September 22, 2014

4:39 AM | Carbon News headlines 22/9/14: If the PM doesn’t worry about climate change, why should we?
Welcome to a new regular feature on Hot Topic: the week’s Carbon News headlines, brought to you every Monday. Carbon News is an NZ-published web newsletter covering climate and carbon news from around the world, published and edited by experienced journalist Adelia Hallett. The full articles are behind the Carbon News paywall, but there’s a […]
12:09 AM | The People’s Climate March
Everything you need to know about today’s climate march, in tweets. Climate change march rolls through NYC and other events in 150 countries @npr #climatechange #climatemarch — KQEDscience (@KQEDscience) September 21, 2014   The NYC turnout was huge. .@foxnews on #PeoplesClimate : “March attracts more than 310,000 people” — Eli Kintisch (@elikint) September […]The post The People’s Climate March […]

September 20, 2014

3:56 PM | Conkered?
Not perhaps entirely fair – it is a cartoon, after all – but I liked it (nicked from the Times, if you were wondering). I also feel somewhat critical of Salmond: with his shiniest toy taken away he’s chosen to walk off and leave others to sort out the mess. Perhaps. Is there a mess…

September 18, 2014

9:17 PM | Habicht
I packed some stuff (too much as it turned out) and headed off to the Stubai. First stop is the Innsbrucker Hutte (interior pic, including the lovely huge ceramic stove) and first mountain is the Habicht, which SummitPost doesn’t take too seriously, at least for the Voie Normale. Probably correctly; it isn’t hard in decent…

September 17, 2014

3:34 PM | What Everyone Should Know About Climate Change
Climate scientist William D’Andrea of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory asked young scientists attending a symposium last October, "What do you wish everyone knew about climate change?" He turned the responses into this video, which covers the topic pretty well.

September 16, 2014

9:04 PM | Independent Scotland doesn’t seem like a good idea to me
Yes, Stoat, the pundit you’ve all been waiting for. Well, at least one person asked. Coming back from hols I misread a headline on my phone (I don’t have data roaming so gloriously missed everything while I was away) that suggested that Scotland had voted for independence. “Good for them” I thought, though I was…

September 15, 2014

6:22 PM | The EU should not ban vacuum cleaners
I’ve been on hols, so allow me to be a little behind the times. The EU is proposing to ban vacuum cleaners of more than 1600 watts. If you follow that link you’ll find a fairish discussion of whether this matters or not: its easy enough to argue that no-one needs more than 1600, and…

September 13, 2014

8:57 PM | Did you miss me – yeah – while I was away?
I’ve been on holiday in the Stubai. It was great. My apologies for the few comments that got stuck in moderation over the past two weeks, they are all released now. If you think there’s anything else do let me know. Be reassured that I will bore you with more mountaineering photos in the near…

September 12, 2014

9:45 PM | 2002 Larsen B ice shelf collapse likely due to rising temps
Examination of the seafloor reveals details of the ice's history.

September 08, 2014

2:05 PM | New ice core records show Greenland in sync with the rest of the globe
Different technique yields a less-confusing answer to when warming started.

September 03, 2014

2:24 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (My New Series)
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a college friend who now works as a television meteorologist....

September 02, 2014

10:53 PM | Reason in a Dark Time
Dale Jamieson is a philosopher long acquainted with the work of climate scientists. His recently published book was begun 25 years ago, “an avocation that became an obsession”. He used to joke when asked why the book wasn’t appearing that he was waiting to see how the story ended. Then it dawned on him after […]
12:08 PM | On arguing by analogy
Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Heliobacter proponents/Wegner/Copernicus. Episodes of clear misconduct or dysfunction in other spheres […]
11:58 AM | Unforced variations: September 2014
This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation).

September 01, 2014

6:35 PM | American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century
It has happened before, and warming won’t help.

August 27, 2014

9:29 PM | Roy Spencer jumps the shark
I’m delighted to announce that Roy Spencer has joined the select company of such as Lindzen (sea ice; also emeritus), Curry (septic capture) and von S (wikipedia) as a shark jumper. Its all there in full public view. How Much of Atmospheric CO2 Increase is Natural?… Natural Variations in CO2 are LARGE… We should remember…
1:45 PM | IPCC attribution statements redux: A response to Judith Curry
I have written a number of times about the procedure used to attribute recent climate change (here in 2010, in 2012 (about the AR4 statement), and again in 2013 after AR5 was released). For people who want a summary of what the attribution problem is, how we think about the human contributions and why the […]

August 26, 2014

9:11 PM | The fruitarians are lazy
No no don’t go away, there’s actually some science in this post, courtesy of the increasingly-heavyweight Nick Stokes. Or, perhaps more fairly, whatever science there is comes from NS. But there’s a lot of snark too, as I hope you’d expect. That comes from me. The title isn’t quite right; I could have tried anopsologists…
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