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…

AR5 “The Movie” … tick-tick, boom-boom, doom-doom

[11/22/2013 03:42 PM PST: Please note updates below -hro] Readers may recall that not too long ago (well, circa Aug. 25 to be precise! … my how time flies, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] is playing games), I had noted that at the Feb. 25/13 meeting of the IPCC’s Executive Committee (I…