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Offshore Valuation report launched

The Offshore Valuation is published today by the Offshore Valuation Group, chaired by the Public Interest Research Centre. It is the first comprehensive valuation of the UK’s offshore renewable energy resource over the long-term that explicitly assesses electricity exports to Europe. The Offshore Valuation Group is an informal collaboration of government and industry organisations thatRead more

The Offshore Valuation

The Offshore Valuation is the first comprehensive long-term valuation of the UK’s offshore renewable energy resource that explicitly assesses electricity exports to Europe. “I welcome this report which, as the first of its kind, highlights the huge potential for low carbon energy generation off our shores. It sets out the scale of how much canRead more

This week’s top climate science links

Dive right in: Climate Change: A Threat to Global Security. US & UK Defense agree. – “I am struck by how similar UK and U.S. thinking is on the national security implications of climate change. Our defense departments agree that the impact of climate change is likely to be most severe in areas where itRead more

Climate science in six paragraphs

Several weeks back, amidst the media storm, Richard Somerville a Lead Author of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment report (IPCC AR4) wrote a short and punchy “response to climate change denialism“. We finally got round to posting it here. It’s a great, simple communication by a veteran climate scientist. It’s notRead more

This week’s top climate science links

Dive right in: Scientists hash out the uncertainties of climate sensitivity – Here’s some great science journalism, climate sensitivity made fun (almost!). Methane bubbling out of Arctic Ocean – but is it new? Great piece by New Scientist on the Arctic permafrost and the uncertainties inherent in any ‘new’ scientific discovery. Debunking Lomborg, the Climate-ChangeRead more

This week’s climate links

Dive right in: SealevelGate – Real Climate cover the true IPCC sea-level scandal. Must read. Climate of fear, Nature editorial (free access) – “The integrity of climate research has taken a very public battering in recent months. Scientists must now emphasize the science, while acknowledging that they are in a street fight.” Overview of allRead more

This week’s climate links

Dive right in: RealClimate | IPCC errors: facts and spin Defusing the Methane Greenhouse Time Bomb: Scientific American Richard Alley’s keynote at the 2009 AGU AGM – If you want a primer on the role of CO2 in the ancient climate, this is it. At least one journalist at the Telegraph understands risk More GrumbineRead more

This week’s climate links

Dive right in: PCC Adjudication on Ward vs. Booker – has to be read to be believed! Can you say ‘toothless’. What does openness in science mean? Potential problems with open access Climate deniers using FOI legisation as a filibuster… Earlier glacial melt rate revised downward, but recent melt is accelerating dramatically Climate Change DenierRead more

This week's climate links

Dive right in: Radio 4, Today – IPCC ‘must earn trust’ with public IPCC denies newspaper claim that it overstated costs of natural disasters Deniergate: Turning the tables on climate sceptics New controversy in battle over the future of climate politics Great post on weather stations and the reliability of temperature data

Visualising the gap between political and scientific reality.

Keep an eye on the Climate Scoreboard during the next two weeks… Note the dark blue curve in the graphic, this is the probability distribution, it shows the full range of temperature rise the current national emissions proposals would likely give rise to. Currently it’s 2-6 degrees with 3.8 degrees is the most likely outcomeRead more

CRUde Swifthack

For those of you not following the detail of ‘ClimateGate’ here’s a nice video explaining the meaning of the two most cited “conspiracy-proving” emails. Peter Sinclair also wades in with a short video covering the affair. While this sort of accurate rebuttal is important, it reminds me of something Randy Olson argues in Don’t beRead more

Internship Opportunity #1

Energy Intern We are looking for a budding, confident and enthusiastic Energy Intern to join our small and dynamic team based in Wales. The successful candidate will work over a six-month period promoting research that demonstrates why a transition to a renewable-rich energy system in the UK is not only necessary, but also technically feasible,Read more