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  • UK Information Commissioner Forces University To Release Research Data

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    Scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast have been ordered to hand over 40 years of research data on tree rings after a three-year battle with climate sceptics. The ruling by the Information Commissioner sets a precedent for scientists having to comply with the strictest interpretation of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. It suggests that […]

  • The Missing Heat

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    In the released CRU emails NCAR climate scientist Kevin Trenberth says: The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. Last week Science magazine gave Trenberth a chance to explain what he meant by this comment, which has been much discussed […]

  • Sir Alan Rudge

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    Sir Alan Rudge FRS, an electrical engineer, is Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Chairman of the ERA Foundation, former Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council,and a former member of the government Scientific Advisory Committee.

  • IPCC Review: Another Whitewash?

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    Following the mistakes found in one of the IPCC’s reports, Dutch scientist Robbert Dijkgraaf, the president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, is investigating the UN climate panel’s procedures. Robbert Dijkgraaf knew his every word would be put under the microscope from the moment he accepted the assignment to review the Intergovernmental Panel […]

  • Richard Tol: A Seasoned Veteran’s View Of The IPCC

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    Economist Richard Tol has prepared a statement for a committee of the Dutch parliament examining climate-related controversies this week. I discovered it on the Dutch website Climategate.nl and Tol has kindly provided an English translation. Having participated in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since the early 1990s, Tol is more […]

  • Major Economies Downplay Goals for Cancun Climate Conference

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    The biggest polluting nations are downplaying goals for climate-change talks in December after failing last year to agree on a global treaty, the top U.S. climate negotiator said. Representatives from countries emitting the most greenhouse gases agree it’s important not to let “expectations far outstrip what can be done” at UN-led talks in Cancun, Mexico, […]

  • Brussels Admits Scientific Flaws In Its Decision To Ground Flights

    • Date: 20/04/10
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    The crisis that closed much of Europe’s airspace for five days finally showed signs of easing yesterday as officials acknowledged flaws in the computer models that led them to ground thousands of flights after a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Amid pressure from airlines, which are losing an estimated $200m in revenues a day, European Union […]

  • Is Volcanic Ash The New Swine Flu?

    • Date: 19/04/10
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    Is volcanic ash the new swine flu? That is not a rhetorical question: along with the rest of the public, I honestly haven’t a clue. Are either self-interested or self-empowering jobsworths creating a panic where there is no threat? Or, spurred on by desperate airlines haemorrhaging income, would it be crassly irresponsible to allow families […]