by Judith Curry
A few things that caught my eye this past week
James Lovelock recants his alarmism
The blogosphere is abuzz with the msnbc.com interview with Gaia scientist James Lovelock. Excerpts:
“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said.
“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.
“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.
University of Washington
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington is one of the premier atmospheric science programs in the world. However, if you follow mainly the public debate on climate change, you might not have heard of any of their faculty members. In recent weeks, two of their faculty members have been speaking out publicly: Mike Wallace and Cliff Mass. Pielke Jr discusses their recent statements in this post entitled Pushing Back on Extreme Nonsense. Pielke Jr closes with this statement, with which I concur:
Over the long term I have every confidence that scientific questions will be resolved using the tools of science. In the meantime, it sure is nice to see these prominent scientists standing up for the integrity of their field, even if it means sticking their necks out and risking criticism from a few overly enthusiastic scientists and reporters.
Teaching uncertainty in science
William Briggs has an article on Tennessee Votes to Teach Uncertainty in Science. This issue is generating much discussion in the blogosphere, most of it predictable, but I thought Brigg’s post was interesting.
Quote of the week
“We have to ask ourselves, are we doing the right thing? Or are we using scientific information to do the wrong thing more precisely?” — Roger Pulwarty, Director, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System, NCAR Jr. Faculty Forum, July 2010
Guilt trip is the title of an article in the latest edition of Nature Climate Change. There is one sentence that is not behind paywall:
As the evidence for a tight link between greenhouse-gas emissions and climate change accrues, scientists — and editors — should moderate their use of international air travel.
Climate Change Bingo
Understanding Climate Risk has a live blog about I Can Change Your Mind About . . . Climate. This caught my eye:
It’s a pity we don’t have cards for climate change bingo to mark off squares for “It hasn’t warmed since 1998″, “scientists are only in it for the grant money”, “the temperature record cannot be believed” and so on. Likewise, I don’t recommend drinking games. You’ll be on your ear by 9.
Climate change bingo, or roulette, or monopoly, the possibilities are endless . . .