In case any of you have been wondering about my radio silence, I’m currently in Erice, Sicily, where I’ll be participating in an Erice seminar, which I was re-working most of last week. We left on Sat night and it takes a while to get here. We stopped in Palermo on the way.
My topic is “Auditing 1000 Year Temperature Reconstructions”, so I’ll be commenting on the ‘other’ reconstructions as well. I’ve prettied up some graphics for the occasion and sharpened some analysis of the 2007 spaghetti graph, which I’ll share when I come back.
Climate is one morning session of the conference, – other sessions are on other controversial areas: Energy Policy, Pollution, Diseases, etc.
I’m a pretty small fish, but pleased to be here. Chris Essex is chair of our session, other speakers at our session are Anastasios Tsonis and Kyle Swanson of U of Wisconsin. It’s hard to figure out priorities for a 20 minute talk for people who don’t know your issues.
Erice is in the northwest corner of Sicily about 1 hour from Palermo. It’s a postcard town, retaining its medieval streets. Cars are abandoned and you walk around on cobblestone streets. The town is about 800 meters in elevation and overlooks the coastline with some magnificent views. It was apparently founded by the Phoenicians and, like the rest of Sicily, has had a complicated history of occupation by different civilizations.
A small point about Palermo which I’ll mention, but I don’t want people to discuss. One of the most noticeable things about the traffic- and it’s heavy – is how few Japanese cars there are and how many different small cars they have, it was like a different car language. Unlike North American manufacturers, Fiat has fought off the imports. I don’t know whether it’s trade policy or what, but I don’t think that I saw any Hondas or Nissans, definitely no Lexus, the odd Toyota Yaris, which represents the size of the typical Fiat here. I saw a Matiz about the same size under both a Daewoo brand and a Chevrolet brand; you’d think that there would be a market for that sort of car in Canada today given the energy prices.
I’ll try to check in but will be a bit spotty checking in over the next 2 weeks. The conference ends on Sunday; my wife is with me and we’ll go to Sorrento for a few days and then to Rome for a few days. Bob Carter and Andrew Revkin are both coming to the conference.