by Judith Curry
Its been a busy week for climate news, I am travelling and am trying to catch up. Here are some things that caught my eye the past few days:
Pat Michaels is rightfully incensed over emails from Tom Wigley, including this snippet:
“You may be interesting [sic] in this snippet of information about Pat Michaels. Perhaps the University of Wisconsin ought to open up a public comment period to decide whether Pat Michaels, PhD needs re-assessing?”
Stefan Rahmsdorf has been ordered by a German court to desist from violating the rights of a journalist (related to a blog attack by Rahmsdorf). The original Der Spiegel article is in German, Pierre Gosselin writes about it [here].
At WUWT, Professor Robert Brown of Duke University writes a provocative essay entitled “FOIA is not enough. Why not legally mandate transparency in climate research? A modest proposal . . .“
At The Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente writes that “Suppression of debate is a disaster for science.“
Steve McIntyre posts the latest funny from Minnesotans for Global Warming.
Some perspectives from Africa:
- From Ghana: Africa: Activists Hit Out at U.S. Over Climate Talks
- From Reporting Development Network Africa: Africa Should Lead Climate Adaptation.
Revkin on climate sensitivity
Andy Revkin has an interesting post entitled “On the climate high end, methane time bombs, and the lure of the new.” I find this statement to be curious:
I agree with Gavin Schmidt of NASA and Realclimate that there’s little relevance of the enduring climate sensitivity question to public policy. In a phone chat, he said that arguments about specific levels of climate sensitivity, or specific goals for carbon dioxide concentrations, have little meaning as long as the world is not slowing down from its accelerating path on emissions.
Well, the relevance is this. If the sensitivity is 1.5C vs 4C, CO2 sensitivity may be within the range of century scale natural climate variability (or not). Which has very different policy implications in terms of CO2 stabilization.
Sky Dragon Update
From Chris Ho-Stuart:
|Announcement!This comment is likely to be number 1762 in the thread. That’s getting a tad hard to follow, is it not? Yet obviously people still have an interest in continuing.
I’ve set up a discussion board called “Sky Dragon”to enable a more convenient way to host longer discussions that spin off from exchanges in the comments to blog posts here at climate etc — or anywhere else for that matter. Dr Curry knows about this and is happy for us to give it a try; she’ll be adding an announcement about it, I think, in one of the “week in review” blog posts.
The board is easy to use and intended to be a space where anyone can participate. I set it up mainly because of this enormous comment stream, but the board should conveniently manage exchanges on pretty much anything arising here. There are a couple of introductory posts on the board now, but no real content as yet. There will be shortly!
I plan to start a topic there on Gbaikie’s space ship example; anyone else can beat me to it and get started right now. Topics might include the G&T paper, or the published rebuttal by me and Joel and others, or Postma’s model, or anything you like.
Moderation is modeled pretty much on what occurs at climate etc now. In principle administrators can delete or modify posts that fail to follow the fairly obvious guidelines found at blog rules for climate etc. In practice, it takes too much time to enforce rules, so its going to be wide open at first. If problem posting becomes a huge issue for people using the board more responsibly, then a moderator can step in; but my best advice for users who don’t like the incendiary material is to just ignore it.
There’s a lot of scope to extend a board like this; it would be easy to add strongly moderated sections, and assign anyone as a moderator to parts of the board; the options behind the scenes are considerable. But for the time being it should be a lot like posting here, with a couple of extra features.
Let me know what you think, either here or on the board. Everyone here is most welcome to come and help get it rolling, or to come with popcorn and watch what happens with it.