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Parliament committee calls for more transparency in climate science

Parliament committee calls for more transparency in climate science

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The scientist at the centre of the ‘climate-gate’ emails has escaped censure from a Parliamentary inquiry into the affair, but his university and the field of climate science in general have not. “Climate science is a matter of global importance. The quality of the science therefore has to be irreproachable,” says Phil Willis, chair of Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee. “What this inquiry revealed was that climate scientists need to take steps to make available all the data that support their work and full methodological workings, including their computer codes. Had  … Read more

Climate change stops fighting between India and Bangladesh

Climate change stops fighting between India and Bangladesh

Cross-posted by Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond A simmering row between India and Bangladesh has been cooled down by global warming. The two countries were at loggerheads over a pile of mud in the Bay of Bengal, called New Moore Island by India and South Talpatti by Bangladesh. Both claimed the island after it appeared in the 1970s. Now rising sea levels have calmed the waters, and the island has vanished.“There’s no trace of the island anymore. After studying satellite images, I confirmed this from fishermen,” says Sugata Hazra, of the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University in  … Read more

Are climate scientists ignoring the lessons of climategate?

Guest post by Keith Kloor If there was one thing that most observers seemed to agree on in the aftermath of the hacking at the University of East Anglia, it was, as Fred Pearce wrote in Yale Environment 360, that the emails revealed a “bunker mentality among many of the scientists” at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Other metaphors have been suggested by Judith Curry, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech University, who has said, repeatedly, that the stolen CRU emails revealed a “tribalism” among climate scientists, and a “”http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/27/a-climate-scientist-on-climate-skeptics">circling of the wagons strategy.” More recently, controversies  … Read more

Another day, another ‘climate-gate’ inquiry

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The University of East Anglia has announced details of the team that will be looking into the scientific papers produced by its Climatic Research Unit, following last year’s email theft and subsequent controversy. Furious rows ensured after emails from the CRU published on the internet were taken by some as showing that Global Warming was a huge conspiracy. A number of inquiries have followed. This particular inquiry is investigating the scientific publications of the CRU, which have been questioned by a number of climate sceptics as some of the emails published contained  … Read more

Extent of ‘carbon outsourcing’ revealed

Extent of ‘carbon outsourcing’ revealed

Posted for Richard Van Noorden from The Great Beyond More than one-fifth of the carbon dioxide produced by China in 2004 was emitted to provide goods and services for non-Chinese consumers, mainly in western Europe, the United States and Japan. The statistic comes from the latest study to look at an alternative style of carbon accounting — one that assigns CO2 emissions to the consumers responsible for them. By contrast, inventories such as those reported under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) simply tally the amount of gas each country produces. Ken Caldeira and Steve Davis, of  … Read more

Climate Change in Quotes

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond It’s been a busy week for climate change watchers. We had the British parliamentary hearing into climate-gate, the IPCC announced it was reviewing its procedures, American politician James Inhofe waded in with his own report, and then there was the usual plethora of yes-it-is, no-its-not back and forth. In case you missed any of it. Here’s the point/counter point. Parliamentary Engagement Written evidence from the Institute of Physics to the parliamentary inquiry is critical of the scientist at the centre of the affair – Phil Jones of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU).  Read more