So wrong about climate change
Published 08/01/2010 | 05:00
In his diatribe against climate-change scientists (Irish Independent, January 6), Kevin Myers repeats a number of basic mistakes that should not go unchallenged.
- Global warming is a global phenomenon, not a local one -- its impact on local weather patterns in Ireland is hard to quantify.
- Global warming is a gradual trend that has occurred over many decades -- this includes temporal variations in climate from year to year.
- The evidence of recent warming comes from careful measurements worldwide, not from computer models.
- There is no evidence that current trends in global climate can be attributed solely to variations in the sun's output.
The evidence for all of the above has long been accepted by the vast majority of scientists in the field.
However, some journalists cannot accept this verdict, insisting that they know better. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.