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I can't quite see where there is a profit in climate science. The result of spending billions on climate science is costing the taxpayers and the economy a fortune.

Jan 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

can we call in an attack drone on the nonsense disseminated by Geoffrey Lean?

Jan 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Lord Beaverbrook

That story isn't really giving the full picture IMHO.

It's referring to performance-related pay which is a part of the total pay bill which is witheld and only paid if certain objectives are met by the entire organisation or a team or an individual. The 'whole organisation' part is the largest, and it depends on the organisation meeting targets such as forecast accuracy and business profitability (ie: increasing the value for money to the taxpayer).

The reason that this was higher in 2010 / 2011 than 2009 / 2010 is because all the targets were exceeded in 2010 / 2011, which does not always happen. This meant that from the witheld pot we each got £875 in 2010 / 2011 rather than £765 in 2009 /2010, so an extra £110 per person in 2010 / 2011 (irrespective of grade - senior and junior staff get the same).

It's worth pointing out that in 2010 / 2011 we returned a dividend of £8.2 million back to the taxpayer, up from £4.5 million 2009 / 2010.

Jan 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Betts

matthu: "More than one in ten scientists and doctors claim to have witnessed colleagues deliberately fabricating data in order to get their research published."

There's a simple solution. Make access to the research expensive so that many fewer people will be misled by it. Ah, I see, Congress has got there before me.

Jan 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterJane Coles

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM | matthu

When I hear the word 'tackle', I reach for my revolver.

Jan 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterwoodentop

The problem, as I have pointed out elsewhere repeatedly, is that it is always the taxpayer (wearing one or other of his hats — consumer, power user, driver, etc) who picks up the bill simply because, except in some fairly specialised circumstances, he is the only entity that actually has any money.
Government money comes from him in the form of taxes or duty; LA money comes in the form of council tax or other charges levied; if the state wasn't repairing the bird mincers then the energy supplier would have to which impacts on your electricity bills or on shareholders' dividends which in the long run means somebody's pension, and so on and so on.
Don't ask me what we can do about this because I don't know but a course in basic economics in secondary schools might be a start. At least then we might be in a position to weigh the costs and benefits before we go down this road. The next call would be to restrict the vote to those who understood what was going on around them which might be a step too far — and might actually bar me depending on who set the test!

Jan 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Not only are we forced to subsidise the miserable electricity that wind turbines produce when we have the right sort of wind; not only are we forced to pay for wind turbines not to produce electricity when there is too much wind; but now we also have to pay to have them repaired when they don't work We are screwed all ways by the brain-dead politicians who force these things on us.

Jan 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Bonuses for staff at the Met Office shot up by 30 per cent last year – despite accusations that they failed to warn the public early enough about last year’s Big Freeze.

Mail Online

Side story reveals jail terms for incorrect forecasting in South Africa.

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

The real reason behind the scares:

"The heat is on growers of Yorkshire's world famous rhubarb as the mild winter threatens a crisis in the crop.

Production is being hampered by a lack of frost which is vital to energise the roots and ensure healthy growth of the plants in sheds away from natural sunlight.

... the dwindling number of [ rhubarb producing ] companies involved fear the industry will struggle without more action to tackle climate change – leaving the market wide open for Dutch and German competitors."

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

An Oxford University don has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a professor with whom he co-authored a book.

'The force was unable to confirm if the two men had been out socially together in the hours before the professor's death. They were said to be friends for at least 15 years and published a book together in 1999 - Foundations Of Science Mathematics'

It's getting dirty out there!

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

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