2011-02-17 18:07:01Link to skeptic rebuttals with short URLs
John Cook

I posted this list over on the Authors Forum but this is the launching blog post and a last chance to nitpick my choice of short URL words before they're locked in stone upon launch. Note - I thought about whether to release this feature with some fanfare, try sending press releases or whatever but I don't know if it's all that exciting - apart for geeks like myself.

Link to skeptic rebuttals with short URLs

When you're in the middle of a discussion at a blog or on Twitter and you want to link to a pertinent rebuttal of a skeptic argument, it can be a hassle tracking down the URL (especially if you then have to convert it to a short URL for tweeting). Well, there's now a short URL for every rebuttal to a skeptic argument on Skeptical Science. So for instance, if someone insists global warming is caused by the sun, just send them to:


Or if they think that climate has changed in the past, therefore current warming must be natural, just give them:


Nice and short and in most cases, easy to remember. I'm already using them myself as a short cut when I want to go straight to a page on my site without clicking through all the links. All the short URLs are listed at:


Or for those of you to lazy to click the link, here is the total list of short URLs:

"It's the sun" http://sks.to/sun
"Climate's changed before" http://sks.to/past
"There is no consensus" http://sks.to/consensus
"It's cooling" http://sks.to/cooling
"Models are unreliable" http://sks.to/model
"Temp record is unreliable" http://sks.to/temp
"It hasn't warmed since 1998" http://sks.to/1998
"Ice age predicted in the 70s" http://sks.to/1970s
"We're heading into an ice age" http://sks.to/iceage
"Antarctica is gaining ice" http://sks.to/antarctica
"CO2 lags temperature" http://sks.to/lag
"It's not bad" http://sks.to/impacts
"Al Gore got it wrong" http://sks.to/gore
"It's cosmic rays" http://sks.to/cosmic
"It's freaking cold!" http://sks.to/cold
"Hurricanes aren't linked to global warming" http://sks.to/hurricane
"1934 - hottest year on record" http://sks.to/1934
"Hockey stick is broken" http://sks.to/hockey
"Mars is warming" http://sks.to/mars
"It's Urban Heat Island effect" http://sks.to/uhi
"It's a 1500 year cycle" http://sks.to/1500cycle
"Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle" http://sks.to/arcticcycle
"Sea level rise is exaggerated" http://sks.to/sealevel
"Water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas" http://sks.to/vapor
"Other planets are warming" http://sks.to/planets
"Greenland was green" http://sks.to/green
"Oceans are cooling" http://sks.to/oceanheat
"Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy" http://sks.to/climategate
"Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions" http://sks.to/co2
"Climate sensitivity is low" http://sks.to/sensitivity
"CO2 effect is weak" http://sks.to/greenhouse
"We're coming out of the Little Ice Age" http://sks.to/lia
"It cooled mid-century" http://sks.to/midcentury
"Glaciers are growing" http://sks.to/glacier
"It warmed before 1940 when CO2 was low" http://sks.to/pre1940
"There's no empirical evidence" http://sks.to/empirical
"Polar bear numbers are increasing" http://sks.to/bear
"Satellites show no warming in the troposphere" http://sks.to/troposphere
"Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice loss is due to land use" http://sks.to/kilimanjaro
"IPCC is alarmist" http://sks.to/ipcc
"Extreme weather isn't caused by global warming" http://sks.to/extreme
"CO2 is not a pollutant" http://sks.to/pollutant
"There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature" http://sks.to/correlate
"Greenland is gaining ice" http://sks.to/greenland
"CO2 was higher in the past" http://sks.to/pastco2
"Scientists can't even predict weather" http://sks.to/weather
"There's no tropospheric hot spot" http://sks.to/hotspot
"Neptune is warming" http://sks.to/neptune
"Jupiter is warming" http://sks.to/jupiter
"It's Pacific Decadal Oscillation" http://sks.to/pdo
"CO2 effect is saturated" http://sks.to/saturate
"Pluto is warming" http://sks.to/pluto
"Greenland ice sheet won't collapse" http://sks.to/icecollapse
"Volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans" http://sks.to/volcano
"Animals and plants can adapt to global warming" http://sks.to/species
"Medieval Warm Period was warmer" http://sks.to/mwp
"CO2 measurements are suspect" http://sks.to/co2data
"It's the ocean" http://sks.to/ocean
"It's El Niño" http://sks.to/elnino
"Arctic sea ice has recovered" http://sks.to/arctic
"Less than half of published scientists endorse global warming" http://sks.to/schulte
"Dropped stations introduce warming bias" http://sks.to/dropped
"Solar Cycle Length proves its the sun" http://sks.to/scl
"It's aerosols" http://sks.to/aerosols
"It's microsite influences" http://sks.to/microsite
"CO2 has a short residence time" http://sks.to/residence
"It's a climate regime shift" http://sks.to/shift
