2016 Highlights: Tsunami Of Skeptic Papers And Desperate Attempts To Silence Dissenters

2016 is coming to a close, and I’d like to wish all readers here a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming new year.

What follows are some of the main highlights at NTZ in 2016. Overall visitor traffic increased a good 30% since the start of the year. Much of this is due to the hard work of Kenneth Richard who joined as a guest author some months ago.

Kenneth writes every Monday and Thursday. His reviews of the latest scientific literature have gotten great attention. Thanks Kenneth!

2016 Highlights

January: stable Antarctic, GISS’s shady role

Back in January I reported how Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt wrote about how NASA GISS director Gavin Schmidt had “squandered much credibility” and played “a shady role with the temperature data.” The two German experts went on to say that Schmidt’s “dubious data alterations with the GISS datasets will likely become interesting material for science historians.”

Also we reported how Lüning wrote of 5 very recent papers showing that Antarctic ice is much more stable than originally believed.

February: 250 papers disputing climate alarmism

In February Kenneth Richard made his debut at NTZ, providing a list of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers from 2015 casting doubt on climate science! The entire list is here.

Also it was underscored what a folly Germany offshore wind energy truly is. A study we reported on shows that the maintenance costs are 100 times more than the cost of the turbine itself. Little wonder Germans are now forced to pay among the highest electricity rates in the world. Technical problems have plagued the German offshore wind industry, read more here.

March: Glacier retreat, sea level rise slow down

In March we presented new papers showing that glacier retreat and sea level rise are slowing down rapidly. Also read here and here. Claims of rapid sea level rise lost credibility as recent studies indicate only 0.8 – 1.6 mm/year sea level rise.

Moreover, Kenneth Richard published a story here on 500 peer-reviewed papers disputing alarmist claims surrounding climate from the year 2014 and 2015. Looks like the IPCC has got a lot of updating to do.

April: Embryonic, untrustworthy models

We’ve known a long time that climate models are woefully inadequate for making reliable long-term projections, and this was confirmed in a story we wrote on a paper appearing in Nature, where a world-class modeler admitted that models are only at the embryonic stage and are hardly trustworthy.

In April a hurricane and winter 2016/17 forecast was issued by David Dilley of Global Weather Oscillations. So far it looks to be impressively right on the money! Dilley also projects a harsh cold period from 2025 to 2060.

May: MWP global; CERN confirms Svensmark

We saw that the Medieval Warm Period was also prominent in the southern hemisphere and not just a local north Atlantic phenomenon that alarmist scientists insist it was. Also results from CERN confirm the Svensmark theory. More here as well.

The sheer hypocrisy of Hollywood stars was exposed once again as Leonardo DiCaprio jet-set across the Atlantic, burning some 30,000 liters of kerosene – all to pick up an environmental award! Also read here and here.

We reported here how retired German climate scientist Prof. Dr. Horst-Joachim Lüdecke announced there is no detectable human fingerprint to be found in today’s climate change — and he called the science “a dangerous ideology“. Dutch geologist Gerrit van der Lingen even called it “a mass hysteria” and that historians will one day “shake their heads in disbelief“.

June: PIK warns of mini ice age! Faulty models

The ultra-alarmist PIK Potsdam Institute released a shocker, warning of a mini ice age — due to solar activity!

Kenneth Richard then published a list of 50 papers showing that CO2 climate sensitivity is seriously overstated. He also published a list of 21 papers showing that the models aren’t working very well.

July: NASA “data fraud”; ruthless wind industry

In July Tony Heller presented NASA’s climate data fraud and how the trends are “manipulated and fake”. So far the video has been viewed at YouTube close to 24,000 times.

In July we presented just how ruthless the wind industry can be, where it is suspected they destroyed a stork’s nest to clear the way for wind turbines. This shocked environmentalists.

Central Europe’s summer was hardly balmy this year, as a rare snow fell down to 1500 meters elevation in the middle of the summer.

The flood of skeptic papers grew in volume, Kenneth Richard wrote. Already just in the first half of 2016 some 240 papers casting doubt over climate alarmism were published.

August: No sea level rise signal; oceans drive climate

Again many new papers surfaced, obliterating the notion that the climate system is rushing to disaster. With this in mind it is truly unbelievable that a number of attorneys general attempted to silence skeptics using the brute force of the racketeering influenced corrupt organizations (RICO) act.

NTZ presented 4 new papers showing there’s been no detectable sea level rise signal. For example the paper by Hansen et al wrote: “Thus, we found that there is (yet) no observable sea-level effect of anthropogenic global warming in the world’s best recorded region.”

Later Kenneth Richard wrote there is no relationship between CO2 and temperature over 150 of the last 165 years. He also found 35 new papers showing that the sun and the oceans are the main climate drivers.

Even one of the globe’s leading warmist climatologists, Prof. Mojib Latif, conceded that natural oceanic cycles are directly related to tropospheric temperature.

Kenneth also posted a list of dozens of papers showing that “global warming is a made-up concept” and that sea level rise is in fact inversely proportional to CO2.

September: Hockey stick smashed; no cyclone energy trend!

Kenneth presented some 50 scientific publications refuting modern global warming claims. It is becoming increasingly obvious that rapid global warming is merely an artefact of statistical manipulations — all designed to mislead policymakers.

And when it comes to cyclones, atmospheric research scientist Dr. Philip Klotzbach confirmed he sees no link between accumulated cyclone energy and global warming over the past 30 years.

