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RealClimate is a commentary site (blog) on climatology by a group of climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. It aims to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion is intended to be restricted to scientific topics and to avoid political or economic implications of the science. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Climatology is the study of climate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time,[1] and is a branch of the atmospheric sciences. ... Public is of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... Economics (deriving from the Greek words οίκω [okos], house, and νέμω [nemo], rules hence household management) is the social science that studies the allocation of scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. ...

The web hosting for RealClimate is provided by Environmental Media Services, a non-profit public relations firm, though they exercise no control over the content. The contributing scientists are not paid for their time.[1] Web hosting is a service that provides individuals, organizations and users with online systems for storing information, images, video, or any content accessible via the Web. ... Environmental Media Services (EMS) is a Washington based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to expanding media coverage of critical environmental and public health issues[1]. EMS was founded in 1994 by Arlie Schardt, a former journalist, former communications director for Al Gores 2000 presidental campaign, and former head of...



The creation of RealClimate was noticed by both the prestigious academic journals Science and Nature.[2][3] Science is the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). ... Nature is one of the most prominent scientific journals, first published on 4 November 1869. ...

In 2005, the editors of Scientific American recognized RealClimate with a Science and Technology Web Award, writing:[4] Scientific American is a popular-science magazine, published (first weekly and later monthly) since August 28, 1845, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. ...

A refreshing antidote to the political and economic slants that commonly color and distort news coverage of topics like the greenhouse effect, air quality, natural disasters and global warming, Real Climate is a focused, objective blog written by scientists for a brainy community that likes its climate commentary served hot. Always precise and timely, the site's resident meteorologists, geoscientists and oceanographers sound off on all news climatological, from tropical glacial retreat to "doubts about the advent of spring."

In 2006, Nature compiled a list of the 50 most popular blogs written by scientists, as measured by Technorati. RealClimate was number 3 on that list.[5] Technorati is an Internet search engine for searching blogs, competing with Google, Yahoo and IceRocket. ...


The members of RealClimate are:

In addition to the regular members listed above, from time to time RealClimate has posts by other climate scientists under the heading "Guest Commentary". Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt is a climatologist and climate modeller at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). ... Michael Mann Michael Mann is a well-known climatologist, author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal publications. ... 2000/06 near Lescun William Michael Connolley (April 12, 1964 - ) is a climate modeller. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Stefan Rahmstorf (born February 22, 1960) is a German oceanographer and climatologist. ... Raymond T. Pierrehumbert is Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. ...

External links


  1. ^ RealClimate: A disclaimer (2007-07-04).
  2. ^ (2004) "Sifting for Truth About Global Warming". Science 306: 2167. 
  3. ^ (2004) "Welcome climate bloggers". News@Nature 432: 933. 
  4. ^ Science & Tehcnology Web Awards 2005. Scientific American Online (03 October 2005).
  5. ^ (5 July 2006) "Top five science blogs". News@Nature 442: published online. 

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- Prometheus: A Response to RealClimate Archives (2250 words)
RealClimate's focus thus far is very much framed in one political direction, e.g., on attacking George Will, Senator James Inhofe, Michael Crichton, McIntyre and McKitrick, Fox News, and Myron Ebell.
Realclimate is not, and never has been, a weblog about science.
If realclimate wants to become a scientific resource, then it should stop trying to censor opposing views and stop pretending that it's real purpose is to defend Michael Mann from the entirely justified criticism that he hides behind the weblog and friendly news media outlets to forstall full disclosure of his data and methodology.
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