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The recent decision of the Hamilton City Council to stop fluoridating its water supply caused a bit of discussion among New Zealand scientists. Discussion of the ethical and practical questions related to scientist involvement in political activism. The Hamilton City … Continue reading

Another image picked up on social media A cartoon from the Union of Concerned Scientists. This must be what it’s like for some climate scientists at the moment. Similar articles

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While browsing I have noticed the term “cli-fi” as a book genre – but hadn’t paid much attention. I think I must have assumed it was a sub genre of erotica, or something similar. However, the article Global warning: the rise … Continue reading

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News that Russian scientist had to evacuate a scientific research station based on an ice floe – North Pole-40 -  is another sign of how climate change is influencing the Arctic (see Floating research station in need of evacuation). The researchers had … Continue reading

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Credit where credit is due, and I admit I never thought I would say this about local climate pseudosceptic Richard Treadgold – but “good on you mate.” I have often got into heated debate with this guy – my main … Continue reading

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I have already mentioned the irony of a failed politician attacking climate scientists, accusing them of treating science like a religion while declaring his own faith that: “The world stopped getting warmer 17 years ago. That’s incontrovertible.” (See “Incontrovertible” is … Continue reading

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There’s a mantra circulating at the moment claiming that global warming “stopped 17 years ago.” It is of course being pushed by the pseudosceptics in the climate denial echo chamber. However, even people who should know better have been heard … Continue reading

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I wonder if many politicians, or in this case ex-politicians, are capable of seeing the irony and contradictions in their public statements. Or perhaps porkies are just the stock in trade of politicians so irony doesn’t even come into it. … Continue reading

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I have said it before – these militant climate change denial/contrarian/pseudosceptics do live in a different world – or at least a different hemisphere (see Australia’s “New Normal?” and Climate contrarians/deniers are cherry picking again). But here I want to illustrate their … Continue reading

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Now that the potty Peer, Christopher Monckton, is packing his bag to depart our shores, the band of climate change deniers/contrarians/pseudosceptics who micro-managed his “Freedom Tour” might be looking around for a new project. Richard Treadgold, whose blog Climate Conversation … Continue reading

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