Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another reason to be skeptical of global warming skeptics

There's a tendency for global warming skeptics to latch on to anything that seems to "prove" their pet hypothesis, even if the data ends up being junk data. This article from Jeff Masters' blog is a bit wonky, but it makes for a cautionary tale on how to interpret data and the importance of relying on data that has been vetted through the peer-review process.

Note: A friend made the point much more eloquently a few days before I posted this. His take-home message bears repeating:
Which serves to drive home the point that, as I said just below, the naysayers are not engaged in science. PR, yes. "Optics," yes. Science, no.

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