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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

And then there's physics: The goal of science communication

Since I’ve discussed research informing rather than influencing I thought I would briefly highlight a blog post I found about facts, risks, and emotions. It’s by Alex Freeman, who is the Executive Director of the Winton Centre for Risk and …

2018-09-29 15:40   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Hurricanes and carbon cuts

I was wanting to quickly comment on a recent Bjorn Lomborg article in the New York Post called No, global warming isn’t causing worse hurricanes. It’s mainly a response to another article in the New York Post called Climate change …

2018-09-23 07:54   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The time evolution of climate sensitivity

I wanted to just post this figure from a new paper by Philip Goodwin called On the time evolution of climate sensitivity and future warming. It uses a modified energy balance approach in which multiple climate feedbacks evolve independently over …

2018-09-20 18:42   Click to comment

And then there's physics: We Are Science

After a few days of presentations on (gasp!) science communication, a party was being held in Iceland. Many dignitaries, a few allocutions, among them one by a lady from the banking industry, more exactly a PR big boss from a …

2018-09-17 15:55   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Disasters and Climate Change – part 2

Since I have a bit of free time, I thought I would expand a little on my Review of Roger Pielke Jr’s book about Disasters and Climate Change. As I mentioned in my earlier post, there were a number of …

2018-09-12 19:06   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Disasters and Climate Change

Roger Pielke Jr emailed me an advance copy of the 2nd edition of his book on Disasters and Climate Change. Roger’s email ended with I welcome your reactions, comments, critique. Past experience makes me slightly dubious, but I will take …

2018-09-08 18:12   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The ECS is probably above 2K.

I have quite a large conference starting tomorrow, so will probably be too busy to write. To keep things ticking over I thought I would post this seminar given by Andrew Dessler, discussing his recent work on constraining the Equilibrium …

2018-09-01 14:44   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Linking climate change and extreme events

There’s an article in the New Republic called the media’s failure to connext the dots on climate change. I actually came across it via a blog post by Matthew Nisbet in which he argues that [Why] The New Republic is …

2018-08-25 18:41   Click to comment

And then there's physics: You only need about 60 surface stations

Since surface temperature changes are correlated over distances of about 1000 km (it does depend somewhat on the latitude of the stations), it turns that you only need about 60 stations to produce a reasonable surface temperature dataset. I realise …

2018-08-18 11:46   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Some reflections

Since there are now 1000 posts on this blog, I thought I might write another with some reflections. We’re also about to go on holiday for a few days, the last before my daughter heads off to university, so there …

2018-08-12 14:22   Click to comment

And then there's physics: “Hothouse” Earth?

This is actually the 1000th post on this blog. I haven’t written them all, but have written many more than I had ever expected to write. I thought I might use this as an opportunity to write something about the …

2018-08-08 19:52   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Research should inform, not influence

Thomas Basbøll, who I sometimes have discussions with on Twitter, has a guest post on the LSE impact blog claiming that we need our scientists to build models that frame our policies, not to tell stories that shape them. If …

2018-08-05 19:48   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Estimating eta-Earth

I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so thought I would work from home this morning and then planned to take the rest of the afternoon off to play golf with a colleague. However, I also played football earlier this …

2018-08-03 15:10   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Science might be political, but…..

Since everyone else is writing about science having always been political, I thought I would have a go too. I will admit that this episode has made me think more about this, and there are aspects that I still find …

2018-07-30 18:32   Click to comment

And then there's physics: On Questioning Authority

The discussion of the polysemy (multiple interpretations) of the assertion “science has always been political” has tested the mutual regard that exists between myself and “Willard”, but has not shaken it. I am pleased that we are still friends despite …

2018-07-29 01:45   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Science Has Always Been Political

The following tweet states a fact many historians of science attest: | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| Science has always been Political|___________| (__/) || (•ㅅ•) || /   づ#HistorianSignBunny — Dr. Audra J. Wolfe (@ColdWarScience) July 12, 2018 Scientists were not all pleased. Tweetstorms rained. …

2018-07-27 13:48   Click to comment

And then there's physics: Scientists need to….

There was a recent article by Roger Highfield called Scientists need to ditch tribalism and stop shouting down outsiders. It was mostly an interesting interview with Hannah Fry who said I think that scientists and science supporters often close ranks …

2018-07-22 14:41   Click to comment

And then there's physics: The CO2 World Cup

Glen Peters found a nifty way to plug in CO2 emissions per person during the World Cup: Who has the lowest CO₂ emissions per person? France – Croatia (#FRACRO)#FRA – #CRO#WorldCup #CO2WorldCup https://t.co/aqjMTmv8EK pic.twitter.com/2VkmPLo7dr — Glen Peters (@Peters_Glen) July 15, …

2018-07-17 18:51   Click to comment


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