I realise that I’ve already written a review of 2015, but partly as a result of Willard’s comments, and partly as a result of Stoat’s post, I realised that I hadn’t really summarised the blog activity. So, here it is; one post from each month.
January: Climate “skepticism”.
A post discussing what it means to be skeptical, and commenting on the reasons some give for become a climate “skeptic” (I’m not impressed by these reasons, in case that wasn’t obvious).
February: Guest post: Skeptics demand adjustments.
A guest post by Steven Mosher pointing out that, despite their complaints about adjustments to the surface temperature record, climate “skeptics” are actually demanding adjustments.
March: Is the GWPF avin’ a larf.
A post about the Global Warming Policy Foundation (an organisation that I have focussed on somewhat) and why it’s hard to take what they say seriously.
April: Matt Ridley on fossil fuels.
A post discussing Matt Ridley’s attempts to justify the continued reliance on fossil fuels. As you can probably imagine, it relies on cherry picking the evidence to suit his chosen narrative.
May: Forcings and feedbacks.
Partly motivated by a Twitter exchange between myself and Roger Pielke Sr, this is a post that tries to explain the concepts of forcings and feedbacks.
June: Assessing anthropogenic global warming.
As a results of my Twitter and blog exchanges with Roger Pielke Sr, we ended up writing a post together that tried to describe how one might assess anthropogenic global warming.
July: Understanding versus asscepting.
A post in which I try to explain my views on the difference between public understanding of science, and public acceptance of science.
August: It’s more difficult with physical models.
A regular issue in the climate debate is the tuning of climate models. In this post I try to explain why it’s more difficult to engineer desired results with physically-motivated models than with other types of models.
September: Guest post: The elephant in the room.
A guest post by Lawrence Hamilton in which he discusses the results of some of his surveys probing attitudes about climate change. You can read it to discover what the elephant in the room is.
October: Thinking about what a friend had said I was hoping it was a lie.
A post by Michael Tobis in which he discusses how he thinks we should examine evidence relating to rare extreme weather events in a changed climate
November: The 2C fantasy.
Prior to the meeting in Paris there were a number of people (Oliver Geden being a prominent example) who were promoting the idea the limiting warming to 2oC was a fantasy. In this post I discuss some of what they’ve presented, and present my views about what they’re suggesting.
December: Forcing efficacy.
A post discussing the recent paper, with Kate Marvel as lead author, that points out that different forcings have different efficacies. A consequence of this is that simple linear models, that do not take this into account, will tend to under-estimate climate sensitivity.
One extra: Guest post: Label the behaviour, not the person.
An extra one from February; a guest post by Richard Betts in which he argues that we should label the behaviour, rather than the person. Certainly true that labelling an individual is sub-optimal if one wishes to have any kind of fruitful exchange.
There you go; that’s a rough summary of the activity of this blog in 2015. It’s been a pretty active year, both in terms of post and in terms of comments. We’ll have to wait and see if 2016 can be as active.