The Global Warming Sceptic  (2013)
version 2.2  14 Feb 2009

This page does not represent an official position of the Lycée Classique de Diekirch or the Ministry of Education on climate change and global warming. The official position of the Ministry of Environment of Luxembourg can be found here. If you do not want to read the following links and discussions, please go back!

Please take a step back, and stay cool for a moment. Shut your ears off from the deafening cries and shouts of the global warming advocates, and sharpen your mind. Try to answer the questions outlined in the papers given hereafter, and be open for good reasoning: these pages might make you think again, and wonder, if the mobiles of all these climate catastrophers are pure .... 

Working for clean air and an unpolluted atmosphere is a laudable aim, but forgetting to compare the magnitude of man-made pollutants to the natural sources, or having an absolute faith in measurement data of often dubious origin, is unscientific at least, and foolish certainly. The climate  is "the changing state of the atmosphere", so do not expect a steady state situation. Do not forget either that the sun is the engine which drives everything, and that the output of that engine is in constant change!

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Huge Reference of papers and articles on climate change and related problems!  Links to web sites, books and videos not embracing the IPCC consensus


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95% of the climate models agree: the observations are wrong! Read this caustic comment by Dr. Roy Spemcer (UAH):: "And if humans are the cause of only, say, 50% of the warming (e.g. our published paper), then there is even less reason to force expensive and prosperity-destroying energy policies down our throats. "
Europe's stark renewables lesson Read R. Darwall's article in WSJ. EU commissioner Oettinger speaks against the -40% CO2 planned reduction scheme: "... those who expected the cut to “save the world” were (are) “arrogant or stupid”" (Euractiv).  Watch this video comment.
HOC Energy and Climate Change Meeting of the UK Parliament Video. Participation of Prof. Lindzen, Dr. N. Lewis and author Donna Laframboise.
Climate Change’s Inherent Uncertainties Excellent article by Prof. Garth Paltridge in Quadrant Online: "... we have at least to consider the possibility that the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seriously overstating the climate problem."
Will the EU's decision to dilute green energy targets significantly help European business? Read two opposite answers here (also another comment here).
2014 Gates Annual Letter Read this very interesting letter by Bill Gates:  "3 myths that block progress for the poor"
Electricity from coal... ... makes 45.5% of Germany's electrical energy. All the solar covered roofs and industrial solar farms just deliver 4.5% (in German).
Is distributed generation (DG) really the future? Very interesting article in the Jan. 2014 edition of Power Magazine by Ted Nordhaus et al. "If you want to know what utilities actually object to about DG, itis policies that functionally require them to purchase power fromsolar homeowners at $0.30/kWh when they don’t need it insteadof buying it on the wholesale market for $0.04/kWh when they do."
Decreasing Solar magnetic field  ... points to possible vanishing sunspots around 2020. Will this be a repeat of the Dalton or even Maunder minimum with severe global cooling? "As time goes on a link between decreasing solar activity and the halt in global warming 17 years ago becomes harder and harder to deny."
Propagation of Error and the Reliability of Global Air Temperature Projections See this poster presented by Pat Frank at the AGU 2013 meeting. Conclusions:
"Climate models are unable to resolve the effect of anthropogenic GHGs...Global air temperature projections presently have no predictive value....Detection and attribution currently remain impossible"
Are cloud anomalies the cause of the 1980 - 2000 warming? Observational data suggest that cloud anomalies could be the cause of the 1980-2000 warming. Read here for German text. English translation and discussion from blog
Comment of Prof. R. Lindzen for the UK parliament The UK parliament invited comments on the latest IPCC AR5 WGI report. Read the excellent contribution of Prof. R. Lindzen (MIT) : "The claim that 51% of the small warming over the past 60 years is due to man’s activities is completely consistent with there being no problem worth bothering about." The list of all comments is here.
SMR = Small Nuclear Reactors Read this very interesting series on these new small and  intrinsically safe reactors by Dr. Ing. Klaus-Dieter Humpich (in German): Part1, Part2
On Carbon Tax increase Richard Tol (economist) on carbon tax increase: "An increase in taxation is, I think, a reasonable starting point. Others disagree. In any case, the economic damage done by a tax is roughly proportional to the square of the level of the tax. Therefore, if you want to increase taxes, you should increase those taxes that are currently low (e.g., a carbon tax). If you want to keep taxes as they are, you should decrease those that are high (income, capital, consumption), and increase those that are low (carbon). If you want to reduce taxes, a carbon tax would still allow for deeper cuts in income taxes etc."
Wie Windräder die Umwelt zerstören. by Oskar Lafontaine.  Read this  unsuspected comment in the FAZ (12 Dec 2013): "Es ist ökonomisch und technisch unsinnig, auf einem Weg weiterzugehen, der den Kohlendioxidausstoß steigert, den Strompreis erhöht und dessen Ziel bei intelligenterer Technik einfacher und billiger zu erreichen ist."
Why Humans Don't Have Much To Do with Climate Change Read this article in the Huffington Post (09 Dec 13):  "the global warming scientists -- with their models defunct and now acting on hope rather than science -- assert that temperatures will soon renew their climb. The global cooling scientists assert the opposite."
Global Warming = Climate Change II Very clear paper by Ed Hoskins . Read also this older comment by Tony Brown "The futility on carbon reduction?" on Judith Curry's blog.
Hexenverfolgung und Klimawandel  Excellent article by C. Seidel in the FAZ: "andererseits bleibt es erschreckend, wie die Menschen, wenn der Wahnsinn herrscht, sich ihm lieber unterwerfen, als seine Grundlagen anzuzweifeln."
Die Alpen trotzen der Klimaerwärmung Dominik Jung (meteorologist): . Read also this comment in the meteoLCD blog!

