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At the end of March the Met Office were forecasting a drier than average quarter ahead.

At the end of April Richard was still hopeful that the forecast may be borne out (or was he hoping that April might yet turn out to be the driest of the three months?)


For the April-May-June forecast, we're only one month in, so let's see what happens... :-)



Apr 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM | Richard Betts

Well, now we know: April to June has been the wettest since records began and more unsettled weather to come ... Sorry, Richard; still a fail (now on all counts!)

Jun 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM | Registered Commentermatthu

"Sir Mark Walport: ...Global Health Scientific Board and the Council of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise."

I am suspicious of any body that refers to itself as Global anything, starting with GLOBE and going on from there.

Jun 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

I think things might be getting back to 'normal' He's big on science and says little on climate 'science'. From what I've read so far he's big on data...but not 'data' from computer models.

He may even take seriously the motto of the RS

Jun 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

Walport Health impacts of climate change.

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, responded to the series, saying: "Al Gore described climate change as 'An Inconvenient Truth', but the findings of this study offer a very convenient truth. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not only essential to help tackle climate change, it is also an important way to improve public health.

"We urge world leaders, when they meet in Copenhagen next month, to take account of the health impacts of different mitigation strategies, and to work towards a solution that improves both the health of our planet and its people."

Jun 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

Walport on transparency in science
'Sir Mark Walport, representing the Wellcome Trust, joined the common request for openness but argued that “transparency has limits”. Raw data can sometimes be useful for the public but if misinterpreted they can have the opposite result. That’s why he called for the implementation of certain rules that decide what information published and how information should be presented.'

Jun 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

Prof Walport's first big test according to Bob Ward, who worked closely with a former chief scientist, Lord May, is to reverse the cutbacks in research spending.

If he's recommended by ward things look ominous...

Jun 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused


Jun 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM | Unregistered Commentersplitpin

Amazing the ability that governments have to flaunt their own legislation:-

"Federal Agencies Sued Over Failure to Disclose Correspondence with Wind Industry - Promise of Government Transparency Not Being Met"

"It’s ridiculous that Americans have to sue in order to find out what their government is saying to wind companies about our wildlife—a public trust,” said Kelly Fuller, Wind Campaign Coordinator"

Jun 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

@Robin Guernier

Fully orthodox, it would appear:

We [i.e. The Wellcome Trust] engage actively in discussions on the health consequences of climate change and recently led a consortium of other funders to support a major series of research publications examining the health benefits of climate change mitigation strategies. We are also planning a meeting this year to examine the scope for supporting research to enhance health provision in disaster situations.

Jun 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

Mark Walport had some interesting comments on peer review here:

Jun 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

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