Monthly Archives: April 2013

The art and science of effective science advice

by Judith Curry

“Universities, then, are doing the research. Governments, and their public services, want the evidence. Why is it so difficult to get these two worlds to meet at an intersection of knowledge that can influence in significant ways the making of public policy? Why does Australia’s large public investment in research and development contribute so little to addressing the political response to the nation’s economic and social challenges?” – Peter Shergold

Continue reading

Open thread weekend

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce topics for discussion.

Congressional Hearing on Policy-Relevant Climate Issues in Context

by Judith Curry

The Hearing on Policy-Relevant Climate Issues in Context is now beginning.

Continue reading

Congressional hearing rescheduled

by Judith Curry

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment Hearing on Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context will be held tomorrow, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Continue reading

Do scientific assessments need to be consensual to be authoritative?

by Judith Curry

The drive for consensus within the IPCC process, and its subsequent public marketing, has becomes a source of scientific weakness rather than of scientific strength in the turbulent social discourses on climate change. – Mike Hulme

Continue reading

What are the factors contributing to the reduction in U.S. carbon emissions?

by Judith Curry

The U.S. was the largest emitter carbon dioxide (CO2) until 2006 when China’s emissions exceeded the U.S.  U.S. CO2 emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels peaked in 2007 and have declined significantly over the past five years.  – John Miller

Continue reading

10 signs of intellectual honesty

by Judith Curry

When it comes to just about any topic, it seems as if the public discourse on the internet is dominated by rhetoric and propaganda. People are either selling products or ideology. In fact, just because someone may come across as calm and knowledgeable does not mean you should let your guard down and trust what they say. What you need to look for is a track record of intellectual honesty. – Mike Gene

Continue reading