The first of an occasional series. For the benefit of non-UK readers, “Climateballs” is a homage to the great late British sports commentator David Coleman who was legendary for his “Colemanballs” – lines such as “If that had gone in, it would have been a goal.” The term was coined by Private Eye magazine and can be applied to other commentators. So here are some recent Climateballs from commentators in the climate debate:
It’s cold because of global warming
In October, NOAA predicted a mild winter for the US.
Finance conference isn’t talking about climate!
Climate Home News, one of dozens of climate propaganda outlets, is a rich source of Climateballs. They are shocked to find out that this week’s American Finance Association meeting is not talking about climate change! How could anybody not talk about climate change? There is literally nothing on climate change in the whole program! Its all about finance.
can can’t attribute individual events to global warming
“Researchers can now blame warming for individual disasters” says an article in E&E news.
Way down in the piece it says “Today, scientists still generally agree that it’s impossible to attribute any individual weather phenomenon solely to climate change.” (HT Roger Pielke)
EARTH WILL START BECOMING A DESERT BY 2050
This story is in Newsweek, quite a big organisation, who you think might have writers with science training. But clicking on the author of that article reveals that “Her work on women in politics has been featured in publications like BUST Magazine and Marie Claire. She loves cats, coffee and politics.”
but this was later corrected after the silly mistake was pointed out in the comments. Notice that almost all the comments are sceptical. Unsurprisingly the junk science behind this comes from UEA.
Climate change through the lens of intersectionality
Finally, courtesy of @RealPeerReview this gem of academic excellence from the journal Environmental Politics.
Investigations of the interconnectedness of climate change with human societies require profound analysis of relations among humans and between humans and nature, and the integration of insights from various academic fields. An intersectional approach, developed within critical feminist theory, is advantageous. An intersectional analysis of climate change illuminates how different individuals and groups relate differently to climate change, due to their situatedness in power structures based on context-specific and dynamic social categorisations. Intersectionality sketches out a pathway that stays clear of traps of essentialisation, enabling solidarity and agency across and beyond social categories. It can illustrate how power structures and categorisations may be reinforced, but also challenged and renegotiated, in realities of climate change. We engage with intersectionality as a tool for critical thinking, and provide a set of questions that may serve as sensitisers for intersectional analyses on climate change.