The state of the climate in 2012 and what’s going on in the Arctic

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Since the late 1980s the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been releasing an annual report with a summary of the state of the global climate and this year was no exception. The release of this publication coincides with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) position statement on climate change entitled ‘Human-induced climate change… Read more »

Walking the climate change slack line

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(A reaction to “Climate scientists must not advocate particular policies“) Tasmin Edwards states: “But I care more about restoring trust in science than about calling people to action; more about improving public understanding of science so society can make better-informed decisions, than about making people’s decisions for them. Science doesn’t tell us the answer to… Read more »

Winterschool 2013 Field day

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This year the CSAG UNITAR/C3D+ Winterschool participants visited Backsberg Estate Cellars and the Sustainability Institute for their field day. Backsberg Estate Cellars were chosen as they are the first wine producers in South Africa and one of only three in the world to gain Carbon Neutral status by sequestrating their carbon emissions. The participants were… Read more »

CSAG at IMSC 2013

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The location, variance and shape of statistical climatology As the curtain falls on the 12th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology (IMSC), it is time to spend a few moments to reflect on the past week. Location Every three years, the world’s statisticians and climate scientists get together to share results, methodologies and insights in a… Read more »

Climate Change: everyone has an opinion

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(This blog was written as an op-ed for the Sunday Times) Tens of thousands of scientific papers, thousands of top scientists, decades of research, and summarized in one newspaper article? I think not. The challenge is to ask you to suspend your opinion for a moment. Forget “It’s a hoax” or “we’re all going to… Read more »

Research, money and dissemination: an unbalanced 3-legged stool?

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Recently, I was impressed by Kayleigh Dodd’s vivid views about the precarious financial status of a young research scientist in a poorly funded field (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/brain-flapping/2013/apr/26/research-scientist-thats-why-i-drink). I share the feeling that “the biggest struggle isn’t the pursuit of the undiscovered; but in fact getting the cash to do the work”. However, I am very likely in… Read more »

My academic life so far

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Earlier this year I wrote a guest post titled “My academic life so far”  on a blog entitled “Evidence and Reason”. The post covers some of my adventures in academia and how I have felt about them.  The blog itself is run by Jason Bosch,  a MSc student in genetics and microbiology at UCT, and it… Read more »