Category Archives: Computer Models

It’s the carbon intensity, stupid!

Forget the ‘War on Terror’, Obama’s #CleanPowerPlan rightly declares ‘War on Climate’ (i.e. #ActOnClimate + #WarOnCoal). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYXyYFzP4Lc Explanatory note: Obama may highlight coal but, given that climate change and ocean acidification are consequences of pumping geospheric carbon* into the biosphere, … Continue reading

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Merchants of Doubt need to do the math

A feature-length documentary, based on the content of the Merchants of Doubt book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, went on general release at movie theatres in the USA this weekend. As Desmogbog.com points out, it has already attracted the … Continue reading

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A summary of the ‘Climate Departure’ research of Mora et al.

The video below contains a very compelling 22-minute summary of an impressive array of work, widely reported in the World’s newspapers this week. The research team, based in the Geography Department at the University of Hawaii, was led by Associate … Continue reading

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Another open letter to James Delingpole

James Delingpole is almost as difficult to engage in debate as Lord Monckton; but not quite – at least I have had several exchanges of emails with Monckton. His Lordship may be equally as fond of facile sarcasm but at … Continue reading

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Fables about climate change?

Continuing my review of Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s Betrayal of Science and Reason (1996), we come to Chapter 8 – regarding (what they called) the “brownlash’s” fables about the Atmosphere and Climate. Given that the Ehrlichs acknowledge that climate change … Continue reading

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Hansen – where the IPCC went wrong

I could have just called this post “Climate science in a nutshell – Part 3” but that would have been to display a singular lack of imagination (no pun intended); and may not have grabbed your attention. So, yes, I … Continue reading

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How does James Hansen sleep at night?

James Hansen is widely regarded as one of the most important people in the now at least 30-year-old campaign to get concern over anthropogenic global warming (AGW) taken seriously. I must admit that I sometimes wonder what it must feel … Continue reading

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Why are Euro sceptics also climate sceptics?

Because both involve the maladaptive coping strategy of ‘blame-shifting’. (Clive Hamilton) It is a matter of public record that only 3 MPs (all Conservatives) voted against the third and final reading of the Climate Change Bill in October 2008 (Christopher … Continue reading

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Being economical with your scepticism

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) claims that it is “the UK’s original free-market think-tank…” but, is it the best, or the most sensible? This would appear to be debatable because, as Tim Worstall has kindly pointed out, the Adam … Continue reading

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Computer models – can we trust them?

I have decided to break into my mini-critique of the school of environmental thought known as Ecological Modernisation (i.e. seeking solve the potential problem of perpetual growth on a finite Planet!) to address the above question. This is because, at … Continue reading

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