Of United Nations’ voices, visions and values

A few days ago, I came across an article at the Gatestone Institute regarding the hot diplomatic water in which the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, found herself by failing to follow “the rules” (my bold -hro): […] Wallström’s criticism of “medieval” conditions in Saudi Arabia has caused great parts of the Muslim world to…

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Something missing in the “critiques” of Bengtsson’s choice

A few weeks ago, I (amongst others) had highlighted the words of the very respected Swedish meteorologist and climate scientist, Professor Lennart Bengtsson who had chosen to join the U.K.’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF): I think the climate community shall be more critical and spend more time to understand what they are doing instead…

PAGES2K’s Progress and NatureGeoSci‘s peer-review lite

No research paper can ever be considered to be the final word, and the replication and corroboration of research results is key to the scientific process. In studying complex entities, especially animals and human beings, the complexity of the system and of the techniques can all too easily lead to results that seem robust in…

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. [*…

Journal retractions … some lessons for the IPCC to be learning

Notwithstanding the “evidence of a lack of evidence for peer review’s efficacy” – as The Lancet editor Richard Horton had noted in an appendix to the 2010 Muir Russell report – publication in a “peer reviewed” journal is still the rallying cry regarding material included in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s reports. Getting…

Spreading the joy of climate change economic alarmism

On the eve of the first anniversary of the U.K. launch of the infamous No Pressure video, Canada’s taxpayer-funded national broadcaster, the CBC announces: Climate change could cost billions a year by 2020 Climate change could cost Canada billions a year as early as 2020, depending on how severe it is and how well the…

A conversation with an IPCC coordinating lead author

UPDATE 08/1/2011 11:24 AM: Richard has advised me via E-mail that he’ll be rather busy for the next few days, and will respond as soon as he can. UPDATE 08/7/2011 09:21 PM: Richard has further advised that he still intends to respond, but hasn’t yet found the time to do so. In the meantime, some…