Farewell to our Readers

We would like to apologize to our loyal readers who have provided us so much support since we first went online in December 2004. However, after listening to the compelling arguments of the distinguished speakers who participated in the Heartland Institute’s recent global warming contrarian conference, we have decided that the science is settled — in favor of the contrarians. Indeed, even IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri has now admitted that anthropogenic climate change was a massive hoax after all. Accordingly, RealClimate no longer has a reason for existence. The contrarians have made a convincing case that (a) global warming isn’t happening, (b) even if it is, its entirely natural and within the bounds of natural variability, (c) well, even if its not natural, it is modest in nature and not a threat, (d) even if anthropogenic warming should turn out to be pronounced as projected, it will sure be good for us, leading to abundant crops and a healthy environment, and (e) well, it might actually be really bad, but hey, its unstoppable anyway. (Can we get our check now?)

85 comments on this post.
  1. Kathy:

    Good one! Got me for about 10 seconds.

  2. Gordon Cutler:

    And a Happy April Fools Day to you too!!!!

  3. John Burgeson:

    Scared me for a minute … .

  4. Jeff from Ohio:

    LOL! It took me about five seconds, but ONLY because I just bought one of the blog author’s books. It would have taken me longer without that. GOOD ONE!

  5. Duncan:

    Not as good as the sheep albedo effect, but raised a smile anyway.

    Keep up the good work!

    [Response: The sheep albedo one is apparently one of the top 100 of all time.... Hard to top that. - gavin]

  6. coby:

    The email notice had me going! But I still say practical jokes are cruel!

  7. John Burgeson:

    I must tell my geologist friend to pack it up!

    His talk to the ASA is at

    Audio at http://www.asa3.org/ASAradio/ASA2008Miller.mp3

    slides at http://www.asa3.org/ASA/meetings/georgefox2008/papers/ASA2008Miller.pdf

    It is a pretty good overview of how to understand AGW.

    Burgy

  8. Kirk:

    Ah jeez! Now I have to tell some of my student’s parents they were right!

    From: 6th grade science teacher

  9. Jim Bouldin:

    Count me an April Fool. But Jesus knock that off.

  10. Tom G:

    Not funny…

  11. Timothy Chase:

    From the post:

    However, after listening to the compelling arguments of the distinguished speakers who participated in the Heartland Institute’s recent global warming contrarian conference, we have decided that the science is settled — in favor of the contrarians. Indeed, even IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri has now admitted that anthropogenic climate change was a massive hoax after all.

    I finally see the light…

    Sorry, I meant “white.” It is snowing outside right now in Seattle, so obviously global warming couldn’t possibly be taking place. If you will excuse me, Moira wants me to brave the snow, returning with a latte and a ham and cheese croissant.

  12. Richard Pauli:

    Gosh, I feel so relieved. Lets be sure to call the papers

  13. viriato:

    Ok ,
    it comes a time one must admit: THEY, the powers that be , are correct,
    sorry guys,

    P.S.
    take a coat, it’s cold and a glaciation is on the way, just around the corner : )))))

    But for a split second….

  14. Ike Solem:

    Well, this explains a lot – obviously, the folks at realclimate are paid stooges of the honchos at NASA who refuse to make the DSCOVR documents public:

    NASA Reneges on Transparency – Still No DSCOVR Documents
    Tags: Desmogger, dscovr climate satellite, Government Policy, Mitchell Anderson, Nasa, NASA, NASA climate change, nasa global warming, News We made, Science, Science, US

    It was welcome news last month when Congress committed $9 million to refurbish the long-overdue Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Good start. So how about some information to go with it?

    Desmog blog readers will recall the long and fruitless quest to wring documents out of NASA about the bizarre story of the DSCOVR spacecraft. This $100 million instrument was fully completed eight years ago yet has been sitting in a box in Maryland ever since.

    DSCOVR was designed to directly measure climate change for the first time ever by observing our warming planet from the unique vantage of the Lagrange Point – one million miles towards the Sun.

    The climate denial industry has been regularly harping on the unreliability of low Earth orbit satellite data for years. Strange then, how the very experiment that could resolve such issues was mothballed – over the strenuous objections of dozens of leading researchers.

    I struggled for over a year to extract any kind of internal documents from NASA using the Freedom of Information Act and got nowhere. After 11 months of stonewalling, the space agency elected to withhold an unknown number of documents due to some very bizarre rationales. I appealed later in 2007 and was also turned down.

