More fog from Dame Julia’s jewel in the crown

In my previous post, I had commented on a recently produced (and, as of Feb. 12, twice updated 29 page “briefing” from a “jewel in the crown, of British science and global science” (aka the U.K. Met Office) entitled The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK – in which I had asked a few…

There is nothing like a(n extreme) Dame

Hot off the virtual presses from a “jewel in the crown, of British science and global science”, aka the U.K. Met Office (MO), in this instance in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, is a 29-page “briefing” paper, entitled The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK (pdf).…

Walport’s ignorance and banal soundbytes

Writing in Spiked, the U.K.’s Ben Pile has an excellent essay on the latest shoot-from-the-lip pronouncements emanating from the keyboard of the government’s “Chief Scientific Advisor”, Sir Mark Walport (and/or perhaps that of his ghost-writer!) Some excerpts from Pile’s assessment: Sir Mark Walport’s demand that climate-change sceptics ‘grow up’ only reveals his ignorance about the…

The failed marches of climate “cause” marketeers

Readers of this blog know that I rarely find anything commendable about Canada’s national (i.e. tax-funded) broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). There are, however, some exceptions to their agenda-driven superficial and utterly biased “coverage” of their favoured “causes”. One such exception is a series they air (but do not produce) called Under the Influence.…

Climate politics choreography

There’s a woman by the name of Liz Gallagher, who happens to be one of the stable of luminaries associated with John Ashton‘s E3G shop. Ashton, you may recall, is the man who claimed that the U.K. Met Office is a “jewel in the crown, of British science and global science”. Gallagher’s E3G bio indicates…

Season’s greetings

From my computer to yours, courtesy of the ‘Tube … I wish all who celebrate a Merry Christmas, and an enjoyable “pause” to those who don’t … … And, in anticipation of … uh … Boxing Day and a tip of the hat to the concerns of the biodiversity crowd, from whom I suspect we…