Failure to forecast morphs to criminal investigation

From an AGU press release, potential charges for failure to forecast an earthquake. h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard. Scientists May Face Manslaughter Charges After Earthquake 22 June 2010 AGU Science Policy Alert 10-18 Seven Italian scientists and government officials are under investigation on charges of manslaughter for failure to warn the city of L’Aquila, Italy,…

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The gusto that wasn't

I heard on my car radio a news report interviewing hotel and resort property owners on the East Coast that lost virtually all their bookings this holiday weekend due to warnings for hurricane Earl. A direct quote from one of the people interviewed was: It was the storm that wasn’t The Shelter Island Reporter in…

The North Pacific & Solar Cycle Change

Guest post by Paul Vaughan, M.Sc. Awhile back I drew attention to temporal patterns shared by the <i>rate of change</i> of solar cycle length (SCL’) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). (See here.) Correspondence I received later alerted me to the existence of fairly widespread misunderstandings about fundamental differences between the following:

We Talk About Politics Because The Science Is Uncertain

Guest Post by Thomas Fuller You readers here at Watts Up With That have been very kind to me during my guest-blogging stint here, and I’d like to express my thanks for the cordial reception I have found, especially since I’m well aware that my views are not really congruent with those of many viewers.…

In Search of Cooling Trends

by Verity Jones and Tony Brown (Tonyb) Back in October Tony asked me to help with a big idea. Searching Norwegian climate site Rimfrost (www.rimfrost.no) Tony had found many climate stations all over the world with a cooling trend in temperatures over at least the last thirty years – which is significant in climate terms.…