Thursday, September 19, 2013


The Economist claims skepticism makes it difficult for kids to get interested in science — Uh… science is for skeptics! |
Americans’ inclination to spurn scientific consensus and be unreasonably suspicious of research, more than a gap in enthusiasm, will make it tough to get kids interested in science.
Climate report struggles with temperature quirks : Stltoday
"I think to not address it would be a problem because then you basically have the denialists saying, `Look, the IPCC is silent on this issue,'" said Alden Meyer of the Washington-based advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists.
..."Energy will hide out in the ocean for a while before it pops out into the atmosphere," Oppenheimer said.
Finally, the IPCC has toned down its climate change alarm. Can rational discussion now begin? » The Spectator
The failure of its predictions undermines the certainties which have been placed upon the science of climate change. Previous IPCC reports — and much of the debate over how to react to them — have appeared to treat the Earth’s climate as if it were a domestic central heating system, with carbon emissions analogous to the dial on the thermostat: a small tweak here will result in a temperature rise of precisely 0.2°C and so on. What is clear from the new IPCC report is that the science is not nearly advanced enough to make useful predictions on the future rise of global temperatures. Perhaps it never will be.

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