Wednesday, 7 December 2022



How much methane is likely to be released by the melting of permafrost due to Global warming, and what are the likely impacts of this (how bad will the effects be)?

The IPCC exaggerate everything and so don’t take this post as anything remotely truthful, but let’s just see how much methane (CH4) is expected to be released from the melting permaforst, based upon the IPCC’s own figures. In AR5 2013, the IPCC give an estimate of 5 PGs of released methane from permafrost by 2100 (source: IPCC AR5: Biogeochemical Cycles, page 530 to 531). PGs is equivalent to gigatonnes (Gts). See the extract below taken from the link and page above in the IPCC’s report. Now, 5 Gts of CH4 works out at about 1.9ppmv or 1900 parts per billion (ppb) and so 1 Gts of CH4 is equivalent to 0.38ppmv. So, how much effect would this extra 5 Gts of CH4 have? Would it be catastrophic?

Click on image to enlarge.

The formula below can be used to determine how much radiative forcing a given increase in CH4 would have. Where ΔF stands for the ‘increment of radiative forcing’ in W/m²; M is the new CH4 concentration in ppb after the increment is added, and M₀ is the old CH4 concentration before the increment was added.

Accepting that the current CH4 concentration is about 1900ppb (as of 2019) and that the IPCC say another 1900ppb will be added to the atmosphere by 2100 due to the melting permafrost (total of 3800ppb) then that would give us a radiative forcing from the released CH4 of 0.036(38001900)=0.65W/m² which would only be enough to raise the surface temperature by 0.12°C. And that is on the basis of their own figures and formula! It makes you wonder how people can continue to justify ‘the sky is falling’ hysteria about CH4.

Monday, 5 December 2022


 Below is a very good concise video debunking the top five climate lies which are being pushed at us constantly by the mainstream media. It is a wave of propaganda which Goebbels would have been proud of. Here is the antidote:

#CONNED: The Top FIVE Climate Change LIES - YouTube 

Saturday, 3 December 2022


This short video has some of the answers: 

The truth about hydrogen - YouTube

 Can it be made at a competitive price and in sufficient quantity? Also can it be stored and used safely?

Friday, 2 December 2022


 A lot of those who are convinced that global warming is causing a "climate emergency" base their belief on what they have been told about "97% of scientists" agreeing that it is true. The article that I link to below looks closely at the evidence for this statement and finds that it is completely false.

Link: “97% Consensus” — What Consensus? - CO2 Coalition


Thursday, 1 December 2022


 Below is a link to a video recording of a really well presented set of information, including a few questions and answers. Dr Wrightstone came across as a very knowledgeable and believable man. The problem for us all is that the media does not allow a rational debate where people like him can put their case.  

Link: Wrightstone Testimony PA House EREC Hearing 2022-10-24 - YouTube

Tuesday, 29 November 2022


 CAR 26 is an organisation that I have only just discovered. It is run by a TV presenter, Lois Perry, who seems to get around the studios of the small TV companies, which are the only ones who will have a discussion involving any climate sceptic views. Here is a link to their website which contains a lot of interesting material. It is aimed at the ordinary members of the public, rather than the small number of scientifically minded people, which is a good thing and badly needed. Lois is good at communicating, rather like Jo Nova in Australia, so she may be able to reach more people than the more sophisticated GWPF, which is aimed more at the level of government. Here is a link to their website:

Video Library - CAR26


Saturday, 26 November 2022


 There are so many people on board the gravy train of renewable energy and net zero that it is simply impossible to name them all. Here is a story which encapsulates the shambles very nicely:

GUY ADAMS: Failed energy firm Bulb cost taxpayers billions but founders walked away with millions | Daily Mail Online

The bottom line in all this is that the British public are being ripped off. We have become so used to this that we simply shrug our shoulders and accept it.

Thursday, 24 November 2022


We currently rely on Qatar for a key portion of our gas imports, but this is going to rise as we make up for the supply from Russia and the drop in North Sea supplies. 

 Our reliance on Qatari gas could rise in the future. The UK government has been nurturing the relationship with Doha, to ensure security of supply as North Sea reserves dwindle.

Britain in recent months has succeeded in cutting out imports from Russia. That was only about 4% of the UK total - but it makes the gas we source from Qatar even more crucial.

The EU is far more reliant on Russian gas, so securing alternatives is even more pressing.