    Yes, it is all a big conspiracy, isn’t it? I think the biofuel folks are behind it – or is it the solar photovoltaic folks? They are using their vast political power to leverage a future of total human servitude to corporate ideology, while the independent coal miners and oil roughnecks are returned to a life of poverty and misery.

    Submitted to Counterpunch, Apr 1, 2009

    Getting hot in here… 8)

  15. Brian:

    Damn! You got my hopes up for nothing!

  16. Maiken:

    Yikes, the subject line scared me! I already had formulated a long email to you how in the world you could abandon us in such a crucial time. Every year I keep being fooled by some cruel people like you ;-) One day I’ll learn, maybe, but that’d take away all the fun of it.

  17. SecularAnimist:

    For anyone who is getting bored and impatient with the slow-moving pace of the anthropogenic global warming disaster, here’s a potential catastrophe that could devastate civilization as we know it in a matter of moments, with little or no warning:

    Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe
    By Michael Brooks
    New Scientist
    23 March 2009

    Excerpt:

    It is midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.

    A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation’s infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event – a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.

    It sounds ridiculous. Surely the sun couldn’t create so profound a disaster on Earth. Yet an extraordinary report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in January this year claims it could do just that.

    Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction. Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences.

    Unfortunately it’s not an April Fool’s joke.

  18. Tony Noerpel:

    I expect Marc Morano will be quoting this on Senator Inhofe’s web site.

  19. dennis baker:

    finally we can now concentrate on disputing gravity

  20. Tim Jones:

    Climate change denialists have been an April Fool’s Day joke on us everyday for years.

    seen this?Antarctic drilling yields global warming insights

    By William Mullen

    RealClimate’s an inestimable resource. Sorry to see it go.

  21. Timothy Chase:

    Jim Bouldin wrote in 9:

    Count me an April Fool. But Jesus knock that off.

    Same here. My first reaction:

    8-O

    I could actually feel my heart skip a beat. My cardiologist will probably end up writing you a letter…
    *
    To my wife, “Yes dear, I know how much you hate the stocking cap. Take it off? Right away!”

  22. Barton Paul Levenson:

    You swineherds! That first sentence actually had me going for a minute. I was thinking, “Oh no, they’ve got to shut down for some reason.” Then I read the second sentence and remembered the date. Ya got me!

  23. Hank Roberts:

    Wait, isn’t there supposed to be a video of sheep albedo changes here somewhere?

  24. Bob Doppelt:

    My birthday is today so I am used to these types of jokes. But, this one scared me. Especially since so many people actually believe those statements! Here is a website from Oregon which proves that your capitulation is long overdue. Slyly named to look at though it is the state of Oregon cite and with no names or organizational affiliation on it: http://www.sustainableoregon.com/

    Bob

  25. Mark A. York:

    Yup. Had me going for a moment. Crichton wins from the grave.

  26. Kevin McKinney:

    Maybe there was an albedo effect as all us RC readers collectively blanched? (Us, sheep? Never.)

  27. Gary Herstein:

    Crying out loud, I almost had a heart attack when I saw the email. I always forget the date …

  28. Lawrence Brown:

    You’ve finally come to your senses!As any fool can plainly see global warming isn’t happening,or maybe it is and it will be a boon to mankind and all other flora and fauna. Who needs coral reefs or spring runoff from the Himalayas or non-acidic oceans,anyway?

    Sea level rise will enable navigable waters to reach to a greater extent. Ships will dock at our doorsteps or in our living rooms.Winter sports like skiing were for the birds anyway. It’s about time we gave up the ghost and admitted to what perceptive folks like James Imhofe saw all along. Happy April First!!

  29. manu:

    You forgot:

    e.b) it will be more costly to invest ~1% of global GDP for the next decades, in order to mitigate GW, than to build/rebuild massive infrastructures, reform agriculture, etc (all known to be cheap and non-disruptive endeavors) … when the problems have already happened and
    e.c) doing something about GW is a selfish western preoccupation that will deny the 3rd world its brilliant future development. Yes it is proven (i.e. I read it on the internet, somewhere) that without the lobbying of greenies-liberal-commies, even the poorest countries in the world would already have economies comparable to the western ones … (well actually it might be the case following the latest economical developments :-P )

  30. Proof Reader:

    RE: 24
    Bob, what do you expect from a site that spells references as:
    Refrences?
    http://www.sustainableoregon.com/noproof.html

    I’m still chuckling…

  31. dhogaza:

    I expect Marc Morano will be quoting this on Senator Inhofe’s web site.

