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See summer events list for Michael Mann in Bristol this month

Aug 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

At Aberdeen Techfest mid September

- What the Frack ! 22nd monday sept aberdeen 7pm

- Renewable energy is important for Scotland
Thu 25th 7pm £5.50

Aug 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Next Saturday in Birmingham - A climate realist speaks at the British Science Festival

Dick Taverne speaks about his life

Aug 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Unfortunately this years British Science Festival in Birmingham featured 25 Climate Alarmist lectures despite the early plan seeming empty of alarmism. I avoided them but accidentally came into 3. The usual vile experience of the the religiously passionate greens being bullying and angry and deceptive whilst not allowing fair debate.
eg. in the talk on sunspots the first female scientists explained interesting science , but then handed over to Mike Lockwood of Reading Uni (a red flag) who twisted the name of the debate to turn it into "don't you go believe those evil deniers, the climate is really in crisis"
- Then there was a talk about future forests where a prof was seeking funds to pump CO2 into into 1 forest to see the affects ..his green passion was obvious but understanding of scientific rigour seemed low.
- Then at Skeptics in the pub a Guardian journalist turned his talk into an angry rant against 'deniers' ..absolutely a Green True believer he was crazy''like claiming to get the 97%, ALL climate scientists had been surveyed.Despite being absolutely certain he was unable to quote the source of the 97% number when I asked him.

Sep 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Derbyshire pub Debate at the Wirkworth festival
Thu 18 September 7.30pm @Hope and Anchor Pub FREE
Could a new Thatcher unscramble the climate change mess?
..I expect it will be the usual angry bullying unfair clueless greens, as the pic is headed "Merchants of Crackpots ..and CC Deniers"

Sep 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

It's a popular meme with warmists that they could get republicans or Conservatives on their side if they use traditional right wing icons. ie Thatcher originally supported the consensus therefore good Conservatives should listen to the young (dead) Maggie. This is a silly idea and misunderstands Conservative support for Mrs Ts actions. Support for any party or leader should be based on 'do their policies match closest to what I want done' not 'I'll support those actions because my hero or party supports them'. Cameron is unpopular because he behaves like a Lib Dem instead of a Conservative.

Sep 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

The great Naomi Klein is flying to the UK to sell her new book about the wickedness of climate change and capitalism. You couldn't make it up.

October 6 - LONDON (Guardian UK - Central Methodist Hall)
October 8 - OXFORD (Sheldonian Theatre)
October 11 - CHELTENHAM (Cheltenham Literature Festival)

HT Alex Cull's blog.

Sep 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

just a reminder to myself to put future events in My Google Calendar of Skeptic Events I've been forgetting todo that
(John Cook's Talk was last night ..Mann's is Tuesday 6pm)

Sep 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Technical @University of Helsinki
23 — 26 September 2014
Greenhouse gas research enters a new era: ICOS RI will produce actual maps on GHG fluxes for Europe

Sep 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

IARU Sustainability Science Congress 2014
22 October 2014 — 24 October 2014 University of Copenhagen
"The reason for it happening right now is a clear societal need for sustainable solutions to global challenges. Such solutions require a holistic approach and the convergence of disciplines.
With 15 theme sessions with topics ranging from biomass to geoingineering, health, education and food security .. etc. "

Sep 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Rwanda : Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases Conference
18 November 2014 — 20 November 2014 AquaTT
Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Sep 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Mon 13 October 2014, 18.00-19.30 Another different talk in the Bristol Festival of Ideas series
The Six Extinctions: Visualizing the Planetary Ecological Crisis - (a calm scientific non-hyping title NOT)
As the real world indicators show no sign of heading into runaway catastrophe are the alarmists steadying their hysteria
"How can we understand the planetary ecological crisis today? Geologists are now considering inaugurating a new geological period — the anthropocene".."and invites reflection on life and death in the era of accelerating climate change..em "accelerating" isn't that a whopping lie ? or isn't truth important in science these days ?

Sep 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

that's with Professor Joseph P Masco

Sep 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Energy futures: how can we keep the lights on?
Saturday 18 October, 14.00 until 15.30, Conservatory, Barbican Interrogating Megatrends
London @BATTLE OF IDEAS 2014

Could Britain soon be facing blackouts? Over the past few years, EU rules have led to the closure of many coal-fired power stations. But after much prevarication by politicians, the generating capacity to replace these stations will not be available immediately. For the second half of this decade, the gap between peak demand and total power-station capacity will be close to zero.