Freedom and Optimism: Humanity's Triumph


 Excellent presentation by Matt Ridley, the author of the book "The rational optimist": "The precautional principle says <Let's not try anything for the first time>"
(Youtube, 36 minutes)
Für eine rationale Klimapolitik
says German Dr. Gero Hocker, MdL (FDP). Watch this crystal clear video ! (7.5 min)
Observations et prédictions du changement climatique global : quelles certitudes ?
Excellent conference by Prof. Vincent Courtillot (Tables Rondes de l'Arbois, Aix-en-Provence, 10-11 avril 2013, in French)
A new Dalton minimum is more likely than not  Prof. M. Lockwood (Uni Reading): The risk of a new Maunder minimum is 25-30%.
A complex but interesting paper by McShane et al. on the skill of temperature proxies and uncertainty of models: "Climate scientists have greatly underestimated the uncertainty of proxy-based reconstructions and hence have been overconfident in their models."
Will Cooling Temperature And Economic Climates Finally Take The Wind Out Of Failed Energy Policies? Read this comment by Prof. L. Bell (Uni Houston) in Forbes online.
Die Zeit für eine neue Klimapolitik ist reif. From Die Wirtschaftswoche
Massive Blackouts! Coming soon to you ?  Read here and here about the gigantic costs!
AR5 comments The IPCC AR5 "Summary for Policymakers" of the WG1 (The physical science basis) has been published. Remember this is a summary mostly worded by bureaucrats and politicians! Full report here. Read first comments:
- Richard Lindzen (MIT):here
- Roy Spencer (UHA): here
- David Whitehouse: here
- Judith Curry (GeorgiaTec): here
- Fritz Vahrenholt interview on MDR (in German): here
- Realclimate blog
- Claes Johnson (Uni Stockholm): here
- RTBF: L'évolution climatique, un débat scientifique ou religieux?(link) (Istvan Marko)
- Roger Pielke Jr.: Zombie Science (extreme events)
- Istvan Marko (UCL): La fuite en avant
- Nir Shaviv (Hebrew Uni Jerusalem ) : First impressions
- List of 123 peer reviewed papers ignored in AR5: here
- Critique of AR5 by Idso, Carter, Singer and Soon
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science The new NIPCC report. Read this 7 chapter report written by independent scientists.
CET is back to 1700's LIA times The Central English Temperature series: are we back to 1700 LIA conditions? Do you see the post 2000 warming? (source, see also here)
The price of the German "Energiewende"  (adapted from Handelsblatt)
IWT of Pacific Ocean IWT (intermediate water temperature) of Pacific Ocean was a lot warmer than today during the Roman and Medieval warm periods. From latest paper of Rosenthal et al.(Science). Read also this paper by D. Pangburn which explains temperature anomalies with a simple equation containing the integral of sun-spots (CO2 influence is minimal). Also here.
Testing long-term summer temperature reconstruction based on maximum
density chronologies obtained by reanalysis of tree-ring datasets from
northernmost Sweden and Finland
New paper on Finnish/Sweden summer temperatures shows Roman and Medieval periods not colder than today. Where is the CO2 driven anthropogenic warming?
Climate model failure Climate models: a spectacular model failure from Canada.
