The elevation of the hockey stick and the whole global warming thing to iconic status makes it a giant with feet of clay – poorly founded and ready to crumble. Time to do some digging…
A blog about analysis of climate data and digging deeper into the science.
On starting the blog (Verity Jones)….
I’m a scientist, or at least I was, but the usual thing happened to me: less and less time at ‘the bench’ and more time managing – people – projects – budgets. I liked to think I never really lost it. That edge. The ability to critique and question. I was wrong.
Climate change came along. I embraced the science and became quite evangelistic about it. But then finally something happened. The scientist in me can’t help but listen to debate, and I didn’t like what I was hearing. The scientists began to sound like politicians and the politicians looked as if they were being asked to kiss babies. And it all became loud and complicated. So I dusted the cobwebs out of my brain and started to read, and learn, and question. I read everything I could, lurked on blogs then began commenting using various silly names. Then I got fed up with it all and just lurked again. After two years I have something to say.
I’ve learned two things. First, the science is not settled. Second, and perhaps most importantly, communicating the complications of the science in everyday terms is a challenge:
- There is so much of it – where do you start?
- It’s easy to get information on climate change – it’s everywhere. But what do you believe?
- If the science isn’t settled, then it is theories that are driving the show – right?
- So, then, some scientists are better at pushing (or defending) their theories than others
- Now that politics is involved, who is telling it straight?
You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m sceptical, cynical even of this whole global warming thing. Well, I won’t tell you “it’s not happening”. I can’t say that with any certainty, but I am sure that we can’t be certain it is.
Contact: Verityajones [at symbol] gmail [dot] com
Collaborator: KevinUK (the one with the database and mapping knowhow)
Kevin’s Climate Website: www.climateapplications.com