• “Is Climate Really Predictable On 10-50 Year Time Scales?”

    • Date: 18/07/10

    Bill Cotton , a Professor at the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (and a colleague of mine) has given a lecture Cotton, W.R., 2010: Is Climate Really Predictable on 10-50 Year Time Scales?  International Symposium on Prediction, San Diego, CA, July 2010. The entire set of slides is worth viewing. Selected conclusions that he reports […]

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  • BBC Newsnight On The Russell Inquiry: A Welcome Sea Change?

    • Date: 13/07/10

    An edition of BBC’s Newsnight programme was aired late on Wednesday 7th July, the same day that we heard the conclusions of the Muir Russell inquiry into the UEA’s “Climategate” affair. Although the programme itself did not offer dramatic new evidence or revelations, it is very interesting for several reasons.Firstly, it was accepted by those […]

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  • Russell Inquiry: The Question That No One Dare Ask?

    • Date: 11/07/10

    One of the most sensational emails brought to light by Climategate concerns Phil Jones’ intention to delete emails relating the IPCC’s Fourth Asessment Report and asking others to do likewise. It was addressed to Professor Michael Mann who, like Jones, has played a leading role in the IPCC process:29th May 2008: -Can you delete any […]

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  • BP’s Analysis Of CRU Emails

    • Date: 09/07/10

    Were some of you waiting with interest to the BP analysis of CRU email promised in the March 20, 2010 meeting of the Muir Russell Team – see here DE [David Eyton, BP Group Vice President, Research & Technology] presented an analysis (to be published on completion of the Review) of the emails which were the […]

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  • Roger Pielke Jr: Russell Review And The IPCC

    • Date: 08/07/10

    The Muir Russell Review is out (here in PDF), and it has plenty in it for everyone on all sides of the debate over the East Anglia emails to crow about and to complain about. It has some strong rebukes of the scientists involved in the emails and dismisses many, but accepts some, of the […]

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  • Back To The Drawing Board For Climate Modellers

    • Date: 06/07/10

    The Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany has just put out a press release in English on a new study on the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle: A new balance for the global carbon balance. If anything, the report shows there remains lots of uncertainty in the science that many like […]

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  • Alligators, Fire Insurance, Ignorance, And Risk

    • Date: 04/07/10

    A while ago, I was sauntering along one of our local beeches with a physicist. There are three outstanding things abut this guy, he is very clever, very tall, and an excellent walker with whom I’ve spent many days in the mountains, winter and summer, and in all kinds of conditions. We were talking about […]

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  • Down with Doom: How the World Keeps Defying the Predictions of Pessimists

    • Date: 02/07/10

    When I was a student, in the 1970s, the world was coming to an end. The adults told me so. They said the population explosion was unstoppable, mass famine was imminent, a cancer epidemic caused by chemicals in the environment was beginning, the Sahara desert was advancing by a mile a year, the ice age […]

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