Archives for December, 2006

Solstice Joke

Today is the solstice, hurrah, days get longer from now on. And we’ve just come through our first hard frosts of the winter into Fog. So here is a joke, told to me by Daniel from his friend Adam: One night, a butcher, a baker and a candlemaker are together in a locked room with…

5 % of GDP forever is a lot!

… as said by the wise CIP in the comments. Although I wasn’t quite sure how to interpret it. BTW, this is yet more Stern stuff – sorry. So the first thing to say is… I’m not really happy expressing all this in terms of GDP. We could all be a lot happier on lower…

Yet more Stern sh*t*

OK, I’m desperately trying to understand Stern, and failing. Things just don’t seem to connect together properly. Possibly if I actually read the entire thing carefully… but who has the time. So, if anyone can explain to me: Stern sez: Using the results from formal economic models, the Review estimates that if we don’t act,…

Challenging the sceptics

NERC has a bold new initiative… the NERC Climate Change Challenge. As they say Scientific evidence demonstrates clearly that human activity is changing the planet’s climate. But there are still sceptics who dispute the data and its interpretation. If you don’t believe the science, please tell us why and we’ll respond to your challenge. Or…

RP Sr has yet another post The Relevance of Nonlinear Effects In the Climate System pushing the usual stuff: Thus if we accept that small perturbations can result in significant changes in the climate system through nonlinear interactions, then all of the human- and natural climate forcings need to be assessed in this context. I…

Corruption wins

Or, perhaps more politely, ‘National interest’ halts arms corruption inquiry. From the grauniad article: A major criminal investigation into alleged corruption by the arms company BAE Systems and its executives was stopped in its tracks yesterday when the prime minister claimed it would endanger Britain’s security if the inquiry was allowed to continue. The remarkable…

Climate sensitivity factoid

I was at the NCAS conference today (since it was in Cambridge it would have been impolite not to go). Tim “Da Man” Palmer spoke about, ermm, sort of a merge of NWP and climate scales. But thats not the point… the point is that he showed a stratification of the Staniforth CP.net PDF in…

Having had a couple of comments on this, I realise that some of the required background on Bayesian statistics is waaaay over some peoples heads. This is probably no fault of theirs. Let me make some faint attempt at explanation, and James can correct me as needed, and doubtless Lubos will leap in if I…

Says the latest Oxfam missive through our door. And their website has similar, sourced to the Stern report: ..the unfair way climate change affects people living in poverty. They are least responsible for the problem, have benefited less from levels of carbon use, but are paying the biggest price. The level of greenhouse gases in…

An Inconvenient Truth

This post is just to get you to read James Annans post about: An Inconvenient Truth. Which is his (& Jules) attempt to get his paper about climate sensitivity published. Since the paper is sound, and sensible, and very clear and readable, and of clear wide interest, the question is why isn’t it published? The…