already done before their momentum and their madness is stopped.

Here is a real scientist dismissing the climate alarmism:

Good overview by Prof. Happer in Dec 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8KxVQFoyT0&feature=emb_logo
(hat-tip: Climate Depot )

Here is a sickly-funny take on the totalitarianism that seems part of humanity's make-up and which has found new succour in the CO2 Scare:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GNDyBlKdxg&feature=emb_logo
(hat-tip: NotaLotofPeopleKnowThat )

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

PISA Survey finds only 9% of 15-year olds can distinguish fact from opinion when reading

'Only 9% of 15-year-olds can tell the difference between fact and opinion'

'In the US, 13.5% of 15-year-olds can distinguish between fact and opinion when trying to interpret a complex reading task. In the UK, it’s just 11.5%.
Those results are both better than the OECD average of 9%, according to the latest results of PISA, or the Programme for International Student Assessment, an international test of math, science, and reading which is administered by the OECD every three years.'
No wonder, then, that youngsters are so vulnerable to CO2 Scare propaganda!  As well as pointing to failings in education, this also points to the value of good teachers and parents who help their children make better sense of the world.  The recent waves of publicity for Extinction Rebellion's and Greta Thunberg's ill-informed opinions add some more urgency to finding ways to help parents and teachers, and to help the children themselves, see the lack of substance in the CO2 Scare.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

For the Climate Classroom Wall, and for Christmas gifts: the Josh 2020 Calendar, and his new book

Josh's calendar for 2020 may be his best yet, and that is saying something.  Glorious colours, great wit, and lots of insights, and reminders of stuff and nonsense from afflicted (aka 'anointed') ones of the CO2 Scare.

You can buy it here: http://cartoonsbyjosh.co.uk/

For the classroom wall, or the staff-room wall, or your kitchen wall - several conversation pieces each month - all with charm and even compassion, not least for the afflicted ones and their self-anointed leaders.

It also makes for a good gift, as does Josh's new book: 'All You Need to Know About Climate Change - in cartoons'

Here is Matt Ridley, writing in his foreword to this book:

'Nobody does a better job of exposing with wit the shaky foundations on which these predictions of doom are built than Josh.  In these pages are real scientific, economic and political arguments expressed in ingenious cartoons, their background explained in paragraphs of pithy text.'

Couldn't have said it better myself.

A great present for young and old, and it could especially help any teenagers you know at high school who may be deeply troubled thanks to the wicked propaganda they have been subjected to all their days.

You can buy it here:  http://cartoonsbyjosh.co.uk/books

And it is also on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/need-about-Climate-Change-cartoons/dp/0955005981

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ideas for High School Projects on Climate Alarmism and the CO2 Scare

Lots of ideas for high school projects on the CO2 Scare could be plucked from this video by discerning teachers: three penetrating thinkers and analysts on climate variation (and the current alarmism around it) - Ross McKitrick, Steve McIntyre, and Anthony Watts talking good sense, aided and abetted by Mark Steyn, a penetrating thinker and analyst of current affairs - as well as a lively chairman of this discussion:

See:  https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/11/27/apocalypse-deferred/

And from the comments on that post, here is a link to a video with more explicitly highlighted ideas here for senior pupils doing projects on climate alarmism:

(hat-tip: CO2 is Life,  https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/11/27/apocalypse-deferred/#comment-2856368)

And for pupils doing a project on English lit and climate change, or journalism and climate, might well find inspiration here:


And to mark the recent passing of Clive James, here is a relevant poem of his:

Imminent Catastrophe

The imminent catastrophe goes on
Not showing many signs of happening.
The ice at the North Pole that should be gone
By now, is awkwardly still lingering,
And though sometimes the weather is extreme
It seems no more so than when we were young
Who soon will hear no more of this grim theme
Reiterated in the special tongue
Of manufactured fright. Sea Level Rise
Will be here soon and could do such-and-such,
Say tenured pundits with unblinking eyes.
Continuing to not go up by much,
The sea supports the sceptics, but they, too,
Lapse into oratory when they predict
The sure collapse of the alarmist view
Like a house of cards, for they could not have picked
A metaphor less suited to their wish.
A house of cards subsides with just a sigh
And all the cards are still there.
Feverish Talk of apocalypse might, by and by,
Die down, but the deep anguish will persist.
His death, and not the Earth’s, is the true fear
That motivates the doomsday fantasist:
There can be no world if he is not here.
        -- Clive James, The Times, 17 March 2016

[This grand wee poem was also published on this blog in March, 2016: