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The dodgiest of dossiers – Dr Vincent Gauci reacts to Daily Express

December 15, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News, Politics

Further to David Humphrey’s post  “Is Global Warming Natural?”, Dr Vincent Gauci also offers reaction to today’s Express article…   “The Express’ lead story reports on the dodgiest of dossiers produced by the European Foundation.  Records show that there are big natural changes over a range of time scales that are closely related to observable [...]

Is global warming natural?

December 15, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News, Policy, Politics

Today’s Daily Express gives 100 reasons why global warming is natural. One of our scientists offers his own view: Dr David Humphreys says: “First, it is necessary to differentiate between climate and weather. Even if the world’s climatic system was completely stable with no increase or decrease over time in the mean global temperature, there [...]

COP15 playlist on OU’s YouTube channel

December 15, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under News

A dedicated playlist for COP15 has been launched on The Open University’s YouTube channel. On it, Dr Stephen Peake gives a tour of the conference, and Dr Joe Smith talks about his new project, Creative Climate. The OU’s dedicated channel on YouTube contains bite sized extracts from a wide range of courses, plus videos of research, [...]

The NHS climate change challenge

The Open University is a partner in a new research project to design and deliver hospital environments that respond to our changing climate. The NHS, which manages more than 14,000 sites, is facing a particular challenge. It needs to protect patients, carers and visitors from excess temperatures, but standard mechanical ventilation solutions or air conditioning [...]

French COP15 analysis tool developed with Open University expertise

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News

The Open University has taken a role in helping French officials assess climate negotiations and decisions at the COP-15 climate change conference.   The SynsCop15 programme, which was initiated by the French Ministry of Environment through the GICC programme (managing climate change impacts), brings together three modelling systems which analyse climate policy, technology and energy [...]

Expert comment on warmest decade – recent data is not enough

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, Expert Comment, News

The first decade of this century has been by far the warmest decade on the instrumental record according to the Met Office. New figures released in Copenhagen show that, despite 1998 being the warmest individual year, the last ten years have clearly been the warmest period in the 160-year record of global surface temperature maintained jointly [...]

Expert comment on the IGBP Climate Change index

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News

The IGBP Climate-Change Index announced today is the first attempt to distill the complexity of the Earth’s climate down to one number, in the same way that the Dow Jones Index condenses volumes of data into a single figure. Commenting on the index, Bob Spicer, Professor of Earth Sciences at The Open University, said: “Measuring [...]

Why I’m going to Copenhagen

December 7, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under News, People stories

By Dr Chris High I’m going to the COP15 talks because I’m fed up with being depressed about climate change.  It started in my master’s degree. Everyone at some point got what we called the ‘greens’, a dip in mood that could last for a month at a time, as just what humanity is capable [...]

Switching on to light-bulb recycling

December 4, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Energy, News

by Yvonne Cook The old-fashioned tungsten lightbulb is set to disappear from our shops, in favour of energy-efficient bulbs, also known as CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). Good news for the environment, surely, but there could be a downside when CFLs reach the end of their life.   We’re all accustomed to chucking our used lightbulbs [...]

Debating the IPCC

December 1, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Expert Comment, News, Policy, Politics

Dr Joe Smith and Professor Bob Spicer are quoted in a BBC article today which examines the debate about the body which peer reviews climate science. In the article, Harrabin’s Notes: Debating the IPCC, Dr Joe Smith said  ”The dominant model of science is one of aggressive individual or lab-based competition to break new ground [...]

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