There is also low confidence for a clear trend in storminess proxies over the last century due to inconsistencies between studies or lack of long-term data in some parts of the world (particularly in the SH). And I have seen him speak at about half a dozen debates. That is what ‘ethics’ are in today’s world. Davey: “The science is solid and accepted by pretty much every government on earth.

Despite the clear scientific consensus, a veritable brigade of self-proclaimed, underinformed armchair experts lurk on comment threads the world over, eager to pour scorn on climate science. To add zero value to the UK’s energy infrastructure. Reference #5 links not to the poll but to a Reuters article. Things that help or allow humans realise the full potential of humanity. Of course Dr Robert Gross is disappointed that the government seems to be reflecting (at last) on its commitments to green energy, his day-to-day job has depended on that compact for a decade or more. It’s no good saying that electricity produced by nuclear is only worth half of electricity produced by wind.

There is nothing that any Guardian journalist can say about Shell’s sponsorship of the Science Museum, or its climate exhibitions. As was pointed out, Sunstein and Vermeule’s claim was itself second hand. Right or wrong, intelligent design takes the form of an empirical argument, just as Grimes’s argument was used to prove the Resurrection.

Worse than being merely ‘based on models’, the statement was based on estimates based on models of extinction, based on a particular definition of ‘extinction’, which differs from its ordinary sense, and was based on studies which may be prone to bias (such as choosing species which are known to be vulnerable to extinction), and small sample sizes, neither of which are quantified. I am currently a member of the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change’s Science Advisory Group (SAG), and theme leader for the Climate Change Consortium for Wales. In their responses, they throw much in the way to obfuscate the reality that Gummer’s predictions were barely grounded even on computer modelling, and were far from uncontroversial, even within consensus climate science. The CCA2008 mandated the creation of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to set ‘carbon budgets’ into the future. Cox rules out any challenge to what appears to him as the ‘consensus’ a priori, not as a consequence of an understanding of the science, but as a consequence of who is making the argument Politics, in other words, at the expense of science.

This brings us to why the Guardian omitted the FOI requesters Their divestment campaign now in full swing, it would be a foolish time to admit to the world that there is something hypocritical about campaigning to ‘Keep it in the Ground‘ at the same time as being sponsored by the third largest coal mining interest in the world. The RD&D needed has then been financed by governments and the private sector. Stephan Lewandowsky” must also contain a massive mathematical black hole. If energy supply is to be de-carbonised, and the bill payer is to pay subsidies to support the green energy sector ‘for the common good’, he might as well own the capacity he is paying extra for through subsidies, and go with the best technique. My apologies to Pielke, nonetheless.

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The tendency to believe in conspiracies is correlated with anomia, with a lack of trust in other people, and with feelings of insecurity about unemployment. Lord Gus O’Donnell, Chairman, Frontier Economics. Yet, as well as closing down conventional generating capacity, the UK has committed to policies at EU, domestic and regional levels without any idea of how to realise these goals. A lot of people were trying to get involved in the Status ICO yesterday. Confidence in the suggested attribution of extinctions across all species to climate change is very low.

The big claims that were made by psychologists in the twentieth century caused it to fall out of favour, and to lose its authority — in contrast to big, sexy science like high energy physics, which still promises to discover the ‘god particle’, no less. An IP namespace is defined in the second part of this paper, referring to IP network. He frames the debate about subsidies and choice of technique to suit the outcome he prefers. But the Guardian’s attempts to reinvent itself is, first, of more interest to us critics of such things as giant, undemocratic political projects, and second, perhaps the epitome of such a struggle. Scientific research priorities invariably reflect political priorities.

Has the department had an internal discussion, or commissioned any research — internally or externally — that identifies these ‘crackpots and conspiracy theorists’ and ‘vested interests’, and evaluates their arguments. Yet I can find problems with the CCC’s reports and its Chair’s statements, without ever having received a penny from the oil, gas, or coal sectors. Lord Deben claimed that climate change will cause “much greater numbers of heatwaves one end and flooding at the other, and some parts of the country, like the east of England, with very little water andother parts with huge amounts of water”, and that “Bangladesh will practically be unable to be lived in”, which will in turn cause “170million displaced people wandering around the world”. The following may sound shrill, and lean towards a reductio-ad-Hitlerum argument. What if it turns out that it is, after all, harder to turn ambient energy into useful energy than it is to turn energy-dense substances into energy.

