Tagged: CRU

How the media lost interest in Climategate - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Aug 21, 2010

I’ve blogged before about how climategate’s final act, in which three separate investigations largely exonerated the scientists concerned and reaffirmed the climate science, was under-reported by the New Zealand media compared to the explosion of coverage at the start. Well, TVNZ’s Media7 show hosted by Russell Brown set out to find out just how much of a tail-off … Read More

Climategate: the missing context - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 11, 2010

The Muir Russell report into the “climategate” email affair has its good parts (the seven points on page 154 make certain prominent CRU critics and their “free the data” campaign look — how shall I put it — less than competent, more than disingenuous), but it also exemplifies a key failing of all the investigations [...] … Read More

A new journalistic fiction - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 09, 2010

Of all the comments on Muir Russell’s climategate report the one that resonated most with me was that of Oxford physicist Myles Allen (pictured). “What everyone has lost sight of is the spectacular failure of mainstream journalism to keep the whole affair in perspective.” When the Guardian is part of that failure the word ‘spectacular’ [...] … Read More

Climategate’s final fizzle - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 08, 2010

Phil Jones and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit have been exonerated (again). The final instalment in the trilogy of reports into the stolen emails affair, the Independent Climate Change Email Review chaired by Sir Muir Russell (pdf), finds that “their rigour and honesty as scientists are not in doubt” and could find [...] … Read More

Something for the weekend - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 02, 2010

Lazy blogging. Just links to a few things I think you might find interesting to read (and a performance to enjoy) while I get some work done. First up: Swiss Re, the giant reinsurance company, has published a handy new report called Climate sceptic arguments and their scientific background (pdf), written by Swiss scientist Urs [...] … Read More

What becomes of the broken Hartwell? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 13, 2010

Calls for a radical re-framing of policies to deal with climate change are intuitively attractive — after all, current national and international policies don’t seem to be doing much to curb rising emissions. The latest effort comes from a group of developed world academics brought together by London School of Economics professor Gwyn Prins, and [...] … Read More

Climategate's final act ignored by NZ media - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 20, 2010

When I was reporting for the Herald on convoluted and long-running stories like the dismantling of Telecom’s monopoly on the phone and internet market, I felt obliged to cover each major phase of the story through to completion. It seems the same isn’t true of the New Zealand media in general when it comes to the “Climategate” controversy involving the … Read More

Beatin’ the heat - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Apr 20, 2010

It was a happy experience to open the Waikato Times last week and see across from the editorial page the profile of scientist Jim Salinger under the headline Salinger doesn’t feel critics’ heat.  The article was based on an interview with Salinger, who was visiting Hamilton to speak to Forest and Bird’s AGM about research [...] … Read More

Crazy science letter of the week part 2 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 09, 2010

It’s been climate sceptic central in the Timaru Herald’s letter pages this week. Malcolm Rollinson sounds rational enough in this letter published today, but the manipulation of the truth, twisting of facts and plain distortion of what has transpired in the wake of Climategate puts him firmly in the crazy science letter writing category. Read More

Well, I’ll be… blowed - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 07, 2010

The estimable Bomber Bradbury has been wondering why all the climate cranks have gone quiet since the exoneration of Phil Jones and the CRU by a British parliamentary enquiry — and, surprise, has since received something of a challenge from Cameron Slater at his Whale Oil blog. In normal circumstances I wouldn’t go anywhere near [...] … Read More