Monday, June 28, 2010

Skeptical - a vital resource

I had a couple paragraphs of introduction written for the Skeptical website, but John Cook, creator of the site, says it best for himself:

Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to expand their knowledge and improve their understanding. Yet this isn't what happens in global warming skepticism. Skeptics vigorously criticize any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet eagerly, even blindly embrace any argument, op-ed piece, blog or study that refutes global warming.

So this website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say?

After that, worth adding is that this is one of the most accessible and clean cut information loaded websites around. For the layperson who wants to seriously investigate the AGW issue, this treasure trove of Q/A belongs at the very top of your list. Politics is kept out of the discussion, it is all about the science and understanding - including all the citations and links needed to allow anyone to dig much deeper.

Also, they have been covering the Abraham v Monckton story from the gitgo.


Anonymous said...

Firstly, I like the new look of the blog.

Secondly, I agree - Skeptical Science is one of the best resources on climate change scepticism out there.

Anonymous said...

Christopher Monckton and other deniers get far more press coverage than they deserve. Journalistic false balance has caused the public to be confused on climate change – the greatest threat to humanity this century. Worse, these deniers have used mainstream media to attack climate science and the scientists who pursue the truth. Let us now turn the tables.

Monckton has been exposed by Dr. John Abraham and instead of hiding his tail and whimpering away, Monckton has gone on the offensive by attacking Dr. Abraham and asking his followers to essentially “email bomb” Dr. Abraham’s university president. We need to alert the media to this story.

I have assembled a list of 57 media contacts in the hopes that my readers will follow my lead and send letters asking for an investigation of Monckton and his attack on Abraham. I have placed mailto links that will make it easy to send letters to several contacts at once with a single click.

In the thread comments, please suggest other contacts in the US and from abroad. This blog thread can then be used in the future to alert the media to denialist activity.