Archives for August, 2007

The pathetic AAPG

For a long time the AAPG enjoyed the dubious distinction of being the only organisation with any kind of scientific credibility that maintained an officially septic position on climate change, as reported by the official journal of record, wikipedia. That changed recently when they adopted a new statement. The old statement was at least brave…

Tim Lambert provides the abstract of Zhen-Shan and Xian; MW was kind enough to send the text. I’ve seen it before… probably via Monckton or one of the std.septic channels. Lambert describes it as “just a rubbish paper that should not have been published”. It comes up as one of the Schultz 7. But why…

Sawyer: prophetic or wot?

Two sources point me towards a Neville Nicholls letter about a 35 year old paper by Sawyer, but Inel gets the hat tip. Nicholls uses the paper to demonstrate that concern about GW is nothing new (it also blows the “everyone was predicting a new ice age in the 70′s” away, but thats another story),…

Back to the septic tripe I fear (thanks Fergus). From dailytech.com, whatever that is, we have someone “updating Oreskes“. And the work has been submitted to… yes you guessed it, E+E. Bit of a hint there re quality. Does this come under be careful what you wish for? Oreskes said The 928 papers were divided…

Have a look at this edit, where Lumidek loses his rag. Slightly less wacko, but not losing touch with the septic, the AAPG seems to be coming closer to reality whilst being careful not to get there. Meanwhile someone calling themselves SFredSinger, who may or may not actually be Singer, tried this on for size…

There have been various attempts to survey scientists opinions about climate change. Wiki has an article on this: Scientific opinion on climate change. Check the recent history for another attempt… :-) All of these attempts have various methodological problems which I’m sure you can think of for yourselves; but they also suffer from a structural…

NERC strategy

NERC has a new strategy draft out (I think its public – if you can’t read it, its not…). And it has an ambitious goal: UK to lead the world in the prediction of the regional and local impacts of environmental change from months to decades. So thats bad news for the rest of the…

From The Onion, Hard To Tell If Wikipedia Entry On Dada Has Been Vandalized Or Not. Sadly the actual article is boringly factual (or it was; I’ve had a go at improving it but I doubt it will last. I like the way my version ends with an impassioned yes yes). My first go didn’t…

Projection / Prediction

I’m now hopelessly confused about the distinction between climate projection and prediction. I used to be happy with what I thought was the case: that given the range in model results, and no good way of knowing the best, calling them predictions seemed too precise; so use a weaker word like projection instead. But. The…

Bayeux

We recently visited Bayeux, to see the famous tapestry, but I thought the cathedral was better. And its free! So I shall bore you with my photos, if you click here.