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And then there's physics: The significance of the “pause”

I wrote a post a while ago about there being no “pause” in global warming. It was based on a paper by Risbey et al. called [a] fluctuation in surface temperature in historical context: reassessment and retrospective on the evidence, …

2019-01-15 20:30   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Fact mongering

I thought I would highlight an essay that some of my regulars might find of interest. It’s by Adam Briggle in Issues in Science and Technology and is about Fear mongering and fact mongering. The article is essentially about responsible …

2019-01-10 20:54   Click to comment

And then there's physics: We have 12 years

Patrick Brown has a recent blog post about whether, or not, the IPCC claims that we have 12 years to avoid catastrophic global warming. As his post highlights, there are a number of problems with this claim. Firstly, the IPCC …

2019-01-09 19:15   Click to comment

And then there's physics: What bothers, and confuses, me about climate change

Since this blog is mainly a place for me to express my views, I thought I would try explain something that bothers, and confuses, me about the whole climate change issue. Maybe others feel the same as I do, maybe …

2019-01-06 17:23   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Kenneth Smith

Originally posted on ...and Then There's Physics: Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War. In one of the articles I was reading, there was a comment that it was an event that probably…

2019-01-01 13:48   Click to comment

And then there's physics: 2018: A year in review

Well, it’s the end of another year, so I should probably do a round-up of what’s happened on the blog. The blog seems to be ticking along quite well, but I still don’t really know what I’m doing; I just …

2018-12-31 14:09   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The exoplanets around GJ 9827

I hope everyone is having a good break. I have a bit of free time, so thought I would mention a paper I’ve just finished. It’s about the the three super-Earths that orbit a star known as GJ 9827. The …

2018-12-27 11:35   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Sarah’s Wand

In the spirit of We Are Science, here’s an edited chat with Dr. Sarah Taber, whom I’ve met over the tweeter. She has things to say about land ownership, farming, and AGW. Enjoy. [Willard, so W] hello [Dr Sarah Taber, …

2018-12-24 16:50   Click to comment

And then there's physics: There was no “pause” in global warming!

There are a couple of new papers that essentially analyse the various analyses of the supposed “pause” in global warming. One, lead by James Risbey considers fluctuation[s] in surface temperature in historical context: reassessment and retrospective on the evidence. The …

2018-12-19 20:21   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Decarbonising the electric power sector

Since I’ve been trying to better understand some other aspects of the climate change topic, I recently read a paper by Jesse Jenkins, Max Luke, and Samuel Thernstrom. It’s about Getting to Zero Carbon Emissions in the Electric Power Sector, …

2018-12-16 15:43   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Five dimensions of climate science reductionism

Since I’ve been writing about social science papers recently, there are a couple of others I wanted to mention. I discovered that James has already covered one, so I don’t need to say more. The other is a paper called …

2018-12-12 20:18   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Tame and Wicked Problems

Reiner Grundmann has a new paper on The rightful placeful of expertise. It’s rather long, but there were a couple of things I wanted to highlight, and it gives me chance to try and stress something I was trying to …

2018-12-07 20:54   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Between conflation and denial

I’m on my way back from Cambridge, where I had a very pleasant evening with our Stoatness. I also happened to have a look at Climate etc., where Judith is promoting a new paper by Peter Tangney, a Lecturer at …

2018-12-05 19:05   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The plausibility of RCP8.5

I’m on the train to Cambridge for a meeting that starts tomorrow. Since I had nothing better to do, I thought I would have a quick look at the RCP8.5 data. There’s been quite a lot of criticism of the …

2018-12-02 14:34   Click to comment

And then there's physics: An STS perspective

I saw something a while ago that I been thinking about and thought I would write a short post in the hopes of clarifying my understanding (which is sorely lacking). The suggestion was that all those involved with climate change …

2018-11-30 19:32   Click to comment

And then there's physics: 10% of GDP?

