Gone a bit quiet.

Things seem to have gone a bit quiet. I haven't posted much recently (and my traffic has suffered... though I suppose it could be because people read via the excellent PlanetFleck, I do :-). RealClimate had quite a big gap from late Feb to early March (incidentally, the RC site counter has just gone over 200k). Though there have been some good ones recently (glaciers; CO2 lifetime; two reports from IPCC AR4 meetings): and Will spring 2005 be a bad one for Arctic ozone? was quite prescient since just this week we've measured ozone down to 230 DU in Cambridge. And sci.env has been pretty dull: there really isn't a lot of news recently.

I did have a letter printed in the New Scientist: in response to some tedious skeptic (here, but you need a subscription to read the interesting bits), I said:

Kevin Mayfield manages to make two errors in one short letter (5 March, p 32). The second (confusing weather with climate) is commonplace. The first (believing that 30 years ago an ice age was predicted) is less common but just as wrong. See: www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=94 for a readable explanation or www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/ for more detail.

but this is hardly a new thing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's just coincidence or a real phenomenon, but since Michael Crichton's State of Fear, almost everybody has an opinion about the climate, global warming and the environment.

Sadly, discussing those topics is rather fruitless most of the time, even the basic understanding of those topics is lacking.

Even if I get past "Fake Ice Ages" and "Enviro-Terrorist-Mafia", what can you say to people who don't read scientific news or papers but tend to Believe anything mentioned in a Fiction just because it's quoted?

Good job Michael...