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Back to Basics on Climate Science

July 5, 2011 by David Hone

Last week I had the privilege to attend an MIT forum and listen to the keynote address given by Nobel laureate Mario Molina. The subject of the address was the issue of conveying an understanding of the science of climate change to the general public. Professor Molina won the Nobel Prize and is best known for his work in identifying the role of chloro-fluorocarbons in the destruction of the ozone layer.[read more]

2011: A Year Of Weather Extremes

June 15, 2011 by David Hone

By many accounts 2011 has been a year of weather extremes and some commentators have used certain events to highlight the risks associated with climate change. While there is increasing evidence of unusual global weather events, should we just assume that every disaster is a sign of things to come?[read more]

Our Climate Fate On The Toss Of A Coin?

April 8, 2011 by David Hone

Perhaps in response to the initial findings of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project and the reported disappointment of some climate skeptics after the lead of the project testified before a Congressional committee, the Wall Street Journal Europe published an article on April 5th by former commodity market statistician Douglas Keenan which questions the significance, in statistical terms, of the warming of the planet over the last century.[read more]

And the 2010 Citizen Kane award for non-excellence in climate journalism goes to …

December 21, 2010 by Joseph Romm

I think it’s pretty obvious who the winner will be this year.  I have tried to be responsive to those who felt last year’s Citizen Kane award didn’t give enough weighting to the unprincipled bad actors, as opposed to those who are merely doing a bad job.  As always, though, I welcome your thoughts on the “winners” and any...[read more]

Energy and climate books I read in 2010

December 20, 2010 by Barry Brook

Here is a selection of sustainable energy and climate change books I read in 2010. I’ve provided a few sentence summary of each book (from my perspective) and a Rating out of 5. Some books have been reviewed in more detail on BNC already — enter from the title of the book in this website’s search box to find the review (or...[read more]

Michael Oppenheimer delivers American Geophysical Union’s first Stephen Schneider Lecture - Scientists, Expert Judgment, and Public Policy: What is Our Proper Role?

December 20, 2010 by Joseph Romm

One of the climate scientist I have learned the most from is Michael Oppenheimer the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP).[read more]

Eye-Opening Videos

December 9, 2010 by Michael Tobis

Via Treehugger, a ten minute interview by Revkin of McKibben. (I think they talk past each other a bit without noticing. Revkin injects a bit of Pielkeism in there and I don't know if McKibben even notices.) But McKibben has come to the same place in the last year or so that many of us have. Our future is down to difficult vs impossible...[read more]

Revisiting the science: Climate Change Exhibit at the London Science Museum

December 3, 2010 by David Hone

At about this time last year thousands of people were standing in the snow in long lines outside the convention centre in Copenhagen where COP 15 was underway. There was great expectation in the air, but equally concern that months of unrelenting public attack on climate science was undermining the UN process, not to mention emissions mitigation policy development at national level in many countries. Roll on a year and in similar snowy weather I was able to get a brief preview of “atmosphere: exploring climate science”, a new gallery that will open in London’s Science Museum this week.[read more]

Business as usual is a formula for 4C of warming by 2060

November 29, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Everyone is piling on with press releases and documents to coincide with the beginning of the Cancun talks, but I would bet that the most important such event is a series of papers published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The papers look at where we’re headed, and while I haven’t had a chance to do more than...[read more]

On the Persecution of Michael Mann

November 24, 2010 by Charles Barton

The Republican treatment of famed Climate Scientist Michael Mann, goes well beyond rational concern about scientific misconduct, and looks more and more like outright persecution of a scientist who has dared, like Galileo to contradicts the dogmas of the powerful. But Mann, like Galileo is likely to have the last laugh.The firing of...[read more]

The forecast for climate blogs

November 17, 2010 by Simon Donner

The previous post drawing analogies between the state of climate blogging and cable news drew a wide variety of responses, some here, some over at the Energy Collective, and some in private e-mails (if such a thing exists). There's no right answer to the question of how to respond to skepticism about well-founded scientific findings. I'm...[read more]

Climate rapid response communications team gears up - Scientists get off the sidelines to right media wrongs

November 16, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Last week, Dr. John Abraham of St. Thomas University helped launch a “climate rapid response team.”  CAP’s Sean Pool interviewed Abraham about this effort in this Science Progress cross-post.  It’s not easy being a climate scientist these days. They live in a world where well-funded organizations collude to spread lies and...[read more]

The Upcoming Climate Science War

November 15, 2010 by WattHead Guest Contributor

By Daniel GoldfarbOriginally published at Americans for Energy LeadershipEverybody loves a good fight, and Andrew Revkin reports that scientists are gearing up for an upcoming slugfest over the validity of climate science in his post “Scientists Join Forces in a Hostile Climate.” On the other side, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is maneuvering...[read more]

Empiricism as a Job

November 15, 2010 by Michael Tobis

If the climate system is in a fairly stable, if chaotic orbit, as it has been in the late Holocene (say the last 7000 years) then there is some room for climate heuristics. An anomalously warm North Atlantic indicates how far north the tropical convergence zone will migrate in Brazil that July, hence whether the north coast of South...[read more]

Stewart Brand: Fearless Follower of Lovelock, not science

November 14, 2010 by David Lewis

Stewart Brand has written an online Afterword intended to update his 2009 book Whole Earth Discipline.  In it, Brand tells us that the scientist he trusts most about climate, James Lovelock, has “softened his sense of alarm about the pace of climate change”. Lovelock is now touting the gibberish of the climate denier Garth Paltridge...[read more]