Footprint Nuclear versus Solar and Wind Compare surface foot-print of planned nuclear power Hinkley Point C with corresponding solar or wind farms (from
Coal on the rise See how EU efforts to curb CO2 emissions become futile compared to new planned coal-fired  installations in Asia (India and China). Click here and here.
New developments on the nuclear energy front-line. - General Atomics Energy Multiplier Module:Nuclear waste to electricity (also here)
- Power to Gas: Excess wind electricity to hydrogen to methane (also here)
- NuScale's Small Modular Reactor: inherent safe, no pumps, 45 MWe
IPCC models getting mushy Prof. Ross McKitrick (Uni Guelph) in Financial Post: " this is obviously no time for entering into costly and permanent climate policy commitments based on failed model forecasts."
Dialing Back the Alarm on Climate Change Matt Ridley in WSJ
Renewables and intermittency New paper finds by modeling that they can power the grid 99.9% of the time if you build 290% of the needed capacity ! Read clear comment "Renewable intermittency is real" here: German data suggest that Germany would need to install >1000% of the load !!! " ...for the near term at least, clean conventional generation from gas and nuclear will be indispensable to back up growing renewable output if the goal is to reduce carbon emissions." Read also: Die Energiewende scheitert an der Physik.
And also the big "Windenergie Report 2012"of the Fraunhofer Institut 
: "Maßnahmen des Einspeisemanagements werden immer häufiger erforderlich. Die abgeregelte Leistung verdreifachte sich 2011 auf etwa 1 % des Jahreswindertrags. Die Entschädigungsleistungen stiegen von 10 auf 33,5 Mio €."
On the Present Halting of Global Warming.
New paper in the new journal "Climate" by Prof. Akasofu: 0.23 °C cooling predicted for 2030 !
Response of cloud condensation nuclei (>50 nm) to changes in
New paper by H. Svensmark et al. on cloud formation by cosmic rays: "It is proposed that an ion-mechanism exists which provides a second significant pathway for making additional H2SO4"

Germany's Energy Poverty


Spiegel Online must-read: : "This year, German consumers will be forced to pay €20 billion ($26 billion) for electricity from solar, wind and biogas plants -- electricity with a market price of just over €3 billion".

Science in the Public Square


New must-read article by Prof. R. Lindzen (M.I.T.) in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (2013): "Science becomes a source of authority rather than a mode of inquiry. The real utility of science stems from the latter; the political utility stems from the former."....
"Global climate alarmism has been costly to society, and it has the potential to be vastly more costly. It has also been damaging to science"...
"Global Warming has become a religion. A surprisingly large number of people seem to have concluded that all that gives meaning to their lives is the belief that they are saving the planet by paying attention to their carbon footprint."

Mineral carbonation  Is  CO2 mineralization the death-blow to CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage)? Read here, here, here and here.

