climate snarking

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The problem of definitions

http://climate.columbia.edu/blog/ defines “abrupt climate change” as: A large-scale change in the climate system that takes place over a few decades or less, persists (or is anticipated to persist) for at least a few decades, and causes substantial disruptions in human and natural systems. apparently oblivious to the problem that they have just declared that no…

I’ve already used Clowns to the left of me…. And then I run across an opinion article in today’s Guardian: “Let’s Get Real on the Environment.” by David Appell nicely counterbalanced by Yes. We Can.. Oh dear oh dear. To begin with the obligatory snarking, anyone with young children in the UK will instantly recognise…

Revenge of the pollsters

The pollsters in question being Bray and von Storch, who get ratty on Prometheus about Gavin “too sexy for my model” Schmidt’s RC piece dissing their latest survey. Slightly confusingly, although the piece is signed by B+vS, it says I am a sociologist and Hans von Storch is a climate scientist… I attend first to…

Or so says some spam for terradaily that made it to my inbox (which is just a rehash of the Berkley press release, though thankfully without the stupid flood picture). This is obvious b*ll*cks, as google shows. The wiki page is a bit rubbish, largely because the only example anyone can ever think of is…

Satellite stupidity

As Atmoz noted, its a bit of a slow season, but via Deltoid comes probably the most stupid ever explanation for GW: yes, its the microwave radiation from satellites warming us up. This is blindingly obviously nonsense, but John Mashey provides some numbers if you’re in any doubt. Mind you, the basic lack of power…

Losing the plot

Lucia lost the plot some time ago, mostly by cherry-picking her time period, using a weird data-fitting method and failing to understand what she was looking at. Now RP Jr follows her down the rabbett hole and bizarrely describes her post as “clear”. Well, when people are telling you what you want to hear you’re…

Says the FT, via DSB. Since I’ve already argued that Stern is over-bleak, Im surprised he has got more pessimistic. Whats up?

Is Gray a liar?

Just a provocative title, to point you towards I accept Bill Gray’s climate bet offer – will he seal the deal? by Brian Schmidt. My feeling is that Gray will wimp out – I’ll even put money on it if anyone is interested :-)

1.5 m sea level rise this century, that is. Nature sez the “estimate released today says that it could be as as much as 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) by the end of this century”. Their source seems to be Reuters, and we’ll pause briefly to condemn the oh-so-typical inflation of the worst case from the…

Tipping point watch

More gumf from the Grauniad. Supposedly based on something in PNAS: anyone seen it? The usual suspects: the Potsdam folk and Tim Lenton and so on. Sadly (?) the online version doesn’t have the appalling map that the print edition has, featuring highly implausible timescales for those bits I know anything about (Greenland and W…