Category Archives: Gavin Schmidt

The warmest year…again

I haven’t, yet, written anything about 2016 becoming the warmest year in record. That’s partly because it appears to have been virtually certain that it would be for a few months now, and partly because it’s been extensively covered elsewhere. … Continue reading

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It woz El Nino wot dunnit!

It looks likely that 2016 will end up as the warmest year in the surface temperature record. One question is whether or not the recent El Nino contributed significantly to this. As the figure on the right shows, if you … Continue reading

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Socially constructed silence?

There’s an interesting article discussing some research that seems to suggest that there is a socially constructed silence. The basic suggestion seems to be that [t]he scientific community is profoundly uncomfortable with the storm of political controversy that climate research … Continue reading

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The uncertainty on the mean

I wrote a quick post about Gavin Schmidt’s post comparing models to the satellite datasets. I thought Gavin’s post was very good, and explained the various issues really well. Steve McIntyre, however, is claiming that Schmidt’s histogram doesn’t refute Christy. … Continue reading

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Models versus satellites

A graph that is fairly commonly promoted to – apparently – illustrate that models and observations have diverged, is one produced by John Christy which compares models to satellite/balloon data for the troposphere. Ignoring all the potential issues with this … Continue reading

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ECS too low?

I’ve regularly written about the Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS), in particular estimates by Nic Lewis and why they are probably a bit too low. For balance I should probably now mention a new paper called Observational constraints on mixed-phase clouds … Continue reading

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Guest post: Can we end the antagonistic ‘climate debate’?

This is a guest post by Richard Erskine, who is a regular commenter here and also writes EssaysConcerning. As should be clear, it’s a comment on a recent paper by Amelia Sharman and Candice Howarth that considers why climate scientists … Continue reading

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