Recent global-warming hiatus tied to equatorial Pacific surface cooling


 Important new paper in NATURE explains recent lack of warming by cooling eastern equatorial Pacific. Comments by J. Curry here. Provisional conclusion: 20th century warming has at least half natural causes! Read also here and here on another Nature paper on "Overestimated Global Warming..." Read also this comment by statistician John Brignell The Zombie Theory. Read also this new paper by de Freitas & McLean on the influence of ENSO on global temperature. "All other things being equal, a period dominated by a high frequency of El Niño-like conditions will result in global warming, whereas a period dominated by a high frequency of La Niña-like condi- tions will result in global cooling."
Science and Statistics "...hundreds of published papers have warned that science’s love affair with statistics has spawned countless illegitimate findings." (ScienceNews)
CO2 emissions per country. A very interesting comparison of CO2 per country and continent (from The Guardian, 2011). Luxembourg has rang 101. Watch which are those that have a huge increase! (IMHO the term "pollution" is inadequate)
Scientists and motivated reasoning Great comment by Prof. Judith Curry from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Nuclear Waste Prof. Barry Brook (University of Adelaide) has a very interesting four part series on Nuclear Waste.. and why it might be so valuable!
New paper by Rosema et al. using Meteosat data shows global ***cooling*** from 1982 to 2006, probably due to increased cloudiness. Hmm...
Gravity Power Is simple gravity storage one solution to Germany's Energiewende problems? Read article here and note that the big cylinder has > 30m diameter and goes  >500m deep (i.e. crosses the groundwater aquifer). Gravity Power website. German slideshow.
Zeit zur Rückbesinnung An article by Francis Massen published in the weekly "Letzebuerger Land" (link to text-only PDF). Aug. 2013.
Schärferer Ton, strengere Ziele. Die Weltwoche:  read this article by Markus Schär (link to copy at EIKE)
A likelihood perspective on tree-ring standardization: eliminating modern sample bias New paper in Climate of the Past by J.Cecile & al. showing that  tree-ring dating on last 300 year old trees has strong positive and negative bias (abstract). This means that paleo-climate temperature reconstructions from tree rings may be invalid!
Chelyabinsk meteor Very interesting video by NASA on the dust cloud propagation after the explosion of the Chelyabinsk meteor in Feb. 2013.
Can climate models explain the recent stagnation in global warming? Hans v. Storch et al.: the answer is: NO! (read also this article which was published in the FAZ by Dieter Ameling and comments in v. Storch's blog Die Klimazwiebel.)
Vårt eget fel (Our own wrong) Dissertation by Swedish historian Dr. David Larsson Heidenblad on climate alarm and collective guilt: : "The starting point of this study is the striking similarities between late modern notions of anthropogenic climate change and premodern ideas about divine punishment". Abstract (contains link to full text in Swedish).
Antarctica Sea Ice brakes all records ... of max. extension.
Earthquakes release methane Yet another natural Global Warming pusher!
Tabletop Nuclear Fusion Is Cold Fusion making splashes again? Read here of the ICCF-18 congress of the University of Missouri and here a longer article on a CBSNews "60 minutes" emission "Cold fusion is hot again".
Solar and planetary oscillation control on climate change: hind-cast, forecast and a comparison with the CMIP5 GCMs.
New important paper by N. Scafetta from Duke University on solar/astronomical causes of climate change: "... about 50-60% of the warming observed since 1850 and since 1970 was induced by natural oscillations likely resulting from harmonic astronomical forcings...Today, the AGWT (Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory) consensus appears to be an accident of history promoted since 2001".

Limits in detecting acceleration of ice sheet mass loss due to climate variability

New paper in Nature Geoscience says Arctic and Antarctic ice change could be natural. Read also here.
Eco-Blowback: Mutiny in the Land of Wind Turbines Article by M. Schulz in Spiegel Online International. "The wind turbines, whose job it was to protect the environment, are not running smoothly" (12 July 2013). Read also this Forbes article on Spanish wind.
The Age of Global Warming is Over Article in Quadrant Online by Prof. P. Collits from the University of Southern Queensland. The author also discusses the latest book of R. Darwall (see my blog).
Environmental risks regarding the use and end-of-life-disposal of CdTe PV modules Report by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute on the problems of disposing thin layer photovoltaic modules containing the toxic cadmium CdTe compound: "Leaching test at lower and a more environmental relevant pH (<8) is expected to provide an increased leaching of cadmium, and at a level that likely exceed the limit for ordinary landfills."
Perihelion precession, polar ice and global warming Read this new paper by Prof. Duncan Steel in the on-line Journal of Cosmology. Changes in Earth's perihelion can explain Arctic warming and Antarctic cooling: "This mechanism represents a supplementary – natural – contribution to climate change in the present epoch and may even be the dominant fundamental cause of global warming, although anthropogenic effects surely play a role too.". Attention: this paper is not an easy read!
Advanced fission and fusion technologies for sustainable nuclear energy
Watch this exposé by Prof. Barry Brook from the University of Adelaide.
An evidence-based approch to pricing CO2 emissions. A new paper by Prof. Ross McKitrick, proposing a carbon tax whose rate depends on the measured rise of tropical troposphere warming.

