Category Media

Behind the scenes at the new podcast from the Met Office

I’m pretty excited to be part of the regular team for the new Met Office podcast, Mostly Weather. We’re trying to capture a fun, relaxed and hopefully interesting discussion of science, history and little-known facts about weather and climate. I’d like to think that we hit the nerdy-but-accessible sweet spot. We’ve a couple of episodes […]

On the existence of the hiatus

A new paper by Karl et al. in Science makes a spirited argument that there really is no “hiatus” or “slowdown” in global surface temperature warming. The paper focuses on some of the more technical details of bias correction in the temperature data record, rather than on the dynamics of the climate. It is from a […]

Small victories

This week, I was an author on an open letter to the climate science community, calling for and end to the use of the dreaded “Rainbow” colour palette for scientific visualisation (mirrored over at my data viz blog Better Figures). It was the busiest day ever at both CLB and BF, and we got lots […]

How to win at twitter

Here is a list of ways to win at twitter*. 1. Start offensive Get off to a good start by being deliberately offensive right at the start of a debate, and put your opponent on the wrong foot. They’ll be too perturbed, emotional and quite possibly angry to make a rational argument. This is a […]

Vulnerability, exposure, and disasters

The office is half empty, so I’m just catching up here really. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a piece in the Guardian that I thought missed a really important part of the story regarding the increase of weather related disasters. I had a bit of a moan, and, fair play to the Graun, […]

The great thing about UQ is we know how to spell it

It’s been pretty busy round these parts, here are a few notes from the last month or so. Natural variability – Energy budget Our paper on natural variability in the Earth’s energy budget got a nice write-up from John Abraham in the Guardian. Mat Collins happened to be passing, and took a nice picture of […]

Global internet search trends. Quantity of Google searches34 for the terms ‘global warming
stopped’ (blue) and ‘global warming pause’ (red) over the period from January 2007 to December 2013,
expressed as ‘relative interest’ with the highest monthly total given an index of 100. Note that the Google
data was accessed on 23 January 2014 and is subject to change.

Pausing for thought

I helped Ed and Tamsin to write a commentary on the communication of the “pause” in global surface warming, and it is online today at Nature Climate Change. We take a good look at the way the pause has been communicated and discussed by scientists and the media, offer some personal perspectives on engaging online, […]