The latest National Climate Assessment has just been released (National here means the USA, if you want the UK Climate Projections you can get them here). It’s already proved somewhat controversial, mainly because of a headline figure that following a …

2018-11-28 16:01   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Extinction rebellion

In the UK, there has been quite a lot of coverage of a new group called Extinction Rebellion, not all of it positive. I really don’t know what to think about it. In (my) ideal world experts would provide information …

2018-11-21 22:08   Click to comment

And then there's physics: CO2 sequestration during glacial maxima

Over the last ~800000 years, the Earth has undergone a series of cycles in which it has switched from being in a glacial, with large ice sheets, into an interglacial, with small ice sheets. Known as Milankovitch Cycles, these are …

2018-11-18 18:44   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Limits to growth?

I’ve been doing some reading to try and better understand the debate between decoupling and degrowth. I should acknowledge upfront that I haven’t really grasped the complexities of these issues, so this post will probably be rather confused and rambling. …

2018-11-12 21:42   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The benefits of acting now, rather than later

This is a post that I’ve been thinking about for a while, but have been somewhat reluctant to actually write. This is partly because maybe I’m wrong, partly because it is clearly going to be a bit too simplistic, and …

2018-11-04 17:21   Click to comment

And then there's physics: New ocean heat content analysis

I wanted to just briefly mention the recent paper that [quantifies] ocean heat uptake from changes in atmospheric O2 and CO2 composition, by Resplandy et al. The interesting thing about this paper is that it uses proxies to infer the …

2018-11-03 10:49   Click to comment

And then there's physics: A defense of science?

Susan highlighted a New York Times article about Bruno Latour, that I had actually seen and had been considering writing about. I have written about Bruno Latour before and I’m still not sure what to make of this article. One …

2018-10-27 07:39   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Why do we do research?

I thought I would briefly comment a little more about the claims made in John McLean’s thesis. Something to bear in mind is why we do research. Essentially, research is very simply about trying to understand something; to answer some …

2018-10-25 20:01   Click to comment

And then there's physics: John McLean, PhD?

A recent PhD thesis from James Cook University has been receiving a reasonable amount of attention on sites that either dispute anthropogenic global warming (AGW), or its significance (I won’t link to them, but you can probably find them if …

2018-10-20 14:27   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Focusing too heavily on public mobilization and exposing denial?

I found an article by Matt Nisbet called The IPCC Report is a Wake Up Call for Scholars, Advocates, and Philanthropists. The underlying message in the article is We have focused too heavily on public mobilization and exposing denial, ignoring …

2018-10-16 21:09   Click to comment

And then there's physics: THE GWPF’s annual lecture

Since I had nothing better to do with my afternoon, I watched the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s (GWPF) Annual Lecture, given this year by Richard Lindzen. If you really want to watch it, you can find the link here, but …

2018-10-14 17:35   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The IPCC Special Report

I guess the big news at the moment, which is almost old news now, is the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC. I’m not even all that sure what to say about it. It’s not presenting anything wildly …

2018-10-13 08:51   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Ceci n’est pas un Sokal

Yet another hit piece by Freedom Fighters against “ideologically-motivated scholarship, radical skepticism and cultural constructivism.” Yasha Mounk called it Sokal Squared. On closer inspection, there’s no Sokal there. Inspired by Michael Lukas I contend it’s more of a Veritas scam. The Sokal epithet refers to perhaps the …

2018-10-09 16:37   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Climate impacts

Carbon brief has a very nice interactive report that show the impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond. It presents the various projected climatic, ecologial, and economic changes on both global and regional scales. It is an impressive …

2018-10-07 10:55   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Galactic electric currents vs nuclear fusion

In a Twitter discussion with Ned Nikolov, I discovered that some people believe that the Sun is powered by Galactic electric currents. I don’t even understand how this is meant to work, but that doesn’t really matter since it’s clearly …

2018-10-03 19:27   Click to comment


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