ClimateDialogue about Climate Sensitivity

May 15, 2014 6:34 pm2 comments
ClimateDialogue about Climate Sensitivity

After a bit of “hiatus”, ClimateDialogue (CD) has re-opened again with a discussion on climate sensitivity. On one hand this site is unique in bringing together ‘mainstreamers’ and ‘contrarians’ (both in the organization and in the discussions), hopefully leading to both enhanced clarity on what the (dis)agreements are really about […]

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Worst Case Scenario v. Fat Tail

April 18, 2014 11:05 pm3 comments
Graphic by Michael Quirke.

“If we omit discussion of tail risk, are we really telling the whole truth?”  -Kerry Emanuel This post is motivated by Kerry Emanuel’s recent essay entitled Tail Risk vs. Alarmism. Excerpts: In assessing the event risk component of climate change, we have, I would argue, a strong professional obligation to estimate […]

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Tail Risk vs. Alarmism

March 31, 2014 7:46 pm6 comments
Tail Risk vs. Alarmism

The American Association for the Advancement of Science just published a statement on climate risk (link) on which I am a co-author. This statement has several aims, one of which is to highlight the importance of societal risk in the low-probability tail of the climate change probability distribution. I would […]

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Do we understand the atmosphere enough to identify problems and solve them? Heck yes, we are two-for-two!

March 10, 2014 2:50 pm2 comments
Do we understand the atmosphere enough to identify problems and solve them? Heck yes, we are two-for-two!

Whenever I am asked the question of how well we understand the atmosphere that is being changed by the addition of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, I often find it useful to look at the scientific history of two other recent atmospheric pollution challenges: acid rain and stratospheric ozone […]

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Climate Change Discussion in Houston

February 26, 2014 4:40 pm4 comments
Climate Change Discussion in Houston

The self proclaimed “Energy Capital of the World” hosted a climate change event last week.   On Tuesday February 11th, more than 300 students, faculty, industry leaders, and members of general public participated in a hosted climate change discussion at the University of Houston (UH).  The event was the third part […]

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J. Christy, R. McNider & R. Spencer trying to overturn mainstream science by rewriting history, knowingly spreading falsehoods and re-baselining graphs.

February 22, 2014 9:13 pm0 comments
Galileo Galilei

Who are the Flat Earthers? Before the advent of modern climatology, common wisdom had it that we tiny humans couldn’t possibly influence climate. Modern science shows we can. Yet John Christy and Richard McNider claim the exact opposite in a recent WSJ op-ed, in which they claim that their outdated […]

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