• Matt Ridley: The Best Shot?

    • Date: 08/11/10

    Some weeks ago I wrote an article for The Times about why I no longer find persuasive the IPCC’s arguments that today’s climate change is unprecedented, fast and dangerous. I was delighted to receive a long and courteous letter from David MacKay, the chief scientific advisor to Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. With his […]

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  • Phil Jones And The China Network: Part 2

    • Date: 06/11/10

    Part 1 here. As a point of clarification, “station histories” in this post means the meta-data history i.e. locations and moves and are distinct from the “station data” in the form of the monthly averages. In January 2007, the results of IPCC AR4 were announced. It re-iterated Jones et al 1990 as authority for the […]

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  • Matt Ridley: Acid Oceans And Acid Rain

    • Date: 05/11/10

    I have an article in The Times today (behind a paywall) on ocean acidification. Here’s the gist: Today in Beijing an alliance of scientists called Oceans United will present the United Nations with a request for $5 billion a year to be spent on monitoring the oceans. High among their concerns is ocean acidification, which `could […]

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  • House Of Lords On Climate Change

    • Date: 04/11/10

    It’s a long time since I watched proceedings in the House of Lords and having sat through ten minutes of the third Baron Grantchester (Lab) I remembered why I had found better things to do for the last few years. That said, while there was a lot about Tuesday’s debate about climate change and energy […]

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  • Matt Ridley: Sauce For The Goose

    • Date: 03/11/10

    I have just sent this letter to the Guardian: In response to Donald Brown’s call for climate scepticism to be classified as a crime against humanity (1st November), in which he said `We may not have a word for this type of crime yet, but the international community should find a way of classifying extraordinarily irresponsible […]

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  • Judith Curry: Decision Making Under Climate Uncertainty: Part I

    • Date: 01/11/10

    Based upon the precautionary principle, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established a qualitative climate goal for the long term: stabilization of the concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. The view of climate change held by the UNFCCC regards both the problem and solution as irreducibly global. This view of the problem […]

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  • Sir Muir Russell’s Failure

    • Date: 30/10/10

    At the hearings yesterday, after being stonewalled by Muir Russell about Muir Russell’s refusal to investigate Jones’ delete-all-email request, Stringer turned his attention to Acton, who claimed that he had carried out his own investigation, the results of which were on the UEA website. Here is a rough transcript: Stringer – … Prof Acton, are […]

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  • Risk Management Solutions, The IPCC And The Insurance Industry

    • Date: 27/10/10

    The Tampa Herald-Tribune has an eye-opening article on the Bermuda-based reinsurance industry, explaining how Hurricane Katrina was seen by this segment of the industry more as a business opportunity than as a disaster.  Here is an excerpt that describes what happened in the aftermath of the active and costly 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons: [I]in 2006, […]

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