[asa] AGW and media repots of Latif

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <hossradbourne@gmail.com>
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 10:41:36 EDT

George Will wrote an editorial last week in the Washington Post.

It contained (this is not Will's first time) misinformation, based
apparently on an article by Andy Revkin who made misinterpretations
and distortions about Mojib Latif’s presentation at the recent World
Climate Conference in Geneva. Fred Pearce’s confused New Scientist
piece started the ball rolling.


contains a scientific analysis and comments on the issue. See
particularly comment #27 and following.

There has been a lot of press recently claiming that "now, even some
climate scientists are saying AGW is a hoax." Many of these can be
traced back to George Will and Andy Revkin, it seems.

It is so east to put misinformation out and so hard to contain/refut
it. That is largely because (IMO) so many people look only for data
and arguments that support what they already believe. The essence of
the scientific method, I was taught, is to do just the opposite --
search for data and arguments that falsify your current pet idea. For
if you don't, someone else will likely do so!

Burgy (who REALLY hopes the IPCC is wrong but can't find arguments
against it that hold up).
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