Many may recall Bill Nye, the ‘#Scienceguy, illustrating how greenhouse gases work through a tabletop experiment. In it, Nye fills one container with regular air and another with carbon dioxide (CO2) and exposes each to radiation from a sun-like heat lamp. According to greenhouse gas theory, the CO2-filled container should show a rise in temperatures, which it did. Nye ended up proving that convection, not infrared, raised the temperatures of the container. Convection has no role in climate change.

‘Right result, wrong physics’

That’s according to a paper that reproduced Nye’s experiment. The paper, published in the American Journal of Physics, used the non-greenhouse gas Argon as an experimental control gas because it has no greenhouse-gas properties, e.g., no infrared absorption. By reproducing what Nye did, even the Argon gas heated up. What Nye had proven, the authors wrote, was CO2’s convective heat transport abilities and not its infraredproperties.

The authors say this is an example of how “bias” crept into the experiment and why it’s important to separate out the radiative and convective properties in these types of experiments. Other scientists have shown how the original Nye experiment, which Al Gore includes in his Climate 101 training program, was heavily doctored and Photoshopped to produce the now-discredited results.

Al Gore and Bill Nye FAIL at doing a simple CO2 experiment  via @wattsupwiththat

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Replicating Al Gore’s Climate 101 video experiment (from the 24 hour Gore-a-thon) shows that his “high school physics” could never work as advertised Readers may recall my previou…

Ozone, volcanism, and climate

Ward, a geophysicist, says it is physically impossible for man-made greenhouse gases to have caused the current warming observed. He has dedicated the past decade to compiling extensive data showing the relationship of volcanism to climate change. “Changes in volcanism explain quite clearly the times, rates, and amounts of climate change throughout Earth’s history,” Ward says. “The eruption of Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland explains the unusually rapid warming since 2014.”

Ward details on his website how the rapid surge in the use of chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs)—before they were banned—depleted and thinned the ozone layer that protects us from the strongest ultraviolet light coming from the sun. He says that volcanoes also emit vast quantities chlorine and bromine, which also deplete our ozone layer. He says that restoring the ozone to pre-1965 levels will prevent further warming of the oceans that directly increase’s the Earth’s temperature. All told, he says the planet has warmed by one degree Celsius since recordkeeping began in the late 1800s.

How much hotter?

Hottest-year-ever assertions focus on changes as small as tenths of a degree—which are also within the accepted margin of error. Notably, activists championing the alarmist warming narrative never say how much hotter these years are in actual degrees. One reason may be that after President #Obama says 2015 was the hottest year since 2000, the media never asks, “But by how much?” The answer is 0.1 degrees, an alarmingly low number that doesn’t invoke the same type of fear needed to motivate people to accept more regulations and taxes.

Ward also says that quality data is the best thing we have in science. New scientific insights, he says, are rarely accepted by consensus scientists who garner the most media attention. He points out “the more provocative the ideas, the more vehement the objections.” Ward will present his latest results at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver this Monday.