    He’ll add the contributors’ names to his List of 700.

  32. walter crain:

    well, guys…it was a good run while it lasted. we had ‘em going for a while there. i think we all knew in the back of our minds it just couldn’t last. thanks all you scientists here for all those great fake arguments and graphs and stuff – you almost had me believing AGW was real! there were just too many of us in on it for it to last forever.

  33. Arch Stanton:

    Ahw, Ya’ll had to go and spill the beans! And we had we had so many folks going with such a wonderful hoax.

    A gold mine of lines to be taken out of context… ;-)

  34. Milan:

    Here is a revolutionary plan to reduce atmospheric carbon concentrations, well suited to the day of your annoucement:

    http://www.sindark.com/2009/04/01/plants-animals-and-climate-change/

  35. sue:

    My first thought was: Geesh, this is what happens when I stop reading a blog for a few months, it goes under (sure, it’s my readership that makes the difference). But the minute I saw Heartland Institute I suddenly realized that one of my legs was longer than the other.

  36. Alder Fuller:

    Genius.

    Nice to know this scam is over. Now I can focus on my real passion: proving that evolution theory is wrong & must be replaced by Intelligent Design.

    Now, what did I do with that irreducibly complex bacterial flagellum?

  37. Matt Y:

    Love it! You had me until “Heartland.”

  38. TomRooney:

    Now that the AGW grant gravy train has dried up, I will need to get together with a few of my research buddies and lay the groundwork for making up another plausible threat to mankind so we can get more research money! Oh, I know–zombie nanobots! Be sure and look for my groundbreaking paper in Science in about 6 months, and start cranking up those grant proposals.

  39. Luboš Motl:

    Congratulations! I have always known that some of you are sane.

    Just kidding, too. ;-)

    [Response: Well actually you predicted we would either all be dead or in jail by the end of 2005. You may need to still work on that whole 'prediction' thing. - gavin]

  40. Slioch:

    Meanwhile, on this side of the Pond, this massive hoax about global warming that isn’t happening is causing all manner of weird effects in dear old Blighty’s wildlife. Even butterflies in southern England are now changing their spots as you can see here:

    http://www.naturescalendar.org.uk/findings/newbutterfly.htm

    I’m just glad the Heartland Institute never got to hear of this one,
    if they had they would no doubt have concluded that,

    “(d) even if anthropogenic warming should turn out to be pronounced as projected, it will sure be good for us, leading to abundant crops and a healthy environment, and” … lots of nice new butterflies.

  41. Ike Solem:

    SecularAnimist – have you seen the latest on that?

    They say Krakatoa is going to blow as well… possibly part of a 150-200 year natural cycle that may be a major climate driver – triggered by extreme solar flares which send neutrino-type thingys deep into the Earth, where they trigger chain reactions that lead to giant eruptions – something to do with trace levels of uranium in the lava melt – and this is pretty well shown by the correlation of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption with the 1859 Carrington solar flare event. From that we can calculate a robust response time of 24 years – and try running that against the Little Ice Age and the Maunder Minimum. Stunning, isn’t it?

    In fact, if you take all the major volcanic eruptions of the past two centuries and put them on a timeline, you see something startling:

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001439.html

    The frequency of earthquakes and volcanos over time is increasing! There were only two volcanos in the 17th century, but dozens during the 20th century – sure sign of some kind of looming planetary instability.

    We need to let off the pressure, is what I’m thinking – drill a big hole and let the Earth breathe a little. We might also be able to slow global warming down quite a bit, and I’m sure this will appeal to the geoengineering crowd as well.

    The solution lies near the California-Nevada border, in the form of the Long Valley Caldera. Rough calculations show if you drill about a dozen mine shafts as deep as possible into the thing, and plunk megaton nuclear bombs down there, and then fire them off simultaneously, you’ll get a repeat of the Long Valley Caldera explosion of about 800,000 years ago – which coated everything east of it with miles of ash and injected a giant aerosol cloud into the stratosphere – the ash layer alone formed a triangle stretching from the caldera to Louisiana to North Dakota, including all of Arizona and most of Idaho and everything in between – I bet that would have a cooling factor of at least -30 W/m^2 – and you could go and do the Yellowstone Plateau at the same time – geoengineering at its finest.