Dr Robert Gross of Imperial College, London is not just an ‘energy analyst’, he is Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology and Policy Director, Energy Futures Lab, Head of the UKERC‘s Technology and Policy assessment function. Think of it as Ethical Cleansing. In one strikingly depressing scene in his recent book Don’t Even Think About It, climate change activist George Marshall interviews the Nobel prizewinning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, the leading scholar of cognitive biases, and tries to nudge him into saying that understanding our brains’ limitations will, at the very least, make it easier to overcome them. Indeed, the project is ridiculously expensive. The dismissal of scientific findings as a hoax also has a political element; a 2011 study found conservative white males in the US were far more likely than other Americans to deny climate change [6]. The green movement’s half-century campaign for austerity has sought to deny those possibilities to those minds.

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But the public has no freedom to do the same with Gummer, nor any member of the CCC, which was created by the Climate Change Act, 2008. The contemporary preoccupation with climate change, on the other hand, yields only joyless propaganda: an antithesis to the progress promised in the past. At the time the UK’s Climate Change Act (CCA2008) was implemented, and his analysis held. It would not have been hard for the technology-up approach to have succeeded where the ambitious one-size-fits-all global policies have utterly failed. But not so good at providing solutions to the problems its leading lights claim to have identified.

Einstein’s equation, on the other hand, tells us what the material limits of yield from nuclear reactions are, and they are astronomical compared to even the most optimistic expectations of yield from renewable energy. What lies behind Mooney’s, Lewandowsky’s and Grimes’s claim that there is an anti-science movement, is not in fact an argument for, or defence of the ‘scientific method’, but for the authority of scientific institutions which embody it. If you agree with mainstream scientists, what would you be willing to do to reduce the predicted risks of substantial warming. The real point of the clinical review paper that. In the discussion at Making Science Public, various attempts are made to identify positions in the debate with respect to estimates of climate sensitivity. As has been described in many earlier posts here, the nexus of academy and government creates a vast ecosystem of such outfits, but blurs the line between research and policy-making at the expense of democratic transparency.

But just a couple of clicks away is the Guardian’s Anglo American partner zone section of its Sustainable Business pages, the most recent article on which was published just two days ago

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The Committee on Climate Change has just published a report and says this country must take urgent action. We need a major international scientific and technological effort, funded by both public and private money. So we don’t need some psychological toolkit to examine our own psychologies. As chair of the CCC, he is a technocrat. Nebulous claims about the putative externalities of CO2 emissions allow the CCC to claim that renewable energy will be less expensive when these externalities are included in the price of energy. What if it turns out that it is, after all, harder to turn ambient energy into useful energy than it is to turn energy-dense substances into energy.

This can be exceptionally detrimental, not only to believers but to society in general; conspiratorial beliefs over medical interventions such as vaccination, for example, can have potentially lethal consequence [4]. That consensus affords climate champions like Gummer and Davey some security – freedom, in other words, to make stuff up to advance their agenda. By definition these failure curves must be monotonic. A more useful white thing might be this spray of water and milk: I’d not heard before.  Amazon: For many technological debacles, Rees places much of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the scientists who participate in perfecting environmental destruction, biological menaces, and ever-more powerful weapons.

But the public has no freedom to do the same with Gummer, nor any member of the CCC, which was created by the Climate Change Act, 2008. This should remind us of Lewandowsky’s attempt to argue otherwise. The contemporary preoccupation with climate change, on the other hand, yields only joyless propaganda: an antithesis to the progress promised in the past. At the time the UK’s Climate Change Act (CCA2008) was implemented, and his analysis held. It would not have been hard for the technology-up approach to have succeeded where the ambitious one-size-fits-all global policies have utterly failed. But not so good at providing solutions to the problems its leading lights claim to have identified.

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Rather than people checking themselves for latent climate change denialism, it is these werido academics, their claims and their institutions which need to be interrogated. If Shell or its PR firms intended to use Atmosphere to serve its own interests in the climate debate, it should be thoroughly ashamed of itself Not for the shame of seeking to intervene in this way, but because it has done such a pisspoor job of it. Nudge offers a unique new way of looking at the world for individuals and governments alike. That failure is analogous to the UK’s housing crisis. But very few questions seem to be asked when psychologists pronounce on the limitations of individual’s psychology, based on their own understanding of climate science: the ‘facts’ it supplies to them, such that they can detect ‘cognitive dissonance’. But let’s press on, nonetheless.