Overall, the EU only got 5% of its gas from Qatar - but that could change. Olaf Scholz, chancellor of the bloc's biggest gas guzzler - Germany - has said that Qatar will play a central role in the country's strategy to diversify away from Russian gas. But it won't happen overnight.

Contract negotiations have been tricky. Qatar likes to supply gas under long-term deals, lasting 15-20 years, which may not be consistent with Western nations aims to decarbonise.

By contrast, China, with its less ambitious net-zero plans, has unveiled a 27-year agreement to buy a massive $60bn worth of Qatari gas. And Germany needs to boost its infrastructure, the terminals which receive the liquified natural gas - known as LNG - in order to take on more supplies.

The UK is ahead of the game in the latter - thanks to co-operation from Qatar. The country is a majority owner of the South Hook terminal in Wales, where LNG is offloaded into special containers. It's claimed the site can hold a fifth of the UK's daily gas needs - the Qatari government is investing millions to up that capacity by a quarter by 2025.

And by that point, Qatar is expecting to double its LNG output - with no shortage of customers. Many Asian nations are vying with Europe to tie down supplies to ensure energy security - and Qatar is seen as a relatively reliable and geopolitically tame option.

So much for all the talk of ending the use of fossil fuels. Our political leaders know it is totally unrealistic, but they carry on with the pretence. It is all a sham. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2022


Here is the link: Do smart meters make it easier to force people to pre-pay? | Daily Mail Online 

This will come as no surprise to those who have read this blog, as I have mentioned the fact that they can take over your power supply several times. In fact they have proved to be unreliable on many issues. Yet around 30 million have been fitted. No doubt we will all be coerced into having one eventually. We will be given the carrot of cheaper bills.

Friday, 18 November 2022


 Here is another excellent post from Paul Homewood debunking the latest climate propaganda from our news output from the BBC: An Extreme(ly Nice) Summer | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT ( 

Yes, we had a few very hot days, but no one could realistically says this was, over all, an extreme summer. Luckily Paul has unearthed the data to prove that there is no "emergency" and no need to panic. Yes, here in the UK we are experiencing slightly warmer weather than we had in the 1850 -1900 period when we were coming out of the Little Ice Age, but for that we should be thankful, not at all panicked. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2022


  When the decision on who would host COP29 was made in Egypt this week, the winner was Bulgaria.

“You can only imagine what this means as a contribution to tourism, to transport, to communications and the media, for agriculture, the food industry and many, many other sectors of our economy,” Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said of the win.

It was almost as if they were hosting the next Olympics or the World Cup. That is how much it means to host the next COP jamboree with hundreds of private jets bringing in celebrities from all over the world. Imagine if there was a downgrading of the "climate emergency" to, say, a climate slight warming event? Oh what disaster! 

Thursday, 10 November 2022


I am sure the emissions of CO2 from burning fossil fuels has added to the natural level, but it is by no means certain that the natural level was completely fixed at one figure. The article below has some very interesting links in it for those who want to study it in more detail. What it does tell us is that climate science is far from simple and far from settled. Something that the politicians are loathe to admit. 

 Maybe only 15% of CO2 increase since 1750 due to us – an unsettling result for those on board that luxuriously funded liner called the SS Climate Consensus. – Climate Scepticism (

Tuesday, 8 November 2022



China has emitted more carbon dioxide over the past eight years than the UK has since the start of the Industrial Revolution, figures have shown.

Between 1750 and 2020, the UK emitted 78 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, compared with China’s emissions of 80 billion tonnes since 2013.

The UK has FOOLISHLY indicated it is open to paying “climate change reparations” to climate vulnerable countries and will discuss the issue at the ongoing Cop27 summit.

However, China is unlikely to be party to an arrangement because it still considers itself a developing country.

This is despite China having emitted 14 per cent of all emissions throughout history, surpassed only by the United States, which has emitted 25 per cent of all emissions.

The UK, in comparison, has emitted just 4.6 per cent of all historic emissions - the fifth highest in the world. Around 80 per cent of these occurred before 1990.

Today, the UK emits less than one per cent of all global emissions each year and, once adjusting for population, ranks 68th in global per capita emissions.

China, on the other hand, is responsible for 30 per cent of all global emissions each year, ranking 42nd in per capita emissions.

