Monthly Archives: April 2014

testing how one might do bibliographic references on WordPress without plugins

References Shotton D. (2013). Open citations. Nature 502: 295–297. http://www.nature.com/news/publishing-open-citations-1.13937. doi:10.1038/502295a. Peroni S and Shotton D (2012). FaBiO and CiTO: ontologies for describing bibliographic resources and citations. Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web. 17: 33-34. … Continue reading

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Comment on “Timescales for detecting a significant acceleration in sea level rise” by Haigh, et al

Amended, 1st May 2014. The lead author, Dr Ivan Haigh, and I have had a very friendly discussion this paper and its context in detail. Now that I understand the context, and especially the atrocious maths of the Houston, Dean, … Continue reading

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On the “Demon-haunted world”

The late Professor Carl Sagan.

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Comment on “How urban anonymity disappears when all data is tracked”, an article in the NY Times

The New York Times has an article titled “How urban anonymity disappears when all data is tracked” by Quentin Hardy which appears in its “Bits” section. I just posted a comment on that article, which is reproduced below: I hope … Continue reading

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“To stay below 2 °C of warming, the world must become carbon negative.”

Originally posted on Azimuth:
guest post by Steve Easterbrook (7) To stay below 2 °C of warming, the world must become carbon negative. Only one of the four future scenarios (RCP2.6) shows us staying below the UN’s commitment to no…

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AAAS Message to Members: Climate Change

AAAS is the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They publish Science magazine and several other journals, and are considered in many ways the lead and integrated professional organization representing all sciences in the United States. Alan Leshner, CEO, … Continue reading

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A comment on RealClimate’s review of Part 3 of the AR5 IPCC Report, regarding “Mitigation of Climate Change”

(Corrected text below thanks to Jim Stuttard. Also added a postscript.) The review at RealClimate is quite good, and I recommend it. Nothing to add here. But I simply must quote from and underscore my agreement with the sentiment of … Continue reading

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Who Does It and How

Professor Kevin Gurney of Purdue University and colleagues prepared a YouTube video in 2008 which shows where carbon dioxide emissions originate and how. Professor Gurney went on, talking more about tracking the details of carbon dioxide emissions in a Google … Continue reading

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Steve Easterbrook at the Azimuth Project explains “What Does the New IPCC Report Say About Climate Change?”

Steve Easterbrook at The Azimuth Project explains What Does the New IPCC Report Say About Climate Change, taking a tour through its summary for policymakers, but bringing in material from the physical sciences report as needed. He has produced four … Continue reading

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“Climate Change: Why you should be angry and why anger isn’t enough”

John Ashton at the TEDxBedfordSchool: “If we can afford to bail out the banks, we can certainly afford to build a carbon neutral energy system.” One of the world’s top climate diplomats, John Ashton is now an independent commentator and … Continue reading

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Risky Business

(This Op-Ed originally appeared in The Washington Post, on 3rd October 2013, under the title “We need climate-change risk assessment”.) If the United States were run like a business, its board of directors would fire its financial advisers for failing … Continue reading

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The Stone Giant speaks to the Hobbit …

That inestimable corporate institution, Exxon-Mobil, announced today, on the heels of the IPCC WG2 report, that: … it was “highly unlikely” that the world would cut greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global warming within the internationally agreed limit of … Continue reading

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