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Back from the twitter twilight zone: Responses to my WSJ op-ed

by Judith Curry I’ve just returned from China, the first thing I did in the U.S. airport on my layover back to Atlanta was to check twitter.

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 … Continue reading

Stavins and Tol on IPCC WG3

by Judith Curry Many of the more worrying impacts of climate change really are symptoms of mismanagement and underdevelopment. – Richard Tol

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.

A subterranean war on science?

by Judith Curry [T]here is a routine confusion between science as a process (the scientific method), and science as an institution. – Ben Pile

The heart of the climate dynamics debate

by Judith Curry Lennart Bengtsson’s recent statement on climate research has elicited a response from Andy Lacis, that directly points to the fundamental debate in climate dynamics.

California drought in context

by Judith Curry A changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms [and] floods are potentially going to be costlier and they’re going to be harsher. – President Obama

Geek manifesto

by Judith Curry British journalist Mark Henderson makes a passionate case for why science and scientists deserve a greater role in politics in The Geek Manifesto. But he offers no discussion — much less remedy — for “geeks” who play … Continue reading

The 97% ‘consensus’: Part II

by Judith Curry [T]here’s good reason to believe that the self-righteous and contemptuous tone with which the “scientific consensus” point is typically advanced (“assault on reason,” “the debate is over” etc.) deepens polarization.  That’s because “scientific consensus,” when used as … Continue reading

UK floods in context

by Judith Curry “If we look at the broader base of evidence then we see things that support the premise that climate change has been making a contribution.” – Dame Julia Slingo

The blogosphere and thought leaders

by Judith Curry Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers. In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists. But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: … Continue reading

Tamsin on scientists and policy advocacy

As a climate scientist, I’m under pressure to be a political advocate. – Tamsin Edwards

The 97% ‘consensus’

by Judith Curry  Isn’t everyone in the 97%?  I am.  – Andrew Montford

CAGW memeplex

by Andy West The hypothesis for a single, simple, scientific explanation underlying the entire complex social phenomenon of CAGW.

True courage(?)

by Judith Curry True courage is knowing when you’re wrong but refusing to admit it. – The Onion

Scientists and motivated reasoning

by Judith Curry Motivated reasoning affects scientists as it does other groups in society, although it is often pretended that scientists somehow escape this predicament.

(Micro)agressions on social media

by Judith Curry Online bullying is an issue of growing concern.  The flip side is shining an online ‘light’ on hidden bullying.

Climate Risk

by Judith Curry How much effort should we exert this year as opposed to 10 years from now? How should we manage discontinuous or highly uncertain effects?  What is the likelihood of a technological deus ex machina? Will climate change mean geopolitical surprise in the … Continue reading

U.S. climate change policy news

by Judith Curry A roundup of some recent news on U.S. climate change politics and policy.

Laframboise’s new book on the IPCC

by Judith Curry Could we switch to the grownup channel, please? – Donna Laframboise.

Week in review

by Judith Curry Some interesting action in the ‘climate wars’ this past week.

Forget sustainability – it’s about resilience

by Judith Curry The concept of resilience encourages us to ask a different set of questions about the way we manage our resources-and therefore ourselves. – Brian Walker

95% (?)

Ok, it is now official: “The long-term climate model simulations show a trend in global-mean surface temperature from 1951 to 2012 that agrees with the observed trend (very high confidence). There are, however, differences between simulated and observed trends over periods as … Continue reading

How to earn trust in climate change debates

by Judith Curry Where trust is most needed, it is least likely to be gained by relying on the source factors identified in empirical scholarship on persuasion.

The Fundamental Uncertainties of Climate Change

by Garth Paltridge There is more than enough uncertainty about the forecasting of climate to allow normal human beings to be at least reasonably hopeful that global warming might not be nearly as bad as is currently touted.  Climate scientists, … Continue reading