Between Scientists & Citizens

Happy birthday, Climate, Etc.!

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A year ago today Judith Curry wrote her first post Climate, Etc.  We should all celebrate the fact that her blog is still more than flourishing.  She has paid consistent attention to issues of communicating science–of course, that’s likely to warm a communication theorist’s heart.  But more importantly she’s been practicing what she’s been preaching.  Comment threads on her blog are among the only places where those with various views of climate science actually talk with each other.

Why not look back and consider how Climate, Etc. has managed to construct and maintain a fragile community?  What kinds of communication practices are making the site work?  At the beginning, Curry aimed for discussions in three different styles.  Did that work out?  There’s at least one rule that didn’t:  limiting comments to 250 words!

Written by jeangoodwin

September 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

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  1. Jean,

    Your funny! 🙂

    I have been with Judith’s blog from the beginning.
    There have been slow changes to peoples mindsets as she has brought out issues and shown how the climate models so far are a long ways from being totally correct.
    Many a good argument has erupted with comments in to the thousand range.

    Joe Lalonde

    September 3, 2011 at 4:26 am

  2. Yikes, how did i miss our bday? i will have to do a post on this also 🙂


    September 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

  3. I find the comment threads over at Judy’s place almost unreadable. They are incredibly long with low signal to noise. Not crazy about the threading either.

    I do give her credit for some stones for inviting McI out for a visit (although I’m basically anti McI). And she probably influences a bit some of the Wattsian idiots (that said…they are thick in the comments).

    I still think Zorita is the fucking bomb. No one reads Klimazweibel much…and some of it is in German or by lesser people. But Ed…he’s someone I respect.

    Oh…and sorry Jude: Virginia Highlands>>Midtown. 😉


    November 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  4. Talking about bombs, the major problem is that Judy thinks that others threatening to kill or maim her colleagues is amusing, for which purpose she nurtures a number of bomb throwers. Between them, the sky dragons and Oliver Manuel, you gotta wonder.

    Eli Rabett

    May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  5. […] I’m not very good at remembering birthdays or anniversaries.  This amnesia extends to my own birthday and anniversaries, and I was reminded of this when I spotted this post at Jean Goodwin’s blog:  Happy Birthday, Climate Etc.! […]

  6. Physics tells us that the adiabatic lapse rate represents that change in temperature that is required to keep the entropy of a parcel of air or water constant when its pressure is changed in an adiabatic and isohaline manner.

    Gravity alone determines the change in pressure for a given atmospheric mass. So gravity alone determines the adiabatic lapse rate.

    It seems that most climatologists have never learnt this basic fact of physics, so they were bluffed into believing a false conjecture that an imaginary greenhouse effect caused the observed temperature gradient responsible for the surface temperature being higher than the planet’s radiating temperature.

    Consideration of what happens on Venus (whose surface receives only about 10% of the insolation received by Earth’s surface) demonstrates that the adiabatic lapse rate can be the only reason for the surface temperature being hundreds of degrees hotter. Thus it also demonstrates the fiction of the GHE conjecture.

    Refer Section 8 of this paper for more detail on Venus.

    Doug Cotton

    November 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

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