• Humans Innovate Their Way Out of Scarcity

    • Date: 13/01/16
    • Marian Tupy, Reason

    Decline in commodities prices since the 1960s illustrates the enduring wisdom of Julian Simon Last week, the World Bank updated its commodity database, which tracks the price of commodities going back to 1960. Over the last 55 years, the world’s population has increased by 143 percent. Over the same time period, real average annual per capita […]

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  • Met Office Hype Vs Reality: 2015 Was Not Unusually Wet

    • Date: 09/01/16
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Contrary to various misleading claims, last year was not “one of the wettest” on record. In fact it only ranked 84th wettest since 1766, according to the England & Wales Precipitation Series, with 969mm, only marginally above the average of 918mm. As the 10-Year average shows, there have been wetter periods than the last 10 […]

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  • John Christy: Expect More Warmth As El Niño Fades

    • Date: 07/01/16
    • Reporting Climate Science

    Atmospheric temperatures will remain elevated and may even edge up higher as the El Niño Pacific Ocean warming event fades and the cooling sea gives up heat to the air above it, according to a leading climate scientist. “Ocean temperatures related to the El Niño Pacific Ocean warming event are falling, which in the short […]

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  • Wettest December? Not According To The England & Wales Series

    • Date: 06/01/16
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Why did the Met Office rush to declare the “wettest evah”, when they knew the England & Wales Series would say something totally different? http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2016/december-records     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35228779 Only one slight problem! The Met Office have a much longer running record, the England & Wales Precipitation Series, which goes back to 1766, and this shows […]

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  • Why 2016 Will Have Less Poverty, Hunger And Disease Than Any Year In Human History

    • Date: 06/01/16
    • Fraser Nelson, The Spectator

    The progress made against global poverty, which has accelerated to a mind-blowing degree since I first read about it from Norberg 15 years ago, is the biggest story of our age. In 2012 and 2013, The Spectator opened its Christmas special issue with a leading article counting the ways in which the world had never been a better place, and was […]

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  • Will U.S. Republicans Foil Obama’s Climate Plan?

    • Date: 04/01/16
    • Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org

    At the Paris climate conference, President Obama got exactly what he wanted: the framework for a multi-decade, global campaign of political pressure directed chiefly against Republicans and their fossil-fuel industry allies. The Paris Agreement does not directly impose “legally binding” emission-reduction and “climate finance” commitments on the United States. But both conservative gloating and green grousing about the […]

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  • Daniel Davies’ Insights About Predictions By Experts

    • Date: 01/01/16
    • Fabius Maximus

    Summary: Here are three powerful insights by Daniel Davies about predictions by experts. He used them to predict the outcome of the Iraq War. This post applies them to the public policy debate about climate change; you can use them to provide insights on other intractable problems. “Confirmations should count only if they are the […]

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  • The Green Consensus Has Given The Tories A Free Pass On Flood Defenses

    • Date: 29/12/15
    • Fraser Nelson, The Spectator

    David Cameron is vulnerable on flood defences, having cut the budget while blowing huge amounts on green subsidies and overseas aid. But who will point this out? Certainly not the Labour Party. John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, was on the radio this morning claiming, bizarrely, that the Tories were quite right to spend so much […]

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