Thursday, February 4, 2010

Climate consensus under strain

Even the Guardian is wondering if there is a consensus left to defend. But George Monbiot will never give up on this dead horse.
We ask a range of experts: what damage has been done by recent criticisms of climate science credibility?
Tremendous damage is done

These scandals have done tremendous damage. This is not because they threaten the canon of climate science – that would require similar exposés of tens of thousands of scientific papers – but because they create an atmosphere of opacity and evasion. Rajendra Pachauri's initial dismissal of questions over the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Himalayan glacier date suggests a failure to listen, which is inimical to scientific discourse. I am also amazed to learn that the IPCC doesn't pay its chairman, obliging him to work elsewhere, which has caused the other scandal in which he's embroiled. Anyone would think that running the organisation was a full-time job. This isn't a task for amateurs. Read more.

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