Tagged: Wishart

Sex, Politics & Abuse of Statistics - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 11, 2013

On Sunday the first Q + A programme for the year featured a lively debate between Louisa Wall and Colin Craig on the topic of same sex marriage and the Marriage Amendment Bill (transcript here) This was followed by a panel discussion between Raymond Miller (political scientist), Josie Pagani (former Labour party candidate) and Ian Wishart (publisher). During … Read More

Shang a de Lange - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 03, 2012

Much exercised by the question of ocean warming, New Zealand’s most litigious temperature savant posts excerpts from an article on the subject, and thanks Waikato University’s Willem de Lange for introducing him to this “really clear treatment of ocean warming and ocean-atmosphere interaction”. Two things are interesting about Treadgold’s post, and neither has anything to [...] … Read More

The catechism of climate crank cliché - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 29, 2012

“A cliché,” according to the late Brian O’Nolan, “is a phrase that has become fossilised, its component words deprived of their intrinsic light and meaning by incessant usage. Thus it appears that clichés reflect somewhat the frequency of the same situations in life. If this be so, a sociological commentary could be compiled from these [...] … Read More

Clutching at straws - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 16, 2010

I’d like to return briefly to the fate of Kiribati as sea levels rise, following up my recent post on the conference of the Climate Vulnerable Forum held there last week.  The post made its way through Sciblogs to the  NZ Herald website where a number of people offered comments. The vigour of denial is [...] … Read More

Crime of the century - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 02, 2010

Dealing with global warming is difficult, but it shouldn’t be impossible. What we need to do is well understood. Yet a campaign to prevent and delay emissions reductions, which began in the 1980s almost as soon as science began warning there might be a problem, has been so successful that two decades later it seems [...] … Read More

Ah, I see you have the Wishart that goes ’ping’ - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 03, 2010

In Ian Wishart’s lexicon, to “ping” someone seems to mean catching them out in a mistake or false claim. It’s a word he’s fond of using in his regular attacks on Hot Topic, most recently over my post on sea ice volume, and a comment thereunder by William “Stoat” Connolley. My post was “bad science” [...] … Read More

Hook, line and stinker - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 14, 2010

Richard Treadgold has been attempting a sceptical deconstruction of Professor Keith Hunter’s new statement on Science, Climate Change and Integrity for the Royal Society of New Zealand. It’s not a pretty sight. Professor Hunter should be ashamed of this shoddy piece of research. The lowliest undergraduate would do better than he. [...] The senior scientists who’ve made misleading [...] … Read More

New dimensions in earth science uncovered by NZ blogger - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 30, 2010

Exciting new concepts in earth systems science are emerging from the fertile intellect of one of Hot Topic’s most diligent readers, Ian Wishart. Either that, or he’s demonstrated (again) that he doesn’t understand what he’s writing about. In this astonishing post, published yesterday, he considers something he calls the “feedback warming effect”, and attempts to [...] … Read More

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