Climate Science Glossary

Term Lookup

Enter a term in the search box to find its definition.


Use the controls in the far right panel to increase or decrease the number of terms automatically displayed (or to completely turn that feature off).

Term Lookup


All IPCC definitions taken from Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Annex I, Glossary, pp. 941-954. Cambridge University Press.

Home Arguments Software Resources Comments The Consensus Project Translations About Support

Bluesky Facebook LinkedIn Mastodon MeWe

Twitter YouTube RSS Posts RSS Comments Email Subscribe

Climate's changed before
It's the sun
It's not bad
There is no consensus
It's cooling
Models are unreliable
Temp record is unreliable
Animals and plants can adapt
It hasn't warmed since 1998
Antarctica is gaining ice
View All Arguments...

New? Register here
Forgot your password?

Latest Posts


SkS Weekly Digest #16

Posted on 19 September 2011 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

The SkS author team went into high gear this week defending the integrity of SkS from a baseless criticism leveled by Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. on his blog site. The context of this unfortunate episode is documented in Dana's excellent article, One-Sided 'Skepticism'.

Although his blog site does not allow comments , Pielke did post comments on the thread to Dana's article. Included in Pielke's comments is the following  statement about Anthony Watts:

"I have worked with Anthony and he is devoted to the highest level of scientific robustness."

Toon of the Week



"It is the nature of the human species to reject what is true but unpleasant, and to embrace what is obviously false but comforting." H. L. Mencken

The Week in Review

A list of aticles posted on SkS during the past week.

  • Observations of Climate Change from Indigenous Alaskans by John Hartz (formerly posting as Badgersouth)  
  • Heat from the Earth’s interior does not control climate by Andy S
  • One-Sided 'Skepticism' by Dana
  • Arctic sea ice low – what does it really mean? by Verity
  • Santer et al. Catch Christy Exaggerating by Dana
  • Climate Communication: Making Science Heard and Understood by Susan Joy Hassol
  • CERN - Saying Nothing About Cosmic Ray Effects on Climate by Dana
  • Climate Denial Video #6: Past climate change by John Cook
  •  Coming Soon 

    • Trenberth, Fasullo, and Abraham Respond to Spencer and Braswell (Dana)
    • It's the Goodyear Blimp (John Cook)
    • Global Warming from Space: Introduction (MarkR)
    • Between St. Roch and a cold place (JMurphy)
    • Greenhouse Gas: It's not just about CO2 (Mythago)
    • Lessons from Past Predictions: IPCC AR4 (Dana)
    • Icelandic translation to the Guide (John Cook)
    • Not so Permanent Permafrost (Agnostic)
    • Abrupt Climate Change - Its Causes (Agnostic)

    0 0

    Printable Version  |  Link to this page


    Comments 1 to 4:

    1. Love the toon of the week! Thanks to all for keeping up the high quality of the site.
      0 0
    2. Another quote, from Upton Sinclair (I think!) "You cannot get a man to believe something when his job depends on not believing it" And for 'job' we could substitute 'value system' 'sense of self worth', 'world view', 'political alignment', 'religious beliefs'....
      0 0

      [DB] Added link to Upton Sinclair quote.

    3. As noted in the lead article, Dr, Roger Pielke Sr. had this to say about Anthony Watts: "I have worked with Anthony and he is devoted to the highest level of scientific robustness." Dr. Pielke is smart enough to know that people are judged by the company they keep. Has he never read any of the vitriolic diatribes posted by Anthony Watts on his website, WUWT?
      0 0
    4. In Dana's previous post, I asked what Dr. Pielke thought of: Surface Temperature Records - Policy-Driven Deception? by Josepth D'Aleo and Anthony Watts Like with nearly every other challenge posed to him on that thread, Dr. Pielke did not respond.
      0 0

    You need to be logged in to post a comment. Login via the left margin or if you're new, register here.

    The Consensus Project Website


    (free to republish)

    © Copyright 2024 John Cook
    Home | Translations | About Us | Privacy | Contact Us