Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Data vs. Dogma on Climate 

This is a gutsy lady; a climatologist willing to be called a denier. Her testimony was before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

So I looked her up--Dr. Judith Curry--she resigned/retired in January 2017.
"A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science. Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.

How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists)."
Fortunately, Dr. Curry is continuing her blog on climate. She had 502 comments (so far) on her blog about Nye.

Her speech on Climate Change in 2015 with visuals and charts, addresses drought, hurricanes, sea level rise--nothing unusual, not much going on if you take a longer view. Sea level has been rising for thousands of years.

There are people on my FaceBook list who believe burning dung and gathering root crops while howling at the moon or looking inside for spiritual strength can destroy western civilization and Christianity, but they do want to keep their cell phones so they know when to gather for protests against Trump. I haven't thought about the periodic table since college but one article I read reported of the 83 stable and non-radioactive elements in the periodic table, at least 70 can be found in smartphones.

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