Category Archives: Research

Eddington and the first test of General Relativity

Thanks to Steven Mosher on Twitter, I came across an article that discusses Arthur Eddington’s attempt to test Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. The basic story is that Newton’s Theory of Universal Gravitation assumed that gravity was a force that … Continue reading

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And so it begins!

Begins might be slightly wrong, as we’ve already had the David Rose saga, but it certainly continues. What I’m referring to is an article in the spectator by David Whitehouse (science editor of the Global Warming Policy Foundation) in which … Continue reading

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Big news in the climate blogosphere!

I guess the big news in the climate blogosphere is that Judith Curry has resigned (retired from?) her tenured faculty position at Georgia Tech. One reason appears to be that Judith is disenchanted with today’s academia. I actually have some … Continue reading

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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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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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