Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016: A year in blogging

Since the year is almost over, I thought I would summarise some of what has gone on here. January was a rather quiet month. I wrote about a poignant essay by Piers Sellers, who sadly passed away just before Christmas. … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or whatever season’s greeting seems most appropriate). Given what’s happening in the Arctic, the cartoon on the right seems apt. I really do hope that everyone has a very pleasant … Continue reading

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Tipping Point

So the tipping point was social. That thought — a wrong one I hope — came to mind in the aftermath of a US election that set back prospects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions before major ecosystem or physical tipping … Continue reading

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Why should anyone care?

Steve Fuller, who is a sociologist at the University of Warwick, recently wrote an article in the Guardian called Science has always been a bit post-truth. I thought it was confused. Others were somewhat blunter I have rarely read a … Continue reading

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No, stabilising emissions will not stabilise concentrations!

I’ve written before about stabilising temperatures; stabilising temperatures requires getting net anthropogenic emissions pretty close to zero. See, for example, this Realclimate post, or Solomon et al. (2008). Stabilising atmospheric concentrations, however, would not require getting emissions to zero, but … Continue reading


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Rose down the rabbit hole

To follow-up on his previous article, where he claimed that stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions, David Rose has a new article in which he … Continue reading

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They’re coming for climate scientists!

Doug McNeall had a bit of a tweet-storm yesterday about some personal thoughts on communicating climate science, which he titled So, they’re coming for climate scientists (hence, my title). It caused some discussion on Twitter, and on another blog, to … Continue reading

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Poor Roger!

I wrote a post about Roger Pielke Jr’s recent Wall Street Journal article about his [u]nhappy life as a climate heretic, but it was rather long and rambling, so I can’t actually bring myself to post it. Instead, I’ll just … Continue reading

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Open data

Since I’m sitting at the station waiting for a train that is delayed 40 minutes, I thought I would post on something that I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of days. There is quite a lot of discussion … Continue reading

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