But goats turn out to be lame ducks. But whether we are in denial, lukewarm or concerned about global warming, the question really boils down to how we view uncertainty. What is interesting, though, is how different the Synthesis Report, its SPM and WGII appear to be from WGI with respect to these phenomena, almost to the point of outright contradiction. But there is some fairly radical difference between the individual countries where polling took place. Politicians, in the endless to-and-fro about energy policy, supported by green campaigners have emphasised the need to create ‘investor confidence’. Of the thousands of lines of evidence evaluated by the IPCC, the response from the sceptics is not, as Grimes would have it, a simple negation of a single proposition, but instead consists of a range of criticisms and questions, about each of them. But the drive to eliminate cognitive dissonance – to rid yourself of the discomfort that comes from holding contradictory beliefs, or failing to act in accordance with your beliefs – is an awesomely powerful thing. Some activists have gone further than mere figurative allusions, and dressed themselves up as ‘climate suffragettes‘. But with no standards, universal structure, or best practices, what.

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Moreover, given the number of questions that were explained as simply Lord Deben’s personal opinions, it cannot be argued that the ‘scope of the request’ was demanding. Governments since the 1990s — dash for gas notwithstanding — have been unable to permit any new development. We believe that the information we have been able to provide meets your request at a cost that is proportional to the issues raised. And so it is with the six knights and lords, who make no mention of Lomborg, either. But perhaps ‘lukewarm’ doesn’t describe very much at all, except where a position exists in relation to another. If Lewandowskyites want to instead mend science’s authority by making the recalcitrant public the objects of their studies, and to seal themselves off from scrutiny, they could not follow a better course of action that would further demonstrate to the public the bad faith of academic institutions.

But your picture in a white paper may makes you a. And telling people what they must think (for fear of having the piss taken out of them by the pop-star-turned-TV-physicist) is not ‘public engagement’ with science. Consider, for example, the beliefs that prolonged exposure to sunlight is actually healthy and that climate change is neither occurring nor likely to occur. Better to simply take the piss out of people you disagree with than engage with them on the ground you hold sacred. Added to these risk calculations are moral and political questions — is a society that models itself on ‘nature’ better than one that models itself on its own measure.

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As was pointed out, Sunstein and Vermeule’s claim was itself second hand. (For more comment, see also contributions from climate scientists including Betts in the comments under the article at http://www. Taking the last point first, the CCC was, back in 2008, intended to give the UK some kind of leverage as the first mover in setting ‘legally binding’ domestic targets. If Lord Deben has that information, the CCC has that information. The only conspiracy that there is evidence of is the collaboration of civil servants to avoid answering difficult questions put to politicians about their unsupportable claims:. I love these charts, because they mean absolutely nothing.

Your noble selves, that’s who. His 16-year tenure on the. When the carbon price or carbon Capture and storage (CCS) is introduced, the cost of gas is doubled. Although that list itself is somewhat exhaustive, I don’t see how it required more than a copy-and-paste job that could have been completed in minutes. There have been green ‘New Deals‘. As Climate Change Committee (CCC) member, Julia King, admitted, the CCC saw behaviour change as a key strategy in reducing emissions. As I wrote at Bishop Hill in the comments,

Here Tamsin should admit that this is ‘ideology’ or politics — the precautionary principle, reformulated — not straightforward risk analysis.

Suffice it to say that that move does not seem safe to me. 3, SREX SPM B, 4. And he can’t claim to simply be ignorant of the facts, since he is appointed precisely to be informed about them. But by delegating responsibility (and thereby abrogating its own) for it, it has merely created an unaccountable tier of governance that may serve itself, with impunity, whilst seemingly striving to achieve a higher purpose. And you will get a stupid answer. We show that even when scientists are rebutting contrarian talking points, they often do so within a framing and within a linguistic landscape created by denial, and often in a manner that reinforces the contrarian claim.

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But that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Such beliefs are utterly negated by the sheer wealth of evidence against such a proposition, but remain popular due to an often-skewed false balance present in partisan media [20, 21], resulting in public confusion and inertia. The people who bang on the loudest about ‘ethics’ are usually the least observant of these ‘ethical’ principles. After all, nuclear energy has the virtues of being virtually zero-carbon (if that is a virtue), not subject to intermittency, and in spite of the long timescales can add significant amounts of capacity, in contrast to the piecemeal development of wind farms — a few MW here and there. More on that climate mythology coming here soon. Davey’s comments — now published by DECC — seem to refer to arguments made by individuals or organisations in the wider debate about climate and energy policy.

