Category Archives: Policy

Pentagon’s war against climate change

by Judith Curry

The military frames those efforts in terms of saving money and reducing its dependence on vulnerable supply lines, not dealing with climate change, but the result is the same.

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Climate Smart Development

by Judith Curry

With careful design, the same development projects that improve communities, save lives, and increase GDP can also fight climate change.

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Senate Hearing – Climate Change: The Need to Act Now

by Judith Curry

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is convening a Hearing today on Climate Change:  The Need to Act Now.

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World Bank on Understanding Climate Uncertainty

by Judith Curry

The impact of climate change looms large as a deep uncertainty with global consequences. – Khalra et al.

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Science and policy – reconciling the two cultures

by Judith Curry

There are obvious issues, such as protecting the independence of advice, acknowledging the limitations of science and being clear about what we know and do not know, to understand how science informs but does not make policy, and the need to ensure honest brokerage of information. – Sir Peter Gluckman

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Reflections on Bengtsson and the GWPF

by Judith Curry

. . . some scientists are mixing up their role with that of a climate activist.Lennart Bengtsson

Professor Bengtsson’s persecution shows precisely why independent think-tanks such as the Global Warming Policy Foundation are essential. Truly, the old joke is becoming ever more true: what’s the opposite of diversity? University.Matt Ridley

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U.S. National Climate Assessment Report

by Judith Curry

Climate change, once considered a problem for the distant future, has moved firmly into the present.  Climate change is already affecting the American people. – U.S. NCADAC

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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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