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Global warming watch, winter 2010/11 edition

Just for the record, first snowfall in Cologne on the morning of 2010-11-26.

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Why is there so much scientific misconduct?

Because it is not punished. The enquiry into the wrong-doings of Phil Jones and his minions at the CRU has found – nothing to criticize. Or perhaps something to criticize, but it is nothing really worth mentioning. Really. Nothing to … Continue reading

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The wrong way to dump data

What is wrong with this statement? The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored … Continue reading

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A case of gross scientific misconduct

The email archive of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia has been stolen mischievously by evil, criminal thieves – or by heroic, brave whistleblowers committed to highest ideals, depending on your viewpoint – and publicised. … Continue reading

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Norman Ernest Borlaug, a great man

The 20th century had its fair share of mass murderers: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, each can count 20 million dead on their accounts, easily. And one of their favorite tools for murder was starvation. Luckily, there was a man who would … Continue reading

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GUT, LHC, and the new hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone?

I’m currently reading Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds†. It’s astonishing how little has changed since 1852 (when the second edition was published); our current economic crisis and its causes would have felt quite familiar to … Continue reading

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