"We live in a world where one in six deaths are caused by easily curable infectious diseases; one in eight deaths stem from air pollution, mostly from cooking indoors with dung and twigs; and billions of people live in abject poverty, with no electricity and little food. We ought never to have entertained the notion that the world’s greatest challenge could be to reduce temperature rises in our generation by a fraction of a degree."
Bjorn Lomborg, http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bj-rn-lomborg-says-that-the-un-climate-panel-s-latest-report-tells-a-story-that-politicians-would-prefer-to-ignore
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
I will illustrate these using an odious book for children called 'How to Turn Your Parents Green', first published in 2007. Extracts from the book are shown in italics, and the techniques from Sowell's list are shown in bold:
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Parents check on your children, Governments check on your schools – brainwashing the young with climate scares needs to be resisted before even more harm is done to them.
Here is the text of the press release issued by the GWPF:
Andrew had written about it earlier, and has attracted many favourable and informative comments: http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/4/8/climate-control.html
Added 13 April 2014
The journalist Christopher Book has referred to our report in a hard-hitting article today in the Sunday Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10761597/No-A-level-for-climate-change-denier.html (the online version is accompanied with a picture with this caption: 'Schoolchildren are taught a one-sided Greenpeace-type view of the global warming scare'. Unfortunately the photograph, a different one, in the print edition has this caption: 'Propaganda: the education system has been hijacked by global-warming believers'. That is very seriously misleading. For example, I think there is reasonably convincing evidence of some global warming in the 20thC, and should therefore be described as a 'global warming believer'.)
He includes reference to the Education Secretary's earlier response to the report, covered here: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/04/08/Teachers-Acting-Illegally-Over-Climate-Change
Monday, 7 April 2014
He has clearly studied readily available materials, and prepared his own notes on the history of this particular eco-scare, then highlighting some of the controversies associated with it beginning with the Climategate revelations of 2009, before finishing with some 14 points to substantiate challenging the standard 'global warming narrative'. He has the talents and skills of an established academic researcher and writer, but he is a layman as far as climate science is concerned. But since that science has penetrated into public policy, and associated proselytising has penetrated into schools, he has sufficient cause to make his own examination of the issues involved.
Imagine what an organised group of parents could achieve, over say 12 months, if they set out to do the same. Imagine how well they then be able to protect their own children, and perhaps others as well, from inadequate teaching on climate matters, and from the numerous scare stories that have been promoted for decades now.
Extracts from his article:
(bold typeface added by me in the first paragraph)
'I live in a wonderful suburban community on Long Island. My three children attend the excellent public schools in our district. As the two oldest children have made their way through middle school, though, I've been bothered by the rather flimsy instruction they've received on the subject of "global warming." Despite widespread divergence among scientists and reports of questionable scholarship in landmark global warming studies, my children (and, presumably, their classmates and millions of other young students) have been taught a standard, one-sided view of "global warming." Both my 14 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son have been shown Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth in sixth grade, but have been given nothing to suggest that some of the information in the movie is either controversial or misleading. So I've decided to put together this bullet point compendium of information discussing the current status of the "global warming" debate.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Climate-Anxious Children - can parents, and caring teachers, help correct the harm done by climate alarm materials?
|Pic: Brighter Futures|
The quote is from a mental health researcher, Kathy Griffiths
There is considerable evidence that many children suffer from anxiety about climate change. The plausibility of that seems obvious given the dreadful materials, in books , websites, and curricula aimed at children, and in some cases aimed at scaring them into being political activists.
Who will help children cope with climate alarmism, and help protect them from those who, wittingly or otherwise, are acting as recruiting sergeants?
The best candidates are surely their parents, aided whenever possible by sympathetic teachers.
Facts, Not Fear by Sanera and Shaw, shows how easy it is to de-fuse so many eco-alarms, not just the climate one. Their approach is simply one of helping children see the bigger picture, and not the narrow-minded, highly-selective view pushed at them by propagandists.
I stumbled across an illustration of this today, on the blog of a teacher in London. His post is entitled
How Not to Teach Climate Change
Here is an extract from it (I have added the emboldening):
'Last week I substitute-taught a Year 5 class that was learning about climate change. One of our pre-planned activities was to continue making posters about “good gases and bad gases”. I immediately noted that every student had slapped carbon dioxide (CO2) in the “bad gas” column.
Friday, 21 March 2014
Lifting the Rug
The notion of an overwhelming consensus in support of alarm is generally traced to one or other of 4 studies:
For example, re the Oreskes study of a set of papers she located from the years 1993 to 2003, the theoretical physicist Lubos Motl was not impressed and supports Benny Peiser's view: 'In light of the data presented above (evidence that can be easily verified), Science should withdraw Oreskes' study and its results in order to prevent any further damage to the integrity of science.' A medical researcher, Klaus-Martin Schulte also took a critical look at Oreskes' methods, and using them on more recent papers, published between 2004 and 2007 he found: 'Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers "implicit" endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. This is no "consensus."'
(3) For a very recent exposure of Occam's Broom being deployed by IPCC scientists see :
Monday, 17 March 2014
Driven demented by fear, a mother thinks of setting herself alight to draw attention to the (missing) global warming crisis
'A Tunisian man set himself on fire in 2010 and sparked an international movement. Don’t tell my family, but I’ve considered that route. I mean, wouldn’t any parent sacrifice a kidney, lung or life for her child? Imagine the headline: “Soccer mom desperate to save children’s future self-immolates.”'
On her own blog (linked to below the pic), she displays this banner:
This may represent a delayed success of sorts for the climate alarm campaigners. Some of them, including for example UNESCO and also Pachauri of the IPCC, want children to be little political activists. First they scare'em then they snare'em. Well, this woman got so scared she thought of killing herself for the sake of her children. I'd say she was snared as well. Let us hope for her sake, and her children's, that she calms down a lot more and starts to develop a calmer perspective on climate variation and its various causes.
PS Another example, from 2013. Here is a father from the other side of the States: 'When Ian Kim imagines the world his 7-year-old daughter will be living in 20 years from now, he says, it keeps him up at night. Images of ever more frequent super storms like Sandy, along with rising seas, or drought and heat waves wreaking havoc with crops haunt his waking hours. “It’s a huge worry for me,” said Kim, a self-described environmental and social justice activist. “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 10.” ' Once you are such an activist, you do need a good crisis to keep you going, even it is largely in his own mind.