Tagged: Chris de Freitas

Solid Treadgold, easy action (NZ still warming fast) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 03, 2014

It’s time to return to the delusions harboured by New Zealand’s little coterie of climate cranks about the NZ temperature record. Readers may recall that — somehow — the men who lost a court case against NIWA and then folded the charitable trust they’d used to bring the case in order to avoid paying costs, […] … Read More

National Business Review: last bastion of climate denial in NZ pushes de Freitas tosh - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 18, 2014

The National Business Review — New Zealand’s biggest-selling business weekly — provides a happy media home for climate deniers of all stripes. Columnists like former ACT Party leader Rodney Hide and right wing spin doctor Matthew Hooton1 are given free rein to rant and rave about climate issues, but occasionally editor Nevil Gibson offers its […] … Read More

Danger Dedekind! Heartbreak Ahead (still wrong, still digging, NZ still warming fast) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 05, 2014

Over last weekend, my post criticising the new paper by Chris de Freitas, Manfred “Bob” Dedekind and Barry Brill that claims warming in New Zealand’s temperature records is only one third of that calculated by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) attracted a flurry of attempted ripostes at Richard Treadgold’s Climate Conversation […] … Read More

NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s stuffed with errors - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 31, 2014

You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue NIWA over the New Zealand temperature record and lost, and who then folded a trust […] … Read More

Herald gives de Freitas platform to smear climate science - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 01, 2014

Climate change denier and Auckland University geographer Chris de Freitas seems to have fast access to the dialogue pages of the NZ Herald. His latest effort this week is a long ramble ostensibly around the possibility of an El Niño this year, but at its centre contains a nasty slur on the honesty of climate […] … Read More

Something (early) for the weekend: grim forecast for oceans and the roots of denial - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 17, 2013

Something of a miscellany today, coupled with an open thread, to keep you going during a brief pause in posting. First up: a study published this week in PLOS Biology looks at changes in ocean chemistry, temperature and primary productivity over the next century under two emissions scenarios, and finds that no corner of the […] … Read More

Hypocrisy at the NZ Herald: de Freitas given platform for more climate lies - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 27, 2013

When the NZ Climate Science Coalition lost its court case against the New Zealand temperature record last year, the NZ Herald — the newspaper of record for NZ’s largest city — ran an editorial pointing out the stupidity of the climate cranks tactics. It went on to criticise the views of Auckland University’s Chris de [...] … Read More

Climate of complacency #2: de Freitas lies to TV3 - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 14, 2013

Imagine my shock when I discovered today that Chris de Freitas — the Auckland University academic who hit the news a couple of years ago when it was found that he was teaching climate denial to first year students, but who has a 20 year history of advocating for inaction on climate change — had [...] … Read More

NZ Herald’s turn to offer propaganda as opinion – De Freitas’ links to cranks hidden from readers - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 12, 2012

The new “compact” NZ Herald has taken a downmarket tabloid approach to informing its readers by running an opinion piece about the recent courtroom defeat for NZ’s climate cranks by prominent climate sceptic and Auckland University geographer Chris de Freitas, without explaining de Freitas’ long history of association with the cranks he’s defending. In the [...] … Read More

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