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Wednesday
Mar312010

BBC World Service

I will be on the BBC World Service at 14:05 today. The internet link is here.

I was rather nervous, and I don't think I came over very well, but I managed to get a couple of key messages over:

  • they've missed the point of the Nature trick
  • they should have interviewed McIntyre.
Wednesday
Mar312010

Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce has one of the more interesting responses to the Parliamentary report, picking up on some interesting omissions and contradictions in what our elected representatives had to say.

His points on the "Nature trick" are less informative though. He points to statements by Sarah Palin and Senator Inhofe on the subject and rightly points out that the idea that CRU were trying to hide the "fact" that temperatures are not rising is false.

Of course they weren't.

So. Now we have, yet again, disposed of this canard, can we get on to the real accusation, namely that Jones hid the decline from policymakers so as to make the proxy reconstruction of the Medieval Warm Period look more reliable than it actually is?

Fred?

Wednesday
Mar312010

Stephen who?

Has anybody noticed how little attention the committee gave to Steve McIntyre's evidence? I said at the time that their failure to invite him to give evidence smacked of not wanting to know the truth. In particular, SM's evidence put the Nature trick in clear perspective, but despite that the committee concluded there was no case to answer.

It looks as though my original surmise was correct.

Wednesday
Mar312010

The Parliamentary Report

I've now had a change to review the S&TSC report into Climategate, which is pretty much as expected. Here are a few thoughts. 

Was data deleted? - The committee report (12) Sir Edward Acton's reply to their letter, in which the UEA boss said that "none of the adjusted station data referred to in the emails that have been published has been destroyed".  Given that it was the raw data that everyone was after, it was disingenuous of Sir Edward to respond in this way and disingenuous of the committee not to report his evasion.

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Tuesday
Mar302010

Comments

The comments threads have been getting somewhat out of hand here in the last few days. Could I ask everyone to avoid:

  • being provocative or dismissive of other commenters
  • making overlong comments
  • dominating conversations
  • using fallacy or other rhetorical devices.

Thanks.

 

Tuesday
Mar302010

VS

A note to everyone who was bashing away at each other on the Josh 14 thread, VS has added a comment to the end which may be of interest.

Tuesday
Mar302010

Brushes at the ready...

Updated on Mar 30, 2010 by Registered CommenterBishop Hill

The report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Climategate is due in a few hours time, and I've just seen what looks like the first news report of the press conference today. The general theme seems to be:

  • breaking the FoI laws was naughty
  • apart from that please move along because there's nothing to see here.

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Tuesday
Mar302010

It's Big Oil, stupid

John Vidal of the Guardian is getting all excited by a Greenpeace report linking sceptics to...Big Oil. The wicked capitalists in question are Koch Industries, "a little-known, privately owned US oil company" (which just happens to be the largest privately owned business in the world). Now that the truth about their corporate largesse has been revealed by the tireless efforts of Mr Vidal and his colleagues at Greenpeace, we can presumably ignore everything said by...

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Tuesday
Mar302010

Sir John Lawton on AGW

The Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has just made some quite interesting comments in relation to the expected rate of warming. Speaking at the launch of a report into how the UK should adapt to possible climate change, he said:

The planet is already slightly above the worse case scenario so if we do nothing we could be looking at a temperature rise of 4C (7.3F) by 2100

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Tuesday
Mar302010

Micro-id

Congratulations to Jeff Id of The Air Vent fame, who has become a father.

Baby Ethan weighs in at 0.00354 Metric Tons apparently.

Tuesday
Mar302010

Josh 15

More cartoons by Josh here.

Monday
Mar292010

Lovelock, AGW and democracy

James Lovelock in the Guardian

One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is "modern democracy", he added. "Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."

 

Monday
Mar292010

On rainforest sensitivity

A couple of days ago, I posted on the news that Dr Simon Lewis, a rainforest expert from the University of Leeds, has filed a complaint about an article written by Jonathan Leake at the Sunday Times. Leake's article concerned the IPCC's use of "grey" literature to support a claim that the Amazon is very sensitive to drops in rainfall and that as much as 40% was in danger of being wiped out by small reductions in precipitation.

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Monday
Mar292010

Visser et al on the divergence problem

There is a new paper up for open review at Climate of the Past. Visser et al look at the divergence problem and propose a way for dealing with it when calibrating proxies.

One for the statisticians.

Monday
Mar292010

Graun still deleting comments

Not a comprehensive survey, but of the first 50 comments on Pachauri's article in the Guardian, 18 were deleted.

Criticism is forbidden.