Wednesday, February 6, 2013

An Essential Paragraph From Dr. Judith Curry

Until we better understand natural internal climate variability, we simply don’t know how to infer sensitivity to greenhouse gas forcing. The issue of how climate will change over the 21st century is highly uncertain, and we basically don’t know whether or not different scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions will be (or not be) the primary driver on timescales of a century or less.  Oversimplification and overconfidence on this topic have acted to the detriment of climate science. As scientists, we need to embrace the uncertainty, the complexity and the messy wickedness of the problem.  We mislead policy makers with our oversimplifications and overconfidence.

Her entire posting about the crumbling 'consensus' in climate science is here. Very well worth reading.

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