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And then there's physics: Guest post: A ‘new’ measurement of climate sensitivity?

This is a guest post by Mark Richardson, who is currently a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mark has a particular interest in the role of clouds in climate change. This post is a response to …

2018-01-17 21:19   Click to comment

And then there's physics: A little bit of sociology of science?

I recently published a paper on turbulence in discs around young stars. The basic conclusion was that turbulence tends to inhibit, rather than promote, a potential planet formation process. However, rather than talk about the paper itself, I thought I …

2018-01-13 19:02   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Can Contrarians Lose?

No. Thesis – Contrarians always win Proof. Let the following assumptions hold: (1) science is a corrective process; (2) scientific beliefs are revisable; (3) contrarians could (and probably will, one day, with AI) claim everything science doesn’t claim. Ergo, Betteridge’s Law …

2018-01-11 13:42   Click to comment

And then there's physics: No, we’re not slipping into a proper ice age

Matt Ridley, who I have written about numerous times before, has a new article in The Times called global cooling is not worth shivering about, which claims that The Earth is very slowly slipping back into a proper ice age …

2018-01-08 20:23   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Reproducibility?

I came across an interesting paper about the replication crisis that I thought I would briefly discuss (H/T Neuroskeptic). The paper in question is Reproducibility research: a minority opinion. It’s not open access, but I have found what I think …

2018-01-05 18:16   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Being wicked

There’s been an interesting discussion on Twitter about how to frame anthropogenically-driven climate change. In particular, should it be framed as a wicked problem? A number of people involved in the discussion had a problem with this framing. One very …

2018-01-03 18:01   Click to comment

And then there's physics: 2017: A year in review

I’ve now been writing this blog for almost 5 years and I still don’t quite know what I’m trying to achieve, if anything. Hopefully a blog that presents a reasonable representation of our current understanding of climate science, while also …

2017-12-30 20:54   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Political activism

There’s been a rather lengthy Twitter exchange involving Judith Curry, mostly focusing on whether or not Judith is a political activist. Judith appears to be suggesting that what she does is not political activism, or any form of political advocacy, …

2017-12-28 19:23   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Merry Christmas, etc

Since it’s now the afternoon of Christmas Eve here, it would seem time to quickly wish everyone a Merry Christmas, or whatever season’s greeting is most suitable. I certainly plan to have a few days relaxing with the family, so …

2017-12-24 14:17   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Galactic cosmic rays

There’s a recent Nature Communications paper by Svensmark et al. called [i]ncreased ionization supports growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei. The basic idea is that cosmic rays (energetic particles typically accelerated by shock waves) can influence the growth of …

2017-12-22 20:51   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Arguing about the greenhouse effect – again

There’s been a rather lengthy Twitter thread about the greenhouse effect. In particular, focusing on claims that there is no such thing. Of course, engaging in such discussions so as to actually change anyone’s minds is pointless. However, I think …

2017-12-18 18:39   Click to comment

And then there's physics: What if global warming ends up being greater than we thought?

I recently wrote a post about the Brown & Caldeira paper which suggests that climate sensitivity may be on the high side of the range. Rather predictably, Nic Lewis has a guest post on Climate Etc in which he looks …

2017-12-17 13:36   Click to comment

And then there's physics: More about Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity

It’s currently the AGU Fall Meeting and there was a session on Climate sensitivity and feedbacks. It included talks by Kate Marvel and Kyle Armour, and I noticed that the Convener, Andrew Dessler, had tweeted This leads to one of …

2017-12-14 19:39   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Greater future global warming?