Gemma Adams principal sustainability advisor, Forum for the Future
Paul Ekins professor of resources and environmental policy, director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London; deputy director, UK Energy Research Centre
Rob Lyons columnist, spiked; writer on science and risk; author, Panic on a Plate: how society developed an eating disorder; co-convenor, IoI Economy Forum
Dr Keith MacLean independent energy advisor; industry chair, Energy Research Partnership
Dr Alan Walker Head of policy, Royal Academy of Engineering

Sep 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

After the floods: can we tame the weather?
Saturday 18 October, 16.00 until 17.15 in Barbican
London @BATTLE OF IDEAS 2014 The catastrophic floods across parts of the UK early this year prompted concerns about how we should deal with extreme weather. ... blame the Environment Agency for not performing basic flood-defence tasks like dredging.
... there are those who see the floods as proof of broader problems. So many believe, even without concrete causal evidence, that climate change is causing extreme weather events with increasing frequency and severity.

- Andrew Orlowski executive editor, the Register; assistant producer, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace
- Steve Rayner director Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford
- Bryony Sadler - campaigner, Flooding on the Levels Action Group
- Professor Peter Sammonds Professor of Geophysics at UCL.
pay attention to reading list !

Sep 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Climate scare hyping events at the Manchester Festival of Science 23 Oct - 2 Nov 2014

* WHY WE IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE (shouldn't the word "Fear mongers" be added to that title ?)
Mon 27 Oct 2014 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Blackwell's Bookshop, The Precinct Centre
Climate change is a dire problem û but our brains are evolutionarily wired to ignore it. George Marshall, author of Don't Even Think About It, explains why our evolutionary origins mean weÆre great at responding to immediate threats but not so great with something as large and long-term as a suffering planet. What excites, threatens and motivates us? And how do we overcome the psychological mechanism that stops us facing EarthÆs greatest challenge? As much a discourse about climate change as it is about the qualities û good and bad û that make us human.
also listed here on Blackwell's page
- on FB
.. I wonder will the DramaGreen George Marshall, be presenting evidence ? or the usual unsupported mudslinging against those who dare challenge Green Religion ?
- this sounds like a wacky conspiracy theory whereas skeptic bloggers believe in the proper scientific evidence of VALIDATED real world evidence and reason. Tested by proper challenging, not arguments based on the fallacy of authority

## "is hosted by Discuss, a new debating salon based in Manchester" see note below
Judith Curry took George Marshall apart

Tue 28 Oct 2014 7pm
@MOSI Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield
Fracking for shale gas has been the game changer in the global exploration of energy. Now, the discovery of shale gas in Lancashire and at Barton Moss has brought the subject right to our doorstep. Some people see fracking as the answer to the UKÆs energy needs, others claim it causes pollution, earthquakes and is a further use of carbon. What do you think? Hosted by Discuss, the home of the intellectually curious in Manchester. ** Joining the panel will be former Happy Mondays band member, and aspiring Politician, Bez.
## Another page says "is hosted by Discuss, a new debating salon based in Manchester" (the internet reveals that society has never actually hosted a previous debate ! seems like the disigenuous green activists again)- See more

Fri 31 Oct 2014 11am - 1pm AND 2pm - 4pm
@MOSI Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield
Hands-on two hour workshop investigating the fascinating world of weather and climate. Conduct your own explorations, experimentation and observations using real life research techniques, and find out how clouds form, how to forecast the weather and how cars pollute our atmosphere and affect our climate and air quality.
I note it doesn't mention who runs it , so I expect it's a bunch of eco-loons

Fri 31 Oct 2014 10.30am - 4pm
@MOSI Museum of Science & Industry
Free. Drop-in any time
Ever wondered how we turn wind into electricity or how to create a smart city? Come and join our engineers as they take you on through a journey through how Siemens technology is providing sustainable solutions for the future.
- Take part in hands on activities that demonstrate each step in the process, telling the story of how we managed to reduce global CO2 emissions by 1% a year, whilst still generating enough electricity to keep your lights running and to power the next generation of intelligent digital factories.

