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Head of climate-gate inquiry defends independence

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The team reviewing allegations of poor scientific practice at the University of East Anglia set out its stall today, and immediately faced questions about its own independence. The review was triggered by emails purloined from the university’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), which trigged the so-called climate-gate brouhaha. Review head Muir Russell staunchly defended the independent nature of the review when questioned about the fact that it is funded by the university itself. Russell, the former vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, also faced questions about the inclusion of Nature’s editor in chief  … Read more

New climate centre email incident

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Climate change researchers in the UK have been subjected to a new cyber-attack. Last month staff at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), were sent fake emails that purported to come from Nicholas Stern, the head of the institute. “The attacker did not gain access to any e-mail messages. The attack was identified very quickly by members of the school’s IT security team who took steps to prevent it from causing any damage,” says Bob Ward, policy  … Read more

Climate-gate, scepticism, and Pachauri’s potboiler

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Just in case you think that the IPCC/climate-gate story has petered out in the last few days… Phil Jones, the University of East Anglia scientist whose stolen emails caused the worldwide ‘climate-gate’ kerfuffle, has told The Sunday Times he contemplated killing himself. “I did think about it, yes. About suicide,” he says. “I thought about it several times, but I think I’ve got past that stage now.” Full post on The Great Beyond…  … Read more

Pachauri under Pressure: Quotes of the Day Special

Pachauri under Pressure: Quotes of the Day Special

Cross-posted by Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The row over an erroneous claim by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that Himalayan glaciers could vanish by 2035 shows no sign of abating. Soon we’ll be calling it ‘2035-gate’. “I am not going to stand down, I am going to stand up.” Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC, tells the BBC he will not quit. “The IPCC’s shortfalls are illustrated with the behaviour of Pachauri, its chair since 2002. … Without significant institutional reform, the IPCC, and climate science as a whole, risks more than just bad press. It risks  … Read more

Health at risk as climate aid spending increases, warns Bill Gates

Health at risk as climate aid spending increases, warns Bill Gates

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Bill Gates has expressed concern that focusing aid money on climate change at the expense of health could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths. In the 2010 annual letter from his charitable foundation, Gates notes that the Copenhagen Summit talked of pushing for $10 billion per year for the next three years to help developing countries deal with climate change, with a $100 billion per year by 2020 goal. “I am concerned that some of this money will come from reducing other categories of foreign aid, especially health,” he writes. “If  … Read more

UK press gets ‘Mr Global Warming’ hot under the collar

UK press gets ‘Mr Global Warming’ hot under the collar

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The cold snap in Britain – seen here in this NEODAAS/University of Dundee image – has triggered a rash of ‘global warming isn’t real’ comments. Climate scientist Mojib Latif is not a happy man. The Leibniz Institute researcher says he “cannot understand” why his research is being cited in media reports questioning climate change. “It comes as a surprise to me that people would try to use my statements to try to dispute the nature of global warming. I believe in manmade global warming,” he told the Guardian. “I have said that  … Read more

Copenhagen round up

Copenhagen round up

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond The European Union has agreed to provide 2.4 billion euros per year from 2010 to 2012 for ‘fast start funding’ to get climate mitigation projects off the ground in developing countries. EU leaders say they want a total of 7 billion euros per year coughed up internationally. “The EU has now taken on a significant share of the total amount and has shown leadership on the issue. Now we want to encourage the rest of the world to contribute to reach 7 billion. It would be good if we could get an agreement  … Read more

Copenhagen round up

Copenhagen round up

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond Yesterday ‘Copenhagen’ overtook ‘Tiger Woods’ as the number one subject mentioned in news stories and social networking sites. Today though Obama’s Peace Prize speech has jumped ahead of Copenhagen. But if that has dampened the atmosphere at the climate talks it’s not showing. Diplomats from across the world are still wrangling about just about everything. At the serious end of the spectrum there has been another ‘huge fight that has the potential to derail the talks’. This one is over proposals from the tiny island of Tuvalu to keep the rise in temperatures  … Read more

Updated: More heat, less light in CRU hacking ‘scandal’

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond Update:The CRU has now reponded to Daniel Cressey’s request for comment on the Sunday Times article discussed below. See the CRU statement below the fold. The fallout from the hacking of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia continues this week, with huge attention still focused on the controversial content of leaked emails between leading climate scientists. The university said on Saturday that 95% of the CRU climate data set concerning land surface temperatures has been made available to the public for “several years” and that all data will be  … Read more

China commits to ‘carbon intensity’ reduction

China commits to ‘carbon intensity’ reduction

Daniel Cressey; cross-posted from The Great Beyond China has announced it will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by between 40 and 45% of 2005 levels by 2020. “Appropriate handling of the climate change issue is of vital interest to China’s social and economic development and people’s fundamental interests, as well as the welfare of all the people in the world and the world’s long-term development,” says the country’s State Council (Xinhua). The Chinese announcement came barely hours after US President Barack Obama announced he would put a 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 offer on the  … Read more