by Judith Curry
Here are a few items that caught my eye this past week:
Yahoo.news posted a story from the Associated Press entitled “Northeast Braces for Temperatures Near Boiling Point” (h/t Angela Fritz.) It seems that the confused 100F with 100C. Here’s a book idea for Chris Mooney: “Unscientific reporters and editors”
Good news for the UK
Treehugger.com reports that “UK growing its own tea, olives and hot peppers as climate warms.” The treehugger article refers to a more extensive Reuters piece, which is quite interesting. The treehugger article concludes with “Be clear, I’m not presenting this, in any way, in an attempt to say ‘see, climate change won’t be a bad thing’, as is sometimes done to distract from the need to change our carbon-intensive lives. Rather, I see it as an example of the just plain interesting things that we’re surely likely to see more and more of.”
Memo to climate change pundits: don’t mention the weather
Chris Turner of the Mother Nature Network has an interesting post. He argues that:
At the peak of a hot summer, commentators are making links between heat waves and global warming. The weather, though, is a lousy frame for talking about climate change.
The university were ordered to release data by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, following a freedom-of-information request for the raw data from researchers Jonathan Jones of the University of Oxford and Don Keiller of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.
Davies says that the university initially refused on the grounds that the data is not owned by the CRU but by the national meteorological organisations that collect the data and share it with the CRU.
When the CRU’s refusal was overruled by the information commissioner, the UK Met Office was recruited to act as a go-between and obtain permission to release all the data.