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November 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

This week I’ll be participating in the WattsUpWithThat answer to Al Gore’s 24-hour web project. Additionally, I’ll be talking to a university class tomorrow and addressing a climate skeptics’ conference in Munich on December 1st.

Tomorrow I’ll be telling a university class about the decisions I made while researching my book. If a person is not a scientist themselves (and I am not), how do we evaluate global warming claims?

My approach was to evaluate the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization our governments have entrusted with the job of surveying climate research and figuring out what it all means.

When we look at that organization what do we find? Does it act like a meticulous, reliable professional in business attire? Or does it remind us of a spoiled child: arrogant, bursting with bravado, sloppy, and dismissive?

I’m going to explain to the students that, during my research, I asked some basic questions about the IPCC:

  1. does it describe its own personnel accurately?
  2. does it describe the material it takes into consideration accurately?
  3. does it follow its own rules?
  4. are there enforcement mechanisms to ensure its rules are followed?
  5. is there an air of gravitas about its leadership that inspires confidence?

I will demonstrate that, in each case, the IPCC receives a failing grade.

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The day after tomorrow (Thursday in my time zone) I’ll be taking part in the 24-hour webcast hosted by Anthony Watts over at the climate skeptic website WattsUpWithThat.com. Watts will interview me briefly, I’ll make a 30-minute presentation and then there will be a Q&A session based on viewer questions submitted by e-mail. Read about it here, here, and here.

This event is an answer to Al Gore’s latest project, 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report. Like an oldtime fire-and-brimstone preacher, Gore has threatened us with global warming, climate change, global weirding, and extreme weather. None of those has apparently achieved his desired effect and so now he’s trying out a new marketing slogan: dirty weather.

A live event will always be subject to last-minute changes, but my current understanding is that I will appear near the end of the broadcast, commencing at around 7 pm Eastern time on Thursday evening.

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In a few weeks I’ll be speaking at the 5th annual Climate and Energy Conference sponsored by the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). It will be held in Munich on Friday Nov. 30th and Saturday Dec. 1st.

I’m scheduled to be the first speaker on Saturday morning, commencing at 9 am. Malaria expert Paul Reiter is on the programme, as is astrophysicist Nir Shaviv, and sea level expert Nils-Axel Mörner.

More info here.

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