France: Weak Link in the Climate Maginot Line?

Paul Matthews recently commented on the French government’s position on petrol-driven vehicles. They’re against. While 99.9% of French citizens are for. We’ll see how that plays out. I’ve finally updated the transcription of the French TV debate in which our French colleague climatosceptique Benoît Rittaud wiped the floor with one of France’s favourite environmentalists Yann … Continue reading

Lives of the Climate Bloggers (5) PeterS

This is a continuation of an occasional series I began at https://geoffchambers.wordpress.com/category/lives-of-the-climate-bloggers/ [First, this is not a Life. “Lives of..” is an in-joke, a reference to classic collections of “Lives” such as Vasari’s “Lives of the Artists”, Diogenes Laertius’s “Lives of the Philosophers”, Aubrey’s “Brief Lives” and Johnson’s “Lives of the Poets,” all of which … Continue reading

French Climate Debate

[Updated 20/7/17 with the end of the debate. I transcribed it a couple of weeks ago then forgot about it, but it’s worth reading because it shows Benoît, who is treated as the enemy by the journalist chairing the debate and the star environmentalist, running rings round them. It’s dramatic comedy worthy of a Samuel … Continue reading

Conversation in a Straitjacket

Conversation in a Straitjacket

Success in life is about saying what you need to say in order to get what you want without actually lying. It’s called the Art of the Deal, and politicians, lawyers and property developers are particularly good at it, which is why they’re so detested. Academics don’t do that. They tell politicians and journalists what … Continue reading

“It’s unfortunate that openness and transparency facilitate science”

“It’s unfortunate that openness and transparency facilitate science”

This article in the Times Higher Education calls for “an open data adjudicator to combat ‘disinformation.’” Stephan Lewandowsky warns that academics can ‘lose control’ of their data and see it used as ‘political propaganda’ By John Elmes Twitter: @JElmes_THE June 2, 2017 Independent national bodies should be set up to adjudicate on how much of … Continue reading