Monthly Archives: January 2015

The designers of our climate

Okay, I finally succumbed and actually waded through some of the new paper by Monckton, Soon, Legates & Briggs called Why models run hot: results from an irreducibly simple climate model. I did it, so you don’t have to (and … Continue reading

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2+2=4, therefore Einstein is wrong!

This is a post I’d thought of writing for a while, but given the small furore over the error in the recent Cawley et al. (2015) paper, I thought I’d do so now. Let me first explain my title (which … Continue reading

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Ice sheet retreat

It is quite regularly pointed out – by Steve Bloom and others – that the Pliocene (5 – 3 million years ago) is quite interesting since the temperatures were 2 – 3oC higher than today, sea levels were 20 – … Continue reading

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Climate “skepticism”

I’ve encountered a couple of recent blog posts where people discuss why they (or others) became “skeptical” of mainstream climate science. The reasons appear to mostly be related to the politicisation of the scientific process, the behaviour of some scientists, … Continue reading

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Gavin Schmidt on advocacy

Originally posted on …and Then There's Physics:
Gavin Schmidt presenting the Stephen Schneider lecture at the recent AGU meeting is now available on youtube, so I thought would post it here. Gavin has posted it himself at RealClimate and…

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Under confident

Naomi Oreskes has a recent article in the New York Times called Playing Dumb on Climate Change. The article discusses statistical significance and, in particular, Type I (false positive) and Type II (false negative) errors. The basic point being made … Continue reading

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Maximum warming

There’s an interesting new paper by Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira called Maximum warming occurs about one decade after a carbon dioxide emission. The basic result of the paper is that the median time between the emission of some CO2 … Continue reading

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