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Climate Change Jolly In Cancun

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Cancun Conference

My blogger-in-arms, Tory Ardvaark, calls it a “cocaine and hooker-fest” and he’s probably right.  Johann Hari,  my colleague on The Independent, says that the “next crash will be ecological – and nature doesn’t do bailouts”.  See here.

So, who has the more incisive angle on the gathering next week in Mexico’s top holiday resort?  It’s a strange choice of venue and does raise questions as to the real reason that so many will be flying there on government expenses.  As destinations go it must be a CO2 hotspot.  Maybe it’s even got it’s own hole in the ozone layer to match the nasal damage that so many visitors will be suffering?  Hopefully, condoms will protect them from any other consequences of their debauchery.   As for the conference though, it will probably be a waste of time, just like Copenhagen.

That idiot, Professor Phil Jones, at UEA’s Climate Change unit has got an awful lot to answer for.  His absurd and dishonest behaviour has discredited climate change science.   I think that while it would be stupid to ignore the idea of man-made climate change, it would be equally unwise to listen unquestioningly to those corrupt scientists who are mainly concerned with securing next year’s research grant.  Both extremes of the argument are as unreliable as each other.

Thankfully during my lifetime and my childrens’ we won’t see catastrophic effects from climate change, even if the scientists prove to be right.  Hopefully, by the time my grandchildren are around, science will have got its act together a little more  – what  shall we say – scientifically?   Of course, it may be too late by then.

The only thing that is certain is that Tory Ardvaark is right.  They’re going to have a hell of a good time down Mehico way and the drug dealers and pimps will be coining it.

A Scientific Conclusion

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“It’s not dishonesty.  It’s a failure to display a proper degree of openness.”

The Independent Climate Change Email Review 2010

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July 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

UEA Offline To Email

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Leaks like A Sieve

We all know how indiscreet certain people at the University Of East Anglia’s Climate Change Unit were recently.  Not only was the content of their emails outrageous, dishonest and reprehensible but their email system was so insecure that it resembled a sort of digital colander.

Now, in a classic, public sector, knee jerk overreaction, it is virtually impossible to get an email through to UEA.  My son,  Richard, is there doing a law conversion course after graduating in PPE last year.  Every email I send him is bounced back to me as “unacceptable content”.

It’s only the sort of correspondence that might pass between any father and son.  There’s no cocaine deals, terrorist plots, child porn, not even any attempt to falsify information on which the future of the world might depend.  I did send him the latest draft of my novel which I think did have the odd swear word in it.  Dear me, I think that must be it!  Trouble is I don’t think Amazon or WH Smith accept novels these days without swear words in them.

Fortunately, Richard and I are super-duper, super-sophisticated hackers right at the leading edge of technology.   We had a bright idea and used a different email address.   Now why didn’t the Climate Change Unit think of that?

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May 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm