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Will and Sam are joined by Roz Pidcock from Carbon Brief to chat about communicating science and the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, which have featured heavily at EGU 2014. Find out about the wide range of sessions relating to climate science that took place this week.

Also, stay tuned at the end for a special message.
You can find Roz's blog posts about the science on offer at EGU 2014 below:

The 'Life of the Earth' exhibit at EGU 2014.

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Will and Sam I meet up to discuss Day 2 of AGU, and begin by airing their disappointment at the cancellation of the ‘Frontiers of Geophysics’ lecture by ex-NASA Goddard chief James Hansen (thankfully this has now been rearranged for tomorrow). The dissatisfaction continues following a less-than-impressive defence, in one of the morning’s sessions, of a controversial recent study on the economic cost of a large release of Arctic methane.

Thankfully there are more positive things to be said about the Union Meeting, which this year focused on the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. In this episode Will also gives a rather nifty description of the difference between organic and inorganic aerosols, and there is a debate about the judgement of using the ‘smoking causes lung-cancer’ argument as a parallel for the ‘humans cause climate-change’ dispute.

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Will interviews Dave Fahey from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the role of black carbon aerosol in the climate system and the challenge of utilising one of the world's only fully autonomous research aircraft, the NASA Global Hawk. Dave also gives his insights on the publication of the IPCC Working Group 1 Summary for Policy Makers, having been a lead author of the 2007 report and an expert reviewer for the latest version.

Presenting: Will Morgan
Interviewee: Dave Fahey
Editing: Will Morgan

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The 5th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is coming out in 2013 and the Barometer podcast takes a look at the 25 year history of the IPCC.

This episode includes interviews of historians who attended the International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester in July 2013, and who spoke in the session "Climate change discourse and the case of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change".


David Hirst from University of Manchester. His conference abstract can be found here.

Martin Mahony from University of East Anglia. His conference abstract can be found here.

Reiner Grundmann from University of Nottingham.  His conference abstract can be found here.


A concise overview of the 25 years of IPCC was also put together by the scientific journal of "Nature" and can be found here.


Presenting: Jennifer Muller

Panel:  Will Morgan, Samuel Illingworth, Nicky Young

Interviewers: Jennifer Muller, Kimberley Leather, Nicky Young

Interviewees: David Hirst, Martin Mahony, Reiner Grundmann (see contact details above)

Editing: Samuel Illingworth & Jennifer Muller


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In this episode, The Barometer spent a day with historians and social scientists at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine which took place in Manchester from 21-28 July 2013.

We listened to talks and interviewed speakers from the Symposium named "Gaining it / losing it/ regaining it(?) Knowledge production in climate science, status anxiety, and authority across disciplines". The full programme of the symposium and abstracts of all the speakers and talks that are mentioned in the episode are online here.

Listen to this "Alternative History of Science" episode to find out how looking back to the past can put the science of the present into a different context, and thus give surprising new insights.


This episode includes interviews with:

* Philipp Lehman, The desiccation of the world: debates on climate change and geo-engineering in colonial desert environments in the session: "Climates of conquest? Anxieties about climate variability and change in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia"

* Christina Barboza, The scientific controversy over the Brazilian great drought of 1877-1880: science under scrutiny in the session: "Narratives on climate and water"

* Simon Carter, Sunlight and health: modifying the sunlit climate in the session "Working atmospheres: histories of climate, technology and economics"


We also interviewed speakers from the final session ("Climate change discourse and the case of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)" ) which we will report on in a separate episode.


Many thanks to Alex Hall and Vladimir Jankovic from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine who enabled us to attend the Congress.


All sounds and music from freesound.org.

Presenting: Samuel Illingworth

Chat: Dominique Young, Gary Lloyd, Jennifer Muller & Kimberley Leather

Production: Jennifer Muller



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