"2nd law of thermodynamics contradicts greenhouse theory" http://sks.to/thermo
"Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate" http://sks.to/significant
"It's not happening" http://sks.to/nowarm
"Greenhouse effect has been falsified" http://sks.to/falsify
"It's land use" http://sks.to/landuse
"The science isn't settled" http://sks.to/settled
"2009-2010 winter saw record cold spells" http://sks.to/winter
"It's methane" http://sks.to/methane
"500 scientists refute the consensus" http://sks.to/500
"Mike's Nature trick to 'hide the decline'" http://sks.to/decline
"IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers" http://sks.to/himalaya
"Ocean acidification isn't serious" http://sks.to/acid
"Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated" http://sks.to/seapredict
"Naomi Oreskes' study on consensus was flawed" http://sks.to/oreskes
"Phil Jones says no global warming since 1995" http://sks.to/1995
"Ice isn't melting" http://sks.to/icemelt
"CO2 is coming from the ocean" http://sks.to/oceanco2
"It's not us" http://sks.to/agw
"CO2 is not increasing" http://sks.to/co2up
"It's albedo" http://sks.to/albedo
"Record snowfall disproves global warming" http://sks.to/snowfall
"Hansen's 1988 prediction was wrong" http://sks.to/hansen1988
"Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity" http://sks.to/lindzenchoi
"The sun is getting hotter" http://sks.to/acrim
"Solar cycles cause global warming" http://sks.to/solarcycle
"Springs aren't advancing" http://sks.to/spring
"Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project" http://sks.to/oism
"Water levels correlate with sunspots" http://sks.to/watersun
"IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests" http://sks.to/amazon
"Climate is chaotic and cannot be predicted" http://sks.to/chaos
"Water vapor in the stratosphere stopped global warming" http://sks.to/stratosphere
"Scientists retracted claim that sea levels are rising" http://sks.to/searetract
"Mauna Loa is a volcano" http://sks.to/mauna
"CO2 is not the only driver of climate" http://sks.to/driver
"Trenberth can't account for the lack of warming" http://sks.to/trenberth
"CO2 was higher in the late Ordovician" http://sks.to/ordovician
"Southern sea ice is increasing" http://sks.to/southice
"Melting ice isn't warming the Arctic" http://sks.to/amplify
"Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ????" http://sks.to/stopped
"Tree-rings diverge from temperature after 1960" http://sks.to/diverge
"The IPCC consensus is phoney" http://sks.to/hulme
"It's CFCs" http://sks.to/cfc
"A drop in volcanic activity caused warming" http://sks.to/volcanodrop
"CO2 emissions do not correlate with CO2 concentration" http://sks.to/co2conc
"It's global brightening" http://sks.to/bright
"Warming causes CO2 rise" http://sks.to/warmco2
"It's ozone" http://sks.to/ozone
"It's satellite microwave transmissions" http://sks.to/microwave
"We didn't have global warming during the Industrial Revolution" http://sks.to/industrial
"Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass" http://sks.to/icefraction
"Antarctica is too cold to lose ice" http://sks.to/toocold
"It's waste heat" http://sks.to/waste
"Satellite error inflated Great Lakes temperatures" http://sks.to/greatlake
"Positive feedback means runaway warming" http://sks.to/runaway
"IPCC overestimate temperature rise" http://sks.to/overestimate
"Breathing contributes to CO2 buildup" http://sks.to/breath
"Ice Sheet losses are overestimated" http://sks.to/iceloss
"Royal Society embraces skepticism" http://sks.to/royalsoc
"DMI show cooling Arctic" http://sks.to/dmi
"CO2 only causes 35% of global warming" http://sks.to/35percent
"Humidity is falling" http://sks.to/humidity
"It's a natural cycle" http://sks.to/cycle
"It's only a few degrees" http://sks.to/fewdegrees
"It's too hard" http://sks.to/toohard
"CO2 limits will harm the economy" http://sks.to/economy
"Renewables can't provide baseload power" http://sks.to/baseload
"Clouds provide negative feedback" http://sks.to/cloud
"CRU tampered with temperature data" http://sks.to/tamper
"Peer review process was corrupted" http://sks.to/peerreview
"Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC?" http://sks.to/ipccskeptic
"Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were ignored" http://sks.to/foi
"Corals are resilient to bleaching" http://sks.to/bleach
"We're heading into cooling" http://sks.to/futurecool
"They changed the name from global warming to climate change" http://sks.to/name
"Soares finds lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature" http://sks.to/soares
"Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain" http://sks.to/seaice
"An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature" http://sks.to/linear
"Record high snow cover was set in winter 2008/2009" http://sks.to/snowcover
"Earth hasn't warmed as much as expected" http://sks.to/inertia
"It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940" http://sks.to/trend