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Judith Curry - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

I used to be concerned about ‘consensus enforcement’ on the topic of climate change.  Now I am concerned about ‘alarmism enforcement.’

Ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, any hurricane causing catastrophic damage has been seized upon  by climate alarmists as...

Judith Curry - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

by Andy West

The role of children in the culture of climate catastrophism

1.Serious scenarios for children: reality or culture?

1.1 Frightening our children: When do we find it acceptable to institutionally frighten children? While our first thought is perhaps that this...

Judith Curry - 2019-07-08 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

It’s getting worse.

About 5 years ago, I wrote two blog posts on climate scientists’ pre-traumatic stress syndrome:

Pre-traumatic stress syndrome: climate trauma survival trips Pre-traumatic stress syndrome: climate scientists speak out

Mother Jones has a...

Judith Curry - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Some reflections, stimulated by yesterday’s Congressional Hearing, on the different strategies of presenting Congressional testimony.

Yesterday’s Hearing provided an ‘interesting’ contrast in approaches to presenting testimony, when comparing my testimony with...

Judith Curry - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

How valid conclusions often lay hidden within research reports, masked by plausible but unjustified conclusions reached in those reports.  And how the IPCC institutionalizes such masking errors in climate science.

In the previous post, we discussed the motivated...

Judith Curry - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Insights into the motivated reasoning of climate scientists, including my own efforts to sort out my own biases and motivated reasoning following publication of the Webster et al. (2005) paper

A recent twitter thread by Moshe Hoffman (h/t Larry Kummer) reminded me...

Judith Curry - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

” ‘I believe in science’ is an homage given to science by people who generally don’t understand much about it. Science is used here not to describe specific methods or theories, but to provide a badge of tribal identity.  Which serves, ironically, to demonstrate a lack of...

Judith Curry - 2019-02-07 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Some reactions from Wednesday’s Congressional testimony.

I’m starting this post while sitting in the Phoenix airport waiting for my delayed flight home (by the time I get home, I will have been up for 24 hours today/tomorrow).

Sometimes I wonder why I bother...

Judith Curry - 2018-12-12 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

There is a disturbing story coming out of the University of Washington surrounding Cliff Mass.

In preparing this article, I have received material from a member of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. I also ran into another member...

Judith Curry - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

“Concerning the inability of expert knowledge to resolve environmental controversy and the pressing need for a pragmatic reframing of policy problems to allow for solutions based on bipartisan values.”

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on this topic.  A new...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Reflections on Nic Lewis’ audit of the Resplandy et al. paper.

In response to Nic Lewis’ two blog posts critiquing the Resplandy et al. paper on ocean temperatures, co-author Ralph Keeling acknowledges the paper’s errors with these statements:

Scripps news...

Judith Curry - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

by Andy West

A narrative propagated by emotive engagement, not veracity.

Introduction

Within the public domain, there is a widespread narrative of certainty (absent deep emissions cuts) of near-term (decades) climate catastrophe. This narrative is not supported by...

Judith Curry - 2018-07-22 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A remarkable essay by  esteemed oceanographer Carl Wunsch.

While doing a literature survey for my paper on Climate Uncertainty and Risk, I came across a remarkable paper published in 2010 by MIT oceanographer Carl Wunsch, entitled Towards Understanding the...

Judith Curry - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

A recent and worthy attempt to redefine the ‘front’ in the ‘climate wars’, which could lead to a truce and possibly pave the way for rational progress.

Matt Nisbet has published a...

Judith Curry - 2018-04-19 - Original post - cached version

by Garth Paltridge

An essay on the state of climate change science.

(1) Is the science of climate change ‘settled’?

The scientific uncertainties associated with climate prediction are the basis of most of the arguments about the significance of climate change(25), and as...

Judith Curry - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Big news in the world of ‘climate wars’ – the libel case of Andrew Weaver versus Tim Ball has been dismissed by the judge —  for a rather surprising reason.

Some context on all this is provided in a WUWT post by Tim Ball — Tim Ball’s Victory in the First Climate...

Judith Curry - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Inspiring biosketches of some amazing female scientists, which rather astonishingly includes moi.

While at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society a few weeks ago, a number of people mentioned my Girls Rule(s) blog post, saying that it stimulated...

