Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Paris climate targets

I’m currently in Oxford for a meeting and, having spent most of the train ride working on a book chapter I’m writing, I thought I would now spend some time writing a quick post about the recent Schurer et al. … Continue reading

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I noticed another discussion on Twitter about whether or not climate scientists should fly. I have written about this before and the issue of people making personal sacrifices is something I’ve pondered recently. I have a great deal of respect … Continue reading

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I don’t particularly like discussing moderation and, in fact, it’s been much less of a problem than it once was. However, for various reasons, I thought I would quickly stress something about how, and why, I run this blog. I … Continue reading

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Ignoring adaptation?

Oren Cass has an article in the Wall Street Journal called Doomsday climate scenarios are a joke. It’s based on a report that he has written for the Manhattan Institute. The Manhattan Institute publishes a magazine called the City Journal … Continue reading

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Living in Liquid Worlds

I spent yesterday at a workshop – organised by Dominic Hinde – at the Institute for Advanced studies in the Humanities. The title of the workshop was Living in Liquid Worlds. The idea was to bring together scholars from different … Continue reading

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Talking solutions and motivating action

There’s been a lengthy Twitter discussion about scientists moving away from simply discussing the science of climate change, to talking about solutions and motivating action. I broadly agree with this; I do think that the main discussion should be about … Continue reading

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Long-term climate goals

There was quite a lot of coverage last year about a paper by Millar et al. which suggested that the carbon budget that would keep warming below 1.5oC was greater than had been earlier suggested. I wrote about it here, … Continue reading

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