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Does anybody remember Dr Emily Shuckburgh and her outreach program engaging with 'sceptical' blog, perhaps she was a little less than honest in her intent.....
"Bishop Hill - Antartica Fox, fraternisisng with Josh and Andrew Montford)

Dr Emily thinks we appropriated the word 'sceptic' from the scientists!

"It is a debate in which the very word “sceptic” has formed part of the battle, seized as their own by those who question global warming.

“Scepticism is a major part of science, and it’s a shame it has been appropriated,” says Shuckburgh. “That leads to a lot of confusion. If we could reclaim the word … that would be progress.”

She was working/supported by - Living With Environmental Change -

"But over the past few months she has been rolling up her sleeves and travelling across the United Kingdom to confront the public heat over climate change.

With support from Living With Environmental Change, a partnership between government departments and funding agencies, she has run a series of focus groups exploring people’s views on media coverage of science."

THe Director of the organisation is Andrew Watkins (and the partners are the uual suspect groups, et Office, Dept

Bio: "Andrew Watkinson is Director of the Living With Environmental Change programme. He was until recently Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia,"

I do enjoy so much being condescended to :(

Jul 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

The latest Ipsos MORI "issues" survey has just been published. As has been the case for several months, respondents, unlike our rulers, are hardly concerned at all about "pollution/environment".

Jul 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

At least the British Brainwashing Conspiracy won't have to pretend any more.

Jul 19, 2011 at 7:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

The Met Office has moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills. This is a step towards establishment of the Public Data Corporation.

See announcement here .

Jul 18, 2011 at 2:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Betts

If this doesn't work I'm moving to Holland. They already have a lot of windmills to keep me cool.

Jul 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed


Thanks for that, very interesting.

We thought we had detected the effect of rising CO2 on continental-scale runoff (acting via plant physiology - increased water use efficiency) . This seemed to be stronger than the climate influence.

However it turns out the runoff dataset we used came under a lot of criticism (eg: from Kevin Trenberth's team and others). Need to do it again with more up-to-date data (but I still think the CO2 physiological effect needs to be considered)

To be fair, Dai and Trenberth also pointed out that large-scale river flow datasets are probably not suitable for detecting climate effects anyway because of contamination by direct anthropogenic effects.

A very difficult problem - but need to address it for informing long-term adaptation planning.

Jul 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Betts

I'm sure you'll all want to listen to this (sarc).....I have a feeling this has been recycled from a few years ago.

Radio Times for Tuesday 19 July, 2.30 pm Radio 4

Afternoon Play: Getting to Zero

A drama documentary by Sara Woods that asks: have you got what it takes to get to zero carbon? In the documentary part, a panel of three experts from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales -George Monbiot, Paul Allen and Peter Harper- set one average (fictional) family the task of eliminating their carbon footprint. The drama section follows the family's attempts to achieve zero carbon emissions, with interjections from the panel.

Jul 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

New study: Climate Change impacts not yet detectable in river flow data [central Europe]

Jul 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM | Unregistered Commenteroakwood


I meant to say "We only have gas and coal for back-up" - finger trouble. I thought the oil-fired stations had been moth-balled.

For an analysis of the emissions resulting from back-up, see this:

Jul 18, 2011 at 6:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

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