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Archives for July, 2010

Expertise, Elitism and Credibility

A few random items on expertise, elitism and credibility. The first is from an interview with the late Stphen Schneider about the recent PNAS paper on the relative expertise of “convinced” and “unconvinced” climate science activists, an interesting read:

An excellent article by Michael, again, and an interesting comment thread underneath. I have rarely seen RPJr more forthcoming and clear about his whole angle in the climate policy debate. I also have to confess I see very little value in the “honest broker” concept as he defines and advocates it (Eli is quite right)…

“Global Warming” turns 35

This is not a reference to the recent three decades of rapidly increasing global temperatures, rather it is a reference to an aniversary of the first appearance of the term “global warming” in the peer reviewed literature. The paper was by Wally Broeker and titled “Are we on the brink of a pronounced global warming?”


I lived in Tampa Bay, Florida for 6 months or so. They say it is the lightning capital of the world, I don’t know, but there was an awful lot. I loved it! This is not Tampa, but you get the picture:

Eating their own

Dr Roy Spencer, normally a darling of the septics, is getting the full denialist savaging over at his own blog for daring to defend the physical basis for the greenhouse effect. CanadaFreePress saw “NASA” in his job title and must have mistaken him for Jim Hansen as they hold nothing back in their scorn. All…

Another week of GW News, July 25, 2010

Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup

Hey JC, JC, that’s not alright by me

I am a skeptic. Not a climate skeptic, not in the sense of the improperly commandeered word we use in the climate debates. In my experience they know little of real skepticism as a general rule. But me, I really do dislike taking assertions on their face if I don’t have all the facts and…

Brilliant! When faced with enemy graphs, remember that if extent is dropping then clearly we are looking at the wrong metric. Perhaps we should look at volume instead, unless that is dropping too, in which case we should look at area. If all that fails take a look at extent again because it might have…

Inhofe’s alternate reality

“I don’t think that anyone disagrees with the fact that we actually are in a cold period that started about nine years ago.” Um…okay. I guess that’s true if your definition of “anyone” excludes every single scientific agency that concerns itself with climate indicators and those of us who actually look at them. A good…

Stephen Schneider in 1979

From Climate Crock creator Greenman: R.I.P.