Last week I expressed the hope that the 10:10 video and Cucinelli would by gone by this week, and my wish seems mostly to have been granted. Michael Mann doesn’t do himself any favors in this op-ed, but does a better job in this interview with Brittanica.
The climate blogosphere’s insatiable appetite for skirmishes in the hockey wars have been fueled by allegations of plagiarism by Edward Wegman. Much tail chasing and head spinning, but I suspect this story will hang around for awhile in the blogosophere: it appeals to blogospheric sleuthing instincts (previously whetted by the CRU emails), plus a host of tangential but interesting issues are being raised.
There is a press release from the IPCC regarding deliberations in Busan on the topic of strengthening processes and procedures in light of the IAC recommendations (BBC story here). The punchline is that delegates have agreed to immediately implement some (but not all) of the IAC recommendations, and Pachauri will continue as chair until 2014.
I don’t get the excitement over Hal Lewis’ statement? The only thing about this that caught my interest was another example of inexplicable and unwise behavior by a professional society (APS).
A few things that caught my eye this past week, that you might have missed:
Re Jim Hansen’s latest projection on the “warmest year”; it is no longer 2010 but 2012. With the strong La Nina evolving, looks like we’re in for a cold winter.
Although I try to keep Climate Etc. as a “tree ring free zone,” this article caught my interest owing to its relevance to glacier gate and water resource issues in South Asia.
On the topic of water resources, this article finds that groundwater pumping for irrigation contributes substantially to the observed sea level rise.
There is new evidence of an accelerated hydrological cycle found in increased global river runoff.
A senior NATO commander warns that global warming and a race for resources could spark a new ‘cold war’ in the Arctic.
With lots of reasons to keep our eye on what is happening in the Arctic, here is Part I on a new series on the Arctic Oscillation.
Ricky Rood has an excellent post on communicating climate change, advocating open source communities and open innovation techniques.
Nick Barnes has commentary published in Nature about openness and publishing computer code.
MIT/Climate CoLab have launched an effort in tapping the wisdom of crowds for proposals that address this question:What international climate agreements should the world community make?
In this month’s Atlantic, there is a very interesting paper about medical research entitled “Lies, damned lies, and medical science”.
Penner et al. have a new paper in Nature Geosciences that discusses some thorny issues regarding climate sensitivity.