Death threats fail to shake climate scientists

A climate change scientist who has been targeted by death threats says the science community must still continue to release the latest research. Full Story »

Posted by Harry A Farr - via Google News (Climate Change), Google News (Science), Shakthi Sivanathan (t), Mark Pegrum (t), Johan Jessen (t)
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Edited by: Jon Mitchell - Jun 5, 2011 - 7:51 AM PDT

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Jun. 5, 2011

It is difficult idea to understand why anyone would have so strong opinions that they react so violently to facts. Now I am reading articles about climate change and how to prepare. Yet some deny climate change.

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Jun. 5, 2011

I think it was somebody in Congress who said, "You're allowed to have your own beliefs, but not your own reality." It's stunning to think that people would find objective facts so threatening to their beliefs that they would threaten researchers. But it appears to be true.

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Jun. 6, 2011

Good journalism quoting excellent sources and providing strong arguments to make believable the unbelievable: that there are fringies out there actually willing to kill people who dare disagree with their presbyopic political dogma. Made worse by the abyss between questionable political belief and provable science. Looks like the dumbing down of the world is bearing bitter fruit.

Has the intelligence of right wingers and religious kooks deteriorated to such an extent they willingly substitute biblical myths and political fairy tales for scientific proof? And are willing to back up their beliefs with bullets? Climate change is difficult to deny: ice packs are melting–in the arctic, chunks the size of Delaware. Ocean levels are slowly rising–governments are now thinking sea walls. Frost now occurs where no frost existed–causing food shortages. ... More »

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Harry A Farr
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by Harry A Farr - Jun. 5, 2011
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Roland F. Hirsch
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by Roland F. Hirsch - Jun. 5, 2011

This news analysis is poor journalism. It is totally one-sided. It does not discuss the science of global warming at all. It describes a new government report that is highly unscientific without questioning any of the dubious assertions. The unnamed author(s) do not mention the threats that are made against scientists who doubt the assertions of the climate promoters. It does not even mention Climategate, generally considered the worst scientific scandal of the last 50+ years. Poorly researched; reads like a press release.

The "report" described at the end obviously has no scientific basis. Anyone who has taken statistics 101 would know that it is unscientific to give three significant figures to highly speculative numbers ("$226 billion worth of assets"; "274,000 homes"). There is no measure of uncertainty given in any of the "estimates", except that they are based on a "worst case", which again is not defined. The writer(s) do not even challenge the statement "It also warns that climate change will ... More »

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