Before I go out I wanted to briefly mention a recent paper by Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira called [g]reater future global warming inferred from Earth’s recent energy budget. Patrick Brown already has a nice blog post about this with …

2017-12-08 18:37   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Polar Bears and Arctic sea ice

Jeff Harvey, who is an occasional commenter here, is lead author of a recent paper on [i]nternet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy. The paper itself is open access, and if you would like to read some posts …

2017-12-03 15:49   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Science communication – again

There are a number of possible things to write about, but I thought I might have a brief rant about a topic I find of interest. A tweet by David Roberts (who I mostly like) caused a bit of a …

2017-12-01 20:26   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Going Nuclear

An epic tweetspat with pseudo-modern engineers made me think of the following confutation of the Breakthrough playbook: First, nuclear energy needs to compete with fossil fuels, not renewables like wind or solar. This point rests on the basic observation that the …

2017-11-29 14:56   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Combining different ECS estimates

I wanted to briefly highlight a new paper by Nic Lewis and Peter Grünwald called [o]bjectively combining AR5 instrumental period and paleoclimate climate sensitivity evidence. You may want, however, to be cautious of the term objective. As the title indicates, …

2017-11-25 20:08   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Carbon budget constraints

I’d been meaning to highlight a statement from Kevin Anderson for quite some time. A brief lull in postings gives me a chance to do so. It relates to the Paris goal of keeping global warming below 2oC. I haven’t …

2017-11-23 20:32   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Climate communicators in Edinburgh

It was a bit of a weekend of climate communication in Edinburgh. Yesterday morning I went along to Dynamic Earth, where the Natural Environment Research Council was hosting an event called UnEarthed. Ed Hawkins was there with a display about …

2017-11-20 20:56   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Mertonian norms

There are a set of norms of science, first presented by Robert K Merton and known as the Mertonian norms. I found what seems to be a good description of them here. There are four Mertonian norms, called universalism, communalism, …

2017-11-17 20:05   Click to comment

And then there's physics: A real time global warming index

This is a guest post by Karsten Haustein, a researcher in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. The post is about a new paper that discusses their real time global warming index. Have you …

2017-11-16 13:30   Click to comment

And then there's physics: I’m confused….

Recently, Warren Pearce and colleagues published a paper called [b]eyond climate consensus which I wrote about here. There was a response from John Cook, one from Naomi Oreskes, and a Guardian article by multiple authors. So, why am I confused? …

2017-11-14 19:36   Click to comment

And then there's physics: If it’s a fight?

I’ve had very little to say recently, and still don’t have much to say. However, just to keep things ticking over, I thought I would highlight this David Roberts article called [c]onservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So …

2017-11-11 10:12   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Jordan Peterson speaks the truth

I may, justifiably, be accused of this post having a clickbait title. What it refers to, though, is a youtube debate between Philip Moriarty (a Physics Professor at the University of Nottingham) and Fred McVittie (whose credentials I, unfortunately, do …

2017-11-04 16:30   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Carbon Dioxide Removal

There’s a bit of a debate going on a about economics and ethics, mostly on MT’s blog, but also on Stoat, and a little bit here. I have to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what people are actually disagreeing …

2017-10-30 20:02   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Civility

A recent discussion has led me to think a bit more about civility. This was partly motivated by my own intention to maintain it when I started this blog (which didn’t always succeed) and by the other party being someone …

2017-10-27 20:15   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Watt about breaking the ‘pal review’ glass ceiling

Pat Frank has a guest post on WUWT about breaking the ‘pal review’ glass ceiling in climate modeling. It’s essentially about a paper of his that he has been trying to get published and that has now been rejected 6 …

2017-10-23 20:07   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Infrared absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide

Geoff Price made me aware of a paper, by an apparently highly published physicist, that considers the infrared absorption of atmospheric carbon. It concludes that CO2 is a very weak greenhouse gas and cannot be accepted as the main driver …

2017-10-21 19:32   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Sound Science

By some serendipity, I noticed and responded to a tweet where Kevin Folta was trying to ridicule the accusation that he was “pro-GMO”: How about "pro-artificial plant-growth environments" or simply "pro-biotech"? Self-serving caricatures won't make social labeling disappear. — willard …

2017-10-20 19:17   Click to comment


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