John Hirst MET Office CEO: Separating climate science from politics – Lecture 6th Oct Leeds

Posted: September 12, 2012 by tallbloke in climate, data, Forecasting, government, Politics, weather

CEO of the MET Office, John Hirst will be delivering the annual alumni lecture on Sat 6th Oct at Leeds University on the subject of :

Separating climate science from politics

What happens when politics strays into the examination and delivery of scientific evidence?

Science is science until its conclusions have an impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. At this point there are important political and economic judgements and decisions to be made.

All science should be challenged and any political debate on its implications should be lively but when politics stray into the examination and delivery of scientific evidence either in its support or undermining, there are dangers.

This lecture will explore the frontier of climate science and its implications – and where the science stops and the politics and economics starts.

Book your place at the lecture

This should be good. I have a couple of questions in mind for my fellow Leeds Alumnus, one that I have culled form the short blog post by Richard North  reproduced below. Try to book a place and come along, the more the merrier. TB.

Where our money goes

Posted by Richard North Friday, February 05, 2010
Talking of “powerful vested interests”, it is interesting to see how much we, the taxpayers, are and have been paying those dedicated public servants at the Met Office to study climate change.

Two entries in the DEFRA science database give some hint. The entry for 1990-2007 puts the sum at £146,275,582, while the next tranche for 2007-2012 stands at £72,536,724.

That is a cool £218,812,306, paid in addition to the basic overhead payments. And on top of that, there are many millions more paid for specific research projects – the total funding declared by DEFRA amounting to £243,620,197.

These sums, themselves, are a tiny proportion of the overall money extracted from our pockets, to pay for the government’s obsession with global warming. The problem is that the payments are spread between so many different groups, and made by so many different departments, that it is very difficult to put an overall figure on it.

Of one thing, I am certain, however, the total – over term – runs to many billions. These sums here are just the tip of the iceberg. We could have bought our aircraft carriers, with change to spare, from the amount of money frittered away on climate change.

And here’s another post worth a look from 2010.
And here’s Andrew Neil giving him a hard time about his performance bonus.

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