- DramaGreens Trapped in their religion they react to criticsm with simple angry dimsissal, making up a wacky conspiracy theory about "Big Oil Funded deniers" failing to understand that skeptics are mostly people who far from been ignorant people behind greens are way ahead of them, many were greens in the past, but actually bothered to checked their facts.
- So the atmosphere is usually toxic, and the debate one sided as difficult questions are sidestepped or ignored.
This is important cos we give up many freedoms and perhaps $1bn/day on Climate mitagation measures which have not been properly validated

My list of other non-climate highlights of the festival

Sep 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

1 November, 14.00-16.30 @Cambridge
Brainwash the kids event as part of the Festival of ESRSC Economic and Social Research Council
Everyday sustainability: The ‘extraordinary environment’ treasure hunt

Sep 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Ilkley Literature Festival 3-19 October climate hype found

Sep 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Cheltenham Literature Festival, 3-12 October 2014 is not jam packed with Climate Alarmism ..heres some relevant events
TUE 7 OCT 2014 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Leading international authority on climate change and environmental issues Crispin Tickell talks to “the most profound scientific thinker of our time” (Literary Review) James Lovelock – whose new book A Rough Ride to the Future presents a radical vision of humanity’s future as the thinking brain of our Earth-system.
£8 plus BF *(but I have a policy of avoiding businesses which charge a booking fee instead of including it in the price)
SAT 11 OCT 2014 5:15PM - 6:15PM £8
"George Monbiot is unfortunately no longer able to take part in this event."
I wonder why that is ? maybe cos the other 2 panelists were likely to contradict him ?
From population issues to climate change, geopolitics to migration, the world may be very different in a 100 years’ time. Philosopher Nick Bostrom (Superintelligence) and Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University Ian Goldin (The Butterfly Defect and Is the Planet Full?) contemplate the global landscape in 2114.
SAT 11 OCT 2014 9:15PM - 10:15PM £8
Global food production is reaching a crucial tipping point. How do we feed a burgeoning world population whilst remaining ethical and sustainable? Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Joanna Blythman, award-winning journalist and author, and Jack Monroe (A Girl Called Jack) debate the thorny issues, examining the repercussions for the countryside, wildlife and our health.

Sep 25, 2014 at 5:13 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Climate talks at The University of Cambridge FREE Festival of Ideas : 20 Oct - 2 Nov

PDF prog.. check events using an event number search

* Consumers or citizens? - How do we make choices and why does it matter?
Wednesday 22 October: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Friends Meeting House, Aldren Wright Room, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
Event: 58 - Many of us are aware of climate change and the need to
act on it, but are confused about what that might involve. Can you see yourself adopting a low
carbon lifestyle? What would it be like to live more sustainably?
This workshop with Cambridge Carbon Footprint explores the way in which our identities are bound up
with our patterns of consumption and also with our other values. Participants are invited to reflect
on low carbon choices. What are these choices, at the most
practical level? And how would making them tie in with our sense of who we are and what we care about?
Would it be difficult to make them - or perhaps surprisingly easy and rewarding?
- See more at:

** Strangely 3 events see to connect Climate and religion
* Are people born to believe?
Tuesday 21 October: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McCrum Lecture Theatre, McCrum Lecture TheatreCorpus Christi College, CB2 1RH
Event: 31 - The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion presents a talk by Prof Justin Barret
exploring if we are born believers. Prof Barrett's area of research covers the cognitive, developmental,
and evolutionary approaches to the study of religion.
- See more at:

* Faiths for climate action: multi-faith walk
Friday 24 October: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Beside Riverside Bridge, Next to the Museum of Technology, Riverside Road, CB5 8JB
Event: 79 - Join a movement of people from all different faiths in Cambridge, to take
a walk celebrating unity between religious identities in the face of climate
change challenges. A move towards low-carbon lifestyles to reduce human impact on climate
change raises deep questions about the nature of truly fulfilling lives and
design of flourishing societies. To reduce carbon emissions at the level that
is required to impact climate change, radical rethinking of our personal, social and
economic actions is needed, much of which can be informed by spiritual and faith
identities. This family-friendly walk will begin at dusk and move from Riverside
Bridge along the river Cam towpath towards the city, finishing at Jesus Green by 7pm.
Here walkers of diverse faith backgrounds will gather to light flashlights,
symbolising hope in the face of climate change challenges. A brief message and
musical piece will end the event. Don't forget to bring your own flashlight and
appropriate outdoor clothes. The event will go ahead rain or shine.
This event is supported by Together in Service, a programme delivered by FaithAction and
funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government to highlight and support
faith-based social action around the country.