Judith Curry - 2018-01-03 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Short summary: scientists sought political relevance and allowed policy makers to put a big thumb on the scale of the scientific assessment of the attribution of climate change.

Bernie Lewin has written an important new book:

SEARCHING FOR THE CATASTROPHE...

Judith Curry - 2017-12-28 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

“I think open explorations of the ideological assumptions scientists bring into policy debates are not only welcome but often necessary for having productive conversations.” – Aaron Huertas

Over the Xmas holiday, I got involved in a wide ranging discussion on...

Judith Curry - 2017-12-11 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The #MeToo movement is spawning considerable reflection in academia.  Here are some reflections and advice from a senior female scientist (moi) who came up through the academic system during the bad old days of the 1970’s and 1980’s, and who has mentored many young female...

Judith Curry - 2017-11-29 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

In private, climate scientists are much less certain than they tell the public. – Rupert Darwall

Rupert Darwall has written a tour-de-force essay “A Veneer of Certainty Stoking Climate Alarm“, which has been published by CEI [link to full essay].

Foreword...

Judith Curry - 2017-11-03 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Red-teaming the the U.S. government’s Climate Science Special Report on the topic of sea level rise.

Steve Koonin as a new op-ed in the WSJ:  A Deceptive New Report on Climate.  that clarifies the need for a Climate Red Team.  Excerpts:

One notable example...

Judith Curry - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Mannian litigation gone wild. — Steve McIntyre

Details given by Michael Schellenberger in Environmental Progress:

Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson has filed a lawsuit, demanding $10 million in damages, against the peer-reviewed scientific...

Judith Curry - 2017-10-22 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The aim of education is to make people think, not spare them from discomfort. – Robert Zimmer

Campus craziness

In case you haven’t been following this issue, there have been some disturbing events and trends in the ivory tower.  For an overview, see:

In...
Judith Curry - 2017-08-21 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Calling on CE Denizens to review the Climate Science Special Report:  nominate an official reviewer, or participate in the CE Crowdsourced Review.

Pat Michaels recently posted an article at CE National Climate Assessment and the Tump administration. His post...

Judith Curry - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

by Mike Smith

For a decade, the weathercaster and broadcast meteorology communities have been subject of a focused campaign to force them to cover global warming in a manner acceptable to the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union and other advocacy groups.

...
Judith Curry - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The climate change debate has entered what we might call the “Campfire Phase”, in which the goal is to tell the scariest story. – Oren Cass (twitter)

David Wallace-Wells has a recent cover story in NYMagazine:  The Uninhabitable Earth.  Subtitle: Famine, economic...

Judith Curry - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

There is an opportunity to steer the proposed red team exercise in a useful direction.  The first step is to frame the problem to be addressed.

The climate red team continues to be discussed in the media and by scientists, a few examples:

Leading climate...
Judith Curry - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Last week, Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator, stated he intended to form a ‘red team’ to debate climate science.  What exactly is ‘red teaming’, and how can this be implemented in a way that is useful for climate science and for policy makers?

Reactions to proposed...

Judith Curry - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The National Climate Assessment must be redirected or terminated

by Patrick J. Michaels

Periodic National Assessments of the effects of climate change on the U.S. are mandated by the 1990 Global Change Research Act. The next Assessment Report is scheduled to be published in late...

Judith Curry - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Why real nobodies are more powerful than repressed somebodies.

The U.S. first tweeting President has upended our perceptions on the appropriate method for a President communicate. Millions of people are perplexed and horrified by President Trump’s tweets. Stepping...

Judith Curry - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The scary emergence of Nye’s Quadrant in dominating the public discourse on climate change.

If you are unfamiliar with Pasteur’s Quadrant, read my previous post [link].  The focus of my previous post was on use-inspired basic research.  I struggled with the 4th...

Judith Curry - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Pondering some thorny issues regarding science, its place in society and its relationship to politics.

Well today is the much-hyped March for Science. Last month I wrote a post Exactly what are scientists marching for?  Since my previous post, something like a...

Judith Curry - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

One needs to ask good questions about whose claims to trust and why. – Sheila Jasanoff

Sheila Jasanoff has a new essay, entitled What Should Democracies Know? that provides some interesting perspective on ‘alt-facts’, etc. Excerpts:

The “post-truth,” “alt-...