    China has expressed interest in this, as have people in Washington (the state), Oregon, California and Baja – but everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere is being obstructionist, not putting the welfare of the nation and the planet first – you know how that is.

  42. Donald E. Flood:

    Ha! (You had me convinced, also, for about 20 seconds! Good one!!!)

  43. Peter Mc:

    And for a second, warm blood ran through Mr Booker’s veins…..

  44. John P. Reisman (OSS Foundation):

    I see that the sheep albedo also has a resonant effect in neural connectivity and synaptic response as evidenced by the reactions. The conclusion is obvious… time for a beer :)

    I have to admit, I got more that a few smiles and chuckles out of this, though it’s hard to beat the original Sheep Albedo work based on veterinary climatology:

    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/04/the-sheep-albedo-feedbacki/#comment-30158

    I know, I know, bad joke on my part…

    Personally I would love to see Morano quote it. That would substantiate his lack of understanding for the world and make the case for just how silly the AGW denial can be.

    It’s about time people realized that their perception of science is all in their mind. ;)

    #38 Tom Rooney

    How about asteroids, not enough money going over that way and we already have lots of movies about that one.

  45. El Cid:

    And yet you still can’t admit that Al Gore is fat and has a big house, where he has his secret gold machine that pays off all the scientists to lie for him.

  46. David B. Benson:

    :-)

  47. dhogaza:

    though it’s hard to beat the original Sheep Albedo work based on veterinary climatology..

    Personally I would love to see Morano quote it

    So close, yet so far away … (Moreno is a breed of sheep!)

  48. Lynn Vincentnathan:

    Actually before RC came on line I was despairing that either the climate scientists were going over to the dark side in droves (to the contrarians), possibly for filthy lucre, or were afraid to speak out due to various repercussions they might face at their universities or gov institutes. The media sure weren’t covering the issue then. And I thought I’d be one of the few environmentalists remaining, crying out in the desert about GW, with no one to believe me. It’s really been great to have RC; you guys are true heroes. (And while I can’t completely fault people for not believing me; it really boils me that they can’t believe the scientists :( )

    So I first thought when I read today’s post, okay now, back to square one.

  49. John P. Reisman (OSS Foundation):

    #47 dhogaza

    I wonder which breed?

  50. martin:

    Geez!, I thought you were closing the site when I got the feed!…don’t ever scare me like that!

    …quite funny though :)

  51. john lagace:

    True on any other day.

  52. Sekerob:

    John P. Reisman (OSS Foundation)

    … the black body type

  53. Danny Bloom:

    This arrived in my mailbox on April 2nd, so i took the headline as real…….UNTIL i read the comments…… good one! [Danny Bloom in Taiwan, where there is no such thing as April 1st....]

    This was posted on April 1 on Youtube, but beleive me it is no joke: although some might think so:

    Grad speech to class of 2099 in the future: do not view it until 2099, unless you are curious:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-wnrm2jE-E

  54. Deech56:

    OK, I came to this site several times to look specifically for the April Fool’s post. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This is one of the best ones I’ve seen.

  55. Jarad Holmes:

    Well…it is April fools. You know, however, that looking at BOTH sides, and who has more blog web traffic, the skeptics and the AWG supporters seem to now have a 50/50 split. Sort of like Sunnis versis Shiites. The real proof will be over time. Will the Arctic ice cap melt in summer “in less than 5 years” or not. The trend data shows a -2.8% per decade drop in the Arctic right now, and 1 +2.8% rise in the Antarctic and global sea ice is just above average (compared to the 1979-2000 mean). Who will win?

  56. Richard Ordway:

    I’m actually really happy about this news.

    It’s going to make my job so much easier. Now I can go back to what I specialized in thirteen years ago.

    I can also now forget the bad dreams I’ve been having…

    about homeless people on the disappearing Kiribati Islands begging me to buy cupcakes for money so they don’t starve.

    I can also forget about that nasty dream of visiting Michigan to look for a new place to live that has water after the American west goes dry. (Real dreams I had).

    Whew…its all finally over!!!!

