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date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 10:35:15 -0000
from: "Curran, James" <James.CurranatXYZxyza.org.uk>
subject: RE: "Bad Scientists"
to: 'Mike Hulme' <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>

Well, good luck in your discussions !

I think it is important to counter these ill-informed and prejudiced commentators but I
agree that it is wearing, time-consuming and distracting. Probably only the high profile
and potentially most damaging should be tackled. Maybe DEFRA would consider a bit of
additional funding specifically to undertake the task since these activities may gradually
undermine their entire approach and strategy?

James

Professor James Curran
Environmental Futures
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Hulme [mailto:m.hulme@uea.ac.uk]
Sent: 14 January 2004 10:21
To: Curran, James
Cc: a.minnsatXYZxyz.ac.uk
Subject: Re: "Bad Scientists"

James,
Thanks for this. Unfortunately Wogan isn't the only one! Melanie Phillips in the Daily
Mail (it would be!) wrote an even more vitriolic attack on climate science, and Sir
David King in particular, just this week. And then just last night on Radio4, the
Climate Wars programme drew attention to a controversy that has blown up over the warmth
of the last millennium with powerful USA vested interests. This is one where we have
taken a stand and several senior climate scientists, myself included, have resigned from
the disputed journal.
We will certainly consider your suggestion; how much energy we - Tyndall - puts into
these types of responses is a tricky Q for us; one person could almost be employed
full-time. But it is also an issue I intend to raise at the new climate science-policy
forum DEFRA are convening later in January with Hadley, Tyndall, UKCIP, etc.
Best wishes for the New Year,
Mike
At 09:30 14/01/2004 +0000, you wrote:

I'm sure you don't listen to it and it must be a pure accident that I quite often hear
it on the way to work - but do you ever come across the Terry Wogan programme on Radio 2
in the mornings ? I believe it has the biggest radio audience in the UK - several
million perhaps.
Terry Wogan doesn't have a particularly good environmental record in his personal life -
something about planting trees in Caithness as a tax avoidance measure some years ago ?
Anyway, he has a real down on climate change, especially just now, and makes repeated
disparaging remarks. Yesterday (13/1/04) he actually made some comment about it being
promoted by "bad scientists".
Rather than just complaining to the BBC, I wondered if you might consider inviting him
to the Tyndall Centre to try and persuade him how well researched and serious the issue
is and hopefully getting him to talk some sense on his show.
Best wishes, James
Professor James Curran
Environmental Futures
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Corporate Office
Erskine Court, Castle Business Park
STIRLING FK9 4TR Scotland
Tel 01786 457700
Fax 01786 446885
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