Monday, 7 November 2022


 An important reminder of what underpins the current climate "emergency". Piltdown man was a low point for honest science in the 1950's, but it did not cost us $trillions which the current climate exaggeration does. Watch this new video from Tony Heller to remind you of how we are all being subjected to tricks and data tampering such as has never been seen on such a scale before. 

(1) Piltdown Mann - YouTube

Friday, 4 November 2022


 The media has jumped on a new announcement that "Europe is warming twice as fast as the global average". Here: Europe’s climate warming at twice rate of global average, claims WMO | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT ( this scare story is debunked using actual data. It is notable that none of the mainstream media ever even tries to challenge these scary announcements. I guess it is so much easier to just go along with sticking to the official narrative.

This is the true headline: "THE UK IS WARMING AT LESS THAN HALF THE RATE OF THE GLOBAL AVERAGE" - You won't be seeing that announcement on any mainstream media. 

Thursday, 3 November 2022


That is, inconvenient for those who think they are going to have a big influence on ridding the world of fossil fuels. Here is a short video:

 (1) Electric Cars: Inconvenient Facts, Part One - YouTube

What this video reminds us, is that things are not anywhere near as simple as the Stop Oil nutters would have us believe.

Monday, 31 October 2022


Apparently this year's climate conference is due to try and reach agreement on the subject of "loss and damage" caused allegedly by climate change caused by global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The linked article, below, discusses this and points out the obvious difficulties of dealing with such a nebulous subject, but as it points out, once the principle has been accepted then some funding becomes expected. Yet another drain on the taxpayer. It is too easy for politicians to spend or give away other people's money to make caring and generous gestures

 COP27 — the Camel’s Nose of Loss and Damage Enters the Talks – Watts Up With That?

Sunday, 30 October 2022


 Vijay Jayaraj: The world is transitioning to fossil fuels

The Washington Times, 25 October 2022
Despite the fanfare surrounding wind and solar, the world’s dependency on fossil fuels is increasing. Last week, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said that the world is now “transitioning to coal.”

Saad al-Kaabi, Qatar‘s energy minister, says: “Many countries particularly in Europe which had been strong advocates of green energy and carbon-free future have made a sudden and sharp U-turn. Today, coal burning is once again on the rise reaching its highest levels since 2014.”

They are right. Global coal demand will reach a historic high in 2022, similar to 2013’s record levels. According to the International Energy Agency, “Global coal consumption is forecast to rise by 0.7 percent in 2022 to 8 billion tons. … Coal consumption in the European Union is expected to rise by seven percent in 2022 on top of last year’s 14 percent jump.”

Coal will continue to be a sought-after energy source as “rising gas prices after 2030 will make existing coal-fired generation more economic,” the IEA says. Global energy demand will grow by 47% from now through 2050, and oil is expected to be the major source of energy.

Analysts are projecting “a huge gas-to-coal fuel transition in power and industrial sectors” of Europe. Yes, not gas to renewables, but gas to coal. In fact, the European Union’s coal consumption grew 16% year-on-year for the first half of 2022. European countries imported 7.9 million tons of thermal coal in June, more than doubling year-on-year. Annual coal imports are expected to reach 100 million tons by the end of the year, the highest since 2017.

Even in the most developed economies of the West like Germany and the United Kingdom, fossil fuels continue to dominate as the only dependable source of energy. Germany is set to become the third-highest importer of Indonesian coal in 2023, ranked just below coal-guzzling China and India.

AP says, “Coal, long treated as a legacy fuel in Europe, is now helping the continent safeguard its power supply and cope with the dramatic rise in natural gas prices caused by the war.” Rather than wind or solar, it is coal that is keeping the lights on in Europe.

Taking stock of the tremendous performance of coal, a Shaw and Partners senior analyst commented: “Who would have thought dirty ol’ coal would have been the best-performing equities in the last financial year? So far this financial year it’s also the best-performing sector.”

Given this reality, can Western economies protect themselves from being victims of their own green policies that neither produce the required energy nor save the planet?

Many Western leaders are not ready to admit that this is a misery self-inflicted by their green-energy obsession that compromised the supply of fossil fuels.

The global green energy movement’s primary goal is to make economies transition to renewable sources of energy, a move that some believe will help save the planet from climate change. But sources like wind, solar, and biomass are neither reliable nor affordable — nor even “renewable.” These indisputable facts were disregarded as Western economies continued to make their so-called energy transition.