EMP: The Biggest Unaddressed Threat to the Grid

 Is the Electro-Magnetic-Pulse (EMP) the biggest threat to the electrical grid?
Test with Thorium-MOX fuel have started in Norway Important news on the Thorium front-line. Read also here. Interested? Then read the book SUPERFUEL.

Impact of CO2 fertilization on maximum foliage cover across the globe's warm, arid environments


New GRL paper on the global fertilization effect of CO2 by Donohue et al. (pay-walled. Picture shows positive trend in foliage cover (green to blue means increase!): " ...14% increase in atmospheric CO2 (1982–2010) led to a 5 to 10% increase in green foliage cover".
Global warming as a 21st century religion Read this article by Peter Lilley in the Huffington Post, UK: "What most clearly distinguishes the Catastrophic Global Warming cult from science is that it is not refutable by facts."
Wind farms gone wild The "Scottish Wild Land Group", a society dedicated to environmental protection, has published a special issue of its magazine. They estimate the CO2 savings by all UK wind farms at 1/5000 of global emissions. In Luxembourg the contribution of electricity from wind turbines oscillates around 1.1 to 1.4 % of the national consumption, and seems independent of the number of built wind turbines.
Relationship between Greenhouse Gases and Global Temperature Watch the exceptional presentation given by Prof. M. Salby (Macquarie University) in Hamburg (18 April 2013). See also the blog for some comments.
Epic failure: 73 climate models all get it wrong! from Dr. Roy Spencer of UAH.
A quick guide to the Landsat Explorer. NASA: Landsat images are now public! Learn how to use the USGS software (requires free registration to download data)
The Intolerance of Climate Change Zealots Iain Dale (UK political radio commenter):  "In the 1980s we had politicians who were able to expose these zealots for what they were. We now have cabinet ministers who go along with them and give them money."
Microbatteries... the future for affordable electricity storage? “It’s a new enabling technology... it breaks the normal paradigms of energy sources. It’s allowing us to do different, new things.”
Und sie erwärmt sich doch If you shuddered and froze in these pre-summer days, read this "climate-skeptics" bashing brochure of the German Umweltbundesamt (UBA). Also a comment here, here and statements of the Deutscher Journalisten Verband, the WPK and  EIKE.
In Defense of Carbon Dioxide Article in WSJ by Princeton physics professor W. Happer and ex-astronaut (and also former professor) H. Schmitt: . See also video here and read on this same subject the article by Prof.Marko (UCL): Damnation, le CO2 ne réchauffe plus, il refroidit. (link to NASA article)
Energy Aftermath Quote from the 1990 book by 3 MIT scientists: "The experience of the 1970s and 1980s taught us that if a technology is commercially viable, then government support is not needed and if a technology is not commercially viable, no amount of government support will make it so." (abstract of pay-walled paper)
Die meteorologische Scheinwelt

Article in "Die Welt der Fertigung" (online magazine of the German industry) by meteorologist K-E. Puls: "Eines scheint mittlerweile immerhin klar zu sein : Die Erderwärmung ist vorbei."

