Professor Michael Mann destroys the case for massive immediate action on climate change

House Committee on Science Space and Technology

Summary: The House Science committee heard from three climate scientists. The testimony of the activist, Michael Mann, destroyed the case for strong public policy action to fight climate change. He deserves attention. Sadly, the attention has been on the least important parts of his testimony. “It is extremely likely (95 – 100% certain) that human activities … Continue reading Professor Michael Mann destroys the case for massive immediate action on climate change

Breaking news: a new analysis blows more holes in the “hockey stick” temperature reconstruction

Summary:  Breaking news about the third outside analysis of the statistics in the "hockey stick" temperature reconstruction of Michael Mann et al.  Published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, the results are not pretty -- and confirm the two earlier reviews.   It's worth reading if you're interested in this vital issue. A Statistical Analysis of Multiple Temperature Proxies: Are Reconstructions of … Continue reading Breaking news: a new analysis blows more holes in the “hockey stick” temperature reconstruction

This is classic literature: raw emotion burst forth on the page, inner demons displayed

Truth is almost always better than fiction, even in literature.  Few writers can equal the letters and speeches of Lincoln and Churchill.  Seldom can fiction match the raw emotions that burst forth in real life, even in the professional worlds of politics, medicine, and science. We see this today in an article by the famous … Continue reading This is classic literature: raw emotion burst forth on the page, inner demons displayed

My “wish list” for the climate sciences in 2009

What would put the climate sciences on track to meet our public policy needs?   Here's my list of things that must be done, whatever the cost -- although it would be trivial compared, for instance, to global military spending. Raise the standards when applying science research to public policy questions. Provide greater transparency of data … Continue reading My “wish list” for the climate sciences in 2009

This week’s report on the news in climate science

In science, as in geopolitics, the action often occurs on the frontiers. 1. "Operating Environment 2008", US Joint Forces Command, 25 November 2008, 56 pages -- "A strategic framework that forecasts possible threats and opportunities that will challenge the future joint force."  Note Part II, chapter G "Climate Change and Natural Disasters." 2.  "Emulating Mannian CPS", Steve … Continue reading This week’s report on the news in climate science