• Why Climate Change Reminds Me of a T.S. Eliot Poem

    • Date: 05/01/11

    Time present and time pastAre both perhaps present in time future,And time future contained in time past —T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton Many people have commented that climate change has come to be what philosophers and logicians call a “non-falsifiable hypothesis,” that is, a theory or belief that explains everything and is therefore impossible to be contradicted […]

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  • The Year Of The Sceptic?

    • Date: 04/01/11

    The Guardian have annouced that ’2010 was the Year of the [climate] Sceptics‘. But, says the Guardian, sceptics should not sleep easy in their beds; ‘science’ is making a comeback… By contrast, 2011 could just see the triumph of science, for two reasons. First, the facts are increasingly stark. 2010 looks set to equal or exceed […]

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  • 2010: The Year That Climate Alarmism Melted

    • Date: 03/01/11

    It was the year that climate-change alarmism (aka anthropogenic global warming alarmism) died, a passing all the more noteworthy because it seemed so unlikely 12–15 months ago. Few ideas in all of history had the salience and durability that warming alarmism used to have. Higher temperatures and accumulating carbon would bring planetary catastrophe–all our fault by using the dense […]

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  • The Road Less Traveled

    • Date: 02/01/11

    Well worth reading is this on Peak Transport.  Like Peak Oil and Peak Energy,  the idea that we are stuck inexorably into a pattern of permanently increasing carbon and cash consumption doesn’t have to go on to the Malthusian conclusion of societal collapse -or unavoidable increases in oil costs. For those who see $100 and […]

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  • The Gift Of Coal

    • Date: 01/01/11

    I was given a bar of ChoCOALate in my stocking this Christmas. Much amusement was had by all. But the growing dependence of the world on coal is beginning to get a recognition that has been more evident in the denial of it’s long-term role as a base fuel for the last couple of years. And […]

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  • It’s Science! Conservatives’ Brains Are More Primitive …

    • Date: 30/12/10

    Drop everything and click over to Jonah Lehrer’s New Yorker piece on The Truth Wears Off: Is there something wrong with the scientific method? This eminently quotable article well summarizes what I have been raving about for years: that scientists are too damn certain of themselves. (Not me, natch’.) Except for climatology, whose worst-case predictions are too good to […]

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  • Time For Global Warming Lobby To Admit They Could Be Wrong, Says Meteorologist

    • Date: 29/12/10

    Here’s something you’ll never hear from the Met Office. Joe Bastardi, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, has laid into the the global warming lobby for making absurd claims, especially their assertion that the cold weather is caused by global warming. First he told Fox Business Network last week that: “These folks claiming that global warming […]

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  • NASA-Made Global Warming

    • Date: 26/12/10

    I don’t feel hugely energetic right now in terms of writing anything very complicated. As a simple exercise, I decided to quickly revisit the everchanging Hansen adjustments, a topic commented on acidly by E.M. Smith (Chiefio) in many posts – also see his interesting comments in the thread at a guest post at Anthony‘s, a […]

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