Archives for August, 2013

It has to be weird – the potty peer is pushing it: Last year’s magistral lecture to the Federation was by Professor Vaclav Klaus, then president of the Czech Republic, whose talk was entitled The manmade contribution to global warming is not a planetary emergency… This year Dr. Christopher Essex, Professor of Applied Mathematics at…

Quite a lot really. Unless, of course, you’re looking at the wrong models in the wrong way. As Robert S. Pindyck does. I do have some sympathy for the paper, but its badly written, somewhat confused, and the author has failed to emphasise some key distinctions. To begin with where I agree, I’m fairly happy…

I follow David Hone, though not the details. He’s really keen on CCS, and has (I think) a strong commercial interest in it succeeding. But there is no real answer to “its not commercially viable” – and I think it remains non-viable even at plausible CO2-price levels ($80 / tonne is Sternish, no?). So, inevitably,…

Can China clean up fast enough? asks The Economist. In more detail: If China were simply following the path of rich countries from poverty through pollution to fresh air, there would be little to worry about (unless you lived in one of those hellish cities). But… When Britain’s industrial engine was gaining speed, levels of…

Well, you may call me a wild-eyed jumper-in-too-early but I’m going to call this year’s sea ice as “unexciting”. There’s maybe a month left, but there’s no way its going to fall off the scale in that time [*]. Indeed, its looking pretty middle of the road: about the same as 2010 or 2008. Its…

The AGU has a revised policy statement on Human-induced climate change requires urgent action (h/t: everyone). As with any serious item like this, people release comedy versions. RP Sr had a go and JC threw in her bit, and now Screaming Lord Monckton has had a go, at the home of Blog Science Comedy, WUWT.…

An interesting article from Timmy, who makes clearly a point I’ve glimpsed muddily recently. Notice that the point stands, even if you happen to like regulation (I think there is far too much). Permit me to quote (fair use, I’m sure): Big business positively delights in much regulation… Capitalism… is indeed all about making profit.…

Snowden

Yeah yeah, yet more opinion. So, Snowden has asylum in Russia. Naturally, he’s delighted to be out of his tedious airport, saying in the end the law is winning. But is it? Because the interesting thing is who is making the decisions: Putin. As the Graun says the decision was “almost certainly taken personally by…

Oh, this is funny, but Curry isn’t laughing. While poking around for more context on my previous post, I found ‘Denier’ blogs by JC, who quotes the “Society of Environmental Journalists” who say Judith Curry’s blog, Climate Etc., is an exception to the stereotype of denier blogs. Curry is a real climate scientist with strong…

Ah, enough science (or at least computation) what about the advocacy then? Talking about advocacy is great, you don’t have to have a clue about anything factual, its all so meta. JA, as usual has a nice thoughtful post which you should read. I’ll just throw in some… some what? Well, some words. Oh, all…