As a result, much of Europe, the U.K. and North America find themselves in energy turmoil.

Instead of harvesting their abundance of fossil fuels, these economies are in a state of lamentation, desperate for the procurement of the very fuel sources they once despised.

Last week, the White House said it was concerned about a cut in oil production announced by OPEC, despite the Biden administration’s denigration of domestic oil. In Europe, leaders are livid over a gas shortage, another fossil fuel that they claim is bad for the planet.

Qatar’s Saad Al-Kaabi says that European “green” policies are responsible for high energy prices and that leaders in the West “don’t have a plan.” Energy shortages have forced them to return to the most dependable sources — coal and oil. They are now scampering to ensure energy security for winter, when many believe likely that there will be power blackouts in the U.K. and Germany.

The world is now transitioning to fossil fuels — not renewables, despite vast amounts of time and money spent on developing wind and solar technologies.

Vijay Jayaraj is a research associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia and resides in India.

Friday, 28 October 2022


 We are constantly being told that global warming is "much worse than we feared" and that we ought to be panicking. A recent example of this was on the news in the last dew days. Svalbard we were told is warming at "six times the global average". Here: BBC Worried That Svalbard Is As Hot As In 1922 | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT ( Paul Homewood reveals the truth, which is that Svalbard was warmer in the 1920s and has subsequently cooled until the 1960s and then warmed again. 

Thursday, 27 October 2022


 I don't expect anyone will be surprised to learn that the Somalian government are developing their oil industry while at the same time demanding billions of dollars in compensation for the "climate damage" which they blame on fossil fuels. See here: Somali Government Signs Controversial Coastline Exploration - East African Business Week (

As Paul Homewood explains the current drought in Somalia is not unusual. He shows the evidence here: Somalia Say Drought Is Due To Climate Change, As They Demand Billions | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT (

The whole "climate crisis" issue is entirely political and is used by political leaders to further their own interests. Any scientific pronouncements are infected by the political imperative. Most people have far too much to lose to try and stand out against the prevailing narrative. 

It will all end in failure, as the UN is now itself forecasting, see here: Climate change: UN warns key warming threshold slipping from sight - BBC News There is no way the world will ever follow the path to do without fossil fuels while there is no credible alternative and the penny is finally dropping. Unfortunately my country (UK) will cling to its ruinous path to the bitter end.

Monday, 17 October 2022


 Following on from yesterday's thought provoking video I invite you to listen to a very interesting and powerful short lecture by someone who really believes in living in harmony with nature and yet has come to the conclusion that renewables cannot provide the answer. See what he has to say for yourself.

Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxDanubia - YouTube

Sunday, 16 October 2022


The title of this article is crucial to understanding whether "net zero" is a realistic proposition. Here is a short video which succinctly explains the issue and why renewables will never be the solution. They may play a small role, but going down the route of trying to replace all fossil fuels with them is simply a foolish fantasy. 

How Much Energy Will the World Need? - YouTube

The Chinese and most of the developing world understands this already, but they keep the pretence going in order to weaken the gullible and naive Western governments which are willing to go along with it 

Saturday, 15 October 2022


 London, 15 October - Energy costs will close two major ‘green’ manufacturing operations

• BMW is moving manufacturing of the electric Mini from the UK to China where manufacturing is powered by cheap coal.
• Britishvolt, a major battery manufacturing startup, is on the brink of collapse.
Both companies have cited high energy prices as the reason for their problems.
Claims that the UK’s economy will be based around ‘green industries’ are clearly false.
• Manufacturing of renewables and EVs will be built in places where energy is cheap, which means places where it is derived from fossil fuels.
• European wind turbine manufacturers are financially struggling and cutting jobs, losing market share to Chinese competitors benefiting from cheap coal.
• Net Zero is driving the wholesale deindustrialisation of Britain which threatens to make the UK uninvestable.
The economic crisis can only be solved by cheap energy
• There will be no economic growth without cheap energy.
• Cheap energy can only be delivered through increased supply of fossil fuels and nuclear, and elimination of renewables.
Net Zero plans must be cancelled as a matter of urgency.


Net Zero is unattainable and a danger to national well-being

Wednesday, 12 October 2022



London, 11 October - Net Zero Watch today welcomed media reports that the Secretary of State for the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), The Rt Hon Ranil Jayawardena MP, is minded to tighten planning advice to discourage the development of large scale solar photovoltaic power stations on farmland.

