• The Economist’s Eco-Astrologer

    • Date: 06/12/10

    Here’s a letter I sent to the editor of The Economist: Sir, Last winter, we were told by scientists that it was `stupid’ to take the cold weather as evidence against global warming. Yet this winter you are quite happy to speculate, entirely against the consensus view, that the cold weather is evidence for global […]

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  • BBC Future: The Orwellian Solution?

    • Date: 04/12/10

    As readers know, I have been keeping a close eye on the BBC’s review of science coverage, to which TonyN and I have made a submission. Science coverage on the television was also the subject of a recent lecture at the Royal Television Society (H/T Martyn in the comments) and it’s hard to believe that […]

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  • Why Nature Can’t Be Trusted On Climate Change

    • Date: 03/12/10

    Do some of you remember Steig et al 2009, a pre-Climategate Nature cover story? Like so many Team efforts, it applied a little-known statistical method, the properties of which were poorly known, to supposedly derive an important empirical result. In the case of Steig et al 2009, the key empirical claim was that strong Antarctic […]

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  • Renewable Energy Policy Conundrum: Candlemakers’ Petition or Broken Windows Fallacy?

    • Date: 02/12/10

    From the industry newsletter Nucleonics Week (subscription required): Eight German municipal utilities have filed a complaint with the European Commission against lifetime extension for the country’s nuclear reactors, charging that it is anti-competitive and makes their investment in renewable energy unprofitable. On October 28 the lower house of Germnay’s parliament, the Bundestag, approved a bill with […]

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  • FOCUS: “Many Of The Widespread Horror Scenarios Are Baseless”

    • Date: 01/12/10

    I just picked up the new issue of FOCUS, out today, and read it. It’s an unmistakable departure from usual doom and catastropheism, which had generated so much of the fear and urgency needed to justify the rush to reckless policy making and profiteering. FOCUS shows that the urgency is undue and that it’s time to get back to […]

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  • Climate Change And The Economic Loss From Natural Disasters

    • Date: 30/11/10

    The LSE Grantham Institute, funded by Munich Re (whose global loss data is shown below), has published a new peer-reviewed paper on normalized global disaster losses. Eric Neumayer and Fabian Barthel, Normalizing economic loss from natural disasters: A global analysis, Global Environmental Change, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 18 November 2010, ISSN 0959-3780, DOI: […]

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  • The Poisonous Influence Of GuardianEco

    • Date: 29/11/10

    Interesting fact 1: when Bob Ward wrote his hit piece about me at the Guardian, the libellous bits – saying that I had a “history of making misleading statements” or whatever it was – were not written by Ward but were added by James Randerson, the editor at GuardianEco. Interesting fact 2: when the Guardian […]

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  • Donna Laframboise: Appalling Rhetoric From A Climate Skeptic

    • Date: 27/11/10

    I’ve never met Tim Ball, a retired climatology professor and vocal climate change skeptic. I think he comes across well in this video, and I’ve heard others say he’s a good and decent man. I must confess, though, that I stopped reading his regular posts at Canada Free Press some time ago because I consider his rhetoric […]

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