RealClimate is a commentary site (blog) on climatology. The site's contributors include climate scientists whose goal is to provide a response to developing stories and a context they feel is sometimes missing in mainstream commentary on climate science and climate change. 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]

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Launched10 December 2004[1]


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]

Notable contributors

As of July 2017 notable contributors to RealClimate included:[9]

Past contributors include:

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. 3 October 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  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. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008.
  9. ^ "Contributors". RealClimate. Retrieved 21 July 2017.

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