Machinations of modern medieval madness

The recent election of a Conservative majority government here in Canada gives promise of a return to sanity on the issue of global warming aka climate change. An announcement by Peter Kent, the Environment Minister, to the effect that cap and trade is “off the table” is welcome news; although the current plan to implement…

IPCC and conflict of interest: tapping into the team-work side-step

As I had posted some months ago, during its review of the processes and procedures of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the InterAcademy Council (IAC) observed (p. 53): Questions about potential conflicts of interest, for example, have been raised about […] the practice of scientists responsible for writing IPCC assessments reviewing their own…

Breaking news: IPCC posts text of decisions taken

Further to the E-mail I had sent on May 14, I received an E-mail this morning from “Deputy Secretary Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)”. It reads as follows: Dear Ms. Ostrov, I refer to your message of 15 May, addressed to Nick Nuttall and Rockaya Aidara. Please note that the text of the decisions…

When task group says let’s “disappear” a rule, IPCC agrees

About a month ago, I had commented on a recommendation (by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Task Group on Procedures) that the current (albeit rarely practiced) “rule” that non-peer-reviewed literature is supposed be appropriately flagged should be dropped. As I mentioned in my last post, I sent off an E-mail enquiry in an…

Then I didn’t see it … now I do

A funny thing happened on the way to this blogpost … I had intended to discuss the rather conspicuous absence of any mention in the May 13 Press Release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of whether or not the IPCC had accepted the “draft” recommendation of the Task Group on Procedures to…