Turkish Delight

MW points out the regrettable Global Conference on Global Warming 2008 (GCGW-08). The wot? you might well say. Its not one of those, is it? It doesn’t quite appear to be one of those. In fact, it even appears to have some fairly sensible people associated with it. Although rumour has it that they didn’t quite know what they were associated with. “Imagine Borat organising a conference” said one source, who rather strangely would rather remain anonymous.

So how come it ends up awarding a conference prize to “GLOBAL WARMING IS GLOBAL ENERGY STORAGE”, B. Nordell, B. Gervet, LuleĆ„ University of Technology, Sweden? If you’re lucky, at this point you say “who is this man?” and pass on; happily he hasn’t troubled this incarnation of Stoat. But you can find him from a former life, because he is the #1 hit from nordell mustelid. Or to be less opaque, Global warming is not from waste heat (2). The new paper appears to much of the same, all over again. Sigh.

Anyway, the question was, how do these apparently naive but apparently well meaning folk end up at their decision? You could ask the conference organiser, and he might reply “One can think that it is none of your business. If you visit the website http://www.gcgw.org you will find the answers for your questions.” So I did, but I didn’t. Ah well, best given up as a bad job at this point I think.

Comments

  1. #1 Hank Roberts
    2008/10/23

    Whoah, S. Weart on the advisory board.
    Eerie.

    [I think we can assume that he doesn't endorse the results -W]

  2. #2 Magnus Westerstrand
    2008/10/23

    The most annoying part is that he seams really proud of the reword… I don’t know if any one else has the trouble of teaching with such a “confused” professor, it’s starting to get on my nerves. I just cant figure out if he really really believes that he has a good idea or just is trying to get as famous as possible…

  3. #3 David B. Benson
    2008/10/23

    Magnus Westerstrand — Infamous.

  4. #4 Timo van Druten
    2008/10/25

    It should be a credible organisation; Pauchari is one of the keynote speakers and member of the international advisory board. ;-)

    [Note the blankness of his abstract -W]

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