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RealClimate logo.jpg
Web address
Slogan Climate science from climate scientists
Type of site
Created by Gavin Schmidt
Michael E. Mann
Raymond S. Bradley
Caspar Ammann
Launched 10 December 2004.[1]

RealClimate is a commentary site (blog) on climatology. The site's contributors are a group of climate scientists whose goal is to provide a quick response to developing stories and providing the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The forum is moderated, and is restricted to scientific topics to avoid discussion of political or economic implications of the science.[2] RealClimate was launched on 10 December 2004 by nine climate scientists.[1][3]


The creation of RealClimate was the subject of an editorial in the scientific journal Nature,[3] and was reported in the "NetWatch" news feature of the journal Science.[4]

In 2005, the editors of Scientific American recognized RealClimate with a Science and Technology Web Award.[5]

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.[6][7]

According to Time, RealClimate is "in line with the Web's original purpose: scientific communication" with a "straightforward presentation of the physical evidence for global warming".[8]


The members of RealClimate are:[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Schmidt, Gavin (1 December 2004). "RealClimate". Archived from the original on 12 December 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2012.  preliminary posting, actual Start date: 10 December 2004
  2. ^ 1 December 2004, RealClimate About, "The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science." last accessed 2010-01-01
  3. ^ a b "Welcome climate bloggers". Nature 432 (7020): 933. 2004. Bibcode:2004Natur.432Q.933.. doi:10.1038/432933a. PMID 15616516. 
  4. ^ "Sifting for Truth About Global Warming". Science 306 (5705): 2167. 2004. doi:10.1126/science.306.5705.2167a. 
  5. ^ Science & Technology Web Awards 2005 Scientific American, October 3, 2005
  6. ^ "Top five science blogs". Nature 442 (9): 9. 2006. Bibcode:2006Natur.442....9.. doi:10.1038/442009a. PMID 16823420. 
  7. ^ "50 Popular Science Blogs". Nature. 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  8. ^ "The Environment". Time. 2008-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Contributor Bios". RealClimate. Archived from the original on 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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