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And then there's physics: Sea level rise

There’s a bizarre article in the Wall Street Journal by Fred Singer called, The Sea Is Rising, but Not Because of Climate Change. It’s actually so bonkers that it’s quite hard to know where to start. I’ll give it go, …

2018-05-17 22:05   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Carbon budgets and the impacts of climate change

I’m somewhat stealing this from Stoat, but it’s an interesting topic, and it really originates from a tweet by Gavin Schmidt anyway ???? I think this is correct. There's no connection to speak of between the impacts of carbon emissions …

2018-05-16 20:43   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Dark webs

I’ve been trying to think of what to say about this New York Times articles discussing an alliance of heretics, and I’ve been struggling. I think it’s important to have people who challenge the orthodoxy, and who express views that …

2018-05-15 22:01   Click to comment

And then there's physics: RCP8.5

There’s been a lengthy discussion on Twitter about RCP8.5. I think it was initiated by Roger Pielke Jr, who continues in his campaign to police the scientific community: RCP 8.5 is by far the favorite in climate impact studies (graph).I …

2018-05-10 21:59   Click to comment

And then there's physics: It’s mostly about risk

I wanted to post this video (see end of post), that I first came across in this comment (H/T Pehr Björnbom). It’s a few years old, so some things may have changed, but it’s still mostly relevent. It’s a discussion …

2018-05-08 08:58   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Speaking out

There’s a current Twitter hashtag called #WeNeedToChangeTheWorld, which WMC has also discussed in this post. It’s bit cliché, but it’s probably true, for many reasons. As also mentioned in WMC’s post, Peter Jacobs tweeted the following The politics of the …

2018-05-06 17:12   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The Pursuit of Crappiness

Let’s take stock. Computers and codes are in shambles. The Law is broken. Schools are useless to most. Sports are dope. Most jobs are absurd. Administrations are plagued. We already are living in a boring dystopia. Yet here we are. Most scientific …

2018-05-03 18:33   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Lewis and Curry, again

I should probably say something about the new Lewis & Curry paper. It’s mostly an update to their earlier paper that I’ve discussed before. Bottom line; there are reasons to be cautious. The basic formalism is that one can use …

2018-04-27 11:53   Click to comment

And then there's physics: 20 years of hockey sticks

I wrote this post and then, after a discussion with Kevin Anchukaitis on Twitter, I took it down. I was tempted to leave it, but thought I’d rewrite bits and have another go. I keep forgetting how controversial this topic …

2018-04-22 11:33   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The “truth” matters

There’s been a lengthy Twitter exchange about the Harvey et al. paper. In case you don’t remember, it was a paper essentially arguing that those blogs that tend to be dismissive of the risks associated with anthropogenic global warming (AGW) …

2018-04-16 22:02   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Five years

Turns out today is the fifth anniversary of me starting this blog. It’s been an interesting journey and I feel that I should reflect on what I’ve done, what I’ve learned, what I would have done differently, and what I’m …

2018-04-13 22:31   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Criticising the critics

I’ve recently come across a number of examples of people objecting to the manner in which some people engage in public criticism. There is a podcast with Sam Harris and Ezra Klein. It relates to a situation in which a …

2018-04-11 21:03   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Some impacts of warming by 1.5 and 2C

Something I’ve always struggled with when it comes to climate change is understanding the actual impacts of anthropogenic global warming. I think I understand the big picture quite well. If we continue to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, we …

2018-04-07 16:35   Click to comment

And then there's physics: An editorial response

Our response to Hermann Harde’s paper has finally appeared. What’s maybe more interesting is that there is also an editorial response by Martin Grosjean, Joel Guiot, and Zicheng Yu. It’s already been discussed at Realclimate and Rabett Run, but there …

2018-04-04 12:40   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The climate of the past

Richard Alley and Gavin Schmidt, currently two of the best climate communicators, recently gave presentations at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, about how we study paleoclimate and how this understanding can help us to project what will …

