Tagged: Barry Brill

The last refuge of scoundrels - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 14, 2013

Tomorrow, in the Appeal Court in Wellington (pdf), Justices Harrison, French and Miller will hear argument in the case of the NZ Climate Science “Education” Trust (NZCSET) versus the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), in the continuing effort of the cranks to litigate away warming in New Zealand over the last 150 […] … Read More

Prat Watch #12: warmest winter makes Ring writhe (and other tales) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 02, 2013

It’s time for another update on the antics of our favourite climate cranks — and this week’s star is New Zealand’s very own über crank, weather astrologer Ken Ring. He’s been reinventing NZ’s warmest-ever winter to make it fit with his forecasts. Here’s Ken, back in April, in a piece headlined “Severe winter ahead” [WebCite1]: […] … Read More

Monckton and the big waka - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 25, 2013

Monckton tried to blink. His eyes were gritty and he could barely focus on the scribbled formulae on the pad before him — his crucial contribution to the redesign of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The tiny screen of his Osborne transportable computer blinked lazily at him. His back was sore. The air in No 10 was [...] … Read More

Brill’s Quadrant rant: a snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 28, 2013

Barry Brill, the superannuated politician and lack-lustre lawyer1 who rejoices in the position of chairman of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, has been given room for a rant by right wing Aussie magazine Quadrant, and — surprise, surprise — he uses it to air the climate crank cliché du jour: The science is settled: [...] [Get the full story … Read More

NIWA v cranks: costs are in, losers start whinging - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 16, 2012

Having successfully defended the High Court challenge to its New Zealand temperature reconstructions brought by NZ’s climate cranks and being awarded costs by the judge, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA) is said to be seeking costs of $118,000 from the plaintiffs. Richard Treadgold, the instigator of the whole sorry affair, has [...] … Read More

Cranks in court: sciblogs podcast plug - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 23, 2012

This week’s Sciblogs podcast is something of a climate special. The Science Media Centre’s Peter Griffin opens the show by talking to me about the High Court hearing of the case brought against NIWA by Barry Brill and his boys, and then discusses what we know about the state of the climate with Jim Renwick, [...] … Read More

Big coal coughs up for climate denial ’conference’, takes NZ sceptics along for the ride - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 16, 2012

As US corporate donors step away from the Heartland Institute following their ad campaign likening climate change believers to mass murderers and terrorists, big coal — in the shape of the Illinois Coal Association, supported by all the major US coal companies — has stepped in as a “Gold Sponsor” to support Heartland’s climate “conference” [...] … Read More

NZ govt dumps national environmental standard for sea level rise - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 08, 2012

The New Zealand government has ordered officials at the Ministry of Environment to stop work on the development of a national environmental standard (NES) on sea level rise, enquiries by the Science Media Centre have revealed. Lack of an NES for future sea level increases will force each local authority to make up its own [...] … Read More

When asses go to law - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 16, 2010

In a bizarre twist to the tale of New Zealand’s climate sceptics and their strange obsession with the minutiae of the history of temperature measurement in New Zealand, it now emerges that they have lodged papers with the High Court [Stuff & NZ Herald, via NZPA], seeking to have the court rule that the National [...] … Read More

Gluckman: climate denial undermines all science - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 10, 2010

NZ PM John Key’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, tackled denialism head on in a lecture at Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute of Policy Studies last night. Titled Integrity in Science: Implications from and for the Climate Change Debate [pdf of full text], it’s an interesting and worthwhile overview of the issue from [...] … Read More