UN enters US$4.5 trillion twilight zone

By way of introduction, just in case you missed it, there are at least two new kids on the new, improved, ever-growing UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) block (or maze to be more precise), The first (which I wrote about here) is called “United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme” or UNEA,…

A subterranean war on science?

Originally posted on Climate Etc.:
by Judith Curry [T]here is a routine confusion between science as a process (the scientific method), and science as an institution. – Ben Pile This thread is motivated by the recent publication of a paper entitled The Subterranean War on Science, by Stephan Lewandowsky, Michael Mann, et al.  The first…

Do IPCC NGO observers have silent non-functional mics?

In my previous post on the “transparent” behind closed doors gathering of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is now apparently running into overtime “deliberations”, one of the things I forgot to note was the rather conspicuous absence during each of the speeches of any mention of “members of civil society”. Typically, at…

Climate of cat-ostro(v)e

[Please note Update below -hro] And now for something completely – but differently – alarming. At least to me. As some of you may know, my feline companion, Amber, has a mind of her own (I know, I know … what cat doesn’t?!) and is very vocal. So I became somewhat alarmed yesterday when she…

Science consensus: mass ­official craziness in policymaking

Yesterday’s edition of the Financial Post has two items of note. There’s a new book by retired historian, Harvey Levenstein: in Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry About What We Eat. First an excerpt from Adam McDowell’s April 20th review (all emphases below are mine -hro): Levenstein demonstrates in Fear of Food:…

Climate science … sows’ ears and silk purses

Laura Kelly at the Silk Road Gourmet recently observed: The phrase, “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear,” was coined by Johnathan Swift’s punster Mr. Neverout in A Complete Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation In Several Dialogues published in 1738. When quill touched cotton, the phrase was used to refer to…

Climatic licence

The matter of “global warming” aka “climate change” first crossed my radar a little under two and a half years ago. When I began my exercise in due diligence – apart from the then standard appeal to the authority of “thousands of scientists” who cannot possibly be wrong – the very first element of doubt…