Moreover a new paper was published and shows that co2-influence on the greenhouse effect since 1992 has been imperceptible.

October: Broken models; CO2 is good; no consensus

More bad news for modelers appeared when Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Professor Fritz Vahrenholt declared climate models flawed here, claiming that there is no agreement between the models and paleoclimate data.

Kenneth also uncovered 20 scientific papers that tell us something we knew all along: higher CO2 and warmer temperatures boost crop yields. Now what could be so bad about that?

Also Kenneth showed that the scientific community is in fact a long way from consensus“.

Finally NTZ reported how leading leading climate sensitivity scientist Dr. Robert Cess admitted that the IPCC assumptions are erroneous.

November: Stable Arctic, hyped science; sun linked to climate

Despite the slow start in this winter’s Arctic sea ice recovery (weather-related), Kenneth Richard presented a list of scientific publications showing that there has been no significant net change in Arctic sea extent over the past 80 years. Indeed it’s good to keep your eyes on the big picture.

In a presentation, a retired German climate professor declared that climate science is hyped by a sloppy, politically corrupted media.

The sun-climate connection keeps getting stronger, as Kenneth Richard uncovered some 300 scientific publications over the past 3 years confirming the link. Little wonder that a French scientist found the powerful solar link as well, claiming that most of the global warming can be attributed to solar activity.


December: Stable, frigid Greenland; slow sea level rise

Kenneth Richard reaffirmed the collapse of the now infamous hockey stick. He also showed that Greenland is as stable as ever, much colder today than it was several thousand years ago and that glaciers there are now even more advanced than they were back then.

Kenneth found more very new literature showing that sea level rise is in fact much slower than claimed, and that claims of a one-meter sea level rise by 2100 are “sheer nonsense”.

And with all the inconvenient scientific literature being published lately, and the public’s rejection of the mainstream media and dishonest political parties, the establishment has been forced to contemplate authoritarian counter-measures. Recently in Germany leading (highly misguided) politicians even called for a crackdown on freedom of speech and the formation of a Ministry of Truth.


With the huge tsunami of NEW papers disputing the claims of rapid, man-made global warming and the shock election of Donald Trump as President, things are looking awfully desperate for the junk-science fuelled climate alarmism industry. We could all but bury it in 2017.

Merry Christmas and a happy and cool new year everybody! -PG


15 responses to “2016 Highlights: Tsunami Of Skeptic Papers And Desperate Attempts To Silence Dissenters”

  1. NZPete54

    Thank you for all the hard work you have done in the year past.
    Best wishes for 2017 – I wish you every success.
    *******MERRY CHRISTMAS*******

  2. tom0mason

    Many thanks for the up-date, hopefully more people will be getting the message as the climate turns to a colder period.

    Have a merry Christmas.

  3. R2Dtoo

    Thanks for keeping this frozen Canadian informed about European issues. Merry Christmas and the best in 2017.

  4. AndyG55

    MC+HNY to all climate realists. 🙂

  5. maltesertoo

    A very Merry Christmas to all.

  6. Graeme No.3

    They are getting desperate alright. Increased activity by trolls on sceptical sites, but all that has done is show up how few are in the rearguard; sensible ones are saying nothing or admitting that the evidence isn’t at all convincing.

    In Australia the same few keep commenting at length in feedback to climate and energy articles in The Australian newspaper, again exposing their minority status. They meet a tidal wave of adverse comments. Even our (less than) beloved Prime Minister who is well known as an AGW believer, has scented the winds of change and is now emphasing the need for cheap and reliable electricity.
    With the installation of Trump and the loss of USA government support (& money) the retreat will become a rout. A thought to keep you warm over the holidays.
    Thank you for all you have done this and past years, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your loved ones.

    P.S. Adelaide is bracing itself for 40℃ today (25/12) and there is extra religious activity. The entire S.A. Labor Cabinet is praying that there be no blackout.

  7. Don from OZ

    I have been following your commentary here ( as a skeptic of AGW,) love it. Thank you to all who

  8. Rick W

    Appreciate the effort that went into finding all those insightful references throughout the year.

    It appears CO2 will be released from exile in 2017. The extra crop yields may end up being what Europe needs when it gets cold.

  9. David Johnson

    All the best and keep up the good work

  10. tom0mason

    To Pierre and Kenneth Richard,
    Merry Christmas and a happy and cool new year, thanks for all the information.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    Thanks Pierre for the hard work, and thanks too to Kenneth for the very useful blogposts which have gone into my armory of useful bookmarks.

    Merry christmas from the biggest coal export port in the world!

  12. David Johnson

    Desperation is the word. It’s been very noticeable that our friend Sod has been getting rather shrill in his comments of late.

  13. David Appell

    “2016 Highlights: Tsunami Of Skeptic Papers And Desperate Attempts To Silence Dissenters”

    Isn’t it such a shame that reality deniers are such a maligned and distrusted group.

    Clearly they deserve respect no what ridiculous and untrue things they say and think.

    What is this world coming to??

  14. Zvi Blank

    The culprit is waste heat coming off vehicle exhausts, not the CO2, Average temperature of exhaust gases is around 600C, may be even higher.
    BTW: for every mole of CO2 formed by gasoline combustion 2 moles of H2O are also formed. nobody talks about that. H2O is also a GHG.

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