How Global is Global Warming? A very interesting ["key challenges"] slide from the “WMO Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation“ organized by CIMO WMO (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observations of the World Meteorological Organization) (Brussels, Belgium, 16-18 October 2012).
Every “key challenge” would be interesting to explore but of course the one about “Data” is particularly telling: “The current availability and quality of climate observations and impacts data are inadequate for large parts of the globe“.
For all the discussions and conferences and proclamations we have been having since the IPCC AR4 in 2007, one has to wonder how little we have moved on the basics.
Read the rest here.
“…the BBC has fought for five years against a pensioner (blogger Tony Newbery at Harmless Sky) to prevent him from getting a list of names of participants in a seminar on climate change, held on January 26, 2006. [Maurizio Morabito of omnologos.com] found the list (in a perfectly legal way, as it was already on the internet) and facilitated its reading.
Maurizio 1 – BBC 0. In other words, Ordinary People 1 – FOI Bullies 0.”
Current-day journalists are simply following the footsteps of giants.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. (NIV) Continue reading
“American Scientist“‘s latest Science in the News Weekly points to the popularity of an insightful, harshly titled piece at Wired: “How Science Failed During the Gulf Oil Disaster” by Christopher Reddy (April 20, 2012), that is also a good way to explore how the media industry ends up polluting science almost beyond recognition.
“If we all felt like rubbish and pedalled with our own mug to work by tilling the soil somewhere, the UN will have reached its goal by making our lives unsustainable”.
Where “as usual” means “badly, very badly”.
Anthony Watts writes: “This really makes all the hype over the now discredited Steig et al. paper, which attempted to establish an air temperature warming trend as one of the possible causes for “Antarctic melting”, [...] look even weaker.“
At UW-Madison, Apr 23-24 a two-day Holier-Than-Thou Feast called “Science Writing In The Age Of Denial“.
Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias is also known as an elephant killer.
According to Steven Goddard. Continue reading
According to Roger Pielke Jr, the Iron Law of Climate Policy means that “when policies on emissions reductions collide with policies focused on economic growth, economic growth will win out every time“.
As it happens, economic growth isn’t alone in trumping climate mitigation efforts.