Tagged: NZCSET

Prat watch #11: don’t fone us… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 16, 2013

Bill McKibben must have been doing something right during his New Zealand tour: he’s drawn the ire of the local climate cranks in no uncertain fashion. Perhaps it was the packed houses he addressed in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington, or his interview on RNZ National’s high-rating Saturday Morning show with Kim Hill, but the clarity [...] … 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

The Climate Show #28: transglobal overground (with added ice) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 13, 2012

The boys are back, and they can’t stop talking. Glenn’s got his studio set up in London, Gareth’s Waipara internet connection is still marginal, but what was meant to be a ten minute proof of international connectibility turned into a 40 minute extended rumination on Glenn’s arrival in London during the wet summer and extended [...] … 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

Cranks lose court case against NZ temperature record, NIWA awarded costs - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 07, 2012

The attempt by NZ’s merry little band of climate cranks to have the NZ temperature record declared invalid has ended in ignominious defeat. In his ruling [PDF], handed down today, Justice Venning finds: The plaintiff does not succeed on any of its challenges to the three decisions of NIWA in issue. The application for judicial [...] … 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

Warming in Wellington - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 22, 2012

In this guest post, first published last week in the Dominion Post, Jim Salinger looks at the long term temperature record for Wellington, and how it has been constructed. Jim’s currently the Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor in the Program in Human Biology at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University in California. Climate [...] … Read More

Exclusive: Flat Earth Society appeal to NZ climate sceptics – join us! - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 16, 2012

As New Zealand’s climate “science” coalition, in the guise of the NZ Climate Science Education Trust gets its day in court in its long running attempt to get the NZ temperature record declared invalid, a mole inside the Flat Earth Society has sent me the text of a letter being handed out to the CSET [...] … Read More

The Carter Controversy - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 01, 2012

The strange case of the cranks who think that suing scientists is the way to make warming go away — or the New Zealand Climate “Science Education Trust” versus the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research (NIWA) — grinds on like a modern day Jarndyce and Jarndyce. The NZCSET (being Barry Brill, Terry Dunleavy, [...] … Read More