Tag Archives: Richard Betts

The never-ending RCP8.5 debate

I think my New Year’s resolution is going to be to not talk about RCP8.5. However, I think I will briefly summarise the state of the never-ending debate. I thought we’d reached a bit of a breakthough when Zeke Hausfather … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, ClimateBall, GRRRRROWTH, Scientists, The philosophy of science | Tagged , , , , , , | 138 Comments

Some impacts of warming by 1.5 and 2C

Something I’ve always struggled with when it comes to climate change is understanding the actual impacts of anthropogenic global warming. I think I understand the big picture quite well. If we continue to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, we … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Environmental change, Global warming, Policy, Research | Tagged , , , , , | 58 Comments

Meeting people

I was away all of last week on a mini UK-research tour. I had some work to do with people in Leicester, including with somone who has just finished doing a PhD with me and who has a couple of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, ClimateBall, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Matt Ridley’s lecture

I thought I might make some points about Matt Ridley’s recent lecture. There are two general points I want to make. Matt Ridley might have a PhD (DPhil technically) and he might have published some papers in the 1980s, but … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall, Greenhouse effect, IPCC, Policy, Politics, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 132 Comments

Committed warming

There’s been a bit of a discussion on Twitter about what it would take to stabilise atmospheric concentrations, or to stabilise global average temperatures (there seemed to be some confusion as to which was being stabilised). The bottom line seems … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, Global warming, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 157 Comments

2015 blog summary

I realise that I’ve already written a review of 2015, but partly as a result of Willard’s comments, and partly as a result of Stoat’s post, I realised that I hadn’t really summarised the blog activity. So, here it is; … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall, Global warming, Personal, Science, Severe Events | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Guest post: Climate variability research: did the sceptics make us do it?

This is a guest post by Prof. Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts at the Met Office, about Lewandowsky et al’s forthcoming paper, which suggests that climate skeptics influence climate scientists. The post speaks for itself, so I won’t say … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall | Tagged , , , , , , , | 353 Comments

Muse

I took my daughter and some friends to see Muse at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow last week. I didn’t know much about the band myself, but I essentially had to go as my daughter is too young to go … Continue reading

Posted in Personal | Tagged , , , , , , | 73 Comments

Implausible?

There was a recent paper looking at the near term acceleration in the rate of temperature change. The Guardian covered it in an article called global warming set to speed up to rates not seen for 1000 years, while Carbon … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall, Global warming, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Scientific civility and the climate wars

Partly because I managed to get my laptop to stop working (by spilling coffee on the keyboard) and partly because I don’t have much to say (well, not much that would be constructive) I haven’t posted for a few days. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, Satire | Tagged , , , , , , , | 159 Comments