Antarctic Sea Ice Sets New Record

Global Temperature Drops Below IPCC Projection Range

By Guest Column Dr. Benny Peiser
September 5, 2014
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The pause in surface temperature warming has sparked a new phase of research in the climate sciences. Among other effects, it invalidated several high profile forecasts. The flattish trend of global surface temperatures during the pause has fallen below the lower bound of the projections used by the IPCC. —Fabius Maximus, 4 September 2014
Events prove some scientists right, and some wrong. Sometimes the right ones were in the minority.—Fabius Maximus, 4 September 2014
Antarctic sea ice extent continued to set new records in August, finishing the month at 19.154 million sq km, beating the record set last year by 87,000 sq km.—Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 1 September 2014
First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or “hiatus”), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.—Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2014
Leaders from China, India and Germany have already announced that they won’t attend the UN climate summit in New York and others are likely to follow, leaving President Obama looking a bit lonely. Could it be that they no longer regard it as an urgent threat that some time later in this century the air may get a bit warmer? In effect, this is all that’s left of the global-warming emergency the U.N. declared in its first report on the subject in 1990.—Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2014
All that the global warming scare accomplished was to make people pay with their pocketbooks and to increase wars, terrorism and global insecurity.—Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 5 September 2014
Who do you think said the following: “I always regret it when knowledge becomes controversial. It’s clearly a bad thing, for knowledge to be controversial.” A severe man of the cloth, perhaps, keen to erect a forcefield around his way of thinking? A censorious academic rankled when anyone criticises his work? Actually, it was Brian Cox, Britain’s best-known scientist and the BBC’s go-to guy for wide-eyed documentaries about space. Yes, terrifyingly, this nation’s most recognisable scientist thinks it is a bad thing when knowledge becomes the subject of controversy, which is the opposite of what every man of reason in modern times has said about knowledge.

—Brendan O’Neill, The Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2014