Judith Curry - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

House Science Committee Hearing:  where the so-called ‘deniers’ behave like scientists and the defender of the establishment consensus . . . lies.

Well, I’ve returned home following the recent Hearing, and have had a chance to reflect, as well as follow the twitter...

Judith Curry - 2017-03-06 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The smartest people on the planet want to oppose Trump & the best they can come up with is a march in support of themselves? – Roger Pielke Jr

A mega March for Science has been planned for Earth Day (April 22) in Washington DC.  The web site states:

The...

Judith Curry - 2017-02-26 - Original post - cached version

by Kip Hansen

‘Alternative facts’ is a term in law to describe inconsistent sets of facts put forth in a court given that there is plausible evidence to support both alternatives. The term is also used to describe competing facts for the two sides of the case. – Wikipedia

So...

Judith Curry - 2017-02-25 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

In this age of politicization of science and activist scientists, the Brussel Declaration offers some very good advice and deserves to be widely read and discussed.

The authors of the Brussel Declaration have written an essay entitled Policy Making Manifesto:...

Judith Curry - 2017-02-21 - Original post - cached version

by Andy West

On the origin of public skepticism and its entanglement with science.

Introduction

Lewandowsky has a habit of raising fundamental truths1 and asking pertinent questions, yet then for the climate change domain turning psychology (and according to analyses his...

Judith Curry - 2017-02-11 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

In view of recent controversies, numerous criticisms have been made about my ‘role,’ with expectations of things that I ‘should’ be doing.

From twitter:

“I do think JC should take a bigger role in reeling in hoaxers/denialists that use her as a guide.”

...
Judith Curry - 2017-02-11 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Interesting article in The Atlantic, but I’m still trying to figure out what is being ‘denied.’

The Atlantic has an interesting article How the New Climate Denial is Like the Old Climate Denial.  Subtitle: Both are excuses for inaction.

It seems that I am...

Judith Curry - 2017-01-10 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Some reflections on my transition from academic climate research to private sector weather forecasting and regional climate change assessments.

I’ve received thousand of emails, tweets, etc. regarding my retirement from Georgia Tech.  Two messages motivated the...

Judith Curry - 2017-01-03 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Effective January 1, I have resigned my tenured faculty position at Georgia Tech.

Before reflecting on a range of things, let me start by answering a question that may have popped into your head: I have no plans to join the Trump administration (ha ha).

...

Judith Curry - 2016-12-15 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Guess who the new climate ‘conspiracy theorists’ are?

When I first saw this published in the WaPo, I thought it was a joke: Why I’m trying to preserve federal climate data before Trump takes office.  Excerpts:

Trump is serious about overtly declaring war on...

Judith Curry - 2016-12-12 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Insiders are out; and outsiders are becoming the insiders.

There is much angst among the climate activists and scientist advocates about the Trump presidency, his public statements, and his Cabinet appointees — it doesn’t look good for their preferred energy...

Judith Curry - 2016-12-06 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

On experts, lukewarmers, and unhappy heretics.

Shortly after I started Climate Etc. in 2010, Scientific American published an article Climate Heretic Judith Curry Turns on Her Colleagues. I responded with a blog post Heresy and the Creation of Monsters. Climate...

Judith Curry - 2016-12-03 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The trappings of science can be decoupled from the actual rigor of science.

The trigger for this post is a recent article in the Atlantic, entitled How Will Trump Use Science to Further His Political Agenda?   The article provides some important insights, that are...

Judith Curry - 2016-12-02 - Original post - cached version

by Kip Hansen

Climate skepticism: a ‘perverse’ effect of ‘actively open-minded thinking’.

Dan M. Kahan and Jonathan C. Corbin, of the Cultural Cognition Project, have a new study titled “A note on the perverse effects of actively open-minded thinking on climate-change polarization...

Judith Curry - 2016-11-27 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

Defending NASA’s Earth Science Division, in terms that the Trump administration can relate to.

There is much angst in the earth science community (particularly the climate science community) about statements made by President-elect Trump and his advisors.  A good...

Judith Curry - 2016-11-21 - Original post - cached version

by Judith Curry

The Left has done far more than the Right to set back progress. – John Tierney

John Tierney has written a stunningly insightful piece in the City Journal Magazine:  The Real War on Science.  Read the whole thing.  Here are some excerpts of particular relevance to...

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