Category Archives: Global warming

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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Climate Hawks

After a brief Twitter discussion with Ted Nordhaus (who authored the article I wrote about here) I came across another of his recent articles. It’s about Climate Hawks’s revealed preferences. The basic suggestion is that Climate Hawks don’t really behave … Continue reading

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The two-degree delusion?

Ted Nordhaus, of Breakthrough Institute fame, has a recent article in Foreign Affairs called [t]he two-degree delusion. Basically, it argues that we cannot possibly achieve this target without harming the poor, and that continuing to try and do so also … Continue reading

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ECS from a modified energy balance approach

Andrew Dessler’s paper (technically Dessler and Forster), which he mentioned in this comment, has now appeared as a pre-print. Essentially, they use an energy balance approach to estimate equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS), but – as I mentioned in this post … Continue reading

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SciComm for the IPCC

There is a newly released Communications Handbook for IPCC scientists. It’s already been covered in a Guardian article and in a Realclimate post. There are six basic principles Be a confident communicator Talk about the real world, not abstract ideas … Continue reading

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