Monthly Archives: December 2014

Let’s all just get rich!

A number of people seem quite excited by a recent article in American Interest by Richard Tol, called Hot Stuff, Cold Logic. The basic premise of the article seems to be that climate change isn’t the only problem we face … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings

Since tomorrow is Christmas, I thought I would briefly wish everyone (and I do mean everyone) a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (or whatever seasonal greeting seems most appropriate). My plan – which will probably fail – is … Continue reading

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Peter Doran on the 97%.

Since I haven’t written about the 97% for some time, I thought I would post this video of Peter Doran’s TEDx talk about Bringing opinions on climate change closer to reality. There are a couple of things I found interesting … Continue reading

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AWOL!

I thought that I would post this video of Scott Denning talking at the Heartland Institute Conference on Climate Change in 2011 (H/T Willard). It’s an interesting talk, although I don’t agree with everything he says. His basic point, though, … Continue reading

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Excellence!

Unless you’re a UK-based academic, you may not know that yesterday was an important day in UK academia; it was the release of the results from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. This is an assessment of most of … Continue reading

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Talk politics not science

Mark Maslin has an interested article in the Conversation called why I’ll talk politics with climate change deniers, but not science. His basic point is that many scientists operate in the so-called deficit model; people do not accept the science … Continue reading

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Cumulative matters

I was contemplating writing a post about a discussion I had on Twitter regarding whether or not we should focus on adaptation while developing technology, but I don’t really have the time now. The one comment I will make is … Continue reading

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A minimal model for climate sensitivity

I’ve written a number of times about energy balance models. I think these are nice ways to estimate effective climate sensitivity (both transient and equilibrium) but they are quite simple and do suffer from some issues. For example, they are … Continue reading

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Professional Climateball(TM)

The whole saga about Matt Ridley and his recent Times article called Policy-based evidence making feels a bit like a semi-professional version of ClimateBallTM. His article didn’t go down well with some, including Richard Betts and Mark Maslin (a Professor … Continue reading

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Policing science

Eric Steig linked, yesterday, to a couple of old articles – by Steve Easterbrook – about the Climategate saga, one in Think Progress and the other a debate with George Monbiot. I agreed with much (possibly all) of what Steve … Continue reading

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