Joanne Nova

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Joanne Nova
Joanne Codling

ResidencePerth, Western Australia
EducationMolecular biology[1]
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
Spouse(s)David Evans
WebsiteJo Nova
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Joanne Nova, 2009

Joanne Nova is an Australian writer, blogger, and speaker. Born Joanne Codling, she adopted the stage name "Nova" in 1998 when she was preparing to host a children's television program.[2][3] She is prominent for promoting pseudoscientific views on climate change.[4][5]


Nova received a Bachelor of Science first class[citation needed] and won the F.H. Faulding and the Swan Brewery prizes at the University of Western Australia. Her major was microbiology, molecular biology. Nova received a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Communication from the Australian National University in 1989,[6] and she did honours research in 1990,[7] investigating DNA markers for use in muscular dystrophy trials.[1]


For three years Nova was an Associate Lecturer of Science Communication at Australian National University.[citation needed] For four years, Nova jointly co-ordinated[citation needed] the Shell Questacon Science Circus, which operates all over Australia.

From November 1999 to February 2000, Nova was the host of the first series of Australian children's science television show Y?[citation needed] She was a regular guest on ABC Radio. She is a director of GoldNerds, a gold investment advice business.[8]

Nova has published a book called Serious Science Party Tricks, which is aimed at children. Nova has written for The Spectator, and has had columns published on the Op-Ed pages of The Australian.

Climate change denial advocacy[edit]

She is the author of The Skeptics Handbook, which rejects the scientific consensus on climate change and promotes various falsehoods about climate change.[9] The book argues that temperatures have not increased, and that greenhouse gases do not contribute to climate change.[9][5] The book promotes the myth that there is already so much CO2 in the atmosphere that adding more will not have an impact on temperatures.[9][10] The book was widely distributed in the United States by The Heartland Institute, known primarily for promoting pseudoscientific views on climate change and the harms of smoking .[9][11] In 2009, Nova issued a sequel, Global Bullies Want Your Money, and in the same year she wrote a paper for the SPPI titled Climate Money.[12] That year, she gave a presentation at the Heartland Institute, titled "The Great Global Fawning: How Science Journalists Pay Homage to Non-Science and Un-Reason."[9]

She has falsely claimed that less than half of climate scientists agree with the IPCC's conclusion that CO2 is the dominant contributor to climate change.[4] PolitiFact described this as a "flat-out wrong" interpretation of data from a survey, and the lead author of the survey in question said that the survey shows "a strong majority of scientists agree that greenhouse gases originating from human activity are the dominant cause of recent warming."[4] Nova has argued that climate science is distorted by money, saying "thousands of scientists have been funded to find a connection between human carbon emissions and the climate. Hardly any have been funded to find the opposite."[13]

Nova had a five-part debate on AGW with Dr. Andrew Glikson, first on Quadrant Online,[14] and continuing on her own blog.[15] In 2012, she appeared in the ABC Television documentary I Can Change Your Mind About ... Climate with her partner David Evans, in discussion with Nick Minchin and Anna Rose.[16]


  1. ^ a b Nova, Joanne. "Who is Joanne?". Joanne Nova. p. 1. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  2. ^ ANU – CPAS – Publications – SCINAPSE Vol 7 No. 4, The Occasional Newsletter of the ANU/Questacon Graduate Program in Scientific Communication.
  3. ^ About JoNova
  4. ^ a b c "Santorum cites flawed climate change figure, and misquotes it". @politifact. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists". InsideClimate News. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  6. ^ Joanne Nova (Codling)
  7. ^ Research Group
  8. ^ "GoldNerds".
  9. ^ a b c d e Powell, James Lawrence (2011). The Inquisition of Climate Science. Columbia University Press. pp. 99–101. ISBN 9780231527842.
  10. ^ "Climate Change Myths: Sorting Fact from Fiction". National Geographic. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  11. ^ Sara Reardon, Climate Change Sparks Battles in Classroom, Science (subscription required), 5 August 2011: 333 (6043), 688–689
  12. ^ Nova, Joanne. "Climate Money" (PDF). SPPI Originals. Science and Public Policy Institute. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  13. ^ Timmer, John (24 May 2012). "Accusations that climate science is money-driven reveal ignorance of how science is done". Ars Technica. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Glikson or Nova?". Quadrant Magazine. Quadrant Magazine. 30 April 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  15. ^ Nova, Joanne (11 May 2010). "Great Debate Part III & IV – Glikson accidentally vindicates the skeptics!". Joanne Nova. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Interview transcript Jo Nova & David Evans" (PDF). I Can Change Your Mind About ... Climate. ABC Television. Retrieved 4 August 2012.