Tagged: Hot Topic

A note on readership, and a challenge - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 23, 2011

What is it with so-called sceptics and dodgy statistics? Is comprehension failure a precondition for believing six impossible things before breakfast, or does wishful thinking trump all common sense? It can’t be an unwillingness to do research, because they find cherries in the most unlikely places. Recently Richard Treadgold put his finger into the world [...] … Read More

Te Papa (got a brand new climate bag) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 24, 2011

I’m off to Wellington next week to take part in the NZ Climate Change Research Institute‘s Climate Futures Forum being held in Te Papa on Thursday and Friday. The forum’s organised around four themes: Climate change and society’s challenge Communication between the science community and society Human behaviour and the capacity to change Towards durable [...] … Read More

Shaken and stirred: Christchurch earthquake Feb 2011 - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 23, 2011

It’s a grim day in Canterbury. 75 people are confirmed dead and 300 are missing following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake which struck at 12-51pm yesterday. As I write, teams of urban search and rescue specialists from NZ and Australia (soon to be joined by teams from all over the world) are crawling over collapsed buildings [...] … Read More

Winter, fire and snow - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 26, 2010

Serendipity leads me to this great film: in the British winter of 1963, railway workers battle to keep the trains running. There’s one corker of a shot of a steam engine barrelling into a drift, plenty of impressionistic cutting and a wonderful soundtrack (an extended arrangement of Sandy Nelson’s Teen Beat). Directed by Geoffrey Jones, [...] … Read More

Another local climate change denial meme - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 24, 2010

I commented in Painted into a corner? that the release of NIWA’s report of the recalculation of New Zealand’s 7-station  long term  temperature series had called the local climate change deniers’ bluff. It was time for them to apologise, withdraw their … Continue reading → … Read More

New comment system for Hot Topic - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 20, 2010

It’s Saturday afternoon, and between finishing the chilli jam to go with tonight’s six-hour roast lamb and a quick pre-dinner bike ride, I’m moving Hot Topic over to use the Intense Debate comment system. This is an externally-hosted comment service, operated by Automattic, the Wordpress people. During the import process, existing comments may not appear [...] … Read More