Category Archive: global warming

Jun
25
2014

Global Warming: a debate re-visited.

I have posted a near final draft of what became chapter 9 of my book Risk, published in 1995. The process of writing it transformed me from a firm believer in man-made global warming into a climate change agnostic – a position to which I still adhere. In 1995 it seemed  to me that most …

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Jun
09
2010

Letter not published in New Scientist

In your special (21 May) report on denial you speak of “climate deniers”. This is a curious term  (who denies the existence of climate?) that appears to be deployed to smear reputable scientists who react sceptically to the “hockey stick” peddled by Sir John Houghton and  the IPCC. You (Jim Giles page 42) ride to …

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Mar
02
2010

Theologian quoted out of context?

In my last blog I noted that Benny Peiser and Sir John Houghton were having an argument in The Observer about something regarding man-made global warming that Sir John might, or might not, have said. To recap, Peiser had quoted Sir John as saying “Unless we announce disasters no one will listen”. Sir John, in …

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Feb
15
2010

Is God trying to tell us something?

Sir John Houghton thinks so. Former director of the Met Office, former chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and former co-chair of the International Commission on Climate Change he is an influential voice in the global warming debate. He is currently demanding, in a letter to the Observer, an apology from Benny Peiser, …

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Feb
20
2008

Should you believe in man-made Global Warming?

This question is posed by Philip Stott in two recent postings on his blog entitled “Pascal’s Wager And ‘Global Warming’” and “An Obstinate Rationality“ .Stott’s blog is worth adding to your “favourites” and visiting frequently. He used to give an annual lecture to my students and invariably was awarded top marks in the student assessments …

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