Jack Dini

Jack Dini is author of Challenging Environmental Mythology. He has also written for American Council on Science and Health, Environment & Climate News, and Hawaii Reporter.

Most Recent Articles by Jack Dini:

Solar Panel Waste: A Disposal Problem

Dec 7, 2018 — Jack Dini

The last few years have seen growing concern over what happens to solar panels at the end of their life. Consider the following statements:

- The problem of solar panel disposal will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment because it is a huge amount of waste which is not easy to recycle. 1

- Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants. If solar and nuclear produce the same amount of electricity over the next 25 years that nuclear produced in 2016, and the wastes are stacked on football fields, the nuclear waste would reach the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (53 meters), while the solar waste would reach the height of two Mt. Everests (16 km). 2

Medical Research Issues and Peer-Review

Dec 1, 2018 — Jack Dini

Medical Research Issues and Peer-Review
John Ioannidis reported in 2005 that most published medical research findings are false. 1 His statistical analysis and logic are impeccable and his paper has never been seriously refuted. Furthermore, he has had a tremendous impact: the paper has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.

In 2009, Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, wrote that, “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.” 2

Oceans Not Warming So Fast After All

Nov 23, 2018 — Jack Dini

Oceans Not Warming So Fast After All
You may have recently read or hard that the oceans were warming much faster than originally thought thus hastening our impending global warming. I certainly read such information in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Well, surprise, surprise, it is not happening after all.

A study that claimed to find 60 percent more warming in the oceans had some math errors. Scientists behind the headline-grabbing climate study admitted they ‘really muffed’ their paper. 1

Colder and snowier winter predicted for eastern half of the United States

Nov 16, 2018 — Jack Dini

Colder and snowier winter predicted for eastern half of the United States
A number of researchers have predicted that a weak sun and El Nino events may create a colder and snowier than normal winter season in much of the eastern half of the US.

The early winter storm presently being experienced in much of eastern US might lead one might to believe these folks.

More Deaths From Cold Weather Than Hot Weather

Nov 10, 2018 — Jack Dini

More Deaths From Cold Weather Than Hot Weather
The question is—which is more deadly for humans—heat or cold? The alarmists would have us believe that warming is to be avoided at all costs.

Observations from two recent papers and previous research undermine the narrative that says recent and future warming may be dangerous and undesirable. Scientists have determined that people are far more likely to die form exposure to cold temperatures than hot temperatures, and deaths attributed to excessive heat have been on the decline for decades in nearly all countries studied.

Questioning Medical Research

Oct 28, 2018 — Jack Dini

Medical Research
John Ioannidis first burst onto the national scene in 2005 with a groundbreaking paper titled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” 1 His statistical analysis and logic are impeccable, and his paper has never been seriously refuted. Furthermore, he has had a tremendous impact: the paper has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.2

Since then, Ioannidis has gone on to show that the best scientists don’t always get funded, why neuroscience is unreliable, why most clinical research is useless, and that most economic studies are exaggerated. In other words, the process by which we acquire new knowledge is fundamentally flawed and much of what we think we know is wrong2
These days he’s aimed his attacks at nutrition research and guidelines on disease definition statements.

Wind Power: Negative Effect on Global Warming in the Short Term

Oct 13, 2018 — Jack Dini

Wind Power: Negative Effect on Global Warming in the Short Term
Wind power has expanded 35-fold since 2000 and now provides 8% of the nation’s electricity. The US Department of Energy expects wind turbine capacity to more than quadruple again by 2050. 1

China’s Coal Escapades

Oct 9, 2018 — Jack Dini

China's Coal Escapades
China burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. The dirty fossil fuel has powered the country’s rapid expansion over recent decades, the main reason China is the world’s largest polluter ahead of the United States. This is a problem China wants to fix and it’s retiring the worst sources of pollution while bringing great gobs of cleaner power online. The country has pledged to begin reducing its rising greenhouse gas emissions no late than 2030.  1

Fiddling With Temperature Data

Oct 3, 2018 — Jack Dini

Fiddling With Temperature Data
They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5 F since the 19th century., which is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows. The problem with the NOAA data is that it is fake data. NOAA creates the warming trend by altering the data. The NOAA raw data show no warming over the past century. The adjustments being made are almost exactly 1.5 F, which is the warming claimed in the article.

Questioning Climate Hysteria

Sep 29, 2018 — Jack Dini

Questioning Climate Hysteria
Kenneth Richard and Pierre Gosselin have been compiling lists which question climate hysteria.

In just the first 6 months of 2018,  254 scientific papers were published that cast doubt on the position that anthropogenic CO2 emissions function as the climate’s fundamental control knob, or that otherwise serve to question the efficacy of climate models or the related ‘consensus’ position commonly endorsed by policymakers and mainstream media sources.

These 254 new papers affirm the position that there are significant limitations and uncertainties inherent in our understanding of climate change, emphasizing that climate science is not settled. 1

Stuck in Arctic Sea Ice

Sep 4, 2018 — Jack Dini

Stuck in Arctic Sea Ice
The grounding of a research cruise vessel in a remote polar region the last week of August was a reminder of the hazards of increased ship traffic in an ice-free Arctic.

