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Prof. Bob Watson and a new UN organisation: BBC R4 has a podcast with Prof Watson on biodiversity and an Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES?). No wonder there's been a little flurry of biodivesity, end of the world, it's worse than we thought stories. (waves to the delectable Solitaire [sigh]).

Here's where the damage that poor IPCC science has done comes home to roost. I am second to none in my respect for the natural world and my desire to see conservation at the heart of our civilisation. However, seeing Good Ol' Bob in there after cutting his teeth on the IPCC and seeing what a mess he and others made of that, I can't help feeling that this is another disaster in the making. One day there really was a wolf, but no-one believed it because of all the previous lies. That's the place we are now in.

Ms Townsend, before embarking on this (a much more important task than worrying about whether the Earth will warm another .6 deg C this century) you will have to cut your losses: ditch the IPCC, ditch Gore and Mann and the rest. Let high-level spokesmen admit errors and loudly proclam that this time things are different. Only then will you get traction. This is too important to let pride get in the way -- even the best PR persons get it wrong sometimes. For the sake of the future of terra, own up, publish a mea culpa and then do better.

See BBC IPlayer, Material World, Ehsan Masood on biodiversity etc.

Incidentally Prof. Watson describes ClimateGate as ' a leak'. With his contacts he should know.

Oct 25, 2011 at 7:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterJulian Flood

Thanks, Josh - maybe we'll have an opportunity to discuss it sometime.

Oct 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

Robin, thanks for the link to your excellent paper on Y2K. It didn't change my mind tho' and I think Donna's comparison is fair - albeit a very different perspective.

Oct 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh


Nothing sycophantic about my review: essentially noting Ms Raspberry's inaccurate and unnecessary Y2K digression (and attracting a couple of comments). And it did not come from the US site. Nonetheless, it too has disappeared.

So, as I said: what's going on?

Oct 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

Scotland's first ever severe weather readiness campaign has been launched by the Scottish government.

The 'Ready for Winter?' campaign ... follows a Scottish government-commissioned survey which suggested more than half of Scots were concerned about coping with extreme weather this winter.

Oct 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu


Oct 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin A

Threre's one rewiew there now, rest must have been on the US site and used on the UK site for a few days and then dropped.

Oct 24, 2011 at 9:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterbreath of fresh air

So have all you lot been devotedly going onto Amazon and giving lots of positive revivews to this book, and now they've all been deleted, and your time's been wasted?

That's kind of funny.

p.s. - reviews are sometimes deleted if there seems to be clear manipulation, which is exactly what would happen if you'd all gone there mob-handed and sychophantically praised everything about it. Ha. Aha. Ahahahahaha,,,,,,,,,,,

Oct 24, 2011 at 9:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterZedsDeadBed

Yes, Martin - I noticed it at 6:36 (see below). As you say - what's going on?

Very odd.

Oct 24, 2011 at 9:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

I was sure there were reader reviews of "The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert" on (plentyof reader reviews on

But when I went to read them this evening, there they were - - - gone!

What's going on?

Oct 24, 2011 at 8:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin A

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