• Flood Disasters & Science Disasters

    • Date: 17/02/11

    Nature published two papers yesterday that discuss increasing precipitation trends and a 2000 flood in the UK.  I have been asked by many people whether these papers mean that we can now attribute some fraction of the global trend in disaster losses to greenhouse gas emissions, or even recent disasters such as in Pakistan and […]

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  • Donna Laframboise: An IPCC History Lesson

    • Date: 16/02/11

    The late Bert Bolin, a Swedish meteorologist, was the first chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His tenure began in 1988 and ended in 1997 – well after the IPCC’s second assessment report had been completed. (There have been four so far, published in 1990, 1995, 2001, and 2007.) Cynical individuals are […]

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  • Met Office No Longer Trusted By NI Government?

    • Date: 14/02/11

    Marginalising the Met Office in this way – intentionally or otherwise – represents a visible crack in the climate consensus that has consistently told us mankind is changing the climate, making the world warmer and the result will be warmer and wetter winters. Is the Met Office becoming irrelevant? A strange question perhaps, considering the considerable […]

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  • At Last: First Attempt To Create Unbiased Global Surface Temperature Record

    • Date: 11/02/11

    Global warming is the favored scapegoat for any seemingly strange occurrence in nature, from dying frogs to hurricanes to drowning polar bears. But according to a Berkeley group of scientists, global warming does not deserve all these attributions. Rather, they say global warming is responsible for one thing: the rising temperature. However, global warming has […]

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  • World Bank Report: Stern’s Disaster Claims ‘Completely Inconsistent With Empirical Evidence’

    • Date: 10/02/11

    The World Bank has a new paper out by Robert Mendelsohn and Gokay Saher (here in PDF) that focuses on: the global impact of climate change from several extreme events: local storms, heat waves, cold spells, floods, and droughts. They conclude that with respect to these events: Given empirical evidence about the link between climate […]

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  • ‘Healthy Skeptic’ on Climate Change Promises Hearings by Science Subcommittee

    • Date: 10/02/11

    The House of Representatives science committee’s panel on basic research and education plans to hold hearings on climate change to present more views on the topic, says its new chair, freshman Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL). Brooks, a lawyer and veteran elected state and county official from Huntsville whose district includes NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, […]

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  • Climate Hysteria: Paul Krugman Has Lost It

    • Date: 07/02/11

    Paul Krugman joins the crowd who think that they can see the signal of greenhouse emissions in noisy, short-term data on food prices, and then construct a chain of causality to the ongoing unrest in the Middle East.  Such tenuous claims of attribution have about as much scientific standing as Pat Robertson saying that Hurricane Katrina […]

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  • How Does the IPCC Safeguard Against Bias?

    • Date: 06/02/11

    I recently observed that many Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) insiders have concerns about who gets selected to write IPCC reports. According to these critics, scientific excellence is not the main criteria. Rather, a great deal of attention is paid to regional, gender, and national diversity. Since the IPCC is a United Nations body, this […]

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