Category Archives: Ethics

The blame game

by Judith Curry

For the sake of argument, let’s accept the IPCC conclusions regarding attribution of global warming, and their 21st century projections.  So, exactly who in the U.S. bears the blame for current and future damages?

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Bullying as scientific misconduct

by Judith Curry

Updated AGU Ethics Policy available for member comment.  Proposed new language identifies harassment and bullying as scientific misconduct.

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Response to critiques: Climate scientists versus climate data

by Judith Curry

Not surprisingly, John Bates’ blog post and David Rose’s article in the Mail on Sunday have been receiving some substantial attention.

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Climate scientists versus climate data

by John Bates

A look behind the curtain at NOAA’s climate data center.

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Week in review – back to school edition

by Judith Curry

Many academics now consider freedom of speech just another American eccentricity, like guns and religion. – Daniel Jacobsen

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Alarm over the public loss of trust in science

by Judith Curry

A blast of fresh air from the new Editor-in-Chief of Science. “Science editor-in-chief sounds alarm over falling public trust. Jeremy Berg warns scientists are straying into policy commentator roles.

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Climate power play by the AAAS et al.

by Judith Curry

The AAAS and affiliated professional societies just shot themselves in the foot with the letter to U.S. policy makers.

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A new definition of academic misconduct

by Judith Curry

Ridd was punished by James Cook University for “not displaying responsibility in respecting the reputations of other colleagues.” The university even warned that if he does this again, he’ll be tried for serious misconduct.

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The Exxon Climate Papers

by Andy May

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has accused ExxonMobil of lying to the public and investors about the risks of climate change according to the NY Times and has launched an investigation and issued a subpoena demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents.

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Kudos to the AGU

by Judith Curry

AGU Board votes to continue relationship with Exxon-Mobil and to accept sponsorship support.

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Campus unrest, viewpoint diversity, and freedom of speech

by Judith Curry

Campus unrest, viewpoint diversity, and freedom of speech are issues that have been of increasing concern to me.

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AGU, Exxon and the corporate funding dilemma

by Judith Curry

. . . to assess whether our partner/sponsor statements are in conflict with our position statements and accepted scientific consensus. – Margaret Leinen, AGU President

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Walking the climate talk

by Judith Curry

Their [climate scientists] actions may have limited discernible influence in terms of ‘bending the curve’ on emissions, but their efforts to ‘walk the talk’ have tremendous symbolic value – Max Boykoff

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Flint water crisis: profiles in scientific courage

by Judith Curry

[T]the systems built to support scientists do not reward moral courage and the university pipeline contains toxins of its own — which, if ignored, will corrode public faith in science. – Marc Edwards

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Violating the norms and ethos of science

by Judith Curry

Don’t let transparency damage science.  – Stephan Lewandowsky & Dorothy Bishop

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On the status of scientists’ emails

by Judith Curry

The issue of scientists’ emails is heating up.

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Environmentalism versus science

Words of wisdom from Hobart, Tasmania.

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Call for an ethical framework for climate services

by Judith Curry

The urgent need for an ethical framework is heightened by the recognition that negative consequences can arise when climate services are not used to robustly translate science into the decision-making context or when services are deployed in ways that (implicitly or explicitly) bias an outcome.

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JC op ed: the politics surrounding global temperature data

by Judith Curry

My op-ed in Fox News:  Is government tinkering with global warming data?

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Hypocrisy at universities over oil company funding/divestment

by Judith Curry

Have you been wondering whether the university’s calling for fossil fuel divestment also accept research funds from fossil fuel companies?

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Conflicts of interest in climate science. Part II

by Judith Curry

But when I queried them on various sources of funding – private, industry, government – they deemed all of the sources as suspect. – Dave Verardo

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Confluence (not conflict) of interest

by Judith Curry

The term conflict of interest is pejorative. It is confrontational and presumptive of inappropriate behavior. –  Anne Cappola and Garret FitzGerald

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My Fox News op-ed on RICO

by Judith Curry

A new low in science: criminalizing climate skeptics.

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RICO!

by Judith Curry

You have signed the death warrant for science. – Peter Webster

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Ins and outs of the ivory tower

by Judith Curry

This is the strongest, and most cogently made, argument that I’ve seen against political advocacy by academics related to their subject of expertise.

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