Archives for March, 2006

Record CO2 levels

A variety of stories have come in recently (or at least fairly recently – I’m a bit behind the times, and it was a heavy weekend, wot with E getting chickenpox and the central heating failing) about CO2 levels, e.g. Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded from the BBC. This turns out to source at…

So… where to start? Back in the dim and distant days of a year or so ago, or back to the TAR, there was a problem: temperature trends at the surface and upper atmosphere were incompatible with how the models said they should relate: the models said the upper trends should be larger, obs said…

The Economist has a survey on Open-source business (subs req). The usual suspects – apache, linux – come up, and of course so does wikipedia. And naturally enough (since this is a pile of econ journos who know b*gg*r all about wiki) they make the traditional mistakes… Saying that the George Bush article is edit-locked.…

Only in America…

Sorry folks, its time for the silly and offensive post! Many years ago, there was a Steve Bell carton, sometime around the Iran-Contra stuff I think, showing a panel of generals or stuff with names like “Peentangler” and the protagonist saying “the thing I really like about America is that you can succeed no matter…

RP Sr is advertising a “balanced” climate meeting. And why is he so confident of balance? Well, check out the list of organisers and speakers. You could play bingo with them :-). And if that isn’t enough, good ol’ Sonja A.Boehmer-Christiansen offers in the comment to publish the results… with friends like that…

UK fuel prices

Whenever people ask me about the possibility of us running out of fossil fuels, I usually reply that I’m no expert on oil reservoirs but that there are markets out there that are, and if we were going to run out the price should have been rising rapidly. That probably still true, despite oil prices…

Two new blogs & misc

ClimateScienceWatch is Promoting integrity in the use of climate science in government. But you know that because you read Chris Mooney. Lots of interesting politics-type stuff there. In Inhofe stuff is fun. I must post on the NAS stuff sometime. So I pass quickly onto the second, which is more about the science than the…

I was invited to give a talk to CHASE – Cambridge Hi-tech Association of Small Enterprises – nice people even if they haven’t quite got round to updating their web site yet :-) The subject was to be global warming – no problem – and wikipedia. The later I’ve never tried talking about, and found…

Some of these links are to Nature, and they require subscriptions. Sorry. If its any consolation, I can’t read them fro home either – I have them stcked up in tabs and need to get rid of them… They’re from Nature 440, 2 March 2006, if you’re looking for the paper copy. This one: Alternative…

So says The Grauniad. Its talking about public access to publicly collected data in the UK. As near as I can determine, in the US most govt-collected data is in theory and in practice freely available to citizens. In the UK this is very definitely not true: the most obvious example is the Ordnance Survey,…