…and again, this will be another quick glance. My schedule is not my own to make these days.
We start with Bishop Hill, who recently blogged on a debate held at the Oxford Union. Participants included skeptical scientist Richard Lindzen, as well as David Rose, Mark Lynas and Myles Allen. Bishop’s not-quite-objective view of the debate is that Lindzen more than held his own. Lindzen’s low-key style may have provided a needed contrast to the more frenetic pronouncements of others in the climate arena–I’m looking forward to reading the transcript or seeing the recordings, both to be released at a somewhat vague point in the future.
Watt’s Up With That links to some very long media pieces on an important subject–the other part of human contributions to climate change. These constitute a variety of human practices: Deforestation, dam (and reservoir) building, agricultural changes and urbanization. In this case, however, the subject is management of domestic animals.
Sadly, the material Anthony links to is too long for me to look at in this frantic period of my life–maybe on a plane this evening or at the airport if I get there early. But considering that much of the Middle East was severely affected by animal husbandry practices starting 5,000 years ago, I’m certainly willing to believe that managing sheep especially can have an impact on climate overall. I’m looking forward to diving in.
In addition to her first haiku of 2013, Lucia Liljegren at the Blackboard continues a battle that promises to be never-ending, that of keeping both sides honest in the discussion of models, temperature records and statistical treatment thereof.
Planet 3 has a number of pieces up this past week, few of which I agree with overall, all of which are actually quite interesting. My view of Planet 3 is similar to my view of Watts Up With That–there’s a lot there that frustrates me but an awful lot that interests me. And I’ll be the operators of both blogs are horrified by my comparing the two.
The big news this week, of course, was the unveiling of a new statue of a new Hockey Stick, this one using a wide variety of proxies that extend back through the 12,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age. It’s discussed everywhere, but I’ll link to Andrew Revkin’s account at Dot Earth to get you started. This is one that will be carefully looked at and both praise and criticism has issued forth, almost before it would be possible to carefully read and assess the work. Hmm. No change in the treatment of real news, then.
Well, here in San Francisco, the fog is breaking, it’s early morn, the taxi’s waiting outside my door…
It’ll be another difficult week for me in terms of posting, but I managed to get a couple up last week. I’ll try and do better.
Happy Sunday to all!