Net Zero Watch has warned of this misuse of farmland and its threat to food security in two papers by our energy editor, Dr John Constable.
The most recent of which was published in March this year: The Case for Reform of Solar Energy Planning Guidance.
The loss of agricultural land is on a highly significant scale with 30,000 acres or more currently facing proposals for solar photovoltaic, and much more in the early stages of development, putting further pressure on land use.
The UK currently has approximately 14.8 million acres of arable land, the lowest level since 1945. In the decade 2009–2019, the arable area fell by about 740,000 acres, and the area of land lost to agriculture currently stands at about 99,000 acres per year. The area facing solar development is a highly significant increment to an already undesirable trend. The UK is approximately 61% self-sufficient in food production, and 75% self-sufficient in indigenous food types.
However, this relatively reassuring picture is put into doubt by the decline in agricultural area under cultivation and by population growth, which adds approximately 400,000 people to feed each year. On these assumptions, within twenty years the UK will be feeding a population that is considerably larger, but from an arable landbase that has shrunk by 13%. This would imply an import dependency of about 50% or more.
Against this background Mr. Jayawardena’s move to restrain development is obviously wise. We must hope that the government is not deflected by protests from vested interests in the solar industry and their followers in parliament.
NZW’s energy director, Dr. Constable, said:
"Farmland is already a solar converter making food, which is much more valuable than third-rate and very expensive electrons from solar photovoltaic cells. The fact that some green campaigners would rather have low grade electricity than high quality British farm produce shows how bizarrely irrational environmentalism has become."
Dr John Constable.
Energy Director, Net Zero Watch



Thursday, 6 October 2022


Here is the answer to all those who think that we can simply stop using fossil fuels and use wind power to have cheap limitless wind energy instead:

 The impossibility of Windmills - YouTube

Wednesday, 28 September 2022


Below is a link to a most informative video about EV untruths. The film-maker is someone who appears to believe that CO2 emissions need to be reduced, making his arguments all the more believable.

 THE BIG EV LIE. Why They Won't Save the Planet & All About Dirty Electricity | - YouTube

Thursday, 22 September 2022


Here is the evidence to refute all the spurious claims about extreme weather.  

No Positive Trends In Extreme Weather Found | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT (

What we are constantly being told on the TV news and in the press are simply exaggeration put out by scientists whose jobs depend on finding an increase in extreme weather. Why do the TV companies never publish reports that challenge the so-called consensus? I believe there is only one explanation - they want to push out propaganda.

Thursday, 15 September 2022


 This detailed study, below, looks at some of the most outlandish claims made in the most recent IPCC report and compares the claims with the actual data. It reveals that the IPCC cannot be trusted. It shows that the IPCC are simply a propaganda tool for the people who run the UN that are trying to convince the western world that they must continue with their increasingly unpopular policies, whatever the cost to the people who must put up with ever more costly energy.

Here is the link: Extreme Weather: The IPCC's Changing Tune ( 

Friday, 9 September 2022


A very sensible and practical set of proposals from the GWPF.

 fixing-energy-cost-crisis.pdf ( 

But will the government have the courage to adopt them?

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Saturday, 27 August 2022


Below is a great essay explaining why the West is in such a disastrous situation with energy. As the author says, it is not simply down to Putin's war - it is a foolish policy of trying to do away with fossil fuels which has been a long term descent into the disaster of today. Do read it yourself. 

How governments and the cult of net zero wrecked the energy market | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT (

Wednesday, 24 August 2022


 Declaration saying “There is no climate emergency” trends on Twitter – Greenies have meltdown

Chris Morrison, Daily Sceptic, 23 August 2022

The increasing numbers of scientists prepared to break ranks with the ‘settled’ politicised science of climate change would suggest various causes for their scepticism other than bungs from oil companies.

