Category Archives: Science

Five years

Turns out today is the fifth anniversary of me starting this blog. It’s been an interesting journey and I feel that I should reflect on what I’ve done, what I’ve learned, what I would have done differently, and what I’m … Continue reading

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An editorial response

Our response to Hermann Harde’s paper has finally appeared. What’s maybe more interesting is that there is also an editorial response by Martin Grosjean, Joel Guiot, and Zicheng Yu. It’s already been discussed at Realclimate and Rabett Run, but there … Continue reading

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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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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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Observing the earliest stages of star and planet formation

A while ago I wrote a post about an ALMA observation of a very young stellar object (Elias 2-27) that shows spiral density waves in its circumstellar disc (see Figure on the right). A reason I wrote that post is … Continue reading

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Overhype much?

There has been quite a lot of news coverage suggesting that astronomer have, for the first time, discovered planets in another galaxy. It’s from a paper by Xinyu Dai and Eduardo Guerras called Probing Planets in Extragalactic Galaxies Using Quasar … Continue reading

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