Monthly Archives: September 2016

Arguing online

Stephen Curry has an interesting article about how to have an argument on the internet. It discusses a rather amusing exchange on Twitter between Douglas Carswell, UKIP’s only MP, and Paul Nightingale, Professor of Science Policy at the University of … Continue reading

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Earth System Sensitivity and things

There was a recent paper about the Evolution of global temperature over the past two million years. The reason it is controversial is not because it produces a global temperature reconstruction for the last 2 million years, but because it … Continue reading

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Free Ride

Planes. Trains. Automobiles. Spacecrafts: ‘We have to inhabit other planets’: Gary Johnson offers libertarian solution to climate change https://t.co/Gz1bdYFDRg pic.twitter.com/8HGQlnN5My — Raw Story (@RawStory) September 25, 2016 Discuss.

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Science is broken!

There’s been quite a lot in the media, and elsewhere, about problems with science. A common theme at the moment is the replication crisis, but you regularly see claims in the blogosphere that papers should be retracted because they supposedly … Continue reading

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The BBC and its balance, again

I had been struggling to find things to write about, but I listened this morning to the Today show on BBC Radio 4. It included an interview with David Hempleman-Adams, expedition leader of the Polar Ocean Challenge, which has successfully … Continue reading

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Weather, or climate change?

I start teaching again tomorrow, so it’s going to be a busy few months and posting will probably be light. I also don’t really have much to say at the moment, but that will probably change :-). I did, however, … Continue reading

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Engineering the software for understanding climate change

Since Judith Curry has a guest post about global climate models and the laws of physics, I thought it would be worth posting this recently released video of a talk about climate modelling (see below). It’s by Steve Easterbrook, who … Continue reading

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Why I find it difficult to discuss climate policy

I generally try to avoid discussing climate policy specifically. One obvious reason is that I don’t have any particular expertise in that area, or any special insights. However, there is a somewhat subtler reason as to why I find it … Continue reading

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The attribution question

It seems as though the issue of trying to attribute an anthropogenic influence to an extreme weather event is controversial on a number of levels. It sometimes seems to divide even those who largely agree, and almost always produces a … Continue reading

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Our Ethical Web of Beliefs

Last winter, I saw over the tweeter that Lawrence Torcello published a new paper. Paywalled. So I asked him for a copy, using the hashtag #CanIHazPDF: Paywalled, @LTorcello – #canihazpdf please? — willard (@nevaudit) January 24, 2016 He sent me … Continue reading

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