What keeps scientists up at night: must see video from the Climate Institute that gives scientists a voice

Very much worth watching, this great video from The Climate Institute:


“On 27 September 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the Fifth Assessment Report of its working group on the science of climate change. Thousands of scientists from the world’s leading research bodies, including the CSIRO, together with thousands more expert reviewers, contribute to the assessment of climate science by the IPCC. The reports of the IPCC set the context in which international climate negotiations take place, national climate policy is developed, and many firms make long-term investments.

Ahead of the report’s release we interviewed 20 climate scientists from the University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Monash University and CSIRO to find out how we can close the gap between the science and public opinion.”

Great work CI, and wonderful to hear the voices of scientists not distorted by a hostile media.

Please socialise this via your networks, the more people who see this the better.

21 thoughts on “What keeps scientists up at night: must see video from the Climate Institute that gives scientists a voice

  1. john byatt says:

    Professor Flannery says the commissioners will continue their work through a new community-funded Climate Council.

    “We are raising money Obama-style in small donations online from the public, from ordinary Australians – although in my view they are extraordinary Australians,” he said.

    The council began accepting donations at midnight and Professor Flannery says so far more than 1,000 people have given the Council more than $35,000

    up from $7000 at 7AM

  2. Bernard J. says:

    I was pleased to hear that the Commission appears to be continuing its work, and I have some hope now that the commissioners might be more forthright and direct in the nature of their commentary.

    I do have a couple of niggles though. I think that it’s important to make sure that the Climate Council doesn’t begin to duplicate the Climate Institute’s work, and that it sticks as much as possible to the role that it had whilst working as a government instrumentality.

    Second, there will be a strong push within the Coalition to remove funding from other such bodies, on the premise that if the community considers them so important they can fund the organisations privately. Besides allowing the Coalition to divert more public taxes to upper middle class and to coprorate welfare, it will also give the government the opportunity to step away from the legitimacy of the findings of such organisations, as then then become ‘just’ community groups with out the gravitas associated with a government body.

    When next the Labor party returns to government the Commission is bound to be reinstated, and with greater and more obvious urgency. I hope that the Climate Council is operated to expedite this reintegration, and I hope that the brash and irrational disbandment under the Coalition is kept front and centre in the public’s mind as a pig-headed and ill-advised ideological move to get in the way of trying to address the welfare of future generations, simple for the benefit of a very privileged few.

    • Bill Jamison says:

      How many degrees of warming have the oceans warmed in the last 20 years? 50 years?

      • Bernard J. says:

        How many degrees of warming have the oceans warmed in the last 20 years? 50 years?

        What’s up, your search engine broken?

        For the south-east corner of Australia, where most of the commenters on this thread live, it’s not difficult to find the answer:


        • Bernard J. says:

          And Bill Jamison, for giggles can you work out how many Hiroshima bombs would be required to warm the Southwest Pacific to that extent? For brownie points take into consideration the loss of heat to the atmosphere, to space, and to other regions of the oceans.

          I’ll give you a clue – the answer is a Very Big Number.

        • john byatt says:

          john Church has a small correction out and links to Domingues et al 2008


          have been wondering if John will move to the US now that Abbott is in and will probably reduce CSIRO research funding


        • Martin Vermeer says:

          > What’s up, your search engine broken?

          Bernard it’s called outsourcing your homework

        • Bill Jamison says:

          Yes Bernard J it’s a very big – and very meaningless – number.

          I prefer the number of Hershey’s chocolate bars myself.

      • The old saying is that engineers talk of temperature, physicists work in energy.

        How much heat content is in the ocean.

        • Bill Jamison says:

          Well if that’s the measurement that’s going to be used then how much has the heat content of the atmosphere increased since 1850? We keep being told that we’re in for catastrophic warming of the atmosphere not of the ocean. We live in the atmosphere and that’s where we’ve been measuring the temperature for 150 years not the ocean. Definitely not the deep ocean!

        • I look forward to reading your analysis of ocean heat content. You are on this earth to do more than ask questions. Please do not outsource your homework to me.

          There’ve been lots of prior plateaus. This week ex-sceptic Richard Muller discussed in the New York Times.

          Damn those scientists. They should stop inventing things.

          Yawn. Moving on now. We’re more certain of this than the age of the universe. Tired old white retired guys can sit this one out.

        • Bill Jamison says:

          You shouldn’t tell john byatt to sit this one out. That’s not fair.

        • I too am an old white retired guy. Just not tired.

  3. john byatt says:

    Turnbull has 50,000 used models on contract to run out his NBN

  4. john byatt says:

    climate council day one , almost $400,000 raised.

  5. john byatt says:

    Here’s a simple quiz: How do you know when you’re about to read a forehead-slappingly silly article about climate change? Check the venue: Is it the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Post, and/or anything owned by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp?http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/09/23/global_warming_deluge_of_denial_on_its_way.html

  6. Gregory T says:

    Gee guys, you really got to put it into perspective, Climate Commission, 5.4 million over four years. The Australian government paid 500 million toward the London Olympics. Get your priorities right.

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