Links for the Week Ending 15 September

Apologies for the paucity of posts. Kids are back at school; this may portend a bit more stability and hopefully some more frequent posting. Meanwhile:

  • Dana Nuccitelli writing in The Guardian explains why the hiatus in climate change is nothing more than, well, a hiatus.
  • The demise of The Oil Drum (TOD) is certainly unwelcome, but there are still a lot of people writing intelligent things about resource depletion. Stuart Staniford at Early Warning is one such person, and he has just written a very perceptive obituary for TOD. The economist Professor Jim Hamilton offers his own thoughts here.
  • It looks like Arctic sea ice extent bottomed out at 5 million square kilometres on 12th September, up substantially from last year’s minimum of 3.5 million. Geoffrey Lean, a rare light of reason on climate change issues in The Telegraph, points out that the 2013 melt is still far beneath the average of the last 3 decades. He also gives a sensible explanation of what is going on in the Antarctic as well. It’s a credit to The Telegraph that the climate skeptic juggernaut hasn’t removed all science-based reporting of global warming issues from its pages, unlike the remainder of the right-of-centre press in the UK.
  • And in The New York Times, the professor of physics and astronomy Adam Frank discusses the rebound in anti-science thought over the last few decades in an op-ed piece.
  • I am not sure if I agree with this polemic on “Bull Shit Jobs” by the radical anthropologist David Graeber, but it is a lovely read and has been attracting a lot of attention.
  • James Kwak and Simon Johnson write the often enlightening blog The Baseline Scenario. But last week James had a longer piece out in The Atlantic that gives a very thoughtful five-year retrospective on the Lehman shock that is well worth a look.

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