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Post-Climategate

Being in part an outlet for off-the-cuff comment and opinion, I can afford on this website the indulgence of a little political hyperbole. Some of my friends and associates don’t like it, with scientists, science writers and PRs among them. Blogs, they say, are unrepresentative of both informed public debate and wider public opinion, and […]

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Climategate – the human cost

It is now a year since the release of a thousand emails and other documents stolen by a hacker from the server of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. This gave rise to the manufactured scandal known as “Climategate”. The political fallout from the affair continues, including with the […]

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ClimateGate – the scandal that never was

Jim Hansen, NASA scientist and bogeyman of climate change denialists, has offered his thoughts on a scandal manufactured by those with a political axe to grind, and contempt for science and the scientific process. In an essay titled “The temperature of science”, Hansen discusses errors in temperature databases, and the consequences of such when it […]

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Science on the attack

An hour very well spent it was, watching Nobel prizewinning biologist Paul Nurse discussing why science is under attack from political interests, right and left. Much of the programme centred on climate science, and featured interviews with those at the heart of the manufactured scandal that was ClimateGate. I found myself quibbling with a few […]

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“What an arsehole!”

It will raise the temperature of the debate, if not the planet’s atmosphere. I refer to a piece on Newsnight featuring University of East Anglia environmental scientist Andrew Watson and Marc Morano, a former US Congressional aide and disciple of Rush Limbaugh who now runs the lunatic-right, anti-environmentalist website ClimateDepot.com. Throughout the day Watson has […]

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Climate denialism as anti-politics

Today in an email forum for science communication professionals, a member cited an article by Guardian art critic and Turner Prize jurist Jonathan Jones. The piece discusses the London Science Museum‘s current climate change exhibition, and an opinion poll conducted by the museum on the imminent Copenhagen Summit. The following is based on my contribution […]

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Climate denialist big guns to gate-crash Copenhagen

I’ve just received from an American PR firm a press release which announces with fanfare that the loony-right lobby group CFACT is to send a team of “10 climate policy experts” to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, which begins next week in the currently dank and dismal Danish capital. The style of the press release is […]

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Climate rhetoric will not save us

Bryan Appleyard has an article in yesterday’s Sunday Times in which he provides his own rambling reaction to the so-called “ClimateGate” furore. Appleyard is on the side of the angels, and when it comes to the science he is mostly correct. The problem is that he’s right for the wrong reasons. What we have here […]

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Climate tricks

It would seem that the climate septic blogosphere is currently in an onanistic frenzy over a large number of email files and other electronic documents stolen by hackers from the servers of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. One can understand why the authors of the texts in question are reluctant […]

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