2018-04-01 10:16   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Extreme events and anthropogenic emissions

This is a post that I’ve been thinking of writing, but have been somewhat reluctant to start. It’s mostly because it relates to something said by Roger Pielke Jr, so could end up being a bit of same ‘ol same …

2018-03-27 23:07   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The Paris climate targets

I’m currently in Oxford for a meeting and, having spent most of the train ride working on a book chapter I’m writing, I thought I would now spend some time writing a quick post about the recent Schurer et al. …

2018-03-20 21:04   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Flying

I noticed another discussion on Twitter about whether or not climate scientists should fly. I have written about this before and the issue of people making personal sacrifices is something I’ve pondered recently. I have a great deal of respect …

2018-03-18 14:25   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Moderation

I don’t particularly like discussing moderation and, in fact, it’s been much less of a problem than it once was. However, for various reasons, I thought I would quickly stress something about how, and why, I run this blog. I …

2018-03-18 11:25   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Ignoring adaptation?

Oren Cass has an article in the Wall Street Journal called Doomsday climate scenarios are a joke. It’s based on a report that he has written for the Manhattan Institute. The Manhattan Institute publishes a magazine called the City Journal …

2018-03-14 09:38   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Living in Liquid Worlds

I spent yesterday at a workshop – organised by Dominic Hinde – at the Institute for Advanced studies in the Humanities. The title of the workshop was Living in Liquid Worlds. The idea was to bring together scholars from different …

2018-03-11 19:33   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Talking solutions and motivating action

There’s been a lengthy Twitter discussion about scientists moving away from simply discussing the science of climate change, to talking about solutions and motivating action. I broadly agree with this; I do think that the main discussion should be about …

2018-03-06 22:51   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Long-term climate goals

There was quite a lot of coverage last year about a paper by Millar et al. which suggested that the carbon budget that would keep warming below 1.5oC was greater than had been earlier suggested. I wrote about it here, …

2018-03-03 17:09   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Observing the earliest stages of star and planet formation

A while ago I wrote a post about an ALMA observation of a very young stellar object (Elias 2-27) that shows spiral density waves in its circumstellar disc (see Figure on the right). A reason I wrote that post is …

2018-03-01 19:16   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Climate Hawks

After a brief Twitter discussion with Ted Nordhaus (who authored the article I wrote about here) I came across another of his recent articles. It’s about Climate Hawks’s revealed preferences. The basic suggestion is that Climate Hawks don’t really behave …

2018-02-22 21:53   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The two-degree delusion?

Ted Nordhaus, of Breakthrough Institute fame, has a recent article in Foreign Affairs called [t]he two-degree delusion. Basically, it argues that we cannot possibly achieve this target without harming the poor, and that continuing to try and do so also …

2018-02-16 17:21   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Political Scientists

Gavin Schmidt had a bit of a rant on Twitter about some political scientists find[ing] ways to blame climate scientists for the lack of progress in CO2 emission reductions. We should dedicate February as #findaclimatescapegoat month as yet again some …

2018-02-14 20:19   Click to comment

And then there's physics: A challenge for my readers

John Cook and colleagues have new paper out about [d]econstructing climate misinformation to identify reasoning errors. The basic idea is to inoculat[e] against misinformation by explaining the fallacious reasoning within misleading denialist claims. and to [o]ffer a strategy based on …

2018-02-11 14:26   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Overhype much?

There has been quite a lot of news coverage suggesting that astronomer have, for the first time, discovered planets in another galaxy. It’s from a paper by Xinyu Dai and Eduardo Guerras called Probing Planets in Extragalactic Galaxies Using Quasar …

2018-02-06 21:54   Click to comment

And then there's physics: ECS from a modified energy balance approach

Andrew Dessler’s paper (technically Dessler and Forster), which he mentioned in this comment, has now appeared as a pre-print. Essentially, they use an energy balance approach to estimate equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS), but – as I mentioned in this post …

2018-02-04 20:38   Click to comment


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