Professor Dr. Knut Loschke studied crystallography, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. In the course of a long career he founded an IT company, and is an honorary professor at the University of Technology, Economics and Culture in Leipzig. As part of his work at the University, he deals with the energy industry and climate change. He served the German Bundestag as an expert in ‘Artificial Intelligence’. But Professor Loschke is annoyed, very annoyed, as he demonstrated in this recent Facebook post.
I’m sick. Or, to put it even more clearly: I’m fed up with permanent and increasingly religious climate ramblings, fantasies about the energy transition, worship of electric cars, horror stories and doomsday scenarios from Corona to conflagrations and weather disasters. I can’t stand the people who shout into microphones and cameras, or print it in newspapers every day. I suffer from having to see how science is turned into a whore of politics.
It seems that scientists like Professor Loschke are fighting back, tired of being abused and often ignored for scientific work that fails to conform to a fashionable political narrative. Last week, the Daily Sceptic highlighted the ongoing World Climate Declaration (WCD), now signed by over 1,100 scientists and professionals. Headed by the Norwegian physics Nobel Prize laureate Professor Ivar Giaever, the WCD says there is no climate emergency. Climate science is said to have degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound science. Our story about the WCD attracted enormous interest on social media and is one of the most widely read articles we have ever published. Enormous efforts were made to trash the Declaration, and many of the people who signed have been personally abused.

The WCD is signed by no less than 235 professors drawn from a wide variety of scientific and other academic disciplines. Thirteen of the 28 WCD lead supporters are professors, seven out of the 10 Greek signatories likewise, and 11 out of the 24 from Norway. The climate scientist and writer Willie Soon recently listed a number of the academic disciplines that are helpful in studying the changing climate. They include: astronomy, solar physics, geology, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, glaciology, oceanography, ecology and history. It was not a complete lists, he added. The breadth of experience from scientists and non-scientists found in the WCD list encompasses most, if not all of these areas of study. People with thousands of years of cumulative practical experience are calling for the study of climate science to be less political and for governments’ climate policies to be more scientific.

Another German scientist, the distinguished experimental physics specialist Professor Hermann Harde, recently dismissed the idea that humans control the climate via carbon dioxide emissions as an “absolute delusion”. He warned politicians that it would be an irresponsible energy policy to continue to ignore more serious peer-reviewed scientific publications that show a much smaller human impact on climate than previously thought.

We recently reported Harde’s comments and referred to the fact that for years German politicians have been able to make virtuous green noises by banning nuclear and fossil fuel production, while relying on an unstable Russia to make up the energy short fall. The sheer stupidity of that policy is likely to become apparent in Germany this winter. Already problems are mounting, with the German newspaper Handlesblatt reporting that the megawatt price of electricity jumped last week to a new high in daily trading. A megawatt hour cost €563, compared to just €23 a year ago. Of course, the ruinous policies behind Net Zero are responsible for this.
In the U.K., the spike in international gas prices, and an increasing reliance on unreliable renewables, means the consumer energy price cap could be raised to £6,000, an amount that is almost certainly beyond the means of a significant portion of the population. Under these conditions, a cold winter could kill thousands of people.

Before he died, the acclaimed physicist Professor Freeman Dyson – a signatory of the CWD – noted that the “people who are supposed to be the experts and claim to understand the science, are precisely the people who are blind to the evidence”. Professor Richard Lindzen, a WCD lead signatory, evidently agrees, having said that the current climate narrative is “absurd”, even though trillions of dollars currently says it is not. It remains to be seen what will run out first – the money, or the tolerance of citizens to become poor under command-and-control, hard-left Net Zero regimes.

For years, green activists and journalists have been able to hide behind the obvious canards that the science surrounding the human involvement in climate change is ‘settled’, and that 99% of scientists agree with that statement. The arrogance behind this political stance is on display with a tweet from the Guardian writer George – “Don’t mention the coral!” – Monbiot, who made an oblique reference to the recent WCD article.

As we have reported before, 48 Italian science professors recently wrote to their Government, stating that human responsibility for climate change is “unjustifiably exaggerated and catastrophic predictions are not realistic”.
Activists such as Monbiot regularly traduce ‘deniers’ for their supposed links to funding from oil companies (although he recently dismissed the suggestion that the Guardian’s lavish funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation influences its coverage in the slightest). Particular ire is often reserved for geologists, since they are much in employment demand from companies that seek to extract mineral riches from the Earth. Geology also provides an important insight into the paleoclimatic record. Geologists are often sceptical about claims that humans are causing sudden changes in the climate. One might say that they have seen it all before. The only scientist who went to the moon on Apollo was a geologist called Harrison Schmitt, and his position is that there is “no evidence” that humans cause climate change.

The increasing numbers of scientists prepared to break ranks with the ‘settled’ politicised science of climate change would suggest various causes for their scepticism other than bungs from oil companies.