Nature rolls onto the sustainability bandwagon

Ever hear of Mark Stafford Smith, before? No? Neither had I until today. Evidently, he is the Co-Chair of the upcoming London confab, “Planet Under Pressure” – and he’s also “science director of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra”. This organization is more commonly known as CSIRO, definitely a…

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…

Montford’s Nullius in Verba … discussion continues

In my recent post on Andrew Montford’s Nullius in Verba, I had written: If you are new to the “climate wars” (as I still consider myself to be, even after more than two years on the battlefield), Montford’s chronology provides considerable context and background which, although specific to the [UK's Royal Society], is echoed in…

The continued descent of Mann and his graph

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has weighed in on Portrait of the Artist as an Aggrieved Mann. Anne Jolis, editorial page writer for WSJ Europe, reviews Mann’s latest opus [h/t Paul Matthews]. Some excerpts: The Climate Kamikaze “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars” argues that global temperatures have risen in conjunction with our use…

Josh on the UN’s a-MAZE-ing place

Josh, of Cartoons by Josh fame, never fails to capture and captivate! Here’s his take on the UN’s maze in which are ensconced no less than 3,500 NGOs* Thanks, Josh :-) * Actually, it’s worse than I thought … I had previously written: Meanwhile the United Nations continues adding branches and shrubbery to its merry…

New breed of action heroes, new buzzword: Sustainia

In my last post, I had written: I definitely agree that we need to brace ourselves for another line of attack from the “sustainability playbook”. There are already a number of indications that the jargon is shifting (being reframed for the umpteenth time?!) Well, it’s happening faster than I thought … And Pachauri is helping…

Of pills and CAGW pulpits

Headline of a story in the UK Telegraph [h/t TomO via Bishop Hill]: Heart disease drug ‘combats racism’ A common heart disease drug may have the unusual side-effect of combating racism, a new study suggests. Now if only they could find a drug that had the side-effect of combating mindless repetition of the CAGW mantra!…

Sunday shocker: Michael Mann misrepresents … again

March 9, 2011: Please note updates at the end of this post -hro “They’re street fighters and we’re Cub Scouts,” says [Michael] Mann. “The Cub Scouts are going to lose this fight if we don’t become more wily.” [Source] In Dr. Judith Curry’s week in review, she notes and asks: The climate wars have continued…

More porkies ‘n propaganda from Pachauri

Accuracy, consistency and transparency are not attributes that come to mind when one considers the many pronouncements of Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In a March 1, 2012 TreeHugger.com interview with Jacob Gordon [h/t IPCC Coordinating* Lead Author, Richard Betts via Twitter] Pachauri remains true to form. [*…