The RealClimate blog is launched today and already we have our first major press coverage in Die Zeit and mentions from Tim Lambert at Deltoid; David Appell at Quark Soup; Matt McIrvin and Chris Mooney. Splendid. I'm proud to be a minor member of this mighty team and look forward to its success. So far, my only post there is on the urban heat island.

In the meantime, you might well be wondering, why have this blog too? Apart, of course, from inertia or vanity? Well of course there is the money (see adsense posting). But more importantly, this is my space and I can fool around. RealClimate is serious and properly so. I can also address more parochial issues like Bellamy which wouldn't be appropriate in the wider world.

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