• Beddington On Warpath

    • Date: 15/02/11

    The sight of a government chief scientific officer on the warpath is not a pretty one. Sir John Beddington, for it is he, is all a-quiver, enraged with the antics of pseudoscientists of all complexions: We are grossly intolerant, and properly so, of racism. We are grossly intolerant, and properly so, of people who [are] anti-homosexuality… […]

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  • Porky Pies In The New York Times

    • Date: 14/02/11

    I’ve made peace with the fact that many people want to believe things utterly unsupported by data, such as what Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in today’s New York Times, that intense storms and floods have become three times more common and increasing damage from such events is evidence of human caused climate change. Of course, people […]

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  • Wikileaks Hysteria Meets Peak Oil

    • Date: 11/02/11

    The energy blogosphere is in a tizzy over a series of Wikileaks cables that entertain the possibility that world is heading toward peak oil. The FT’s Energy Source goes with the headline “US fears Saudi Arabia cannot keep up with oil demand”, Fast Company settles on “WikiLeaks May Have Just Confirmed That Peak Oil Is Imminent”, […]

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  • 1818: “Remarkable Disappearance Of Ice At High Northern Latitudes”

    • Date: 10/02/11

    “Exceptional mildness” in Greenland (in1818) – when CO2 was 280 ppm. http://books.google.com/ Real Science, 10 February 2011

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  • Andrew Montford: Steig’s Method Massacred

    • Date: 08/02/11

    Ryan O’Donnell has posted a splendid pictorial guide to the oddities of Eric Steig’s method for creating trends in the Arctic. If you have been one of the people not following the story too well so far, here’s a little layman’s version of the posting, which assumes no prior knowledge. I hope this helps. There’s a […]

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  • Clean Coal: The Fallows Fallacy

    • Date: 08/02/11

    The United States has done little to develop clean coal technology—because there are few reasons for doing so. Longtime correspondent James Fallows recently penned a cover story in the Atlantic entitled “Dirty Coal, Clean Future” on the promise of so-called “clean coal” technology in China. While Fallows highlights certain promising and important developments in the […]

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  • Nurse Puts Science On Life Support

    • Date: 06/02/11

    Last Monday evening, BBC2 broadcast a Horizon programme with the title Science Under Attack. Both the title and the content of the programme were deeply misleading but, no doubt unintentionally, it may reveal far more about the scientific establishments confused and panic-stricken reaction to the onslaught of criticism that it has witnessed since the Climategate […]

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  • Stephen Ashworth: The Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory and the Hundred Million Year Outlook for Homo Sapiens

    • Date: 05/02/11

    Jan Zalasiewicz is a geologist at the University of Leicester. I have been trying to avoid reading his book The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? (OUP, 2008), because I could tell from the title alone that it would wind me up. Now that I have read it, I find I […]

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