Book Review: Climate Pragmatism

Book Review by Kip Hansen   The Rightful Place of Science:  CLIMATE PRAGMATISM Edited by: Jason Lloyd, Daniel Sarewitz, Ted Nordhaus, Alex Trembath 129 pp.  Paperback. CSPO  $10. “[T]he idea of climate pragmatism is kind of obvious:  let’s do the things that provide broad benefits regardless of one’s particular set of commitments in the climate…

The Laws of Averages: Part 2, A Beam of Darkness

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   This essay is second in a series of essays about Averages — their use and misuse.  My interest is in the logical and scientific errors, the informational errors, that can result from what I have playfully coined “The Laws of Averages”. Averages As both the word and the concept…

The Laws of Averages: Part 1, Fruit Salad

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen This essay is long-ish — and is best saved for a time when you have time to read it in its entirety.  It will be worth the wait and the eventual effort.  It comes in three sections:  a Primer on Averages, a general discussion of Fruit Salad metrics, and a…

Climate Science: Red Fish Blue Fish

Guest Commentary by Kip Hansen  “Multiple scientific assessments have concluded that man-made climate change is real and poses risks to human health and the environment. Even so, Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, told Breitbart News on Monday that he would like to essentially re-litigate the science of climate change. In an interview with…

From the Scientific Urban Legend Department: Slight Rise in Temperatures Tied to Heat Wave Deaths

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen     The Claim: The venerable NY Times carries this headline:  “In India, Slight Rise in Temperatures Is Tied to Heat Wave Deaths”. The study cited makes this conclusion: “Mean temperatures across India have risen by more than 0.5°C over this period, with statistically significant increases in heat waves. Using…