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Re Apr 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM | not banned yet

Oh dear, if Markey is a key player, that's just old-fashioned class-war. That would be so old-hat.

I suspect something other than that is afoot, since the proletariat have long been abandoned by the left.

I think, then, that Markey is a red herring.

Apr 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

‘Disgraceful’ professor ignites firestorm over his secret: modern scientists do not need advanced math

"In the book, the two time Pulitzer Prize-winning Prof. Wilson shares what he calls a secret: that many top scientists today are mathematically merely “semiliterate,” and this is not so bad, because they can work with mathematicians as needed.

The problem — he calls it, quaintly, a “bugbear” — is that math is hard, and it scares good conceptual thinkers away from science. The over-mathematization of science squeezes out the more imaginative minds who happen to lack computational chops, causing what he calls a “hemorrhage of brain power we need to stanch.”

“During my decades of teaching biology at Harvard, I watched sadly as bright undergraduates turned away from the possibility of a scientific career, fearing that, without strong math skills, they would fail,” he writes in the book. “This mistaken assumption has deprived science of an immeasurable amount of sorely needed talent.”

“Fortunately, exceptional mathematical fluency is required in only a few disciplines, such as particle physics, astrophysics and information theory. Far more important throughout the rest of science is the ability to form concepts, during which the researcher conjures images and processes by intuition.”"

Apr 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

BOFA - higher level of heat = higher temperature?

Apr 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Best way of thinking of a heat pump is that is an amplifier, it amplifies the low level heat in the ground or air and concentrates it into a smaller space but at a higher level of heat. It can only amplify so much and the lower the heat available the less efficient it becomes. Using the energy it uses against what it amplifies is not the correct term for its efficiency.

Apr 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

dennisa, John Shade - you may already know this but here is a quick cut and paste from WDTK:

Barry Gardiner:
"At the GLOBE summit of legislators that took place a month before COP 15 in Copenhagen, Chairman Wang Guangtao and Congressman Ed Markey put their heads together. That was an extraordinary engagement, in that legislators from the two countries that have been seen, in some respects, as the key blockers to an international agreement came together and agreed a set of legislative principles upon which climate negotiations could advance. It is really in my capacity as chairman of the board of GLOBE International that I want to cast my perspective on the Select Committee report, and I should declare my entry in that regard in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, even though it is a non-pecuniary interest."
Note that Markey is in the thick of it.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 18 April 2013, c171WH)

Apr 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

For BB - like for like?:

"All but my life" by Stirling Moss, Jaguar E type 3.8, top down, parked in grounds of Goodwood House on an English summer day.

Apr 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

The first premier of communist China, Chou En-lai, declared ‘diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means’.

So what is ‘climate diplomacy’ all about then?

‘dennisa’ (20 April, 4:11 PM, ) has spotted Sir Crispin over in China, along with that Machiavelli of Climate Change, Maurice Strong.

Check out the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
"CCICED has successfully worked for four phases over the past 20 years since its foundation in 1992. Currently it is its fifth phase (2012-2016). Each phase is composed of 40-50 Chinese and International Council Members. So far, more than 200 Council Members from both domestic and abroad have served for CCICED. The Chairperson of CCICED is the leader of the State Council. The Ministry of Environment Protection is responsible for the operation of CCICED."
Maurice Strong and Crispin Tickell have both been influential in this organisation. Strong's influence is shown by the regular presence of the Canadian International Development Agency from the outset. Peter Kent, Minister, Environment Canada, is the Executive Vice Chairperson of the Council
Membership lists include some very familiar names, from IPCC and elsewhere, including currently, the ubiquitous Lord Stern. Achim Steiner of UNEP is "vice-chairperson", he was preceded by Klaus Topfer. WWF have been there from the start.

They may well be at war, but against whom? The West? The industrialised world? Anyone beyond The Middle Kingdom?

Chou En-lai had the answer for that one as well: ‘It is too early to tell’.

Apr 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Johnanna, car engines are about 20-30% efficient, as far as I'm aware. An open wood fire in the grate is even less efficient, but I'd rather sit and read a book in front of the fire than in the car. But we're not really comparing like with like are we?

Apr 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterBitBucket

The wolf has returned to Denmark after being hunted to extinction some 200 years ago.

Now I'm just waiting for some moron to come along and claim that this migration is caused by AGW.

Apr 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterOle Reslow

John Shade, excellent. Behind every nook and cranny in the global warming story there is a little Crispin Tickell.

Apr 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM | Registered Commentershub

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