I’m delighted about this. There are times when all the prejudice, cynicism and sheer, wilful, anti-Enlightenment stupidity ‘out there’ threaten to overwhelm even my sweet nature. Many thanks for providing such a resource; lang may yer lum reek.
Congratulations on your “birthday” and award. It is richly reserved. You are a great resource for those of us who are trying both to understand more about climate science and to communicate this understanding to others!
You also fill a huge gap that existed whereby those whose goal was to muddy the waters were able to do so with almost noone to stop them. Sometimes scientists seem to believe that if they just put out good science, it will displace the bad misconceptions that others have put out there. However, I know that the literature on teaching physics shows that people are quite capable of maintaining an incorrect view even once they are told the correct view. For example, if you teach students Newton’s Laws, then even many of them who can use these laws to solve standard textbook problems will fail to correctly answer more qualitative questions correctly…falling back instead on their old Aristotlean preconceptions. It is necessary to directly confront the misconceptions and explain to them why they are wrong in order to displace these incorrect views. This, in my opinion, is one of the most valuable roles for realclimate to play.
I feel like I alone must have provided a healthy fraction of those 500,000 hits! Keep up the good work!
It’s hard to be happy when thousands of species are being threatened
by climate change, as described in the excerpt from “Melting Planet”.
“Climate change threatens the survival of thousands of species – a
threat unparalleled since the last ice age, which ended some 10,000
years ago. .. The vast majority, scientists will warn this week, are migratory
animals – sperm whales, polar bears, gazelles, garden birds and
turtles – whose survival depends on the intricate web of habitats,
food supplies and weather conditions which, for some species, can
stretch for 6,500 miles. Every link of that chain is slowly but
Congratulations chaps, a very fine job indeed. It was a real joy to find this site, which has helped me to more easily discriminate between the science and the propoganda flying around out there. Keep up the excellent work.
Congradulations. You’re doing a marvelous job. I’m continually dumbfounded as to why people don’t jump on the “save the world from global warming” bandwagon. The evidence keeps getting stronger. You provide a most useful service in separating the accepted science from the flack on both sides, esp since I (for one) don’t have time or expertise to wade through science journals & need the plain-speak version.
Comment by Lynn Vincentnathan — 4 Oct 2005 @ 7:57 PM
Congrats to everyone at RC – the award is richly deserved.
It is my hope that one day the research described on your pages will be presumed to be honest and accurate by all who are now skeptics. Maybe then you can rename the site to ‘TheClimate’.
Congratulations. Those of us in democracies are all dependent upon the media(TV Radio or ‘Net) to provide us with accurate information upon which we can make an informed decision as voters. The activities of paid advocates distorting the truth on this issue is, quite simply, anti-democratic. And in many ways that’s worse than bad science.
I am very grateful for your effort. I hope it enables all concerned to be concerned and not to be panicked. The irritation of Mr. Joel Shore at students who slip back into Aristotelian thought when they finish text-book problems after Newton is familiar. It resembles mine when a text book used in highschool back in the 40’s discussed ether learnedly in its exposition of radio waves. The inertia of our species’ brains must certainly be a part of the planetary inertia affected by first order forcings. I am trying to chew slowly. for their savor, the crumbs from your high table.
Comment by Juola (Joe) A. Haga — 5 Oct 2005 @ 7:43 AM
Congratulations guys. You all do great work and it’s about time you were recognized for it.
Happy Belated Birthday! I just discovered your site thanks to a link from Sandi Doughton’s article “The Truth About Global Warming” at the Seattle Times website. I’m in the process of writing a paper for school “Global Warming, Myth or Reality” showing both sides of the debate. Your site is a welcome breath of fresh unbiased “air”. You present the facts clearly and at the same time help the non-scientific person steer through the hype and misrepresented information. Thank you for your efforts. You should feel very proud of the impact you’re having by helping people to be “correctly” informed.
Comment by Wanda Carricato — 16 Oct 2005 @ 12:35 PM