Category Archives: Policy

End of climate exceptionalism

by Judith Curry

A new report from the IPCC implies that “climate exceptionalism”, the notion that global warming is a problem like no other, is coming to an end. – Economist

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Inconvenient truth of carbon offsets

by Judith Curry

Kevin Anderson explains why he refused to purchase a carbon offset, and why you should steer clear of them too.

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The Art of Science Advice to Government

by Judith Curry

Peter Gluckman, New Zealand’s chief science adviser, offers his ten principles for building trust, influence, engagement and independence.

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APS reviews its Climate Change Statement

by Judith Curry

The American Physical Society (APS) is in the process of reviewing its 2007 Climate Change Statement.  The process itself is remarkable, and I’ve been privileged to participate in the process.

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Atlanta’s 2″ catastrophic snowfall

by Judith Curry

On Tuesday, snowfall of just over 2 inches shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Thousands of flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More than 2,000 school children were separated from their parents, and spent the night in buses, police stations, or classrooms. – Politico

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Senate EPW Hearing on the President’s Climate Action Plan

by Judith Curry

The hearing is now concluded, I’m on a plane flying back to Atlanta.

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Blame game

by Judith Curry

 The scientific case is strengthening: developed countries are to blame for global warming – and there will soon be a legal reckoning.  - Chris Huhne

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Scientific uncertainties and moral dilemmas

by Judith Curry

[P]utting adaptation and mitigation issues into the broader context of competing needs and limited resources raises moral problems that cannot be easily dismissed. – Hillerbrand and Ghil

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Pathological altruism

by Judith Curry

Pathological altruism can be conceived as behavior in which attempts to promote the welfare of another, or others, results instead in harm that an external observer would conclude was reasonably foreseeable.

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Reflection on reliability of climate models

by Judith Curry

Failure to communicate the relevant ‘weak link’ is sometimes under-appreciated as a critical element of science-based policy-making.

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Warsaw Loss and Damage Mechanism: A climate for corruption?

Lets take a look at the new ‘Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage’ agreed to by the UNFCCC COP in Warsaw last week, and its potential for breeding a climate of corruption.

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Social cost of carbon

by Judith Curry

The debate on the social cost of carbon is heating up.

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20 tips for interpreting scientific claims

by Judith Curry

This list will help non-scientists to interrogate advisers and to grasp the limitations of evidence  - William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter and Mark A. Burgman.

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Fallacies of risk

by Judith Curry

In addition to traditional fallacies such as ad hominem, discussions of risk contain logical and argumentative fallacies that are specific to the subject-matter. Ten such fallacies are identified, that can commonly be found in public debates on risk. They are named as follows: the sheer size fallacy, the converse sheer size fallacy, the fallacy of naturalness, the ostrich’s fallacy, the proof-seeking fallacy, the delay fallacy, the technocratic fallacy, the consensus fallacy, the fallacy of pricing, and the infallability fallacy. – Sven Ove Hansson

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Practice-relevant climate adaptation science

by Judith Curry

Informing the extensive preparations needed to manage climate risks, avoid damages, and realize emerging opportunities is a grand challenge for climate change science.

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John Howard: One Religion is Enough

by Judith Curry

“I chose the…title largely in reaction to the sanctimonious tone employed by so many of those who advocate substantial and and costly responses to what they see as irrefutable evidence that the world’s climate faces catastrophe…To them the cause has become a substitute religion.” – John Howard

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Pragmatic leverage points to tackle climate change

by Judith Curry

It’s time to move beyond the old debates and endless gridlock, and find pragmatic, new leverage points to tackle climate change. – Jon Foley

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2 from the Australian Financial Review

The latest IPCC report will not bridge the ideological divide on climate change so it is up to governments to find the sensible centre. – Warwick McKibben

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IPCC diagnosis – permanent paradigm paralysis

by Judith Curry

Diagnosis: paradigm paralysis, caused by motivated reasoning, oversimplification, and consensus seeking; worsened and made permanent by a vicious positive feedback effect at the climate science-policy interface.

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Unintended consequences of energy policy on biodiversity

by Judith Curry

Mitigation, adaptation, and the threat to biodiversity.

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Politics of the 2C target

by Judith Curry

The modification of the 2C climate target will put an end to the vision of a “science-based” climate policy – Oliver Geden

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Professors, politics and public policy

by Judith Curry

On academic misconceptions of politics and the policy process.

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Climate of failure(?)

by Judith Curry

On the politics of global warming policy.

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JC on NPR

I have an interview tonite on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Proactionary principle

by Judith Curry

Between no action and precaution.

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