Archives for December, 2010

The year in stoats

A post a month, chosen not quite at random, and I couldn’t always restrict myself to one post. Somehow, I feel that not a great deal happened scientifically during the year. But I still enjoy writing this stuff, and people still read it, so on I go. * Himalayan glaciers to disappear by… when? an…

Explaining too much

A couple of people have recently complained about the rash of stories explaining how snow-in-December (or, your pet weather event at whatever time of year) is compatible with Global Warming. For example: Cold Spells From Climate Change? (DA) or Yes, they have now said it (TW; I’m sure those two will love being associated). What…

Glad Tidings of Great Joy

Well, I need to do a Happy Christmas posting (and here it is, folks!) so this message from wonkroom seems rather festive: New psychological research finds that dire messages about the threat of global warming will strengthen people’s acceptance of climate science when combined with solutions, which is the approach taken by leading climate activists.…

Sea ice low

Since we’re having this cold spell in the UK (which is just weather, and should not be mistaken for climate, much less global climate) now is perhaps a good time to look at the NH sea ice, which is at a record low for the time of year: At the moment it is only low…

Boris Johnson is a tosser

#2 in the Is A Tosser series, begun by Andrew Marr. But Boris is a bigger tosser because – hard to believe I know, but there are really no limits to some people’s credulousness – he takes Piers Corbyn’s predictions of a new ice age seriously. Boris hedges his bets, of course: Is he barmy?…

Snowy again

Time for a few linky type things. The first couple point to the New Blog in case you’ve missed it. * Snowy again by me, about the recent weather. * Christmas Head * xkcd Christmas Tree (thanks Mayank) and on wikileaks :-) * Lamest edit wars on wikipedia. The Bot wars section is good. Of…

Can’tcun

I largely ignored Copenhagen (the conference, not the city, I hasten to add: very nice place I’m sure and I mean no disrespect) and chose instead to push for Carbon Tax Now, though I felt obliged to read a little bit of what they had to say. But now we have Cancun. What to say…

Facing up to 4 degree C?

In stark contrast to the hard liberalism of TW is one of the worst pieces of woolly-thinking soft liberalism (well, actually the Green Party, of which I’m a member and supporter, if you care. It is from their mag). And yet somehow it seems all too typical. Life in the Peruvian Andes is hard… blah…

Tim Worstall has written a book, and not only that, he sent me a copy to review. So I have. And this is it.

Wikileaks

David Appell’s recent post is excellent, so I’ll steal most of it, a quote from Hillary Clinton in January: During his visit to China in November, President Obama held a town hall meeting with an online component to highlight the importance of the internet. In response to a question that was sent in over the…