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My review has not considered whether too much or too little time was taken in this case. This basic finding has been replicated numerous times in many different circumstances. , 2010; Bertrand et al. But this is a meaningless statement by itself. Of course Dr Robert Gross is disappointed that the government seems to be reflecting (at last) on its commitments to green energy, his day-to-day job has depended on that compact for a decade or more. And it is no secret that these organisations make more of the issue of climate change than either the man-in-the-street or the governments themselves make.

And it would be harder to criticise the IPCC and UNFCCC if the process was not so transparently about turning a seemingly scientific idea into a vast political project. But by delegating responsibility (and thereby abrogating its own) for it, it has merely created an unaccountable tier of governance that may serve itself, with impunity, whilst seemingly striving to achieve a higher purpose. As I am interested in the emergence and spread of various labels used in the climate change debate, such as for example ‘greenhouse sceptic’, I wanted to know more about the label ‘lukewarmer’ and while I can’t write its history in this post, I can show how it was used in the news. So what the Synthesis report referred to as ‘high confidence’ in ‘impacts’ of ‘heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones and wildfires’ seems to be owed to only a ‘likely increasing trend’ of heatwaves, as far as the science is concerned. A premise of democracy that I believe is worth defending is that it is incumbent on those seeking either change or for the status quo to be sustained to define and defend their arguments, even against robust criticism, and even against seemingly stupid and evil opinion.

(Some other contradictions are discussed here). There is nothing that any Guardian journalist can say about Shell’s sponsorship of the Science Museum, or its climate exhibitions. A similar transfer of wealth has taken place through the energy market, legitimised on the same ‘green’ basis. Sadly, the rumoured millions that flow from evil oil capitalists to equally despicable bloggers does not exist (or has not reached this far), and I have had to focus on other things. So that’s my bottom line: there is not much hope. Paper For Your Ass (2014), Paper Towel (2014), Wolf in the City (2014), Dragon is Coming.

Today we need a global Apollo programme to tackle climate change; but this time the effort needs to be international. 5 billion people on Earth use some form of social networking. So much for science, then. Chiefly amongst these is his attack on the precautionary principle. And it was not ‘green activists’ which were inspired as much as billionaires and their lackeys, who formed around the Club of Rome, and influenced the UN. The idea that public conflict over climate change persists because, even after years and years of “messaging” (including a 0 million social-marketing campaign by Al Gore’s “Alliance for Climate Protection”), ordinary Americans still just “haven’t heard” yet that an overwhelming majority climate scientists believe in AGW is absurd. And it is not enough to produce glossy manifestos, aiming to put policy-making and the natural science on the right track.

Science is increasingly more about shoring up ailing political institutions than about shedding light on material phenomena. Its chairman is Lord Deben – good morning to you. Trifecta (7/19/2015) – The state of surveillance in the UK as MPs Tom Watson and David. While that was not part of my review, one outcome of my review was to clarify that time is required to ensure searches are exhaustive. There is no scientific debate in the world where this would be acceptable to the academic community. Pointing out these inconsistencies is what will ultimately lead to an improved understanding of the natural world, and to understanding our relationship with it, including an understanding of the extent to which we depend on it.

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By suggesting that there is a phenomenon of denial And now lukewarmism in the form of reflection on the hiatus, it becomes an object of study, rather than an analysis or judgement in its own right. Perhaps because of the expansion of universities, qualification inflation the quality of academic research seems to have diminished. The CCC want, in fact, up to £9. ) It’s easy enough for any of us who aren’t climate-change deniers to engage in armchair psychoanalysis of them: they’re mired in denial and defence mechanisms, busily constructing online communities of like-minded people to help shield themselves from guilt, from accepting the need for personal sacrifices, or from contemplating their mortality. In other words, psychology has to borrow its authority from climate science. Of course, many (but not all) lukewarmers do ask such questions. But it is a question asked of a celebrated ‘science communicator’, nonetheless The answer is of course, the IPCC’s synthesis report SPM.

Whether the dispute is over vaccination, intelligent design, atomic energy, genetically-modified crops or climate change, the unfashionable camp’s complaints are rarely against science, and are indeed framed — at least superficially — in scientific terms. Underneath Brigitte’s post is a long, unproductive exchange between various contributors and astronomer Ken Rice, pka And Then There’s Physics, who runs the blog of the same name. This programme engaged many of the best minds in America. The CCC, and the renewable energy companies they service are as necessary to meet ordinary people’s needs as cheap credit for mortgages on houses with vastly inflated prices were. Many a lukewarm blog — and even many ‘denial’ websites — has been all but colonised, lest the climate debate be contaminated by nuance. Meanwhile, researchers were increasingly made to prove their relevance to society — ‘impact’ — rather than to investigate the material world merely as an end in itself.

