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One last look at Judith Curry, before I shut down the Island of Doubt and launch my new blog tomorrow. I, and many other climateers, remain fascinated by what she has to say, largely because we’ve never seen a respected climatologist be so publicly critical of her peers and so tolerant of the pseudoskeptics, but…

Judith Curry doesn’t let up

  Seeing as the comments function is still unavailable here, I’ll continue to point y’all elsewhere. The problem will resolved by this weekend, at which time I’ll resume posting more original content. Judith’s Curry’s now (in)famous Q and A with Keith Kloor continues to fascinate the blogosphere. Today, Stoat provides a more detailed, and even…

There aren’t too many working climate scientists out there arguing that the release of the University of East Anglia emails may end up being a good thing. But that seems to be what Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology is arguing. Over at Collide-a-scape, Keith Kloor has posted an email exchange with Curry,…

The challenge posed by coal

Renewable energy advocates like to trumpet the rapid growth rate of wind farms and solar power plants, and it’s true. Installed wind capacity grew by almost 32 percent globally in 2009, according to on industry estimate. Capacity is now doubling every three years. That’s a remarkable feat, considering how sluggish the world economy has been.…

“Racing toward a cliff”

On the advent of this 40th Earth Day, nine climatologists from Germany take a look at the range of likely scenarios if we do nothing more to reduce the causes of global warming than is called for by what the world agreed to at Copenhagen last year. The bottom line: “it is equivalent to racing…

The idea that deglaciation could affect vulcanism is not new. For anyone who thinks that linking climate change to volcanic eruptions is a prime example of over-the-top alarmism, consider this look at the subject in New Scientist in 2006:

Another critical mass of climate change pseudoskeptics will be gathering today for an D.C. lunch event titled “The Climategate Scandals: What Has Been Revealed And What Does It Mean?” It features: Pat Michaels of the Cato Institute and Joseph D’Aleo of ICECAP and is being hosted by Ben Lieberman of the Heritage Foundation and Myron…

When I created the Island of Doubt five years ago, I was fascinated by the battle between science and irrationality. I had just moved to the U.S., it would be several months before my work permit would be granted, and I needed an outlet to keep my writing skills sharp. Inspired in no small part…

Quote of the day

From NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt, in the Washington Post, discussing the value of computer climate models: If the models are as flawed as critics say, Schmidt said, “You have to ask yourself, ‘How come they work?’ ” Indeed. Also of note is a comment from someone who doesn’t share Schmidt’s confidence: Warren Meyer, a mechanical…

Paul Krugman’s feature in the New York Times covers it all. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the subject, then find 15 minutes to read it. Worth noting: the debate between Krugman and James Hansen over the merits of cap and trade persists, but Krugman appears to at least grant Hansen recognition that burning coal…