  57. Dr.Harry Borlsachs:

    As a qualified gynecologist, it has always been obvious to me that AGW was rubbish. Myself and other climate experts, (retired civil engineers, personal trainers), are at last vindicated in our campaign for truth against those hippy bums at GISS and Hadley. Cosmic water vapour and the fact that grapes were once grown on Mars, Titan AND Venus were just ‘inconvenient truths’ for these crusties.

  58. John P. Reisman (OSS Foundation):

    Speaking of videos, I came across this one on youTube

    http://www.ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/climate-science-history/frank-capra

    It was just after Revelle’s paper had come out in 1957 and I remember from Capra’s biography that he had been doing film for Bell Labs science education.

    It seems not to much has changed in the understanding of potentials in 51 years other than we have even more confidence.

  59. Derek:

    It would not surprise me to see this quote-mined in some contrarian piece at some point in the future. ;)

    Happy April 1st everyone.

  60. Tenney Naumer:

    Re: #41

    I have a neocon friend who insists the gubmint is spraying the population with aerosol chemicals sprayed out of jets to look like contrails — the jets crisscross up there so much it looks like a grid, and it all stays up longer than regular contrails and people are getting sick and it is so weird how come no one ever has a digital camera at hand.

    You guys! Not funny! At all!

  61. Chris Winter:

    Heh! This had me for the time it took to click the link I found on mt’s shared items. Nicely done, even if it follows the lead of last year’s SciAm column.

    I wonder if anyone else remembers the flower-faced snouters of the Hi-Yi-Yi Archipelago…

  62. Jeff Edwards:

    Are you going to start to worry about global cooling now?

  63. TimJ:

    The convincing case is a perspective that comes from thinking of “Window Taxes”, “VAT”, “POLL taxes” etc. Now we have “Carbon tax”. The answer to how much CO2 we allow to be emitted is quite simple:
    1/. How much do the governments need to raise?
    2/. How much re-distribution of wealth do they want to achieve?
    These will be the driving factors whatever the consequences of CO2 may prove to be. The difference this time will be that it will move from a local to a global level.
    The US has now joined the game and the movement is accelarating. Governments are already banking and planning on the future revenues. I’m beginning to believe we will not have a choice than to get out our “check books” (as you mention) and sign the blank checks in a year or two.
    We have survived in spite of taxes and defeated some, often by persistently raising our voices to be heard (like the Thatcher Poll Tax) and the voices on this blog do not give me any pause for optimism. Having taken an interest I’m moving rapidly to the denier side right now. (Getting my confidence up on this game:))
    Cheers…..

  64. Geoff Sherrington:

    Ok, so would any one of you above who feels that this is a joking matter and that the catastrophe projection is the valid one, have the guts to explain this belief?

    I remember a cartoon of lemmings rushing to the cliff and their imminent fate. A side stream has split off. In that stream, one lemming is saying “Lest’s follow Bruce, he’s found a faster way”.

    Does this not fit with your philosophy? Anexorics hope for an excuse not to eat. You folk above seem to hope for an excuse to be terrified. Anorexics get mental help.

  65. Barton Paul Levenson:

    dhogaza,

    I think it’s “merino” (the breed of sheep).

  66. FurryCatHerder:

    That was exceptionally cruel as I’m presently without coffee. That and it’s now April 2nd …

    For months I’ve written about green energy. Well, yesterday my Retail Electric Provider, TXU Energy, made it somewhat clear (I still need to talk to someone a bit higher up …) that they aren’t going to pay me at all for exported power. So, I’m running the house on solar and batteries until they straighten their act out. Thus, no coffee until the sun comes out, or I decide that being without coffee presents a serious threat to my ability to properly parse April Fool’s jokes that I didn’t read yesterday …

    Oh, and then I call the media and tell them what a bunch of jerks TXU is …

  67. Mark:

    “Ok, so would any one of you above who feels that this is a joking matter and that the catastrophe projection is the valid one, have the guts to explain this belief?”

    Which one? The joke or the catastrophe? Or why you can have both?

    The Joke: It’s April, Fool.

    The Catastrophe: It’s Science. Repeatable, reliable science.

    Both: We are complex creatures able to both understand a joke AND know there is suffering in the world.

  68. Chris:

    Just seen the sheep gag, brilliant. Thought you’d like to know they are organizing now and getting ready to leave the planet, they don’t want to be blamed….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut2Lj99cHr4

  69. Shelley:

    Why, you must have seen this video. I’m convinced!

    Unfortunately, unlike your post, it is not an April Fool’s joke.

