The warming 'plateau' may extend back even further

Despite recent claims by Justin Gillis in this NYT piece that the plateau in surface temperatures is misunderstood by scientists… …given how much is riding on the scientific forecast, the practitioners of climate science would like to understand exactly what is going on. They admit that they do not, even though some potential mechanisms of…

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The Kepler spacecraft has a failure

Two of four reaction wheels seized up, critical for precise photometry Excerpt from the Kepler Mission Manager Update. (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in safe mode. As was the case earlier this month, this was a Thruster-Controlled Safe Mode.…

How a scientist becomes a con man

Fraud and deceit are a slippery slope Story submitted by Bruce Webster An article in the New York Times chronicles the descent of a sociologist into wholesale fraud. It is worth reading the whole article, because I believe it offers insight into some of the pressures, temptations, and self-rationalizations that many scientists struggle with. Here…

AGW Proponents Fight Rearguard Action As Political Climate Science Fails

Guest post by Dr. Tim Ball Proponents of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis are cornered. They made a political choice to prove rather than disprove the hypothesis, as the scientific method requires. It failed, as IPCC projections (range of predictions?) indicate, but instead of abandoning or modifying the hypothesis, as normal science requires, they’ve…

"A [Junk] Scientist’s Misguided Crusade" Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

Guest Post by David Middleton More improper activity from the Million Dollar Bureaucrat… A Scientist’s Misguided Crusade By JOE NOCERA Published: March 4, 2013 Last Friday, at 3:40 p.m., the State Department released its “Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement” for the highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which Canada hopes to build to move its tar…

Juliet Eilperin out at Washington Post environment beat

It seems shakeups in green reporting are all the rage this year. First we heard that NYT is closing its environment desk:  New York Times Dismantles Its Environment Desk Then last Friday late in the day (5:10PM EST) we got an offhanded announcement that NYT is closing its Green Blog. Now today we learn that…

BREAKING: an encouraging admission of lower climate sensitivity by a 'hockey team' scientist, along with new problems for the IPCC

UPDATE: Annan now suggests the IPCC “is in a bit of a pickle”, see below. UPDATE2: Title has been changed to reflect Annan’s new essay, suggesting lying for political purposes inside the IPCC. Also added some updates about Aldrin et al and other notes for accuracy. See below. Readers may recall there has been a…