Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Surprise! Michael Crichton, Ann Coulter, and others do not understand science. Peter Doran, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, has an op-ed in today's Times:

In January 2002, a research paper about Antarctic temperatures, of which I was the lead author, appeared in the journal Nature...

My research colleagues and I found that from 1986 to 2000, one small, ice-free area of the Antarctic mainland had actually cooled.Our report also analyzed temperatures for the mainland in such a way as to remove the influence of the peninsula warming and found that, from 1966 to 2000, more of the continent had cooled than had warmed....

....many news and opinion writers..erroneously concluded that the earth was not warming at all. “Scientific findings run counter to theory of global warming,” said a headline on an editorial in The San Diego Union-Tribune. One conservative commentator wrote, “It’s ironic that two studies suggesting that a new Ice Age may be under way may end the global warming debate.”

In a rebuttal in The Providence Journal...I explained that our studies offered no evidence that the earth was cooling. But the misinterpretation had already become legend, and in the four and half years since, it has only grown.

Our results have been misused as “evidence” against global warming by Michael Crichton in his novel “State of Fear” and by Ann Coulter in her latest book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism.” Search my name on the Web, and you will find pages of links to everything from climate discussion groups to Senate policy committee documents — all citing my 2002 study as reason to doubt that the earth is warming.

1 Comments:

At 9:12 AM, Blogger angela said...

while this is all fine and good, can you please email me with detailed instructions on what i need to do to play battlefield 1942 against you

this post sounds so mature and 24-yr-old-esque.

 

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