Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Antrittsvorlesung: Hans von Storch in der WISO Fakultät der Universität Hamburg

In Anerkennung meiner Bemühungen, Sozialwissenschaften in das Hamburger Exzellenzentrum CLISAP zu integrieren, bin ich zum "Zweitmitglied" der Fakultät für wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Hamburg ernannt worden. "Zweit"  bezieht sich auf die Tatsache, so verstehe ich es, dass meine primäre Heimat die Naturwissenschaften sind.

Um diese Aufnahme auch formal zu dokumentieren, wurde ich zu einer Antrittsvorlesung gebeten. Dazu las ich am 20. Januar 2016 diesen Text, der auch als pdf auf abrufbar ist.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Nordisch by Nature: Klimaforscher Hans von Storch im Unruhestand

Das neue Jahr beginnt auch mit einem Abschied, und zwar dem von Hans von Storch als Direktor des Instituts für Küstenforschung am Helmholtz Zentrum in Geesthacht. Aus diesem Anlass hat der NDR einen schönen Beitrag gesendet, dem man auch entnehmen kann, dass dieser Abschied allenfalls einer in den Unruhestand ist. "Die Küste ist seine Heimat, die Klimawissenschaft seine Berufung" - besser als der NDR kann man es wohl nicht sagen. Bleibt nur noch zu wünschen, dass die Klimazwiebel auch im neuen Jahr seine bevorzugte Plattform für seine immer informativen, oft provokanten und manchmal auch steilen Thesen zu Klima- und Küstenthemen bleiben möge!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

After Paris: Embedded environmentalism?

The agreement reached in Paris will only be meaningful if countries make progress on their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Lack of progress is often attributed to the influence of climate skepticism, and some observers expect a new wave of skeptical voices in the coming years. Yesterday Michael Oppenheimer was quoted in the Washington Post, saying

“Denialism draws its oxygen from larger political agendas and Paris won’t put an end to those... There will still be plenty of opposition to regulating greenhouse gas emissions, to regulation in general, and to any sort of international cooperation.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What Klimazwiebelists have to say on the COP21 result

All have an opinion on the result of COP21, even if these opinions may be based on rather different perceptions of the results. But we thought that it could be interesting if we Kimazwieblists would present some individual views. Four of us, Reiner Grundmann, Werner Krauss, Hans von Storch and Eduardo Zorita, have taken on the challenge - here are their views (in alphabetical order):

Saturday, December 12, 2015

While the dust settles

Compared to Copenhagen, the new deal reached today in Paris is a surprising success. It is a success in that parties to the conference have agreed on a document that represents a compromise on several issues that have proved contentious among different countries, and among different social groups within each nation.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Der Wissenschafts-Blog des Jahres wird gewählt.

Die Firma "Science&Media; Büro für Wissenschafts- und Technikkommunikation" teilt mit:
Der Wissenschafts-Blog des Jahres wird gewählt.

Auch "Die Klimazwiebel" ist wieder unter den Kandidaten.
Wie im letzten Jahr haben wir die Blogs, die sich mit Wissenschaft beschäftigen und die Blogs, die Wissenschaftskritik zum Thema haben, in zwei getrennten Abstimmungen zur Wahl gestellt: zum einen zum „Wissenschafts-Blog des Jahres 2015“, zum anderen zum „Blogteufelchen der Wissenschaftskritik“.

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Sie sich an der Wahl beteiligen.

Falls Sie in Ihrem Blog auf die Wahl hinweisen wollen, benutzen Sie bitte diesen Link:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A sign of things to come?

Last week the North of the UK was hit by strong rain (storm ‘Desmond’) which led to massive flooding of various towns and villages, especially in Cumbria. As is routine in such cases, the question is asked if this has been caused by climate change. The Met office issued this statement by Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Met Office Chief Scientist:

“It’s too early to say definitively whether climate change has made a contribution to the exceptional rainfall. We anticipated a wet, stormy start to winter in our three-month outlooks, associated with the strong El Niño and other factors.
“However, just as with the stormy winter of two years ago, all the evidence from fundamental physics, and our understanding of our weather systems, suggests there may be a link between climate change and record-breaking winter rainfall. Last month, we published a paper showing that for the same weather pattern, an extended period of extreme UK winter rainfall is now seven times more likely than in a world without human emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Friday, November 27, 2015

Discussing COP21, Paris, beginning 29 November 2015

27. November 2015 - The Media Watch Blog, of Professor Michael Brüggemann and coworkers, will start operations on 29 November 2015.

They explain: "In our Media Watch Blog we present an analytical view of the media coverage and public debates concerned with the UN-Climate Change Conference in Paris(November 30th – December 11th 2015) through the lens of academic observers from social and climate sciences. We focus on the coverage of the conference in leading media outlets in 40 countries around the globe but we will also provide some first-hand observations from students and researchers who participate in the conference. The blog is hosted by the team of Prof. Brüggemann at the University of Hamburg, but its authors are climate researchers and social scientists from a range of different backgrounds united by an interest in the interdisciplinary study of climate change."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Weather - talking, embedding in literature - in the Anglosaxon world.

Nico Stehr pointed me to this article in the New Yorker

The piece is worth a read, for the cultural history of the role of weather and climate, but also as a demonstration of the impressive self-confidence of some in the anglo-saxon speaking world. We need to lead.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Paris: binding or non-binding?

In recent days some confusion (see here and here) seems to have arisen about the nature of the proposed agreement to be reached in Paris (a good summary of arguments can be found over at Carbonbrief). One feature is that it will be determined by national pledges for future GHG reductions, but that it should be binding in some ways, too. When it comes to find words to describe the nature of the agreement, 'treaty' seems to be problematic, as it entails different meanings in different places. US foreign secretary Kerry said that the Paris summit will not lead to a treaty (which is binding to the signatories).