The European Pollutant and Transfer Register ... has been updated. Let's not argue why they call CO2 a pollutant... but this online register is very interesting to consult. Look out for instance for Luxembourg's CH4 emissions.
AGW Science Assessment Report (April 2013) The Right Climate Stuff is a research team of ex-NASA scientists: "Our main objective of determining to what extent CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere can cause detrimental global warming has led us to an objective conclusion that this issue is not settled science."
Warum ich Optimist geworden bin. Absolute must-watch video of a speech by Michael Miersch (in German, Feb.2013)
Germany's Energy transition Experiment Germany's Energiewende: Read this sober and well written article in POWER magazine.
In Defense of Carbon Dioxide Excellent article by former astronaut H. Schmitt and physics professor W. Happer:  (WSJ online,  08 May 2013)
Double Standards in Climate Change Four University professors from Belgium and the Netherlands : "The public and politicians must be informed about the hypothetical character of the predominant ‘consensus’ on climate change, which has been uncritically disseminated in the media for more than ten years". Interview (in French) with Alain Préat, geology professor at the ULB and one of these 4 scientists. Presentation by Istvan Marko: "Le changement climatique, pourquoi tant de passions?" (2012)
System Effects in Low-carbon Electricity Systems OECD 2012 report (executive summary): "It is important to ensure the transparency of power generation costs at the system level when making policy decisions"
Climatologists are no Einsteins, says his successor. Read this article (with videos) on the great global warming skeptic, the Princeton physics professor Freeman Dyson. Speaking of CO2: "The vegation is commanding what's going on in the atmosphere".

Household Solar Photovoltaics: Supplier of Marginal Abatement, or Primary Source of Low-Emission Power?


Excellent Australian research paper by Graham Palmer on household photovoltaics (in Sustainability, March 2013): "Even with declining module costs, PV is not likely to be among the cheapest ways to abate emissions for the foreseeable future "
Das sozialistische Solar-Desaster Read this acide critique by Dr. Wolfram Weimer in the "Handeslblatt online" (03 May 2013): "Eine absahnende Szene aus Förderantragsexperten, Anlagenbauern und Subventionsverteilern hat sich in diesem öko-industriellen Sozialismus gut eingerichtet"
The disgraceful episode of Lysenkoism brings us global-warming theory Read this article in Forbes by Peter Ferrara (28 Apr 2013)
Are global wind power resource estimates overstated? Very interesting paper by Adams/Keith on the maximum power that can be delivered by huge wind farms: "..results suggest that estimates of global wind resource that ignore the impact of wind turbines on slowing the wind may substantially overestimate the total resource."
Winter 2012/13 blizzards and stratospheric warming
The challenge to CO2 global warmists
Two interesting videos by meteorologist Piers Corbyn from WeatherAction
Wahn der Weltverbesserer  Comment on Spiegel Online Wissenschaft
Zero emission synfuel from seawater CO2 capture from seawater to make synfuel at 0.79 $/liter: read this article by John Morgan.
Misinterpreted climate report threatens the credibility of scientists Swedish scientists slam misplaced PKI alarmism.
The Manmade global warming Challenge Bob Tisdale has a very interesting presentation.The graphical aesthetics might not blow you out of your socks, but the content is very readable and tells a lot on ocean heat content and El Nino's (PDF, 42 MB).
A Lukewarmer's Ten Tests Dr. Matt Riddley:  "At the moment, it seems highly likely that the cure is worse than disease."
Atomausstieg und Energiewende: Wie sinnvoll ist der deutsche Alleingang?  Prof. Weinmann (et, Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, Jan. 2013):"Die ökologische Wirkung der Förderung der erneuerbaren Energien ist praktisch gleich Null...Insgesamt fällt das Urteil über die Energiewende damit negativ aus. Es sieht sehr danach aus, dass es sich bei ihr tatsächlich eher um ein Produkt politischer Opportunität handelt..."
Preliminary report of  the TRCS team of veteran NASA scientists on AGW "There is no convincing physical evidence of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming... Because there is no immediate threat of global warming requiring swift corrective action, we have time to study global climate changes and improve our prediction accuracy"
A New Estimate of the Average Earth Surface Land Temperature Spanning 1753 to 2011 The BEST project paper: DTR trend (diurnal temperature range) = a fingerprint of  global warming remains flat since 2002 (climate models say it should decline). The trends from the meteoLCD measurements show the same behaviour! See also the BLOG.
Global Warming, the tool of the West Pravda comment (04Jan13): "... the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living."
The logical case against climate panic Excellent article by Lord Monckton
Erster Monitoringbericht "Energie der Zukunft" 2012 The German Bundesnetzagentur has published its first monitoring report (see here). Especially useful is the addendum, a huge Excel-file with many relevant data.

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