Category: Climategate

What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change

(July 19, 2010) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is preparing its Fifth Assessment Report, with the input of 831 experts selected from among 3,000 nominations. As Andy Revkin reports on Dot Earth, these 831 experts have been sent a letter from IPCC chairman Rajendra K. Pachauri which, without mentioning ClimateGate by name, acknowledges the very charged atmosphere surrounding the media’s portrayal of climate science.

Bad politics

(July 17, 2010) A few week ago the U.S. National Academy of Sciences published a paper that claimed to have found evidence that scientists who support official climate change theory are vastly more numerous and expert than scientists who do not. Those who do not, often called skeptics or deniers, were said to be in such a minority as to be insignificant in number, making up only 2% or 3% of climate scientists. That tiny fraction of climate scientists was found to have much weaker levels of scientific "credibility" and "expertise."

The IPCC’s First Test in “a New World of Openness”

(July 12, 2010) “Climate science is a matter of such global importance, that the highest standards of honesty, rigour and openness are needed in its conduct,” stated the Muir Russell report into the Climategate scandal after it found the Climatic Research Unit at the UK’s East Anglia University guilty of “a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness.”

Third Climategate report ‘imminent’‚ – expect a shortage of whitewash in stores this weekend

(June 11, 2010) This is the third investigation into Climategate and the universal expectation is that it will be as much a snow job as the previous two, though those precedents will be hard to beat: not since Tom Sawyer manipulated his friends into whitewashing his aunt’s fence has a team worked harder than the successive establishment figures who have exonerated the Decline Hiders from any culpability.

Lord Monckton wins global warming debate at Oxford Union

(May 25, 2010) For what is believed to be the first time ever in England, an audience of university undergraduates has decisively rejected the notion that “global warming” is or could become a global crisis. The only previous defeat for climate extremism among an undergraduate audience was at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, in the spring of 2009, when the climate extremists were defeated by three votes.

U.-Va. hires legal counsel as it prepares for possible fight over Cuccinelli subpoena

(May 14, 2010) The University of Virginia has hired the big law firm Hogan Lovells to help the school evaluate its options in responding to a civil subpoena from the state attorney general seeking documents related to the work of a former professor. It’s the strongest indication yet that the school is seriously considering fighting the subpoena in court, as various academic groups have urged.

Cuccinelli v Mann

(May 2, 2010) Obviously, I think that Mannian effusions have negligible scientific value. However, the people in the field think otherwise and organizations like NSF seem ready and willing to lavishly fund analysis that seems to me to be little more than paleo-phrenology. Cuccinelli’s complaint lies with NSF rather than Mann.

The Climategate investigation

(April 29, 2010) Last month, while the American media were distracted by the health care vote in Congress, the British Parliament published the results of its investigation into East Anglia University’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) that has been at the center of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) controversy. It seems that many were hoping that no one would read this report, at least not beyond the milquetoast executive summary.