I haven’t written anything for a while. Partly I’ve been rather busy with other things, and partly I’m just going through another phase of just wondering about what the whole point is. The whole climate debate seems so polarised, that real dialogue really doesn’t seem possible. I kind of wish I had Stoat’s ability to venture into the denialosphere, but I don’t and I can’t imagine it would do much good if I did. I did have a brief exchange with David Rose on Twitter about how the climate debate could be more grown up and less nasty. Yes, it certainly could, but it doesn’t just need to people to be nicer. It also needs people to realise that someone pointing out that you’re talking bollocks isn’t an Ad Hominem.
On another note, I notice that Lennart Bengtsson has written a guest post on Uppsalainitiativet where he says
Were Karl Popper alive today we would certainly have met with fierce critique of this behavior. It is also demonstrated in journals’ reluctance to address issues contradicting simplified climate assessments, such as the long period during the last 17 years with insignificant or no warming over the oceans, and the increase in sea-ice cover around the Antarctic. My colleagues and I have been met with scant understanding when trying to point out that observations indicate lower climate sensitivity than model calculations indicate. Such behavior may not even be intentional but rather attributed to an effect that my colleague Hans von Storch calls a social construct.
If I didn’t know that Lennart Bengtsson was someone with impressive scientific credentials, I would never have guessed. Richard Tol said something similarly nonsensical in his Fox New article, but then he’s not a distinguished climate scientist, so maybe doesn’t know any better.
I will say that I’m looking forward to Mark Brandon writing some blog posts that will discuss why the decrease of Arctic sea ice is not balanced by an increase in Antarctic sea ice extent. I’ve tried to discuss this before, but am no expert. Maybe those who continually invoke increases in Antactic sea ice whenever the decrease in Arctic sea ice is mentioned, will read Mark’s upcoming posts and give the topic some thought. I doubt it, but then again maybe sheep might fly.