Author Archives: ...and Then There's Physics

Tame and Wicked Problems

Reiner Grundmann has a new paper on The rightful placeful of expertise. It’s rather long, but there were a couple of things I wanted to highlight, and it gives me chance to try and stress something I was trying to … Continue reading

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Between conflation and denial

I’m on my way back from Cambridge, where I had a very pleasant evening with our Stoatness. I also happened to have a look at Climate etc., where Judith is promoting a new paper by Peter Tangney, a Lecturer at … Continue reading

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The plausibility of RCP8.5

I’m on the train to Cambridge for a meeting that starts tomorrow. Since I had nothing better to do, I thought I would have a quick look at the RCP8.5 data. There’s been quite a lot of criticism of the … Continue reading

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An STS perspective

I saw something a while ago that I been thinking about and thought I would write a short post in the hopes of clarifying my understanding (which is sorely lacking). The suggestion was that all those involved with climate change … Continue reading

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10% of GDP?

The latest National Climate Assessment has just been released (National here means the USA, if you want the UK Climate Projections you can get them here). It’s already proved somewhat controversial, mainly because of a headline figure that following a … Continue reading

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Extinction rebellion

In the UK, there has been quite a lot of coverage of a new group called Extinction Rebellion, not all of it positive. I really don’t know what to think about it. In (my) ideal world experts would provide information … Continue reading

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CO2 sequestration during glacial maxima

Over the last ~800000 years, the Earth has undergone a series of cycles in which it has switched from being in a glacial, with large ice sheets, into an interglacial, with small ice sheets. Known as glacial cycles, these are … Continue reading

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