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…

The (un)sustainability of all climate all the time

[04/23/2013: Please note update, below -hro] A few days ago, I was taking stock of the many framings of climate. I was also wondering about the various and sundry footprints with which enviro-activists are so concerned. Here, thanks to wordle, is an illustration of what I found: I very quickly realized that I had forgotten…

Climategate 3.0: Practicing what I preach

In my previous post, I had written: To my mind the password protected files [included in CG2] were more akin to an archive of documents written in an obscure language that required “translation”. And there was only one person on the planet who could provide the “translation” so that the material in the archive would…

Mann redefines “conspiracy” and other nonsense of the lambs

[03/5/2013 12:40 AM PDT Please note UPDATE below] Michael <even when he’s wrong, he’s right> Mann, “creator” [h/t Joelle Gergis] of the iconic “hockey stick”, has in recent days ventured below and beyond a “tipping point” into almost surreal delusion, as noted by Brendan Shollenberg in a guest post today at WUWT: Snickers abound when…

New, improved “gold standard” IPCC: Business as (conflicted as) usual

[Please see update below] While the U.K. Guardian‘s activist-journalist Suzanne Goldenberg bemoans the lack of mention of “climate change” in the recent US presidential debates, the new, improved Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) appears to be continuing its standard operating procedure of … ignoring its own rules. As Steve McIntyre noted yesterday: […] the…

The big Lewandowsky … and the 97%

Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky is a “cognitive psychologist” at the University of Western Australia who seems to have a rather magnificent obsession with promulgating the message of the purported perils of “dangerous” climate change. By his own admission, he also likes to take trips back to the future. On September 3, Lewandowsky began the rapidly snowballing…

Of journalists, their sources and … evidence

In my post a few days ago, I had observed that the narratives offered by the New York Times‘ Andrew Revkin (and some of his counterparts at other MSM establishments) often struck me as being somewhat shallow in that he seems overly-inclined to rely solely on the word of a climate scientist, simply because, well,…

Revkin screens out cops’ Climategate screening exercises

There’s a myth out there that has gained the status of a cliché: that scientists love proving themselves wrong, that the first thing they do after constructing a hypothesis is to try to falsify it. Professors tell students that this is the essence of science. Yet most scientists behave very differently in practice. They not…