Thousands of unpaid scientists are getting pretty fed up with name-calling bullies and rent-seekers. A perfectly good civilization is going to waste.
Jo won prizes as a science grad and awards as a blogger. About 60,000 people join in each month. A long time ago she was a Green, then she grew up.
Things she is proud of: Andrew Bolt described her writing as “outstanding”, and called one piece “a magnificant polemic.” She’s been quoted by her heroes James Delingpole, Christopher Booker, and Mark Steyn. She’s been blamed for the collapse of the ETS and named in the Australian Parliament. The Oxfam report on ClimateGate news improbably listed her blog influence as being equal to NASA in the Climategate email saga. The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne listed Jo Nova as the balancing counterpoint to the combined scientific weight of The UN and government departments. Such praise!
Her blog won Best Topical Blog of 2015, The LifeTime Achievement Award in the 2014 Bloggies and Best Australian and New Zealand Blog in 2012. Over 600,000 people visited it in 2014.
In 2008 Jo was seriously annoyed that the good brand-name of science was being exploited for financial gain, status and power, so she wrote The Skeptics Handbook pro bono. Naively, she thought the debate would be over in a few months and she could get back to other things. Instead, the book and the blog kept growing: some 220,000 copies of the Handbook were published worldwide and dropped into the Australian Parliament and to US congressmen. It was so popular that volunteers translated it into French, German (twice), Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Turkish, Japanese, Danish, Czech, Portuguese, Italian, Balkan, Spanish, Lao and Thai. Her paper Climate Money was the first to document the unprecedented rise of volunteer auditors and independent scientists and the massive one-sided way government funding worked to distort science: supporters of the man-made climate catastrophe had been paid 3,500 times as much as skeptics. She was among the first to spotlight the influential role of banks and financial houses who had a major stake in carbon trading. Banks want to save the world. Who knew?
Her articles in The Australian and The Spectator include:
- The silent undercurrent of skepticism | The Spectator “Jo Nova opens her diary” April 24th 2010
- A journalist who confuses journalism with propaganda | The Australian, Dec 18th, 2010
- On climate change, the wrong choice kills people either way | The Australian, May 7th, 2011
- We need a free market in climate science | The Australian, July 30th, 2011
- Jo Nova in The Australian: Manne is anti-science on climate | The Australian, August 25th, 2012
- Jo Nova in The Australian: Carbon credits market is neither free nor worth anything | The Australian, July 31st, 2013
- Three cheers for Senate Micro’s | The Australian, Sept 13th, 2013
She has presented speeches across Australia, in New York and Washington.
A prize-winning science graduate in molecular biology, Jo finds that topic gripping still. She has given keynotes about the medical revolution, gene technology and aging at conferences. She hosted a children’s TV series on Channel Nine, and has done over 200 radio interviews, many on the Australian ABC. She was formerly an associate lecturer in Science Communication at the ANU.
She is married to Dr David Evans, the Stanford PhD in fourier analysis, former leading carbon modeler for the Australian Greenhouse Office. They support their own research and writing. At the moment they are living largely off donations from readers (Thank you!) and are based in Perth, Western Australia.
Jo Nova was one of the four heretics mentioned by Matt Ridley in his summation of the global effort to separate science from pseudoscience.
“The remarkable thing about the heretics I have mentioned is that every single one is doing this in his or her spare time. They work for themselves, they earn a pittance from this work. There is no great fossil-fuel slush fund for sceptics”.
She has got a mention by The Australian [World wide web of doubt Hot and bothered , Let's have a debate, Aunty] , Forbes, The Spectator, Mark Steyn, Andrew Bolt [here and here], ABC (the Drum1, Drum2), The Science and Public Policy Institute, The Hawaii Reporter, James Delingpole of The Telegraph (and here and here too), Christopher Booker, and The Examiner, The West Australian. Jo did a five part debate with Dr Andrew Glikson, through Quadrant Online, then at her own blog. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald tried to disparage her with an ad hominem. So did Clive Hamilton. Of course, Joanne has her own DeSmog Blog page (no skeptic should be without one.)
A varied career
Jo Nova is the stage name of Joanne Codling. She took up the name in 1998 for privacy reasons when she started work with Channel Nine as the host of a childrens TV series. Her first full time job at age 22 was as manager of the half million dollar exhibition called the Shell Questacon Science Circus with a team of twelve. She spent five years touring Australia with hands-on science. As an associate lecturer at ANU Joanne helped to develop the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication in its earliest years. She put her favourite hands-on science experiments in the book Serious Science Party Tricks.
Joanne has also managed programs bringing hands-on science to street kids in Melbourne and remote Aboriginal communities as well as earning money as a cartoonist, graphic designer and illustrator. She is into liberty, medical research, money, history, and climate science, as well as anthropology, Austrian economics, and the trajectory of great civilizations.
Joanne Nova lives in Perth, Australia. She welcomes comments (not spam) email: joanne AT joannenova.com.au (replace the ‘AT’ with’@’ to foil nasty agents.) She received no funding for the first Skeptics Handbook or to create this site. Donations help to cover costs, and made the second Handbook possible in late 2009. She and her husband are self employed.
Her phone number is unlisted, she does not live in Bateman or Palmyra. (Please don’t phone them!).
More details about her speaking, TV, radio work and qualifications here.