Sophie C. Lewis and David J. Karoly have just had a paper published by the American Meteorological Society. Its starts on page 31 of a special edition, ‘Explaining Extreme Events of 2013: From a Climate Perspective’ that is a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 95, Number 9, September 2014. [...]
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ON 10th September 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article suggesting that I was an amateur, hostile to climate science and in denial. When I attempted to respond by way of an opinion piece, I was told there was no space. That I would not be published. I’ve just lodged a complaint with the [...]
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. Who said that? What does it mean? Of course, for the educated climate scientist this chart that shows the mean annual maximum temperatures for Bathurst gaol and Bourke post office should be homogenised. But what beauty and intrigue in raw data that throws up [...]
“The mass crushes out the insight and reflection that are still possible with the individual, and this necessarily leads to doctrinaire and authoritarian tyranny if ever the constitutional State should succumb to a fit of weakness. “Rational argument can be conducted with some prospect of success only so long as the emotionality of a given [...]
THE Bureau of Meteorology has spent several weeks looking for documentation to support its recent claim that, contrary to what is written in its published station catalogue, the weather station at Rutherglen was once moved. The Bureau hasn’t been able to find any actual documentation to verify this move. But this hasn’t stopped it nevertheless [...]
WINSTON Churchill famously said that, democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others. Indeed when everyone has the opportunity to have a say it can be difficult to keep everyone marching together in the same direction, at the same speed, repeating the same mantra. Of course, getting to the truth often [...]
“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.” Karl Popper, 1902-1994.
THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology now acknowledge that they change the temperatures at most, if not all, the weather stations that make-up the official station network from which national temperature trends are calculated. Indeed, earlier in the week, 28 pages of ‘adjustments’ were released online following a series of articles in The Australian and The [...]
OLD newspapers hold a lot of information, some of it very valuable. I’m not only referring to last week’s The Land, but clippings that date back to editions published one hundred or more years ago. For example, in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 5th January 1909 it was reported that Bourke was experiencing a [...]
Some things worth remembering … We are persuaded not by truth, but by fidelity to evidence and context. It is important to understand the difference between propaganda and information. Objectivity is a research method, not a philosophy.