Lord Stern reminds us climate change IS happening because of man made pollution
Despite what climate deniers Whaleoil, Cactus Kate, Kiwiblogh, No Minister, Not PC (and to a much lesser degree of influence, the fundy MacDr) have to say, it was nice to see Lord Stern reminding us that climate change is happening and that it is happening because of man made pollution...
What bothers him most is the way deniers seize on "oscillations" or fluctuations in temperature and try to argue there is no trend. "If you've got an undergraduate student, trying to estimate the growth of the economy by joining a line between the peak of the last boom to the bottom of the last recession and think they are estimating the growth rate you would throw them out of class."
The same poor logic is used by deniers who try to argue temperature stopped rising 10 years ago - completely false when you look at the trend, ask about the overall average and apply knowledge about why decadal oscillations occur.
"Ordinary sensible people looking at evidence will know that you have to take an average over time and if you do that you see every decade over the last five to six decades has been hotter than the previous ones."
...if I had a dollar for every anonotroll clown who posts here their cut and paste argument claiming these ridiculous points, I'd have enough to bail out South Canterbury Finance on my own. It was good to see Lord Stern attack the mainstream media who have allowed climate deniers like Whaleoil, Cactus Kate, Kiwiblogh, No Minister, Not PC (and to a much lesser degree of influence, the fundy MacDr) to hijack the debate with their climate denial bullshit...
A large measure of why the story isn't properly told he puts down to a failure of media and journalism. Yes, says Stern, the onslaught against the story is strong and organised, but it's irrational, unscientific and badly based. It says because you can't identify relationships with certainty, the best assumption is they don't exist. "That's a schoolboy error."
Stern says the media fails to look at the wider context - something that should have happened regarding the hacked "Climategate" emails from the University of East Anglia. "What journalists should have asked is that if everything that the university had done was obliterated, what difference would it make? The answer to that question would be hardly any difference at all."
Similarly, the IPCC paper incorrectly predicting Himalayan glaciers retreating should be seen in a wider view: "This idea that if you find a few papers that are wrong among a few thousand papers you've somehow undermined all the evidence is so intellectually dishonest, it's very important to expose that intellectual dishonesty for what it is."
...and that really is the point, the mainstream media in this country have allowed Whaleoil (who posts sleazy, wrongful edits of Jim Anderton), Cactus Kate (mouthpiece of ACT and apologist for Rodney's bullying), Kiwiblogh (mouthpiece for National on-line), No Minister (right wing hate speech site), Not PC (delusional Nanny State site) and to a much lesser degree of influence, the fundy Christian God complex of MacDr to inject their climate denial to pollute the debate and shut down political action against climate change.
When future generations are looking for someone to blame over the inaction, they must condemn the mainstream media for allowing themselves to be so influenced by these fringe climate deniers.