Topic archives: climate science

Dear Malcolm Roberts, this is how science works

November 3, 2017 24

Like democracy, science, and the scientific process, are flawed, but they are still preferable to the crackpottery of Malcolm Roberts, write Tom Osegowitsch and Angela McCabe.

‘Clean coal’ is a lie straight out of the Orwellian playbook

September 18, 2017 11

Despite the dire warning of climate scientists, underpinned by the current spate of extreme weather events around the world, the government appears to be bent on promoting coal-fired power generation, writes Earth and Paleo-climate scientist Andrew Glikson.

News Corp’s leading tinfoiler hot for alleged BOM climate conspiracy

News Corp’s leading tinfoiler hot for alleged BOM climate conspiracy

August 2, 2017 14

The usual storm in a tinfoil hat.

One Nation v science

December 1, 2016 18

One Nation has been making quite a few claims about science and climate change. Luckily, scientists are very happy to set the record straight, writes Crikey intern Jordan Fermanis .

‘Head in the sand 101’: what the world media thinks of our commitment to the environment

February 10, 2016 8

We have the best minister in the world as our environment minister! So surely we are an environmental world leader, right? Crikey intern April Dudgeon finds out that is not so much the case.

CSIRO abandoning climate science nothing short of tragic

February 5, 2016 17

The proposed shift in focus of climate scientists at the CSIRO is nothing short of tragic, writes CEO of The Climate Institute, John Connor.

Don’t despair! Even climate sceptics want action on climate change

Don’t despair! Even climate sceptics want action on climate change

November 5, 2015 13

Inconsistent and contradictory? Or just simply confused? Australians deliver some bizarre responses to questions of climate action.

Cross your heart, hope for pride

April 3, 2014 57

Crikey readers talk the provenance of putting one's hand on one's heart and the problem with solar panels.

The science of efficiency: CSIRO cuts are worse than you think

The science of efficiency: CSIRO cuts are worse than you think

November 11, 2013 15

The CSIRO does important work, and the cost to Australia will be immeasurable if scientists lose their jobs. Science writer Stephen Luntz explains what it's like to be a scientist in tough times.

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Tim Flannery at #6

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Tim Flannery at #6

March 13, 2013 2

Plain-spoken and sometimes optimistic, Tim Flannery is trying to teach Australia about climate change -- and its solutions. For all his accolades, though, some scientists don't want him in their club, writes Crikey intern Michelle Slater.

Media briefs: China media revolt … Twitter typo … iconic fire photo …

Media briefs: China media revolt … Twitter typo … iconic fire photo …

January 10, 2013 3

Drama at the Southern Weekend, the outspoken newspaper whose editorial staff went on an unprecedented strike due to propaganda-chief meddling earlier this week, continues to ripple outwards. Plus other media news of the day.

Come in Spinner: Americans unconvinced by climate dogma

November 2, 2012 1

Despite the well-funded groups in the United States that push climate sceptic propaganda, more Americans than ever believe in climate change and its links to extreme weather.

Climate sceptics not for turning despite a research ‘own goal’

Climate sceptics not for turning despite a research ‘own goal’

July 31, 2012 31

An investigation into global warming led by a reformed US climate sceptic hasn't changed the minds of Australia's own sceptics, but it has re-ignited the debate over peer-reviewing in climate science.

Happy Hug a Climate Scientist Day: here’s one we prepared earlier

June 12, 2012

Today is Hug a Climate Scientist Day, a long tradition started last year for us to say thank you to Australia’s Climate Scientists just for being them. Email us a photo of you hugging a climate scientist and you can win a First Dog on the Moon mouse mat.

‘You overpaid, overeducated parasite’: ANU climate scientist emails

‘You overpaid, overeducated parasite’: ANU climate scientist emails

May 10, 2012 44

Abusive emails and accounts of threatening behaviour towards climate research staff have been released by ANU following an FOI request. Graham Readfearn reveals what they say.

Dept of Climate Change rebuts Plimer’s book for sceptic kids

Dept of Climate Change rebuts Plimer’s book for sceptic kids

May 7, 2012 57

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency have confirmed that they crafted and published a document after public outrage from teachers and scientists about Ian Plimer's climate change sceptic book aimed at children.

Hate campaign against climate scientists went beyond emails

Hate campaign against climate scientists went beyond emails

May 7, 2012 6

When you say that you have evidence to "debunk" something, then it is a good idea to make sure that the evidence you’ve got is actually up to the "debunking", writes Graham Readfearn, a freelance journalist.

‘I’d rather slam my cock in a door than debate climate change’

April 27, 2012 160

The sum total of useful commentary on ABC’s stultifying I Can Change Your Mind About Climate was five minutes of British scientist and author Ben Goldacre saying he'd rather slam his c-ck in the door then debate climate change, writes climate researcher Ian McHugh.

Global warming projections from 1981 prove tellingly accurate

April 12, 2012

A seminal article by climate scientists in 1981 has proved eerily accurate at predicting global temperature rises. Amber Jamieson spoke to its lead author, renowned climate expert James Hansen.

Who’s the Anonymous Donor keeping a climate sceptic think tank afloat?

Who’s the Anonymous Donor keeping a climate sceptic think tank afloat?

February 16, 2012

Leaked documents from the conservative climate change denier think tank Heartland Institute reveal that a very powerful and wealthy donor has donated US$13.7 million since 2006, writes Amber Jamieson.