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). 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Werner Krauß und Hans von Storch in der Stuttgarter Zeitung

Die Stuttgarter Zeitung "hat zehn Klimaforscher aus unterschiedlichen Fächern gefragt, was sie sich von Paris erhoffen". Unter diesen zehn waren auch die beiden Klimazwiebel-Autoren Werner Krauss und Hans von Storch. Ihre abgedruckten Antworten sind stark verkürzt. Zum einen ist das dem begrenzten Umfang geschuldet, zum anderen musste der Journalist auch der Sache nach verdichten, weil es ja nicht um die Einzelaussagen ging sondern darum, einen Gesamteindruck des Denkens unter Klimaforschern darzustellen.

Wenn wir hier die ausführlichen Antworten der beiden Klimazwiebelisten bringen, dann soll dies nicht als Klage der Verkürzung verstanden werden sondern als ein Angebot an die Leser der Klimazwiebel, für die es vielleicht interessant ist, das ganze Argument bzw. Perspektive zu lesen.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Advice needed: Discussion about past and future IPCC

On 16 November I have been invited to participate at a panel discussion about the past and future IPCC. The panelists have been asked for an initial statement. So far I am thinking of concluding my statement with this:

" IPCC is an indispensable effort.
 • IPCC processes need to be improved.
- Mechanism
to deal with claims about errors and conflicts of interest.
- Consideration that “payment” may take the form of societal or professional recognition, not only in terms of money
- Documentation and highlighting of contested areas and areas of significant lack of scientific analysis
- Mechanisms to prevent formation of networks of lead authors.
- Factoring into the assessment that scientifically constructed knowledge may be conditioned by culturally constructed (value-based) knowledge claims.
 • Decentralized “regionalization” efforts (aka BACC etc.) where suitable."
 I wonder if some Klimazwiebel-readers may have some constructive comments.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Science journalism and me, a climate scientist

On 3 November 2015, the European Congress for Science Journalists took place in Budapest, in the impressive building of the Hungarian Academy of Science. One session was on climate change, and I was invited to speak about my own experiences when meeting the press. This was a nice challenge, and forced me to think a bit more about this issue.

The results is available at