Of course Dr Robert Gross is disappointed that the government seems to be reflecting (at last) on its commitments to green energy, his day-to-day job has depended on that compact for a decade or more

Ditto, and moving more into the established Lukewarm camp, Roger Pielke Jr, recently had an article on the same website, ‘Why discrediting controversial academics such as Bjørn Lomborg damages science‘. It might be true, were the results of the SEM so transparently different from what a more straightforward analysis would tell us. 7 GW of wind capacity, which at 25% capacity factor offers just 1. In 2016: Ico (multilined, labyrinthine), Nikopol (comic book style), Aoki (rounded sans. And so it is equally unlikely that anyone coming away from the Atmosphere exhibition would, even if they had noticed Shell’s sponsorship, have come away from it thinking about what a thoroughly decent Big Oil company it is. 5oC, model projections suggest significant extinctions (40-70% of species assessed) around the globe.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Greenhouse gases once emitted stay with us for well over a century. If there is another basis for probabilistic statements and projections than models as such, I would be grateful for your explanation as to what that basis is. On the optimistic, humanist view, however, more energy is a good thing precisely because it frees us from such limits which invariably result in suffering. And as the recent hand-wringing about Bjorn Lomborg’s appointment, and subsequent dis-appointment at the University of Western Australia shows, the debate has at least one more axis than even the enforcers admit to. But behind these ‘ethics’ are naked self-serving ambitions to control society. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Status ICO Highlights Inherent Flaws of Ethereum’s. But we have directly examined two further CCC information sources:.

This is most easily seen by plotting 1-L, the survival fraction, which MUST be monotonic downwards. READ: TokenLot Statement on Confido Welcome to the Confido ICO Confido is a trustless escrow payment solution using smart contracts. A cross-party consensus existed on an issue that had never been tested at the ballot box, notwithstanding the Green Party, which struggled to rise above low single-digit percentages of the vote after four decades of campaigning. I believe that the result is an ugly, self-serving compact between scientific institutions and politics. How many ecosystems and how many ‘human systems’ are vulnerable and exposed to what degree of ‘climate variability’. There is no shortage of energy resources. Their view was that such a search was unlikely to turn up any relevant information. So much for science, then. 4) Believe the world is more likely to cool over the next 100 years than warm.

Hence, the CCA was a rushed job, the details — much less the implications — of which were necessarily beyond the understanding of the clear majority of MPs who voted for it nonetheless. Davey’s comments — now published by DECC — seem to refer to arguments made by individuals or organisations in the wider debate about climate and energy policy. It’s 12 years since Angela Sasse and Anne Adams covered. That is what ‘ethics’ are in today’s world. ), is the mathematical apparatus Lewandowsky, and now Grimes, use to obscure, or even to manifest their own prejudices. She’s wrong, though, of course. We are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions that make us poorer, less healthy and less happy. The market was distorted by policy, intentionally. And this point is worth more consideration.

My review has not considered whether too much or too little time was taken in this case. This basic finding has been replicated numerous times in many different circumstances. , 2010; Bertrand et al. The market was distorted by policy, intentionally. But this is a meaningless statement by itself. Of course Dr Robert Gross is disappointed that the government seems to be reflecting (at last) on its commitments to green energy, his day-to-day job has depended on that compact for a decade or more. And it is no secret that these organisations make more of the issue of climate change than either the man-in-the-street or the governments themselves make. For countries at all levels of development, these impacts are consistent with a significant lack of preparedness for current climate variability in some sectors. It refers to no science.

I’m curious, though, why Richard Betts didn’t publish it on one of the websites of the organisations he is associated with, such as the Met Office. People who believed in one conspiracy were more likely to also believe in others. The framing of climate-change as a hoax creates needless uncertainty in public discourse, and increases the risk of damaging inertia instead of corrective action. But a better predictor of people’s views of the world might be things that happen in the world, which demand but defeat explanation. This is a surprise, because, as is discussed in a recent post here, Cox had an opportunity to see how the establishment’s own preoccupation with climate change threatened to dominate the research agenda, and his own field of high energy physics. , Mills, 2005; Höppe and Grimm, 2009), but their work is in the nature of reviews and commentary rather than empirical research. They take themselves as planet-savers at face value, of course, but why should we. It may be blunt, but accusing researchers of grant-seeking is a judgement about individuals, not an organised attempt to grab political power through illegitimate means. When reality threatens to prick the bubble, the pricks within in get nervous.