* Open-mindedness in science and religion
Thursday 30 October: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
@Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT
Event: 196 - Is science more open-minded than religion? What is the relationship
between open-mindedness and progress in science and morality? In this talk,
psychologist Dr. John Lambie discusses these questions in relation to the thinking
styles of historical figures from both science and religion, including Galileo,
Jesus and Martin Luther. Surprisingly, open and closed-minded thinking feature heavily
in both science and religion, and Lambie argues that it is not science that is a
force for progress in knowledge, and it is not religion that furthers morality, but
rather it is 'critically open-minded thinking' ' wherever it is manifested ' that
promotes benefits in knowledge and concern for others. Dr. John Lambie is Reader in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.
- See more at:

Sep 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

More Climate events in Cambridge

* A climate of conspiracy: a heated debate
Friday 24 October: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , Room 3, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW
Event: 80 - The climate change debate, like many political controversies, is riven
with accusations of conspiracy. While climate conspiracy theories may seem a
distraction from the challenge of dealing with a changing global climate, they
provide a starting point for an exploration of a related burning issue: the state of
democratic politics today, and the hopes we invest in it.
This lecture will begin with an impersonation: a double-act. Two members of the University's
Conspiracy & Democracy research project, Professor David Runciman and
Dr Alfred Moore, will represent two very different types of climate conspiracist.
Here's a quick guide to their world views.
: Conspiracy theory one: climate change is a hoax. Environmentalists and scientists have
secretly coordinated to conjure the fear of a warming planet in order to justify
their own ideological projects and serve their own professional interests.
They mask disagreement and present the world with a 'consensus' that nobody is allowed to
question. The veil was lifted by the Climategate affair, which showed leading climate scientists
colluding to suppress awkward data, hide their own work from critical
scrutiny, and marginalise dissenters. Climate scientists are bound by membership in
big institutions, research universities, and intergovernmental panels. Dissenting
experts are free of the pernicious compromises of institutions. Behind the science
of climate change lies conspiracy.
: Conspiracy theory two: the climate change conspiracy is itself a conspiracy. There is no credible
disagreement on the science of climate change. The only dissent comes
from industry-funded studies, think-tanks and websites. They are following
the tobacco industry playbook of manufacturing doubt and emphasising uncertainty, in order
to prevent public action that would cost them money. Climategate was a manufactured
controversy. Those emails didn't reveal a conspiracy or a cover-up. They revealed
the ordinary backstage of scientific life, conducted under intense pressure from
partisan opponents. And is it a coincidence that the emails were leaked just days
before the Copenhagen summit on climate change policy?
- For all their obvious differences, these two ways of looking at climate change have a
surprising amount in common. They both focus more on discrediting the narratives
of their opponents than on identifying an actual conspiracy. They both draw on a conflicted
view of science, seeing it as corrupted and endangered by their opponents,
but appealing to the norms and images of science as a way of uncovering the truth. They
both present the issue in terms of a Manichean struggle with the highest
possible stakes, the future of a free society and the future of the planet.
And they both express in a new way some long-standing anxieties about democratic government.

Sep 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

More Climate events in Cambridge

Game of Life competition (ECO BRAINWASHING KIDS ?)
Thursday 30 October: 11:00am - 1:00pm
@University Centre, Granta PlaceMill Lane, CB2 1RU
Event: 183 - University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute is hosting an interactive
event for teenagers along with Professor Johan Rockstr'm,
the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies 2014. Participants are divided into
teams of 4-5 and using simple tools to represent renewable resources, this activity will hopefully
inspire understanding and discussion on the different strategies people use to manage resources in the real world.
- See more at:

