Two eminent climate scientists discuss the policy debate. Their clash tells us much.

Model of a hurricane.

Summary: The climate policy debate heats up, as seen in this exchange between two climate scientists sparked by last week's House hearing about climate change. It illuminates the areas of agreement and debate among scientists, which is an important aspect of the policy debate -- but seldom mentioned by journalists. The stars have aligned for … Continue reading Two eminent climate scientists discuss the policy debate. Their clash tells us much.

An eminent climate scientist describes the frontiers of climate science

Summary: Here is a status report on climate science by an eminent climate scientists, helping us see its frontiers and so better cope with one of the major challenges of the 21st century. (Second of two posts today.) "A new paradigm for assessing the role of humanity in the climate system -- and in climate … Continue reading An eminent climate scientist describes the frontiers of climate science

Testing Skeptical Science: is Roger Pielke Sr. a climate misinformer?

Summary: A post last week examined a darling of the Right, Zero Hedge. This post takes an equally harsh look at a darling of the Left, Skeptical Science. Both show how our stronger loyalty to tribe than truth encourages our information providers to feed us a mix of fact and politically appealing misinformation, shaping our … Continue reading Testing Skeptical Science: is Roger Pielke Sr. a climate misinformer?

Thomas Kuhn tells us what we need to know about climate science

Summary: The history of science provides a vital perspective for anyone watching our time's high stakes climate science debate. Look at Twitter and you will see the theories of the great Thomas Kuhn at work, helping us better understand the public policy debate.  {1st of 2 posts today.} “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule … Continue reading Thomas Kuhn tells us what we need to know about climate science

Do models accurately predict climate change?

Summary: Climate models are important for several reasons. Large flows of tax dollars go to their construction and operation. Their predictions dominate the public policy debate about climate change (to the exclusion of other tools, such as predictability studies). In this post eminent climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr. explains that long-term model forecasts have shown … Continue reading Do models accurately predict climate change?