The University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center (ISC) planned to conduct an innovative Northwest Passage Project research expedition with a team of natural and social scientists, students and a professional film crew from August 23 to September 13. 1

Paris Accord Not Meeting Targets

Aug 30, 2018 — Jack Dini

Paris Accord Not Meeting Targets
Climate scientist James Hansen called it ’ a fraud really, a fake,’ and President Donald Trump called it a ‘massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.’ And this odd couple of alarmist scientist and skeptical politician agreed: the Obama led Paris climate accord was all about lobbyists and imaging, not climate change reports Robert Bradley. 1

He adds. “Trump’s decision remains bold, brilliant, and correct. And it will only get better as the rest of the world confronts the disconnect between what economic coordination and progress require and what starry-eyed bureaucrats want.”

Questionable Funding For Environmental Groups And What They Do With It

Aug 9, 2018 — Jack Dini

Questionable Funding For Environmental Groups
Many corporations provide funding to environmental groups and the level of funding has been growing. As Steve Goreham says, “We’re talking big dollars here. Corporate funding of environmental groups amounts to hundreds of million of dollars per year. In 2007, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Coca-Cola announced a multi-year partnership worth over $20 million to WWF. Home improvement retailer Lowe’s contributes more than $1 million each year to The Nature Conservancy for conservation projects in North America. In 2013, Wells Fargo bank provided $21.8 million in grants to nearly 500 environmental nonprofits. The Nature Conservancy received millions in contributions from oil giant BP. Boeing, Chevron, Clorox, ExxonMobil, Monsanto, Shell, Starbucks, and Walmart are just a few of the global corporations partnering with environmental groups. Saving the world has become big business for environmental NGOs, courtesy of contributions from corporate partners.” 1

Southwest Pacific Islands Defying Sea Rise Alarmists

Jul 30, 2018 — Jack Dini

Southwest Pacific Islands Defying Sea Rise Alarmists
Despite a rapid local sea level rise nearly 3 times the global mean (1.8 mm/yr), 15 of 28 studied atoll islands in the southwest Pacific increased in shoreline area during 2005 to 2015,  according to a new study. For the 3 islands that experienced extreme shoreline erosion, with one atoll island even ‘disappearing’, a category 5 cyclone was identified as the most likely casual factor. Consequently, the authors concluded that ‘the dramatic impacts of climate change felt on coastlines and people across the Pacific are still anecdotal.’ 1

Russian and Chinese Close Ties to US Environmental Groups

Jul 26, 2018 — Jack Dini

Russian and Chinese Close Ties to US Environmental Groups
Two of the world’s biggest polluters are China and Russia. You would think that US environmental groups would be major critics of these countries, yet the reality is some take money from entities controlled by these governments and disseminate their propaganda.  1

High-level Russian oil and political interests fund and support American environmental groups which then launch attacks on the US natural gas and oil industry. These attacks lead to new regulations and restrictions on American oil, which then reduces the amount of international competition for Russian products.

It Isn’t As Bad As You Think

Jul 2, 2018 — Jack Dini

It Isn't As Bad As You Think, America
“When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population lives in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, investment bankers, and Nobel laureates,” says Hans Rosling . In his book, Factfulness, he claims our problem is that we know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. 1

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better shape than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threatens us most.

China and Scientific Scandals

Jun 26, 2018 — Jack Dini

China and Scientific Scandals
China has more laboratory scientists than any other country, outspends the entire European Union on research and development, and produces more scientific articles than any other nation except the United States. But in its rush to dominance, China has stood out in another, less boastful way. (1)

A recent string of high-profile scandals over questionable or discredited research has driven home the point for China that to become a scientific superpower, it must first overcome a festering problem of scientific fraud.

Are Solar Roadways Roads to Nowhere?

Jun 14, 2018 — Jack Dini

Are Solar Roadways Roads to Nowhere?
Solar Roadways incorporated is a start-up company in Sandpoint, Idaho aiming to develop solar powered road panels to form a highway that provides energy. The plan is to replace the repaving of a road with some sort of processing that will leave it in a condition to accept hexagonal solar panels and their associated wiring and networking needs. 1

Some folks criticize the scheme since panels on roads wouldn’t be tilted to follow the sun, which makes them inefficient, would often be covered by cars during periods when the sun is out, and wouldn’t be capable of serving as a road for long.

A Thirdhand Smoke Screen Of Fear

Jun 11, 2018 — Jack Dini

A Thirdhand Smoke Screen Of Fear
Nowadays, some folks are raising alarm about third hand smoke—residual chemicals, essentially particulate matter, left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. The claim is that residues from smoking can be absorbed through the skin, ingested and inhaled months and even years after the smoke has dissipated. The alarmists say that just because you’re in a non-smoking environment, it doesn’t mean you aren’t exposed to harmful tobacco products. 1

Major Cutbacks in Solar Industry in Germany and Elsewhere

May 11, 2018 — Jack Dini

Major Cutbacks in Solar Industry in Germany and ElsewhereGermany is the poster child for the global warming movement. However, after the government decided to reduce subsidies to the solar industry in 2012, the industry nose-dived. By this year, virtually every major German solar producer had gone under as new capacity declined by 90 percent and new investment by 92 percent. Some 80,000 workers, 70 percent of the solar workforce, lost their jobs. Solar power’s marker share is shrinking and solar panels, having outlived their usefulness, are being retired without being replaced reports Lawrence Solomon. 1