Monthly Archives: January 2012

Climate scenarios: 2015-2050

by Judith Curry

Nature is about to carry out a very interesting experiment

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How not to save the planet

by Judith Curry

Climate change presents us with a pressing challenge. A global consensus accepts that human activity is responsible for climate change and its associated dangers. However, there is disagreement on how best to address this challenge. The essay argues that leading proposals are unsatisfactory, such as the ecological footprint and polluter pays principle. The reasons include that they do not effectively manage climate change and may contribute to further problems. We require a new approach to address climate change.

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Assessing climate data record transparency and maturity

by Judith Curry

This proposal by John Bates of NOAA NCDC nails what is needed in terms of climate data records.

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Keith Seitter on the ‘uncertainty monster’

by Judith Curry

Keith Seitter is Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society.

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Week in review 1/27/12

by Judith Curry

Here are a few things that caught my eye this past week.

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Questions on research integrity and scientific responsibility: Part II

by Judith Curry

Here is the content of my presentation to the UN InterAcademy Council Project on Research Integrity and Scientific Responsibility.

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Nature Physics Insight – Complexity

by Judith Curry

In many large ensembles, the property of the system as a whole cannot be understood from studying the individual entities alone. The past decade has seen important progress in our fundamental understanding of what such seemingly disparate ‘complex systems’ have in common; some of these advances are surveyed here.

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Missing(?) heat isn’t missing after all

by Judith Curry

Earth’s “missing heat” might not be missing after all.

That’s the conclusion of a new study that examines how accurately satellites and floating ocean instruments track the flow of energy from the sun to Earth and back again.

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Open-mindedness is the wrong(?) approach

by Judith Curry

Naomi Oreskes:

When it comes to climate change, openmindedness is the wrong approach.

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Week in review 1/20/12

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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Climate Classroom

by Judith Curry

Some news from the climate education front this week.

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Not 100% sure?

by Judith Curry

The drunk notoriously searches for his keys not in the dark where he dropped them, but under the lamp-post where he can see. This is an apt metaphor for much of what is written on the subject of risk management.

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Questions on research integrity and scientific responsibility

by Judith Curry

Earlier today via email, I received the following list of questions on research integrity and scientific responsibility.

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2 perspectives on communicating climate science

by Judith Curry

This past week, two climate scientists have presented different perspectives on communicating climate science:  Richard Betts and Gavin Schmidt.

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Is it necessary to lie to win a controversial public debate?

by Judith Curry

Serge Galam provides a disturbing answer to this question.

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Radical essays on science & technology

by Judith Curry

The Dublin based Livewire Publications has produced a new collection of essays titled Science & Capital – Radical Essays on Science & Technology, with the intention to;

“bring together some of the more radical essays on science and technology written over the years – so as to highlight some of the dangers inherent in the blind trust we are often encouraged to place in science and scientific experts”.

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Historical perspective on the Russian heat wave

by Paul Farquharson

From about the fifth century A.D. onwards,  the Western tradition of history writing preserves abundant descriptions of weather and climate phenomena in sources such as Chronicles,  Annals and Histories.  If this material is left out of our understanding and memory of climate,  then contemporary extreme events may be mistaken for unique or unprecedented events.

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Week in review 1/13/12

by Judith Curry

Here are a few things that caught my eye this past week.

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False(?) Positives

by Judith Curry

In many cases, a researcher is more likely to falsely find evidence that an effect exists than to correctly find evidence that it does not. 

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Geoengineering for decision makers

by Judith Curry

The most fundamental argument for R&D on geoengineering is that those decision makers should not be put in a position of either letting dangerous climate change occur or deploying poorly evaluated, untested technologies at scale. At the very least, we need to learn what approaches to avoid even if desperate. 

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Nonequilibrium thermodynamics and maximum entropy production in the Earth system

by Judith Curry

Albert Einstein on thermodynamics:

A theory is more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates, and the more extended its range of applicability. Therefore, the deep impression which classical thermodynamics made on me. It is the only physical theory of universal content, which I am convinced, that within the framework of applicability of its basic concepts will never be overthrown.

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Too big to know

by Judith Curry

Update: see new cartoon by Josh at the bottom of the post

the massive amounts of data necessary to deal with complex phenomena exceed any single brain’s ability to grasp, yet networked science rolls on.

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Sociology of science: Keep standards high

by Judith Curry

The rise of digital media has revolutionized the management of information and created opportunities for broader involvement in science’s production. 

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China Rejects Paying EU ETS Carbon Emissions Surcharge

by John C.K. Daly of Oilprice.com

Ever since the global recession began in 2008, suggestions of an imminent trade war erupting between China and its trading partners have been increasingly rising.

Now the first shot in trade disputes has been fired.  By China.

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Week in review 1/7/11

by Judith Curry

Here are a few things that caught my eye this past week:

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