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Sat 25 Dec 2004

Climate Scientists blog to counter misinformation

Category : mac and the internet

A group of climate scientists have started blogging to dispel the myths perpetuated by partisan think-thanks to crowd out, amongst other things, facts about global warming!

They say "Climate science is one of those fields where anyone, regardless of their lack of expertise or understanding, feels qualified to comment on new papers and ongoing controversies. This can be frustrating for scientists like ourselves who see agenda-driven 'commentary' on the Internet and in the opinion columns of newspapers crowding out careful analysis."

Besides being an educational tool, they also felt that blogging was a faster way 'to rebut or debunk fanciful claims and misrepresentations.' Writing to popular magazines such as New Scientist or in the comments section of journals takes too much time. The discussion is restricted to scientific topics.

Thankfully, they also take time to examine Michael Crichton's book, "State of Fear," and dissect out the myths - "the novel addresses real scientific issues and controversies, but is ... selective (and occasionally mistaken) about the basic science." Ermm..they are too kind (Pharyngula calls Crichton an "anti-science schlockmeister.")

Real Climate's analysis of the book is brutally clinical, and there is doubt that Crichton attempts to honestly address the issue; that might have required too much effort.

Since Crichton actually discussed some of the issues with their lab, they were disappointed that his writing propagated the sort of "red herrings ... used to confuse rather than enlighten."

"... there is a scientific consensus on the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Climate scientists have repeatedly tried to make this clear. It is time for the rest of us to listen." Science, 306 (5702): 1686, 03 Dec 2004.

Well now we have it easy - read RealClimate.org!

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