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Anthony Watts

Anthony Watts is a senior fellow for environment and climate at The Heartland Institute.

Watts has been in the weather business both in front of, and behind the camera as an on-air television meteorologist since 1978, and currently does daily radio forecasts. He has created  weather graphics presentation systems for television, specialized weather instrumentation, as well as co-authored peer-reviewed papers on climate issues. He operates the most viewed website in the world on climate, the award-winning website wattsupwiththat.com.

His work on climate issues, specifically the problems with temperature measurements via his surfacestations.org website, has been cited worldwide in books, studies and government reports. 

His views on climate are pragmatic, believing that while indeed climate has changed in the last 100 years, it isn't a crisis, and that many of the predictions and pronouncements have been oversold to the public, as evidenced by the fact that many of them have not come true since first being made.

Recent Articles and Publications

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August 15, 2019
By Anthony Watts
The media are abuzz over the first icy "casualty" of climate change: a small glacier in Iceland named Okjökull, also known as "OK."
July 10, 2019
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Anthony Watts
Latest Extremist Move by Bernie Sanders and AOC to Be Discussed at Heartland’s 13th International Conference on Climate Change July 25 in Washington, D.C.
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July 3, 2019
By Anthony Watts
A new study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) says by 2100 melting ice sheets will create up to 7.5 feet of sea-level rise (SLR), inundating many coastal communities.
June 19, 2019
By James Taylor, Tim Benson, H. Sterling Burnett, Anthony Watts, Eric Eisenhammer, Isaac Orr, Bette Grande, Paul Driessen, Tom Harris
“This new EPA rule demonstrates that draconian government impediments are not necessary for sound environmental stewardship.” - James Taylor
December 17, 2015
By Anthony Watts
Paper finds temperature trend estimates vary according to site classification, with poor siting leading to an overestimate of minimum temperature trends and an underestimate of maximum temperature trends.
March 1, 2009
By Anthony Watts
The stakes in the debate over global warming are high. If human activities are causing a major warming of the earth’s atmosphere, then actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions costing hundreds of billions of dollars would be necessary.

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