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Thursday
May062010

Roger Dewhurst on the book

There's a very nice review of the Hockey Stick Illusion here.

 

Thursday
May062010

HSI in the wild

Here.

Thursday
May062010

UEAPR

The Times Ed Supp reports that the University of East Anglia has had a surge of positive online coverage since the breaking of the Climategate affair.

Some mistake, surely?

Wednesday
May052010

Von Storch fixes the IPCC

In his presentation to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Hans von Storch outlines a number of issues with the IPCC and suggests possible solutions. I thought these were pretty interesting, particularly the bit where he discusses dealing with dissent - I've added emphasis to the "ouch" bit.

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Wednesday
May052010

Climate panel in crisis

This is a translation of an article in the Norwegian newspaper Forskning. The original article was by Bjørnar Kjensli and the machine translation was tidied and corrected by readers Messenger and Geir Hasnes.


A German climate researcher says that people are beginning to lose faith in climate research, pointing to the IPPC as one of the main causes. Norwegian IPCC veterans disagree about what the organization should do about it.

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Tuesday
May042010

Gosselin on Germany

Regular commenter P. Gosselin has a new blog reporting on climate change as it felt and experienced in Germany. There is a must-read article up there right now reporting on a major feature in Der Speigel that covers the whole of the climate wars.

Tuesday
May042010

Election coming

There's an election coming here in Blighty and I find the whole thing thoroughly depressing. This cheered me up briefly though.

Tuesday
May042010

Mike Hulme on Climategate

This is a guest post by Simon Anthony.

Why do we disagree about climate change?

Lecture on 29th April at School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford by Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

MH’s talk was based on his book of the same title.  His aim is not to investigate climate change via models, analysis etc but to discuss other ways of seeing the world, for example, through the work of Mary Douglas, an anthropologist who originated the field of “Cultural Theory of Risk”, to try to understand the underlying source of disagreement. 

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Monday
May032010

Interacademies panel announced

H/T to Marcel Crok, who has noted the announcement of the Interacademies Panel, the group appointed by the UN to look at management and organisational issues at the IPCC in the wake of Climategate. There is a dedicated website for the review here.

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Monday
May032010

No change at the Royal Society

Under the leadership of Lord Rees, the Royal Society's reputation has sunk dramatically, with this once august body now widely seen as a political body and a surrogate arm of the government, more interested in the next tranche of funding than truth. Their role in Lord Oxburgh's whitewashing may well hang over them for a long time to come.

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Monday
May032010

QUB say "data is published"

A report in the Belfast Telegraph has Queen's University Belfast as saying they have published their tree ring data, as required by the Information Commissioner in response to Doug Keenan's request.

QUB said it has abided by the Information Commissioner’s ruling.

“The university has now published electronic data relating to its tree ring research in line with the Decision Notice issued by the Information Commissioner,” a spokeswoman said.

Monday
May032010

Carbon dioxide capture and cancer. Full stop at Mongstad

This is a guest post by Geir Hasnes.

In 2006, the Norwegian government embarked on the world’s most ambitious carbon capture project – a system that would capture the CO2 produced at gas-fired power stations. The system had a projected cost of 27 billion NoK, roughly equivalent to US$5 billion. The two power stations concerned are situated at Mongstad near Bergen on the west coast and Kårstø, somewhat further to the south. Mongstad had been chosen as the starting point.

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Monday
May032010

More on policing and sceptics

Some interesting developments on the involvement of various high-powered police units in the UEA investigation.

First up, Steve McIntyre reports in the comments to the earlier thread that he has been approached by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

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Sunday
May022010

Why are the police interested in you?

The involvement of the National Domestic Extremism team in the Climategate investigation was the subject of both concern and ridicule a few months back. Those who are on the "concerned" side of the argument might be interested in this article at the indispensable (for civil libertarians anyway) Spy Blog.

The article takes a look at the plethora of unaccountable police forces that have been set up by the current (and soon to be former) government. It isn't pretty reading.

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Saturday
May012010

Nigel Calder joins the blogosphere

Another welcome new addition to the blogosphere, Nigel Calder's site can be seen here. Nigel is, of course, the former editor of New Scientist and the co-author of The Chilling Stars, a book about Svensmark's galactic cosmic ray theory of climate change.