Another IPCC claim contradicted with new science

Remember this story bandied all over the press from 2008? Well, not so fast. In the IPCC  Working Group 2 of the IPCC’s AR4, the “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” section here, the idea that plants shift to higher elevations in a warming world is cited in many places. For example: There’s an IPCC table of…

Surface temperature uncertainty, quantified

There is a new paper out that investigates something that has not previously been well dealt with related to the surface temperature record (at least as far as the author knows). “Sensor measurement uncertainty”. The author has defined a lower limit to the uncertainty in the instrumental surface temperature record.     UNCERTAINTY IN THE…

New paper on forcings of historical European temperatures

From Nature Geoscience Influence of human and natural forcing on European seasonal temperatures Gabriele Hegerl, Juerg Luterbacher, Fidel González-Rouco, Simon F. B. Tett, Thomas Crowley & Elena Xoplaki Journal name: Nature Geoscience DOI: doi:10.1038/ngeo1057 It is the regional and seasonal expression of climate change that determines the effect of greenhouse warming on ecosystems and society1.…

Twittering Heights and Knife Fights

One of the bloggers over at ScienceBlogs, this happy looking guy at left, seems to have a real problem with people (me) interpreting Twitter feeds in ways that perhaps the originators didn’t intend (or like). I don’t follow Twitter feeds, though my blog does provide a feed to notice new posts. That’s all I use…

"It’s as if our facts were losing their truth"

Below is an excerpt from an excellent article in The New Yorker which describes a recognition of curious phenomenon spanning many different fields of science: Different scientists in different labs need to repeat the protocols and publish their results. The test of replicability, as it’s known, is the foundation of modern research. Replicability is how…

Euro Carbon Market Fraud – trade suspended

From the Telegraph: European carbon market suspended over fraud fears The European carbon market has been thrown into turmoil after the scandal-hit scheme was suspended for a week over suspicions of fraud. More than €2bn (£1.7bn) of trade is likely to be disrupted after the European Commission said it would prevent transactions until January 26.