There is justice

A scientist punks the Goracle. Laughing


One Response to There is justice

  1. Chris H says:

    Um, no, sorry. Saying “a scientist punks the Goracle” is exaggerating the state of affairs to the point of absurdity. There’s no punking in the original report from Vicky Pope of the UK Met Office (the only actual scientist in this story). In fact, she has this to say; “When climate scientists like me explain to people what we do for a living we are increasingly asked whether we “believe in climate change”. Quite simply it is not a matter of belief. Our concerns about climate change arise from the scientific evidence that humanity’s activities are leading to changes in our climate. The scientific evidence is overwhelming.” (My italics)
    All she actually asked for was for climate scientists to be a bit more rigorous in ascribing causes to effects. Gore’s error was that he promoted climate change as being a slightly greater factor in the proliferation of natural disasters than is actually the case. In presenting the data he (knowingly or unknowingly) failed to take into account the wider spread of population, large-scale natural climate variations and defomrations in the data caused by data gathering techniques changing over the decades. Now, when those factors are taken into account, it becomes clear that while climate change is a factor in causing those disasters, it is by no means the most significant. Most would have happened anyway, though the majority have certainly been made worse.
    The most relevant point of Vicky Pope’s report is that her reason for asking for greater rigour is that exaggerating the effects of climate change makes it easier for those who’d prefer not to believe in it to call bullshit. I doubt she really expected them to be so selective in quoting her that her statement would be interpreted as being in some way supportive of the nay-sayers.
    Sorry to get facts in your crowing, but there it is 🙂

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