  70. Geoff Wexler:

    Good news. Now I shall have lots more free time.

    (by the way I think you meant cheque)

  71. Geoff Wexler:

    4th. Edition of John Houghton’s “Global Warming”.

    This excellent book which has just come out, has already been remaindered so there will no longer be an urgent need for you to review it.

  72. Aylamp:

    63. TimJ

    When the “Carbon Credits” bubble bursts, someone is going to be left with some worthless pieces of paper.

  73. dhogaza:

    BPL:

    I think it’s “merino” (the breed of sheep).

    Yes … and no … “moreno” and “merino” are both used to describe breeds of sheep. “merino” is spanish, maybe “moreno” is just a bastardization that’s crept into use in the US.

  74. John P. Reisman (OSS Foundation):

    #73 dhogaza

    More importantly, what are the characteristics that apply here, pertaining to the relationship under consideration?

  75. luke:

    This is such a relief I’m glad that finally they stopped wasting money on research about global warming and admitted that its a hoax. Know if only Obama will admit the same. thanks for the work you did to prove it wrong.

  76. James Staples:

    That’s as bad as Discover Magazines (1999 – or 97, I think) Item about the ‘Mole Rat-like’ creatures that use a head-mounted heating organ to melt a warren of tunnels through the Antarctic Ice!
    My borther never let me live that one down – though I should’ve know better, as I’m fairly familiar with thermodynamics and all that!

  77. Theo Hopkins:

    Obama, presently in London at the G20 was most pleased to read about the end of global warming.

    He had been asked to support the European Community’s inititive (Directive EU 01:04:09 Carbonated Beverages – Carbon Reduction Directive) to reduce the CO2 in fizzy drinks. This is planned to reduce the CO2 content of beverages buy 40% over the next ten years. However, this would not apply to bottled mineral waters (as popular in France – Evian, Vittel, Perrier, etc)and was thus seen as an anti-American trade protection device under the guise of a green inititive, for most European fizzy drinks are produced by the European arms of Coca-Cola and Pepsi and remit their profits to the USA.

    Obama has vetoed the directive and on BBC TV tonight he said “CO2 reduction? Change we will NOT have”.

  78. Sergei Rostov:

    [Response: The sheep albedo one is apparently one of the top 100 of all time…. Hard to top that. - gavin]

    Hey, you could have expanded on my Pirate Pegleg Hypothesis….

    [Btw, the only AFD joke that ever made me angry came yesterday: The TV Guide Channel got my hopes up when they announced the breakup of the Jonas Brothers....]

  79. Hank Roberts:

    Er, Theo — you have to wait, now, til April 1, 2010.
    It’s over.

  80. Alan B:

    In 1957 the BBC ran a short documentary on the positive effects of a warm winter and early spring on the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. It was voiced-over by the great and trusted broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is still one of the greats:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/witness/april/1/newsid_4362000/4362667.stm

    http://edublogs.tv/play.php?vid=820

  81. Peter Backes:

    The sad part about the premise of this post is that there are legions of nitwits that believe it 365 days a year…

    P.S. – My favorite April Fools post was ‘Doubts about the Advent of Spring.’ I still read it on occasion when I want a chuckle.

  82. Philip Machanick:

    Mine last year took the opposite tack and was not nearly as popular as this :)

    http://opinion-nation.blogspot.com/2008/03/exxon-mobil-to-abandon-climate-change.html

  83. Paul Decelles:

    It’s the pirates of course.

    http://www.seanbonner.com/blog/archives/001857.php

    And 2007-2008 proves it. Uptick in African pirate activity = cooler planet. So, rather than costly cap and trade systems, just promote a little bit more piracy at least of the ocean kind.

  84. FurryCatHerder:

    Paul writes:

    And 2007-2008 proves it. Uptick in African pirate activity = cooler planet. So, rather than costly cap and trade systems, just promote a little bit more piracy at least of the ocean kind.

    Well, someone better call back all those warships that have been sent to the region or Global Warming is going to come back!

  85. Joao Vasco:

    You forgot hypothesis f): even if it is bad, and stoppable, it is better to let it happen, than spending the money to stop it – this is the thesis of Bjorn Lomborg, and his argument is as flawed as most of the arguments of climate change negacionists.

    Actually, it is possible to see people defending thesis a), b), c), d), e) and f) at the same time, regardless of the contradictions between them.