* Reading the Anthropocene
Thursday 30 October: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
@GR06/07, Faculty of English, Faculty of English9 West RoadCambridge CB3 9DP, CB3 9DP
Event: 186 - In the 2000s, scientists suggested that with the escalation of mankind's
influence on the planet, we have we now entered a new geological era, that of the
Anthropocene. Whilst scientists are continuing to debate when this era began, if it
has done at all, literary critics, theorists and environmental philosophers have
already adopted the term in order to think about the challenges ahead of us, and
the changes needed to meet them. BBC New Generation Thinker and Cambridge Lecturer in
Literature and Film, Dr Sarah Dillon, joins Quaternary geologist Professor Phil Gibbard
and writer and environmentalist **Tony Juniper**, to discuss the significance of the
idea of the Anthropocene across disciplines and culture (maybe this is a tour cos I have
seen this title at another festival in 2014)
- See more at:

Sep 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

More Cambridge
Highlights of non climate events are on my website
e.g. this one rationality

In praise of rationality
Thursday 30 October: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
@Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT
Event: 189 - If you consider yourself a rational agent, you have had to endure some
challenges in recent times. Human irrationality has been talked about on many
stages: Nobel prize winning economists showed how powerfully irrational biases
influence our views, how irrational rules of thumb drive our decisions, how mundane
details affect choices about issues as grave as surgery. The recent financial crisis
has been attributed to irrational, out-of-control behaviours. What's more, some
authorities now argue that irrationality isn't only all around us, but that we should
indeed be irrational. It is supposed to be a virtue, not a vice. Dr. Richard
Piech, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, will examine
such claims from the perspectives of decision science, psychology, and neuroscience, and
will present evidence showing that the 'irrationality-craze' reflects a narrow and often
wrong understanding of rationality. He will conclude that rationality is the powerful virtue we should identify with and strive for.

Sep 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

CLIMATE Events @ ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014 across the UK

Everyday sustainability: The ‘extraordinary environment’ treasure hunt
Date: 1 November 2014, 14.00-16.30
(I note also in Cambridge on Oct 30 there is a similar brainwash the kids event at the Ideas fest)

* "On 31 October 2014, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases its fifth Synthesis report"
which will be discussed
at "The Future of Climate Science and Policy"
in LEEDS on 4 November

"Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions in advance of the event in order that the discussion can be tailored to the interests of the audience. "
..of fair people that could be OK, but I bet thy use it to weed out difficult questions

Greening the change: The Politics of Sustainability
4 November 2014, 11.00-16.00
- This event will be a structured opportunity for young people to engage with leading experts, in the context of a wider academic framework, to gain a greater level of knowledge of this important and deeply contentious issue. A vigorous and interactive Q&A will thus afford our target audience the opportunity to gain a sharper understanding of the overall debate, a deeper appreciation of the problems and solutions that will form the politics of sustainability in Britain and Europe in the next five to ten years.
- There are few more contested issues than those of environmental and economic sustainability. This will be an interactive participant focused event, enabling those involved to gain an engaged understanding of key issues pertaining to the politics of sustainability.

Sep 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

more CLIMATE Events @ ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014 across the UK

Encounters with Energy
4 November 2014, 20.00-22.00 (Café Bar open at 19.30)
- How might we need to change the ways in which we use energy to achieve a more sustainable society and how can the communities in which we live work together to do this? Join us to discuss these and other issues at this special ‘Energy Café’,

Everyday Sustainability: negotiating carbon footprints
5 November 2014, 18.00-19.30
- This interactive workshop is an ‘Everyday sustainability’ event led by Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute. This event will encourage attendees to reflect upon and actively debate how everyday consumption such as domestic energy, travel, and shopping, translates to emissions and contributes to climate change. Attendees will be asked to calculate their own carbon footprint, leading to discussions on what is: ...
(I bet they don't counternance counting their whole footprint from buying stuff having kids etc.)

* Exhibitions, talks and interactive demonstrations across two days (6 and 8 November) will explore the questions ‘what is nature worth?’.

* Putting a Price on Nature: Event 1
Date: 6 November 2014, 10.00-19.00 FULL DAY
- One of the biggest challenges facing environmental scientists is how to advise the government on the best way to manage the supply of our natural resources.

Putting a Price on Nature: Event 2
8 November 2014, 10.00-14.00 HALF DAY
- One of the biggest challenges facing environmental scientists is how to advise the government on the best way to manage the supply of our natural resources.

Sep 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen