09:16:48 am on January 10, 2010 |
Michael Tobis says:
I’m rereading some of the popular materials written by Norbert Wiener that helped me form my point of view as a teenager. […]
Some of it is particularly germane to the question of “bad guys” [purveyors of misinformation] on questions of fact and what to do about them. I think, like it or not, this is the crucial question we face. As scientists, we start off at a disadvantage. Wiener addresses why.
Wiener distinguished two diametrically opposed religious traditions, the Manichean heresy (or I would say, Zoroastrian) wherein the universe is finely balanced between good and evil and the final triumph of good is in no way certain, and on the other hand what he calls the “Augustinean” tradition (referring to St. Augustine), wherein evil is perceived as incompleteness, in other words lack or absence of good, and is therefore effectively countered by ethical efforts into filling the gaps.
01:17:40 pm on January 5, 2010 |
(Via BlueRock on Reddit.)
08:03:47 am on December 24, 2009 |
[…] what is China’s game? Why did China, in the words of a UK-based analyst who also spent hours in heads of state meetings, “not only reject targets for itself, but also refuse to allow any other country to take on binding targets?” The analyst, who has attended climate conferences for more than 15 years, concludes that China wants to weaken the climate regulation regime now “in order to avoid the risk that it might be called on to be more ambitious in a few years’ time”.
This does not mean China is not serious about global warming. It is strong in both the wind and solar industries. But China’s growth, and growing global political and economic dominance, is based largely on cheap coal. China knows it is becoming an uncontested superpower; indeed its newfound muscular confidence was on striking display in Copenhagen. Its coal-based economy doubles every decade, and its power increases commensurately. Its leadership will not alter this magic formula unless they absolutely have to.
04:34:19 pm on December 17, 2009 |
Today we sent Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests to the home institutions of several prominent global warming skeptics. The request letters were sent to various state governors’ offices and state universities, as well as to the Smithsonian Institute, seeking information on scientists who are employees or former employees of these institutions. […]
The FOIA requests were sent to:
- Dr. Patrick Micheals, recently retired from University of Virginia
- Dr. David Legates, University of Delaware and Delaware State Climatologist
- Dr. John Christy and Roy Spencer, University of Alabama in Huntsville
- Dr. Willie Soon and Dr. Sallie Baliunas, Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysics Research Center
- Dr. Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia
10:34:18 pm on December 11, 2009 |
Global warming inactivist Steve McIntyre has moved his Climate Audit blog from 188.8.131.52 to WordPress. That is all.
01:39:44 pm on December 8, 2009 |
I wanted to make sure you saw Swifthack.com, which I launched this morning.
SwiftHack.com offers dozens of links daily to reality-based news and analysis related to the ClimateGate story. The site will serve as an informal clearinghouse for pushback against the rapidly developing SwiftHack smear campaign against climate science.
Scientists, advocates, activists, bloggers and journalists have begun the important work of educating their audiences on the true story of ClimateGate — the latest iteration of a decades-long smear campaign against climate science).
SwiftHack.com intends to be a repository of such efforts. With talks now underway in Copenhagen, correcting the false narratives being pushed by an army of oil-funded deniers is especially critical.
I need your help to make this site successful. First and foremost, email ideas, tips, blog posts and news headlines to swifthack at gmail d0t c0m. Second, please help spread the word about the site however you can.
Thanks for all that you do.
Via Michael Tobis.
08:15:46 am on December 6, 2009 |
Ben Webster on Times Online: Climate e-mail hackers ‘aimed to maximise harm to Copenhagen summit’. [cached]
E-mails alleged to undermine climate change science were held back for weeks after being stolen so that their release would cause maximum damage to the Copenhagen climate conference, according to a source close to the investigation of the theft. […]
The computer was hacked repeatedly, the source close to the investigation said: “It was hacked into in October and possibly earlier. Then they gained access again in midNovember.” By not releasing the e-mails until two weeks before Copenhagen, the hacker ensured that the debate about them would rage during the summit. Very few of the e-mails are recent. One, in which Professor Jones mentions a “trick” which could “hide the decline” in temperatures, was sent in 1999.
(Via Deep Climate.)
06:28:24 pm on December 5, 2009 |
The comment “A miracle just happened” on Climate Audit by the person behind the CRU cyber-attack is now archived.
05:35:19 pm on December 5, 2009 |
December 8 and 9, 2009: Copenhagen Climate Challenge Conference to be held at the Danish Writers Union, Dansk Forfatterforening Strandgade 6, 1401 København K (Copenhagen, Demmark).
09:34:10 am on December 5, 2009 |
An alleged series of attempted security breaches at the University of Victoria in the run-up to next week’s Copenhagen summit on climate change is evidence of a larger effort to discredit climate science, says a renowned B.C. researcher.
Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and key contributor to the Nobel prize-winning work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says there have been a number of attempted breaches in recent months, including two successful break-ins at his campus office in which a dead computer was stolen and papers were rummaged through. […]
University of Victoria spokeswoman Patty Pitts said there have also been attempts to hack into climate scientists’ computers, as well as incidents in which people impersonated network technicians to try to gain access to campus offices and data. […]